Glenn Beck’s The Blaze 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.
While the ability of Beck’s network to raise the fund to even match the Al Jazeera offer is questionable, the sheer audacity of attempting to buy a network founded by Al Gore is humorous to the point of hilarity. One must wonder if the offer was passed around the office as a joke.
It is even more confusing due to Glenn Beck’s complete hatred of anything to do with Al Gore, as you can get a taste of with this live show from 2010:
So, what was Glenn Beck hoping to accomplish? He wanted to bring his online network back to the airwaves, simple as that. That he could destroy something made by Al Gore in the process likely was just gravy to him. When he left Fox News, he established an internet broadcast channel, which has since been a gigantic windfall for the talk show host. This move by his network signals a strong desire to get back on to cable channels. Despite the growth of affordable internet media systems, a large number of households in the United States still only get their channels over either cable or satellite systems. Current is currently carried by Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon, Time Warner, and AT&T, which would have given Beck access to a huge portion of the households in the United States.
Despite some claims by right-wing websites that the Al Jazeera sale would cause networks to drop Current from their lineup, cable networks instead are open to negotiations with the new network. It is likely that Glenn Beck will continue to search for a network to purchase. We wonder which one he will target next.
Nathaniel Downes is the son of a former state representative of New Hampshire, now living in Seattle Washington.
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