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January 7, 2013
1:47 a.m.

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JerEMy Douglas:
What Gore did, was effectively dissolve the network, and get paid at the same time.
When you watch TV, you won't be seeing it, because Time Warner dropped the channel, and Comcast, DISH, and DirectTV, are expected to follow suit shortly.

He pretty much sold them an empty box. It's like selling someone a warehouse full of goods, with no door, and no way to get the stuff out.
If anything, he hurt Al-Jazerrea where it matters most, in the wallet.

You can compare Al-Jazeera's buy, with the disastrous acquisition by Time Warner, of AOL, which is almost nonexistent now, and almost bankrupted TW.

January 7, 2013
10:24 a.m.

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Mr. Douglas is correct about one thing: he doesn't know. Research Al-Jazeerah and you will find that it was created as a way to dispense OUR (Western) version of the news to the Arab world- not the other way around. The Middle East was primarily getting only news that had been "filtered" by their governments or religious leaders. It also has been helpful in getting us news from that area without the filters of our own government and news media. You might be enlightened by viewing their online site for news. NEVER get your news from just one source!

January 7, 2013
3:25 p.m.

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Fritz- you're right, and I get all that, just think a former VP of the US has to be held to a higher accountability when his sale allows access to 60 million homes. But, as a capitalist, I cannot begrudge him the right to sell his company to whomever can afford to buy it.

And, I get my news from several places -though none of which are Qatar based networks who broadcast pieces that remain sympathetic to terrorists- dead or alive.

January 7, 2013
4:03 p.m.

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But my point was, they WON'T be getting access to those 60 million homes, and now probably never will, because they likely blew a good portion of their net worth, buying an empty promise.

Gore didn't like Beck's politics, so he denied the sale, but I doubt he likes Al-Jazeera's politics any better, so he sold it with the knowledge that the cable networks would never carry it.

You see, while WE are digital, with the majority of our programming being delivered via cable, or dish, many of the countries in the Mid East are not, so I don't think Al-Jazeera took that into account.

Unless Al-Jazeera sets up transmitters in every major US market, just like our local stations, you won't be watching that channel any time soon, because that would cost hundreds of billions, or more, and they would never get the FCC licensing for it anyway.