They share the “same goals?” One of Al Jazeera’s most popular shows features Yusuf al-Qardawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood who condones suicide bombings against Israeli civilians and backed attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq.
Before pan-Arab broadcaster al-Jazeera bought Current TV, the fledgling cable news network founded by former Vice President Al Gore, conservative commentator Glenn Beck had pursued purchasing the company — and was rejected. [...]
“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 $100 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.”
Executives at Current told the Journal they decided to sell to the Arab broadcaster because “al-Jazeera was founded with the same goals we had for Current,” which included “to give voice to those whose voices are not typically heard” and “to speak truth to power,” according to the Journal.