Al Gore's latest brainstorm, the coming "Current" cable television news/culture network, which is scheduled to debut on August 1, 2005, may turn out to be just another bump in the road in the increasingly irrelevant corporate mainstream media.
To the Editor:
Al Gore's latest brainstorm, the coming "Current" cable television news/culture network, which is scheduled to debut on August 1, 2005, may turn out to be just another bump in the road in the increasingly irrelevant corporate mainstream media. The Gore plan is to take over and eviscerate the Newsworld International channel offerings broadcast from Canada, which is the best and the most thoughtful of the corporate news channels, and to replace it with a hip MTV-like version of cable news with snippets and "pods" of short and oh-so-hip news clips.
Al Gore freely admits that he is not trying to create a television version of the brilliantly successful progressive liberal Air America radio network. No, the chronically unhip Al Gore is trying to create a nebulous new hip youth-oriented cable network show modeled after MTV. Well, thanks, but no thanks. MTV and its imitators such as VH-1 and BET have almost single-handedly destroyed whatever political relevance that rock-and-roll music ever had in the late 1960s and early 1970s and have replaced it with vile vulgar voyeuristic entertainment along the lines of "hip-grinding" for corporate greed.
What we do need is a national progressive liberal cable news network that would be a television version of the brilliant successful Air America Radio Network, which is growing by leaps and bounds, recently completed its first year of operation and which currently broadcasts to a majority of the country's major media markets.
I fail to understand the motivation of Al Gore and his financial backers with their "Current" cable television project in its plan to ape the vulgar MTV music video format. Like Al Gore's short and lame attempt to grow and sport a gray beard, this "Current" project may also come over as lame and ill-fitting.
Al Gore is a brilliant progressive thinker, writer and speaker; he would undoubtedly do very well at hosting a cable news discussion program that would focus on recent events. It is too bad that he and his backers seem to be going off on a tangent with MTV-style programming adventure.
There certainly is a crying need to create a progressive liberal cable television news network to act as an antidote and as an alternative to the present awful mainstream corporate cable television lineup of Fox (faux), CNN (the second-most distrusted name (after faux)) and MSNBC (Microsoft monopoly filters information to keep you safe from reality), which almost always parrot the reactionary bush regime line.
Maybe Air America will take the plunge into producing a progressive cable television news network in the near future. Here's hoping.
James K. Sayre
6 April 2005
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