Al Gore’s former television station, Current TV, held its first staff meeting on Monday morning, giving everyone a chance to meet representatives of their new boss, Al Jazeera. Although Joel Hyatt, Gore’s partner in the venture, was on hand to make the introductions, noticeably missing was the man himself — Al Gore, green energy apostle and self-proclaimed inventor of the Internet.
“Of course Al didn’t show up,” said one high placed Current staffer according to the New York Post. “He has no credibility.”
“He’s supposed to be the face of clean energy and just sold [the channel] to very big oil, the emir of Qatar! Current never even took big oil advertising—and Al Gore, that bulls***ter sells to the emir?”
The meeting was conducted for the most part by Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of international operations, and Muftah AlSuwaidan, general manager of the London bureau. They were there to sell the staff on the network’s new format — Al Jazeera, American style.
According to Linda Stasi, writing for the Post, “The ‘new’ American Al Jazeera will, according to Shihabi, appeal to the American audience with a mixture of national and international news—and, of course, entertainment.”
“Inform, inspire and entertain!” but the staff wasn’t buying it.
One of Current TV’s program hosts, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, had the temerity to ask about severance packages for those, like herself, who would be leaving.
“This isn’t the place to discuss this!” Hyatt interjected.
“After that, everyone kept their questions pretty much to themselves,” according to the staff member.
“Al was always lecturing us about green” a staffer told the Post. “He kept his word about green all right—as in cold, hard cash!”
Read more at The New York Post.
Here’s the co-hosts of Fox News Channel’s “The Five” with their take on Current TV’s dale to Al Jazeera.