At all staff meeting at the San Francisco HQ, teleconferenced to company offices in LA and NYC, the Current TV employees met the new bosses - Ehab al Shihabi and Muftah al Suwaiden - from Al-Jazeera to whom Al Gore unexpectedly sold the company for a whole bunch of petro-dollars - $100 million net. Afterwards, the lefty Liberals had much more to say about Green Al and their new boss.
The meeting, while not contentious, was, according to staffers who spoke on the condition of anonymity, miserable.Yeah, reality. Gotta love it.
The mostly left-leaning group—some still in denial —weren’t buying what Al Jazeera was selling.
And what are they selling? Al Jazeera’s image of —are you ready?— “inform, inspire and entertain!”
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.
But you won’t be getting that Middle East merriment until April, which is when the network says it will be ready to take over.
“Sometime within three months—no more, no less—we were told,” said the Current staffer.
One person at the meeting, who has already announced that she’s leaving, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, tried to ask about severance packages for those who wouldn’t be staying.
“This isn’t the place to discuss this!” Hyatt barked at her.
“After that, everyone kept their questions pretty much to themselves,” according to the staff member.
How do they feel about Gore the savior of green energy now?
The displeasure with Gore among the staff was thick enough to cut with a scimitar.
“We all know now that Al Gore is nothing but a bulls***ter,” said the staffer bluntly.
We do stories on the tax code, and he sells the network before the tax code kicked in?
“Al was always lecturing us about green. He kept his word about green all right—as in cold, hard cash!”