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Did profit prevail over ethics?

Posted by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 4:49 PM
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Current TV staffers rip Al Gore for sale to Al Jazeera

Just call him Al Gorezeera.

Yesterday morning, the still shell shocked staff at Current TV was called to an all hands staff meeting at its San Francisco headquarters, which was teleconferenced to their offices in LA and NYC, to meet their new bosses.

That would be two of Al Jazeera’s top guys: Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of international operations, and Muftah AlSuwaidan, general manager of the London bureau.

Ominously missing was the creator of Current, the self proclaimed inventor of the Internet and savior of clean energy, Al Gore, although his partner, Joel Hyatt, stood proudly with the Al Jazeera honchos.

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FIRST MEETINGS: Current TV staffers teleconferenced with their new bosses.

“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?”

The meeting, while not contentious, was, according to staffers who spoke on the condition of anonymity, miserable.

The mostly left-leaning group—some still in denial —weren’t buying what Al Jazeera was selling.

And what are they selling? Al Jazeera’s image of —are you ready?— “inform, inspire and entertain!”

The “new” American Al Jazeera will, according to Shihabi, appeal to the American audience with a mixture of national and international news—and, of course, entertainment.

But you won’t be getting that Middle East merriment until April, which is when the network says it will be ready to take over.

“Sometime within three months—no more, no less—we were told,” said the Current staffer.

One person at the meeting, who has already announced that she’s leaving, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, tried to ask about severance packages for those who wouldn’t be staying.

“This isn’t the place to discuss this!” Hyatt barked at her.

“After that, everyone kept their questions pretty much to themselves,” according to the staff member.

How do they feel about Gore the savior of green energy now?

The displeasure with Gore among the staff was thick enough to cut with a scimitar.

“We all know now that Al Gore is nothing but a bulls***ter,” said the staffer bluntly.

We do stories on the tax code, and he sells the network before the tax code kicked in?

“Al was always lecturing us about green. He kept his word about green all right—as in cold, hard cash!”

In your opinion do you feel that the sale was unethical?


by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 4:49 PM
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talia-mom
by Gold Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 4:57 PM
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The problem would be assuming he had ethics.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jan. 8, 2013 at 5:01 PM
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Al Gore has no ethics.

rfurlongg
by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 6:18 PM
As is common with most deal of this magnitude, money previails above all else. No surprise what so ever.
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stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 6:25 PM
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Without even reading the article, I would say, yes, profit prevailed over ethics, like it usually does.  lol

OK now I'll read the article!

stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Meh.  Maybe nobody else had the money.  Better than Glenn Beck.

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Jan. 8, 2013 at 6:31 PM

I've read the article, and I'm not seeing where ethics are involved in this at all...

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Jan. 8, 2013 at 7:44 PM
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Oh no! Someone sold a company and made a profit, and some of the employees don't like the new owners? Someone call the media, that sounds like Capitalism!
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erika9009
by Bronze Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 7:56 PM
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SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Don't use the C word in the United States anymore.  Pres Obama is figuring a way to tax just using that word.....

shh

Quoting LauraKW:

Oh no! Someone sold a company and made a profit, and some of the employees don't like the new owners? Someone call the media, that sounds like Capitalism!


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yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 8:26 PM
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 Oh, I think he is just being Al...same old hypocrite he has always been.

Personally, I have more of an issue with it being WHO he sold to...and no how much he got for it.

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 8:36 PM
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Quoting LindaClement:

I've read the article, and I'm not seeing where ethics are involved in this at all...

Me either. Then again, I'm not necessarily a bigot or an ignoramus.

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