A conservative media watchdog group says it’s outrageous that former Vice President Al Gore is selling his liberal cable television network to terrorist sympathetic Al Jazeera — the result being a U.S.-based news network with content that American consumers should be wary of.
The Associated Press reported yesterday that Gore and his partners have agreed to sell struggling Current TV to the Qatar-based broadcasting entity for a reported $500 million. The sale would raise Al Jazeera’s current U.S. footprint from 4.7 million to more than 40 million households. The Al Jazeera Media Network reports it plans to create a New York City-based news channel called Al Jazeera America that should begin broadcasting later this year.
But television analysts say the Arab network faces hurdles in the U.S. with distributors and viewers. Time Warner Cable, which accounts for 12-million households, has already indicated it would drop Current TV from its lineup and will not carry the channel under its new ownership. “We are removing the service as quickly as possible,” Time Warner said in a statement.