New York Post TV critic Linda Stasi reports that, in their first meeting with their new Al Jazeera bosses, former Current TV employees were less than enthused. Current TV boss Al Gore was the subject of particular ire:
“Of course Al didn’t show up,” said one high placed Current staffer. “He has no credibility.
“He’s supposed to be the face of clean energy and just sold [the channel] to very big oil, the emir of Qatar! Current never even took big oil advertising—and Al Gore, that bulls***ter sells to the emir?”
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!”
The most amusing anecdote, however, comes courtesy of former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm who, you may recall, channeled Howard Dean at the Democratic National Convention.
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!” [Current TV CEO Joel] Hyatt barked at her.
One big happy family.