The purchase of Al Gore's Current TV by a television network tied to an oil-producing Gulf monarchy shows him to be a hypocrite. That's the take of FOX News analyst Bernard Goldberg, in chiding the former vice president and climate change evangelist over his lucrative business deal.
"The government of Qatar owns Al Jazeera (which claims to be independent from the government). Qatar makes about a bazillion dollars a week selling oil to the gas-guzzling world. So if you connect the dots you can easily see that money derived from oil bought Current TV - from the same Al Gore who has spent the past decade or so railing against oil, unless it's being pumped into the private jet which hauls his considerable rear end all over the place."
And Gore's hypocrisy goes deeper, according to Goldberg. "It also turns out that Gore - whose picture you see if you look up the word - 'liberal' in the dictionary - wanted to close the deal before December 31. Why? Because he reportedly is making about $100 million on the sale and ... (wait for it) ... wanted to avoid the higher tax rates on people like him that went into effect on January 1 of this year."
Over at Commentary, Jonathan S. Tobin argues Al Jazeera's long reach into American television markets will provide a prominent perch for anti-Israel voices. "It's not clear that the oil-rich magnates of Qatar will make their money back on this deal. Nor is it likely that Al Jazeera's news with an Islamist and anti-American and anti-Israel slant will transform the discussion of the Middle East. But it may provide a bully pulpit to voices that have heretofore been confined to the fever swamps of U.S. politics and become another beachhead into the U.S. for those seeking to heighten international isolation of the Jewish state."
Via BernardGoldberg.com and Commentary.