Did Qatar Bribe Time Warner into Carrying Al Jazeera?

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Current TV, a failed Gorean alternative to MSNBC, was only carried by cable providers like Time Warner because of Al Gore’s political influence. The corrupt terms of that arrangement meant that Gore and Co. were cashing in because viewers of other channels were effectively subsidizing the unwatched liberal channel.

When Al Gore sold out to the Emir of Qatar, Time Warner breathed a sigh of relief and dumped the remohammeded Al Jazeera America. But now Al Jazeera America is back on Time Warner Cable even though it doesn’t have any actual viewers.

So what was behind Time Warner’s change of heart? Two possibilities…

1. Intimidation

2. Cash

While the former is possible, Qatar is throwing enough money around that the latter would be easier. The New York Times seems to agree.

Al Jazeera America, like other channel owners, has sought an unspecified per-subscriber fee to be carried. But distributors are generally reluctant to add to their crowded lineups, so channels have occasionally paid to be carried. In this case, Al Jazeera may pay Time Warner Cable for marketing and advertising sales support.

Mr. Al Shihabi declined to say whether Al Jazeera had paid, but called the distribution deal a “win-win proposition.”

That looks like Al Jazeera paid to be carried which doesn’t do anything for its credibility. Considering that it spent $25,000 per viewer, it might be cheaper for it to just start paying people to watch it.

  • pupsncats

    Why would it have to bribe Time Warner owned by leftwing garbage makers?

    • MarilynA

      I heard that Ted Turner is bleeding l money since CNN became the mouth piece for the Communist Democrat Party.

  • Texas Patriot

    One of the biggest story of the last forty years is how Western media became money-driven rather than truth-driven.

    • MarilynA

      All our media, including Fox News, and all our universities have sold their souls for the Wahhabi dollar.

      • Texas Patriot

        That says it all.

        • defcon 4

          But why should it be problematic at all? After all, it’s only the small minority of “islamists” that are the problem with islam.

          • Johnathan Read

            Just keep in mind that the small minority equals over 100 million radicals that will have to be killed.

    • pupsncats

      Everything is money driven. That’s why the country is collapsing and has been even without the help of the state run media.

  • MarilynA

    Isn’t time Warner owned by Ted Turner. Turner has been a left wing ideologue ever since he invented CNN. Remember when he was married to our modern Mati Hari, Jane Fonda? Ted Turner’s New World Foundation funded the organization of the Rodney King Riots while Hi8llary Clinton was on the New World Foundation’s Board and serving as it’s President.. So what else could you expect from someone dead set on destroying his own country?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Turner sold a while back

  • http://alakhtal.wordpress.com/ Obaid Karki

    why don’t David Horowitz contact qatar to buy bankrupt frontpage magazine and shot it down?

    • Softly Bob

      Why don’t you go for a swim in the camel urine swimming pool?

      • defcon 4

        What a healthy idea! If ingesting camel urine has demonstrably healthy properties, swimming in it couldn’t be a bad idea!

    • N. Wasse

      And why would Allah demands that his terrorist followers should loot and steal what kuffar have and then he Allah and his rasul aka the prophet Mo get 1/5 of the loot
      The question is how can you get to your Allah his share of the loot do you have his e-mail address?
      PS: the diaper you have on the top of your f*ickin head has to go

    • defcon 4

      “Shot it down” what “progressive” muslimes do w/the recalcitrant, blasphemous/heretical kaffir.

    • Biff Henderson

      Little Slave,

      Islam is morally bankrupt, not worth a plug nickel let alone a quarter but I’m feeling overly generous so I’ll put my two cents in and tell you to go **** yourself.

  • Johnathan Read

    Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal owns a 7 percent stake in News Corp — the parent company of Fox News — making him the largest shareholder outside the family of News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch.

    He can and does have a say as to how Fox deals with Islamists in the news.

    • defcon 4

      “Islamists”, funny.

  • Veracious_one

    That looks like Al Jazeera paid to be carried which doesn’t do anything for its credibility. Considering that it spent $25,000 per viewer, it might be cheaper for it to just start paying people to watch it.
    maybe they could offer the viewers free Obamacare coverage…