Gore: ‘I’m proud of the transaction’

January 31, 2013

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Al Gore is doing some media interviews to talk about the future, which is the topic of his new book. Interviewers tend to drift to a discussion of the recent past, however: the $500 million sale of Gore’s Current TV to Al Jazeera. All along the mediological spectrum, he’s getting hammered. Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly lit up the environmental icon Gore for selling Current to a station owned by the emir of fossil-fuel-rich Qatar (Gore didn’t appear); Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” show cornered him quite expertly on the sale; and now comes Jon Stewart of the “Daily Show.”

In a back-and-forth over the sale, Gore amplified his defense:

*He’s “proud of the transaction”;
*He did a lot of due diligence on it;
*As to charges of hypocrisy, well, Al Jazeera covers climate change like no other network;
*Qatar is committed to “renewable energy”;
*Current TV was awesome, won “all the major awards in TV journalism,” ran a profit  “every year” but couldn’t survive without a conglomerate.

On that claim about every award, Jeff Bervovici has a nice little fact-check.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.
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