Bill O'Reilly, the host of his eponymous television program on the Fox Network, vociferously condemned former Vice President Al Gore's "sleazy and disgraceful" sale of his Current TV to "anti-American" network Al Jazeera. O'Reilly called Gore a "hypocrite" for reportedly selling the network before higher federal tax rates kicked in on Jan. 1.
"When you think about it, this is really stunning," O'Reilly said on the evening of January 3 on "The O'Reilly Factor" show. Said O'Reilly, "A former vice president selling his far-left cable operation to anti-Americans — then trying to jam the deal to avoid higher taxes to the federal government."
The New York Times reported that Gore, the scion of a wealthy and privileged family and a former U.S. senator, wanted to finalize the $500 million sale before higher capital gains taxes went into effect on the first day of 2013. O'Reilly called Gore a "hypocrite," for saying in a November 2012 interview that people "like me should pay our fair share."
Citing a documentary entitled "I Knew Bin Laden," O'Reilly called Al Jazeera "anti-American." Addressing the former vice-president, "This is just sleazy, Al," O'Reilly said. "This is disgraceful." Al Jazeera is wholly owned by the government of Qatar, one of the small Islamic oil-producing states in the Arabian Peninsula.
Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.