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Al Gore Blasts News Corp. For "Abuse Of Power" In Kicking Current Off Italian TV

May 19, 2011 5:19 pm ET by Christine Schwen

As the Guardian reported, former Vice President Al Gore is fighting back against News Corp. for forcing his television network off the air in Italy. According to Gore, Current TV was told it would be dropped from News Corp.'s Sky Italia because of the network's decision to hire Keith Olbermann.

Gore pushed back against the News Corp. decision, noting that the incident demonstrates how the company lets ideology get in the way of its business decisions:

In an interview with the Guardian, Gore said the Current TV news and documentary channel was told unexpectedly three weeks ago that it could no longer be carried by Sky Italia because of its decision to hire a US left-leaning commentator often critical of Murdoch's company.

He added that the decision reflected how News Corporation operated worldwide. "News Corporation is an international conglomerate with an ideological agenda. It seeks political power in every nation they operate. They wield that power to shut down voices that disagree with the agenda of Rupert Murdoch," Gore said. 

Gore also noted that the incident should give pause to UK decision makers, who are currently reviewing a proposal for News Corp. to become the sole owner of BSkyB:

"I know that News Corp is close to reaching an agreement to buy BSkyB. Now I may not be a party to that debate, but if anybody believes that [News Corp] will remain hands off if there are diverse opinions that do not agree with its ideological agenda then they are fools. This is proof positive of their abuse of power," Gore said. 

Media Matters' Senior Advisor Ilyse Hogue agreed, telling the Telegraph, "We hope this will give the UK decision makers a pause before they allow the company more control in their country."

Olbermann also responded to the controversy via his Twitter feed, writing:

 

He went on to quote Winston Churchill, tweeting:

 

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      • Author by handsomejack54 (May 19, 2011 5:28 pm ET)
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        I know you are but what am I?
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      • Author by bintx (May 19, 2011 8:45 pm ET)
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        Wow, and Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly aren't?

        Hoosier, I don't watch Olbermann, but he's no worse than the idiots that you idolize. You just disagree with him. One might suggest that it is YOU who never grew up.

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      • Author by mikehuck76 (May 20, 2011 3:05 pm ET)
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        Oh, grow up, hoosier. You have been making yourself look like a deranged partisan nutjob ever since the birth ceritificate was released. Grow up.
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    • Author by Tony Stark (May 19, 2011 5:31 pm ET)
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      So, it's OK for MMFA to promote it's "drop fox" campaign, based on ideology, but it's NOT OK for News Corp. to drop Current TV based on ideology...
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      • Author by Boswell (May 19, 2011 5:35 pm ET)
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        well yes. after all MMFA is giving folks a CHOICE while Ruprect is taking choice AWAY from people for ideological reasons. i would ask if you were really to dumb to see that but I have read your posts before so I know you really are...
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        • Author by progressivevoicedaily (May 19, 2011 5:39 pm ET)
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          The trolls are out in full force today. MMFA is not a television network PROVIDER. NewsCOrpse is in some countries, dumbarse.
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        • Author by heresyoursign (May 20, 2011 5:37 am ET)
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          WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, it's okay Al, maybe when you buy your own network, then you too can decide who is on it or not.

          Until then, it's just another inconvenient truth in TV programming.
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          • Author by hoosier (May 20, 2011 10:58 am ET)
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            Poor Uncle Albert is having a tough time finding grandma masseuses to come into his hotel rooms at 2:00 in the morning to release his second chakras, and now this.

