Al Gore, Glenn Beck & Al-Jazeera

The recent sale of Al Gore’s Current TV network to Al-Jazeera sheds much needed, but much disturbing light onto the darkness; the darkness that are the values and the quality of Progressive/Democrat leadership in this country. As you might recall, in 2000 we came within a whisker of living under the leadership of Al Gore. As it turns out we got a good and decent man instead, George W. Bush.

Read some snippets about the Al-Jazeera transaction:

From on 03 Jan 2013

The Wall Street Journal revealed that when Beck’s TheBlaze TV sought ownership of the Current broadcasting network, the bid was rejected because the principles of Beck’s company did not align with those of Current.
“Other suitors who didn’t share Current’s ideology were rebuffed,” reporters Keach Hagey and John Jannarone wrote in the
Wall Street Journal. “Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze approached Current about buying the channel last year, but was told that ‘the legacy of who the network goes to is important to us and we are sensitive to networks not aligned with our point of view,'” according to a person familiar with the negotiations.”


The former vice president confirmed the sale Wednesday that reportedly netted $500 million, saying in a statement that Al-Jazeera shares Current TV’s mission “to give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell the stories that no one else is telling.”


Now read some snippets from the Wall Street Journal of January 7, 2013 in an OP-ED Inconvenient Truths About Al Jazeera:

…  journalistic coverage over the years of Al Jazeera’s Arabic and English broadcasts, which discloses the unsurprising fact that the network reflects the interests of the government that runs it—making it akin to Vladimir Putin’s Russia Today and Beijing’s Xinhua. … (My comment here: and making it akin to the Democrat party’s house organ MSNBC).


Mr. Gore could have read the Middle East Quarterly profile titled “The Two Faces of Al Jazeera.” The network gets good marks for programming in areas outside the emir’s direct interests, but the article concludes that Al Jazeera continues “to inflame Arab resentments in its promotion of anti-Americanism, Sunni sectarianism and, in recent years, Islamism.”


In 2008, Al Jazeera threw an on-air party for Samir Kuntar when he was released from an Israeli prison. Kuntar led a Palestine Liberation Front terrorist team that kidnapped an Israeli family in 1979. He shot the father and killed the 4-year-old daughter by smashing her head against rocks along the beach. In footage available on YouTube, Al Jazeera’s Beirut bureau chief hands Kuntar a scimitar to cut the celebratory cake and says: “This is the sword of the Arabs, Samir.”


In 2009, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, host of the network’s most popular Arabic-language show, “Shariah and Life,” said on air (also available on YouTube): “Oh, Allah, take this oppressive Jewish, Zionist band of people. Oh Allah, do not spare a single one of them. Oh Allah, count their numbers and kill them, down to the very last one.” Perhaps Mr. Gore doesn’t have access to YouTube.

My comments again:
What are we to make of this? On the one hand we have a man like Glenn Beck; a self made man who constantly brings to the fore, and highlights, core American principles and values such as “Government of the people, by the people and for the people … “.  A Glenn Beck who promotes an understanding of the lives and contributions of American founders; the lives of George Washington, James Madison, John Adams and many others. A Glenn beck who promotes the ideals present in a Biblical world view that gives value to the worth and dignity of every person … because every person is a creation of God. A Glenn Beck who highlights the major, and at times the singular, contributions of this great American Civilization to the annuls of human liberty and dignity.

Instead what we hear are the tirades, the tirades of self imposed ignorance from Progressives calling Beck a Nazi, a racist and unworthy of the mantle of being called an American.

Looking at some of my own e-mail archives I see …

Dear Don,
I am indeed sad that you looking to Fox for news.  There is virtually “no honest news” on Fox other than possibly the weather and sports.  Fox has for sometime been nothing other than an extreme right wing propaganda machine with totally discredited front men such as Rush Limbaugh and racist Glenn Beck … .

Please consider the incredibly biased source in this article.  The Wall Street Journal is now either controlled or owned by Robert Murdoch or “Newscorp” (where only the names are true and virtually anything else is either outright falsehoods, complete distortions or worse).  …

I truly consider Rupert Murdoch as the “Devil Incarnate” if there is actually such a thing. I have formed these beliefs over the past decade and am not going to change.

Propaganda and distortion not news is all that is available on Fox.  You are very likely aware that this view is shared by the vast majority of Americans.

So now we get a unvarnished view, an unvarnished world view that rejects a Glenn Beck as unacceptable because “his networks not aligned with our point of view.”  Instead what we get as acceptable from Al Gore (remember, he was just a hairs breath away from the American Presidency), is a world view that finds the advocacy and promotion of genocide, the deliberate murder of some 6,000,000 Jews as “ … aligned with our point of view.” One can legitimately come to the conclusion that such thinking sides with the thinking of one Adolf Hitler in the 1930s and 40s.

Come to your senses Progressive America. Let this sale of Current TV be a teachable moment for you, a very ugly but necessary teachable moment. Let the bright light of the circumstances of this sale reach into the depths of your conscience, and let it begin to trouble and irritate you as it should.  Let it trouble and irritate you to the point of action on your part.

The circumstances surrounding this sale are the very sorts of things that prompted me, very reluctantly, to write recently:

“A president, who I suspect more and more, that should he find himself  magically dropped into the leadership circles of Nazi Germany, Stalinist Soviet Union  or China under Chairman Mao would find himself to be entirely comfortable with his new surroundings and comrades.” 

And before you go away mad or depressed, ponder these words from the apostle Paul:

2 Timothy 4

4 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge:2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

Don Johnson – January 2013


2 responses to “Al Gore, Glenn Beck & Al-Jazeera

  1. Thanks Don!

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