Yesterday’s post emphasized the liberal/secular/progressive bias inherent within the news media, particularly with respect to the portrayal of anything connected to evangelical Christianity and/or conservative politics. One news outlet I didn’t mention was Current TV, whose founder and owner is Al Gore. One reason for not giving Current a prominent place in the commentary is the miniscule audience it draws. Apparently, it hasn’t been doing too well financially because Gore just found a buyer to take it off his hands—Al Jazeera.
If you can’t quite recall who or what Al Jazeera is, let me remind you. It’s an Arab-language news network that is solidly anti-Israel and pro-Islamist. Some try to say its English-language spinoff is not as bad, but those are the same people who think MSNBC offers straightforward news.
Even the liberal Washington Post media writer Howard Kurtz says, “There is something highly unusual—OK, just plain weird—about a former vice president of the United States doing this deal with the emir of Qatar.” Kurtz actually began his column this way:
So Al Gore starts a liberal cable network, which turns into a complete and utter flop, then sells it to a Middle East potentate in a deal that will bring him an estimated $70 million. Is America a great country or what?
Keep in mind that Gore is the most prominent agitator for the belief the earth is in environmental freefall, largely due to reliance on oil. He then sells to the oil-rich emir who probably should be public enemy number one, from Gore’s perspective. It’s nice to be principled, isn’t it?
Nearly as juicy as that hypocrisy is the impetus for trying to sell it now, as quickly as possible—he hoped to avoid the tax increases that hit at the beginning of this year, tax increases he presumably supports as they are part of the Obama agenda. He didn’t quite make the deadline, so he’s going to lose more than he hoped. I really feel for him.
Why does the following Scripture passage seem so relevant today?
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
Woe to you, blind guides, who say, “Whoever swears by the temple, that is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple is obligated. . . .
You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. . . .
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
I’ve never considered Al Gore to be any kind of guide, but many have. Be careful when you choose a role model. Men judge by outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.