            He can't seem to catch a break, can he?
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            • Author by Johaely (May 20, 2011 1:37 pm ET)
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              Who gives a $#it?
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            • Author by mikehuck76 (May 20, 2011 3:07 pm ET)
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              What did your Uncle Albert do to you? And why would you think we would want to hear about whatever uncomfortable massages your uncle gave you?
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          • Author by raddave43 (May 20, 2011 2:37 pm ET)
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            Current TV IS Al Gore's network, dumbazz. "SKY Italia" is a satalite provider.
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          • Author by raddave43 (May 20, 2011 2:56 pm ET)
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            Current TV IS Al Gore's network, dumbazz. "SKY Italia" is a satalite provider.
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          • Author by mikehuck76 (May 20, 2011 3:09 pm ET)
               
            Wow. Heres does not even realize that Current IS his own network. You are so proudly ignorant, heresyoursign. If you had any shame, you would feel awful about your yourself about now.
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      • Author by iowalib (May 19, 2011 5:44 pm ET)
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        So, it's OK for MMFA to promote it's "drop fox" campaign, based on ideology, but it's NOT OK for News Corp. to drop Current TV based on ideology...

        A false equivalency. One is committed to getting to the truth (which happens to have a liberal bias), the other is committed to distortion and lies to push a right-wing world view. If you have proof that Current TV has used lies and distortion to promote the left wing agenda, then post the links to that proof here. MMFA has enough examples to prove the charges against News Corp, so I don't need to find them for you.
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        • Author by panzer (May 19, 2011 7:13 pm ET)
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          Truth has a bias? That's the stupidest thing I ever heard, and I've been watching MMFA for quite a while.
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          • Author by The_Cat (May 19, 2011 7:58 pm ET)
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            The liberal bias of reality is a construct which attempts to examine why the mostly conservative media feels the need to lie so often.
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          • Author by Deluded (May 19, 2011 8:15 pm ET)
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            Truth has a bias?


            Read carefully, it's not bias, it's liberal bias.

            As claimed by the right wing.
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          • Author by bintx (May 19, 2011 8:51 pm ET)
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            MMFA is not a news organization, it is a media watchdog site. News Corp is a HUGE conglomerate which purports to be a "news" organization (it's even in the name of the corporation . . . imagine that!); yet, it's CEO has admitted that he used his media aka "news" outlets to push the Bush agenda. I know you're into videos, panzer, so, just do a little search for Murdoch Davos Bush agenda. He admitted it OPENLY and with pride.

            That's not news, panzer, that's propaganda.
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            • Author by panzer (May 19, 2011 10:07 pm ET)
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              What does your post have to do with truth having a bias?
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              • Author by bintx (May 20, 2011 9:41 am ET)
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                Wow, don't understand satire, do you? When Stewart said that "truth has a liberal bias," he was referring to dumba**es like you who believe that anything that goes against the propaganda spewed on Fox/hate talk radio is "liberal bias." Truth doesn't have a bias, but idiots like you think it does because you've been fed so much faux conservative bull hockey, you've lost the ability to understand TRUTH.

                You're hopeless, and based on your posts, not a conservative. Just a groupie.
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                • Author by Johaely (May 20, 2011 10:26 am ET)
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                  Actually, it was Colbert who said it. In his correspondents dinner appearance of all places. The full quote:

                  "Reality has a well-known liberal bias."

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                • Author by hoosier (May 20, 2011 10:53 am ET)
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                  You keep repeating that over and over, bintxie. It's tripe. You don't know that panzer isn't a conservative, but that doesn't stop you from saying definitively that he isn't based on something you read about authoritarianism once.

                  I went back and found the video of Ann Coulter and Bill Maher when you said her face turned beet red, and there is absolutely no way that you could see redness in her face. None, bintxie. You just made that up. It wasn't satire, it wasn't hyping something, it was just you making it up out of whole cloth based on the fact that Maher shocked her with the off-the-wall come-back that she didn't have a quick response to her. That's what you do here every day to anyone that dares post on a forum that you believe should be reserved for only those who conform to the philosophy of the far-left propaganda organization that is Media Matters, you say they are just Fox bots. You're a very lazy thinker, but you like to pretend otherwise, that you speak from a position of on high as this 'conservative who is a real conservative, not some Fox News drone'. You say you don't give a rats-@ss about David Brock, but really, you're trying awfully hard to imitate him in his own back yard for someone who claims not to care about him.
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                  • Author by heresyoursign (May 20, 2011 11:34 am ET)
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                    Hoosier, don't you know that you cannot ever question the writings of bintx? Well you can, but I was informed that you'll eventually be blocked from commenting on MMFA especially if you have a solid argument or valid point.

