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Big Day for News? Al Jazeera America Is Here

New channel plans to keep it serious

(Newser) - Al Jazeera America launches this afternoon, and while some analysts believe the channel's entry to cable line-ups is a development as important as the launch of CNN or the Fox News Channel, others wonder if the new channel and its formula of serious, in-depth news will ever be able... More »

Inside Al Gore's Crazy Riches

He may have as much money as Romney. Here's why

(Newser) - If it's not polite to talk about one's money, then Al Gore had quite the rude Monday. His riches (which, at an estimated $200 million, definitely qualify as riches) were the subject of both a Bloomberg piece (for which he declined to be interviewed) and a New York ... More »

Lawsuit: Gore Was Against Al Jazeera Deal

Man claims he was the mastermind of Current TV sale

(Newser) - A media consultant is suing Al Gore and Current TV, claiming that he was the mastermind behind Al Jazeera's buyout of the struggling network, and was cut out of the deal. John Terenzio alleges that he came up with the idea, approached Al Jazeera, and presented a "step-by-step... More »

It's Ridiculous to Complain About Fox News

Howard Kurtz: Obama, in particular, needs to stop whining

(Newser) - President Obama and Al Gore have been whining about Fox News lately, and Howard Kurtz has had enough. Dislike the network all you want, but it's successful where Gore's Current TV wasn't. "Isn't that the free market at work?" writes Kurtz for CNN . But the... More »

9 Hypocritical Stars

Do as they say, not as they do

(Newser) - When environmental crusader Al Gore sold Current TV, much was made over the fact that he basically sold the network to big oil. Even Jon Stewart had to admit Fox News had a point in its complaints on the matter. But Gore is far from the only hypocritical VIP—as... More »

Stewart on Current TV Sale: Fox Has a Point

But Fox News is also a massive hypocrite, says 'Daily Show' host

(Newser) - Jon Stewart took a moment on last night's Daily Show to weigh in on Al Gore's deal to sell Current TV to Al Jazeera—or, more specifically, Fox News' reaction to it. "Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have our first Fox boner alert of 2013,"... More »

Cable Companies Eager to Dump Al Jazeera

Al Gore strong-armed them into keeping it, but they want to renegotiate

(Newser) - Cable companies aren't thrilled about the idea of Current TV turning into Al Jazeera America, and might have dropped the network the moment the deal was announced —if Al Gore hadn't strong-armed them into keeping it, the New York Times reports. Gore personally lobbied distributors, reminding them... More »

Boring Current TV Won't Help Boring Al Jazeera

Michael Wolff thinks the Qatari network is too dull to defend

(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,... More »

Al Jazeera Buys Al Gore's Current TV Channel

Pan-Arab news agency will get a foothold in American TV market

(Newser) - Goodbye Current TV, hello Al Jazeera America. Al Gore's struggling cable network has been bought by the pan-Arab news agency, which will get a long-sought "pathway into American living rooms," reports the New York Times . The changes probably won't take effect for about 3 months, at... More »

Gore Blames Obama's Whiff on Altitude

He didn't get to Denver in time, says former VP

(Newser) - You know you did terrible in a debate when your defenders start playing the ... altitude card? From Al Gore on Current TV, floating a theory last night on President Obama's lackluster performance, as per Mediaite :
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Meet Al Gore's New Girlfriend

Elizabeth Keadle is a longtime Democratic donor

(Newser) - Almost two years after Al and Tipper Gore announced their split, the former vice president has a new serious girlfriend. Elizabeth Keadle, called Liz, is a Democratic donor with a passion for the environment. And the Washington Post makes her sound like quite the catch, describing her as "independently... More »

Olbermann's $70M Lawsuit Accuses Current TV of 'Blackmail'

Current calls suit 'false, malicious'

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann has filed a $70 million lawsuit against Current TV accusing his former employer of "blackmail," and blasting co-founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt as "dilettantes." The angry 43-page complaint claims that Gore and Hyatt wooed him with promises that he would be his own... More »

Current TV Leaks Unflattering Email on Olbermann

It recounts on-set temper tantrum; former host files suit

(Newser) - The Keith Olbermann chronicles continue: The Daily Beast got hold of an internal email from a Current TV staffer relaying a little temper tantrum Olbermann reportedly had on set. It's not all that dramatic—he got angry over tech problems and threw a mug that shattered against a wall,... More »

Limbaugh: Olbermann a $10M Chandelier? More Like a...

...$50 lampshade

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann explained what went wrong at Current TV by telling David Letterman he was a "$10 million chandelier" without a home to hang in. Rush Limbaugh agrees that the fired host should describe himself in terms of a household lighting fixture ... just not one quite so precious. "... More »

Olbermann: I Was $10M Chandelier Without a Home

'Bright light' thought of bailing months ago, he says

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann compared his ill-fated run at Current TV to being a "$10 million chandelier" without a house, on the Late Show last night. Olbermann declined a chance to bash Al Gore, saying instead: "I screwed up really big on this." But he clearly dissed Current TV... More »

Olbermann Going on Letterman Next Week

Newly fired Current TV host scheduled for Tuesday

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann will appear on David Letterman's show next week, giving him a chance to explain his side of the story and/or take some more public jabs at his former bosses at Current TV. Olbermann, who got fired yesterday amid a feud with network founders Al Gore and Joel... More »

Current TV Fires Keith Olbermann; He's Suing

Eliot Spitzer takes over; Olbermann promises 'legal actions'

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann is out at Current TV, and it doesn't sound like a happy parting of ways. In a letter to viewers , network founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt wrote that Current was "founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these... More »

Olbermann Debut Loses to MSNBC, Beats CNN

Lawrence O'Donnell gets more viewers in key demographic

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann's new Countdown debut didn’t exactly come with a ratings blastoff. Current TV hasn’t announced the complete numbers for Monday's show, but it said the program managed 179,000 viewers in the all-important 25-to-54 demographic advertisers crave. Current is happy with the rating, but Mediaite... More »

Olbermann Debuts in Familiar New Countdown

New show looks a lot like the old show

(Newser) - It has the same music, the same title, the same Limbaugh-bashing, the same liberal anger: In fact, the only thing the new Countdown With Keith Olbermann is missing, oddly enough, is its traditional reverse-ranked topics (hence, "Countdown"). The familiar show debuted last night on Current TV , five months... More »

Keith Olbermann Dishes About MSNBC Feud

And reveals who he's hired away from his former network

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann isn’t talking to Rachel Maddow, he’s pulling down a fortune at Current TV, and he’s plucked suspended MSNBC anchor David Shuster to be his fill-in host there. Those are just some of the revelations in a characteristically candid interview Olbermann gave the Hollywood Reporter . Some... More »

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