On Kudlow, Bozell Calls Gore’s Sale of Current to Al-Jazeera ‘Incredible Double Standard’

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell appeared on CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report” on January 3, to discuss Al Gore’s sale of his Current TV network to Al-Jazeera.

“He’d be uncomfortable giving Glenn Beck the network,” Bozell said of Gore’s rebuff to Beck’s purchase inquiries. “He was not uncomfortable giving a pro-terrorist news operation a network. I can’t get around that one.”

Bozell pointed out that it wasn’t just conservatives who had a problem with Al-Jazeera. “You’ve got liberals denouncing them, you’ve—they’ve got a record a mile long of them pushing a pro-Palestinian, but a pro-terrorist state as well. They’ve had one other journalist arrested for being a spy for Hamas.”

Kudlow asked Bozell why Al Gore would sell to Al-Jazeera. “Is it just a matter of money, you’re saying? That he has no conscience about it? No sense of what the propaganda is going to be like?”

Bozell replied “Let’s not call Al Gore unpatriotic, or anti-American, let’s not call him that. But let’s say that there’s an incredible double standard when it comes to ethics and morals with Al Gore, when he feels that Glenn Beck is somehow troublesome, but Al-Jazeera is quite all right.”

When Beck, a conservative radio and TV personality inquired last year about buying Current TV, he was told, “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.”

Mike Ciandella
Mike Ciandella
Mike Ciandella is a staff writer for the Media Research Center's Business & Media Institute.