Thursday, January 3, 2013

Al-Jazeera Buys Al Gore's Current TV

Apparently, Al Gore got tired of trying.
Image from source, LA Times
I've wished our cable company--Cox Cable--would carry Current TV since Keith Olbermann was hired as their star attraction. That didn't work out so well, but apparently not much did. Like Air America Radio, it would seem that for all of the charges by the right-wing that we have a liberal media, actual liberal media has a tendency to fail. Sometimes it's the content, sometimes it's the behind-the-scenes machinations, and sometimes it's an unfair playing field. I mean, even the MSNBC/FOX "News" battle isn't a fair one. MSNBC is often either not carried or is far up the dial, out of the "basic" cable tier. They've finally become actual competition for FOX. But Current never even came close to full coverage, and is further into the dial than C-SPAN3 or The Filipino Channel.

When Olbermann was hired, it looked like Current would finally become a contender. But--again, like Air America--the channel didn't seem to be up to the task, Olbermann became unhappy, and got himself fired. It was a real shame too, because it looked like the station really kind of got their act together right about the same time, bringing in some talent and some fun programming. As a huge fan of The Stephanie Miller Show, I'm particularly bummed, as she's been simulcasting her radio program on Current for a while now. Outside of the occasional web clip, I never got to check it out.

Once again, I say "liberal media, my ass."


Al Jazeera completes deal to buy Current TV

Current TV, the small cable news channel that was co-founded by former vice president Al Gore, has been sold to Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based media company. . .

Read more at: Los Angeles Times

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