Former Vice President Al Gore was in Austin, TX this weekend for SXSW and said the following in response to a question about the sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera:
“I knew when I made that decision that my principal obligation was to make the world a better place.”
Just a few days earlier, it was learned that a lawsuit was filed by a man who says he was left disenfranchised – and unpaid – by Al Gore and Current TV. John Terenzio alleges that one of his primary objectives was to smooth over objections to the sale. Here is an excerpt from the lawsuit in which he provides the details of a presentation he gave to Current TV board member (and husband of Dianne Feinstein) Richard Blum:
Terenzio’s PowerPoint presentation included a step-by-step approach for making the sale of the liberal media outlet to Al Jazeera palatable to U.S. lawmakers, pro-Israel factions, cable operators and, most importantly, the American public.
It requires a high level of audacity for Gore to suggest that altruism was his primary motive for making a business deal that will provide America’s enemies a propaganda platform in the U.S., especially when that business deal made him $100 Million.
Here’s the relevant portion of the video from Gore’s interview at SXSW, via Fast Company: