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Current TV has gotten more attention recently than it ever has, at least since Keith Olbermann left the network last year. The network, co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore, was sold to Al Jazeera, a move that conservative pundits have criticized. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly commented on the sale last night, calling Gore a hypocrite.
“Little Al Gore was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and maybe it should have stayed there,” O’Reilly suggested on his show. “[Gore] became a champion of the left, cashing in big time on the global warming issue ... and used some of that money to invest in a far-left cable network, which has been a colossal failure.”
O’Reilly also criticized Gore because of a New York Times report that suggested that Gore wanted to get the sale done before higher tax rates went into effect following the fiscal cliff deal, notes The Huffington Post.
“So Al and his merry men decided to sell that network, and according to the New York Times, they wanted to close the deal last week to avoid the higher capital gains tax this year,” O’Reilly explained.
O’Reilly then showed a clip of Gore suggesting that the wealthiest Americans should pay “their fair share” in taxes.
“Oh to do our fair share, isn't that fascinating?” O’Reilly said. “I guess that means selling assets at the lower capital gains rate.”
O’Reilly added that he was stunned by Gore’s choice of al Jazeera, a network O’Reilly calls “anti-American.”
The sale was announced on Jan. 2, with Al Jazeera reportedly paying $500 million for the low-rated network. Conservative commentator Glenn Beck also criticized the deal, claiming that his company was not even allowed to negotiate to buy the network.
Another irony is that Al Jazeera is also run by the Qatar government, which relies on oil. Gore has been a vocal advocate for stopping global warming and alternative energy sources. According to Bloomberg, he could make $70 million from the deal.