The PJ Tatler

Are Women No Longer Allowed to Fight in Al Jazeera's 'War Room'?

Former veep Al Gore has sold his struggling, barely watched Current TV network to Al Jazeera. In a statement accompanying the sale, Gore’s network said:

Current Media was built based on a few key goals: 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. Al Jazeera has the same goals and, like Current, believes that facts and truth lead to a better understanding of the world around us.

The first outcome of the sale has been the departure of former MI Gov. Jennifer Granholm. She hosted a show called “The War Room,” a bellicose name for a left-leaning network. Imagine if Fox had a political show whose title compared public affairs discussions to warfare. It once aired “War Stories,” but that was a show about actual stories of war. Granholm’s contract went through the year, up to a possible sale.

The second outcome of the sale is an announcement by Time Warner Cable that it will drop the new Al Jazeera-flavored Current TV “as soon as possible.”

Gore likely doesn’t care. He pocketed about $100 million in the sale, a remarkable take for a network with such a tiny audience.

Al Jazeera is mostly funded by the government of Qatar.