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Algorezeera debuts!

Posted By Joseph Farah On 08/03/2005 @ 1:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled

Officially, the new television network is known as “Current.”

I call it “Algorezeera.”

When the former vice president embarked on his acquisition of a TV cable network, he assured the public there would be no partisanship, no ideological agenda behind the effort.

In the first 24 hours, viewers of Current were treated with reports on:

  • the search for human egg donors;

  • how to commit suicide by throwing yourself in front of a train;

  • the positive side of prostitution and pimping;

No partisanship here. No ideological agenda. In fact, no thought, no judgment, no standards of any kind.

This is pretty much what I expected from Algorezeera, when he billed the plan as “a 24-hour-a-day news network that looks like MTV.”

Is Al Gore really capable of programming a TV news network that is “non-ideological”?

I really question that. In fact, I would question whether anyone can truly divorce themselves from their own worldview in the presentation of the news. I would question whether anyone should pretend they can do that.

I certainly question whether Al Gore can do it.

Whether the agenda is driven by the worldview of the Bible or the worldview of atheism, there is no escaping our worldview. Everybody’s got one.

And Al Gore has one deeply rooted in religious fervor and fanaticism – much like his colleagues over at Al-Jazeera.
If you doubt what I’m saying, check out his book, “Earth in the Balance.” In it, he says his vision of environmentalism must become “the central organizing principle for civilization.”

“The prevailing ideology of belief in prehistoric Europe and much of the world was based on the worship of a single earth goddess, who was assumed to be the fount of all life and who radiated harmony among all living things,” he writes. “The last vestige of organized goddess worship was eliminated by Christianity as late as the 15th century in Lithuania … it seems obvious that a better understanding of [goddess worship] could offer us new insights into the nature of our human experience.”

Gore is a proponent of goddess worship. He believes this pagan idea is a better and more legitimate spiritual belief system than Christianity.

Still not convinced this man is one coconut short of a pina colada? Check this out: He actually can’t decide which has more intrinsic value – the life of a human being or the life of a tree.

“The Pacific Yew can be cut down and processed to produce a potent chemical, taxol, which offers some promise of curing certain forms of lung, breast and ovarian cancer in patients who would otherwise quickly die,” he writes. “It seems an easy choice – sacrifice the tree for a human life – until one learns that three trees must be destroyed for each patient treated.”

Do you think someone with those kinds of extreme views is capable of keeping them out of his TV news programming?

I don’t think so.

Worse yet, this new media mogul is no friend of the First Amendment.

For five years now, WND has battled a $165 million defamation lawsuit brought by Al Gore’s top fund-raiser in his home state. The case was brought after WND published an 18-part investigative series on political corruption in Tennessee – a series many believe cost Gore his home state in the 2000 election and thus the presidency. We’ve already lived through a second presidential election cycle while fighting this lawsuit and we have every expectation of living through a third in 2008 while still defending ourselves from Al Gore’s cronies.

This lawsuit is nothing more than retribution for Gore’s inability to carry his own home state in the 2000 election. It would be dropped in a flat second if he wanted it dropped. Anyone who would support such a lawsuit has a fundamental problem with a vigorous press doing investigative reporting into presidential candidates and their past.

Now do you know why I call Al Gore’s foray into TV-land, “Algorezeera”?


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