Al Gore Hurts Fox News’ Feelings, So Fox Bashes Current TV Sale Again

This morning on Fox & Friends, the kindergarten crew welcomed Rupert Murdoch’s personal attorney, Peter Johnson, Jr. (the man with three euphemisms for penis in his name), to engage in yet another round of bashing Al Gore for selling his Current TV network to Al Jazeera.

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In this episode, Johnson demonstrated an embarrassingly poor ability to make a cogent argument, which should worry his client Rupert who is engaged in numerous legal entanglements related to the News Corp hacking scandal in the UK.

Fox’s Gretchen Carlson introduced the segment with a video clip of Gore commenting on Fox News and right-wing talk radio, saying “The fact that we have 24/7 propaganda masquerading as news, it does have an impact.” It was that swipe at Fox that prompted this rehashing of old news. And rather than try to dispute the obvious truth of Gore’s comment, Johnson launched into his harangue about Gore permitting a news enterprise based in the oil-producing nation of Qatar to buy his network, thus affirming Fox’s status as The Whiniest ‘News’ Network Ever:

Johnson: This is the ultimate Lear Jet liberal who’s lost his mind. He is richer though. They made a half billion dollars on it. And you know the reason he said it’s a good sale? “I’m not gonna sell to Glenn Beck. I’m not gonna sell to American media folks. I am gonna sell to Al Jazeera. You know why? Because they’re the best at discussing climate change.” That’s like saying “I’m gonna sell it to the NRA because they’re the best at discussing gun control.”

Setting aside the fact that Johnson thinks Gore, who just made $100,000,000, has lost his mind, the case he is making defies logic. If it is, as Johnson says, like selling to the NRA who cannot report objectively on guns because they are proponents of guns, then Johnson is asserting that Current cannot sell to Al Jazeera and expect objective reporting on climate change because Al Jazeera is a proponent of climate reform measures. Except that Johnson just got finished criticizing the sale because Al Jazeera’s oil-rich Qatari base would oppose such measures.

So which is it? Is Gore a hypocrite for selling an environmentally conscious network to a bunch of fossil fuel fanatics? Or is he handing off his company to a news outlet that is going to advocate for alternative energy rather than cover the issue objectively? Johnson wants to characterize Al Jazeera as beholden to oil interests and biased against them at the same time. And he has the nerve to say that Gore has lost his mind?

It’s bad enough that Fox News is the public relations arm of the Republican Party. And it’s all the worse that they brazenly lie to fulfill that role. But do they have to be so staggeringly stupid while they’re at it?


6 thoughts on “Al Gore Hurts Fox News’ Feelings, So Fox Bashes Current TV Sale Again

  1. Fox News, as usual, generating controversy where none exists. Al Jazeera is a media organization that, as part of it’s business, engages in real news journalism. Why is Fox so upset? They aren’t even in the same business.

  2. Fox News absolutely engages in real journalism. Current TV – Al Gore’s glorified public access channel – televises (for now) partisan political hacks like Bill Press, Stephanie Miller and Cenk Uygur. They did give a show to Keith “go f### your mother” Olbermann until they had just enough common sense to fire him. So now Gore sells Current to an outfit known for Jew-hating programming that is financed by Big Oil. Even lefties like Jon Stewart and David Letterman challenge him on this hypocrisy. Simply amazing.

    • Per your last sentence – Liberal and hypocrite go together like peanut butter and jelly. They don’t see their own hypocrisy because they believe they are doing good and therefore it’s ok to be a hypocrite so long as you think you’re being a benefit to society. You don’t need to go too far in this liberal blog to find examples of hypocrisy, why so surprised?

  3. Isn’t FauxNews funded or owned in part by a very wealth Arab benefactor?

    • A different Scott, in case anybody is confused.

      Almost forgot to mention: Current is also broadcasting a shrillfest show called “Say Anything”, hosted by Joy Behar.

  4. Once again, liberal hypocrisy ignored by its sheepish followers! I am guessing 99% of you Fox News-bashing folks have never watched the news program, but just take the word of liberal-biased media and hypocrites like Gore. My advice, enlighten yourselves, watch Fox News for just one week. It will you detox from the Obama-slobbering, biased media! It’s my challenge to you…one week, one week of Fox News. Are you up for the challenge?!

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