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Al Gore's Current Project
Al Gore, loser of the 2000 presidential election, is now launching a TV network named "Current." In an interview, Mr. Gore has said that Current is "not intended to be partisan in any way." Mr. Gore then goes on to state that he aims to create "the television home page for the Internet generation." He wants to create a network to get young people to join the "dialogue of democracy." Forgive my cynicism, but I believe that history teaches us that Current will be a left-wing propaganda machine.
"Itís genuinely hard to watch FSTV, with its militant lesbian shows, raunchy language, horrid production quality and generally unpalatable message."
What history, pray tell? Well, on my Dish Network, there is channel 9415, "FSTV." This is Free Speech TV, a channel populated with left-wingers who are so loony that they make Michael Moore look like Rush Limbaugh. Itís genuinely hard to watch FSTV, with its militant lesbian shows, raunchy language, horrid production quality and generally unpalatable message. Itís so strident and unpleasant that it lacks any entertainment value whatsoever.
This was the first of the efforts launched with the intent of drowning out the conservative message to which people currently flock. You know, the message that has made Rush, Hannity, Laura Ingraham and the like massive success stories. Aside from Dish, few if any cable carriers feature FSTV. In that way, itís reminiscent of Air America. The great effort to unseat Rush and Hannity has half the stations after 18 months than Rush had after his first six. They are on Sirius satellite network and still have trouble paying their bills.
"Do you actually think that a channel run by Al Gore will permit the ídialogue of democracyí to include even one iota of conservatism?"
Mark my words, Current will be just as strident, just as negative and just as unwatchable as FSTV. With Goreís big money backers (isnít it ironic that the Democrats accuse the GOP of being the party of the rich, but they in fact turn out to be backed my most super-rich people), the production values will outshine those of FSTV. But Current is destined to be a flashy FSTV. Do you actually think that a channel run by Al Gore will permit the "dialogue of democracy" to include even one iota of conservatism? If conservatism is mentioned, it will be ridiculed without any hint of actual discussion.
Current is destined to suffer the same fate as FSTV and Air America, unless it changes its message. Itís not possible to use production values or a smiling face to present the fundamentally patrician and negative message of socialist liberalism. Moreover, people are not stupid. We do not like to hear people engage in vitriol and invective in lieu of actual intellectual discussion. "Bush Lied!" is not an intellectual discussion of the positives and negatives of liberating Iraq from Saddam, and in the process drawing the regionís terrorists into one place, outside the United States, where they are now engaged and soon to be eradicated.
The liberal message is, "Bush Sucks, Rove Sucks, Rice Sucks and Cheney really sucks. So put us in office instead!" Why does Bush "suck?" Then out come the nasty slogans and lies. If you respond with a logically-founded challenge, you are then derided as a puppet of the "extreme conservatives." They cannot formulate a logical response to our message! Unless Current finds some logic to support the position of the extreme leftists who own and run the network, itís doomed to obscurity.
DirecTV and a few select Comcast markets will initially carry Current. I guarantee you that these markets are in the heart of the blue states. I also venture to say that Directv viewers will reject Current, except in the heart of the blue states. In the end, Current will draw about 1/20th of the audience of Fox News. Hannity, OíReilly and the others need not worry.