Boring Current TV Won't Help Boring Al Jazeera
Michael Wolff thinks the Qatari network is too dull to defend
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 3, 2013 11:36 AM CST
In this Jan. 13, 2012 file photo, Former Vice President Al Gore, Current TV Chairman and Co-Founder, participates in the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena , Calif.   (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

(Newser) – What to do if your cable network has all the money in the world, but pretty much no ability to draw American eyeballs? If you're Al Jazeera, apparently you buy Al Gore's crappy cable network. Sure, Current TV hasn't made much of an impression on viewers either, but it does make money, Michael Wolff points out in the Guardian today, proving that "if you have cable distribution, cable success, no matter how lame your content might be (and Current's content was usually very lame), is virtually guaranteed."

But Al Jazeera might be the one buyer that can't capitalize on that. First, because it's so "politically toxic" that some carriers may dump Current TV, and second, because its programming is "dreary as all get-out." And those two problems are related. If Al Jazeera was willing to be bold and really shock Islamophobic America, it would have passionate defenders. "But who is really going over the barricades for some super-rich Qataris and their roster of sanctimonious and boring news shows? Well, I guess Al Gore." Click for Wolff's full column.

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stormy7
Jan 4, 2013 8:46 PM CST
Current tv and Democracy Now are the only decent news stations on. The Young Turks is the bomb. Cenk is awesome and I love Joy Behar. Eliot Spitzer is still a major creep no matter what program he's on. I have to agree the Jennifer is pretty boring. I just wish Keith Ohberman hadn't fucked himself out of a job on Current .
Lioness
Jan 4, 2013 1:34 AM CST
I like Al Jazeera- way better than the three major news networks we're forced to choose between here. The programs are often interesting, too, I don't know wtf this guy's talking about. Bring AJ and BBC News here, and see how much our other information outlets improve.
thezenhaitian
Jan 3, 2013 7:03 PM CST
The Guardian's Michael Wolff thinks the entry of Al Jazeera into the U.S. media market is doomed because of... what no car chases, meaningless banter/chatter, Fox News blondes, celebrity scandals... Why would a "journalist" find it "dreary" that there will be a diversity of voices represented in "The Market"-place of news programming? Is this guy a Communist or something?