When Al Gore talked about going green on Current TV, was he really referring to the “currency” in his wallet after selling out to Big Oil?
Current TV employees reportedly participated in a conference call on Monday with two executives from Al Jazeera, who bought the low-rated network from Al Gore and his partners.
Al Gore himself wasn’t on the call. This didn’t sit well with one or more soon-to-be-unemployed Current TV workers, according to the New York Post:
” ‘Of course Al didn’t show up,’ said one high placed Current staffer. ‘He has no credibility.’
” ‘He’s supposed to be the face of clean energy and just sold [the channel] to very big oil, the emir of Qatar! Current never even took big oil advertising — and Al Gore, that bulls***ter sells to the emir?’ ”
” … ‘ We all know now that Al Gore is nothing but a bulls***ter,” said the staffer bluntly …
” ‘ Al was always lecturing us about green. He kept his word about green all right — as in cold, hard cash!’ “
Like many liberal Democrats, Gore is on record as favoring the default position of higher taxes, although there is speculation that he rushed the sale through to avoid higher 2013 federal tax rates that would directly affect his own tax bill.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Al Gore could walk away with as much as $100 million from the sale of Current TV, a politically liberal network that virtually nobody watched, to Al Jazeera. And he apparently owes it all to good-old influence peddling:
“What Current had going for it was Mr. Gore, who would drop in on media moguls and explain why it was in their political interest to put Current on their networks and dun subscribers five or 10 cents a month for a channel they never watch. Saying no just wasn’t worth it to companies that must run a daily gauntlet of Democratic regulators in Washington. Not to oblige Mr. Gore would be to face, at every congressional hearing, the likelihood of some legislator lambasting them for ‘censoring’ a progressive voice.
” … Don’t look for us, however, to milk the irony of Mr. Gore, warrior against climate change, pocketing a fortune from Mideast petrocrats. Mr. Gore has been in cash-in mode for a while.”
Another odd thing about the conference call according to the Post: Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (of all people), who hosted a Current TV show, reportedly asked about severance packages for those being let go but was shouted down by Joel Hyatt, a Current executive.
Do you think that Al Gore actually practices what he preaches?