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Al Gore: Selling 'Current' to oil-backed Al Jazeera isn't hypocritical because they have extensive climate coverage

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By Doug Powers  •  January 29, 2013 03:00 PM

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It’s said that Al Gore made upwards of $100 million selling Current to Al Jazeera. The Al Jazeera Network is backed by Qatarian oil, meaning the only thing “green” about the deal was the money, but according to the Goracle, it’s okay because Al Jazeera does stories about climate change:

LAUER: Yet even as you sold to Al Jazeera, you in the book blast other television news programs, saying this: “Virtually every news and political commentary program on television is sponsored in part by oil, coal, and gas companies–not just during campaign seasons, but all the time, year in and year out–with messages designed to soothe and reassure the audience that everything is fine, the global environment is not threatened.” And the critics jumped, and they said, here’s the guy who just sold to Al Jazeera, which gets an undetermined amount of funding from the country of Qatar, which gets its money from oil reserves. Isn’t there a contradiction in that?

GORE: I certainly understand that criticism. I disagree with it. I think Al Jazeera has, obviously, long since established itself as a really distinguished and effective news gathering organization. And by the way, its climate coverage has been far more extensive and high-quality than any of the networks here–

LAUER: But if they get funding from a country that bases its wealth on fossil fuels, and fossil fuels are the enemy you target in climate change, isn’t there a bit of hypocrisy in that?

GORE: Well, I get the criticism. I just disagree with it, because this network has established itself. It’s objective, it’s won major awards in countries around the world and its climate coverage, as I said a moment ago, has been outstanding and extensive.”

For a moment there I thought Gore was going to justify himself by paraphrasing the Dean of Grand Lakes University in the movie Back to School: “In fairness to myself, Matt, it was a really big check.”

Gore — on tour promoting his latest book — also used computer lingo, telling Lauer that our “democracy has been hacked.” Did I mention that the title of Gore’s book is “Vulnerability Scanning Software for Dummies”?

By the way, former Obama car czar Steve Rattner wins today’s “Albert Gore Jr. Award for Enviro-Hypocrisy.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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