In a show of genuine American Capitalism, former Vice-President Al Gore, Mr. Global Warning and Liberal Apologist, sold his Current TV network to Al Jazeera, via a sale to the Emir of Qatar. Mr. Gore's interest in the network is 20%, which translates into an estimated $100 million of the $500 million sales price. This means, through altruistic, socially conscious efforts, Al Gore now has an estimated net worth greater than Mitt Romney, portrayed as an evil, uncaring self-serving businessman who needed to pay his fair share in the new tax hikes.
Ironically, the rumor is every effort was made to complete the sale before January 1, 2013 in order to avoid the new capital gains and other regulatory rate increases. So, while giving service to the notion of paying a fair share and not sending business overseas, when there is $100 million to be made, an appreciation for the United States' free market and government regulations has an impact on the Nobel Prize winner's thinking.
It also seems ironic, the champion of Global Warming will accept funds generated through the production and sale of fossil fuels (leading to further production and use of those energy sources) when it fills the pockets of liberal businesses.
But these issues are not really what struck me about the sale of the network. There was a report of another offer to purchase Current TV, from conservative personality Glenn Beck. The fascinating thing is, Beck's offer was rejected on philosophic grounds. He and his group were told they would not be able to purchase the station because his views and beliefs did not fit the "Current TV" ideals.
Consider that choice...A successful American entrepreneur, who studies the roots of the Constitution, freedom, and political thought, who expresses openness to all opinions (has worked on CNN and Fox News with liberals, independents, and conservatives), who would keep the business and profit in America; vs an Islamic voice with ties to the petroleum industry, operating overseas, with openly hostile political views to the United States, and who, as they completed the purchase, lost their Time-Warner contract immediately. And which one reflected the beliefs of Mr. Gore more accurately? I suppose $100 million offers a lot of time to think about this.