Current TV is done. Al Jazeera is simply buying Current’s access to US cable operators. Al Gore will remain as an advisor to the new network. That should shake things up in the cable news scene.
Question for you guys: Does the fact that Time Warner Cable is dropping Current TV in the wake of this news signify any sort of unsavory motives on their part? It struck me as not a business decision (though that’s what they say, of course), but one critical of what Al Jazeera represents. The fact that the blackout took effect almost immediately after the deal was signed seems like a clear indicator of someone being really pissed that the deal happened at all.
“Do I regret it? Of course,” Colin Powell to Al Jazeera on being the face of false intelligence on Iraq. Watch the interview here.
Powell emphasizes that the information was combed over before he presented it, and even rejected information that seemed sketchy. “It was nothing I made up. It was nothing I stuck in there.” He found out later after giving a speech to the United Nations that the sourcing of the information was spotty — despite originally being told it wasn’t. A must-watch.