                    Also, if you don't already know this, all valid points will be immediately followed by name calling and or spelling/grammer issues by other bloggers.

                    As for me, I know my time is just about up here, but it was a fun ride.
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                    • Author by MiniTru (May 20, 2011 11:46 am ET)
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                      As for me, I know my time is just about up here, but it was a fun ride.
                      It wasn't fun for anyone who had to wade through the crap you leave in your wake.
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                    • Author by mikehuck76 (May 20, 2011 3:11 pm ET)
                         
                      You didn't even know that Current was a network, heresyoursign. You are right, you should probably stop posting until you stop getting all of your information from Fox and hate radio. You do not even seem to realize how embarrassing your are.
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              • Author by moak (May 20, 2011 10:48 am ET)
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                Hmmm. If someone questioned MY military service, I wouldn't let it slide. Just sayin'.
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          • Author by Adendrools (May 20, 2011 2:51 am ET)
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            Panzy wrote: Truth has a bias?

            Wow, you really just don't get it do you? The truth shouldn't have bias should it? If that is so then why does Faux keep telling you it does? Facts only have a liberal bias when when they don't fit the right wing agenda, but I wouldn't expect you to get the facetiousness in that, do you get that? I guess I could spell it out, but I have more fun watching you struggle........
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      • Author by bintx (May 19, 2011 8:48 pm ET)
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        MMFA isn't an alleged "news" organization. News Corp (see, they even call themselves a NEWS organization) pretends to be a news organization while their CEO OPENLY has stated that he uses his media aka "news" outlets to push an agenda.

        MMFA simply is trying to STOP this faux conservative propaganda machine.

        Open your eyes, Iron Man.
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      • Author by mikehuck76 (May 20, 2011 3:06 pm ET)
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        Wow. You really do not understand the debate you are attempting to take part in, do you, Tony? Try to figure this one out. What is the difference between MMFA and Sky Italia?
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    • Author by Imbecile (May 19, 2011 5:37 pm ET)
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      Remember how freaked out Glenn Beck got this morning over the White House not inviting the Boston Globe to some event because - they claim - Mitt Romney wrote a front page op ed piece?

      I'm asking because it seems the Republicans have already forgotten, and that was just this morning.

      I know I know, it's toooootally different because this is denying access to information based on political ideology and the other incident is...?
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      • Author by boulderhippy (May 19, 2011 5:48 pm ET)
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        Are you saying a company in Italy should be held to the same first amendment requirements as the government of the United States?
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        • Author by Imbecile (May 19, 2011 5:53 pm ET)
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          Sure, boulderhippy. Why not? That's totally what I was saying when I discussed the Republicans' reaction to this compared to their reaction to a story under similar circumstances.

          Do you ever wear your underwear outside your pants? I'm just asking because you strike as the kind of person who would do that and not realize you'd done it until sometime in the afternoon.

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            • Author by foghornleghorn (May 20, 2011 11:28 am ET)
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              FALSE EQUIVALENCY ALERT!!!

              Beck was kicked off radio stations due to protests from the PEOPLE/ADVERTISERS. Current was kicked out of Italy due to a CORPORATE decision.

              Make a note of it.
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        • Author by Egbert Sousť (May 19, 2011 6:17 pm ET)
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          Why do you hate the First Amendment?
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        • Author by bintx (May 19, 2011 8:55 pm ET)
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          No, what is being said is that News Corp whose CEO is a naturalized American citizen (who only became a citizen because of FCC regulations regarding non-Americans owning news networks) is openly attempting to prevent opposing viewpoints to his stated agenda from being given equal time. Murdoch's star child, Fox News, promotes itself as being "fair and balanced," when, of course, it is neither and is not intended to be.

          Thanks again for confirming your ignorance!
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          • Author by Adendrools (May 20, 2011 2:55 am ET)
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            And he seconds the confirmation of his ignorance with his silence..........
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        • Author by mikehuck76 (May 20, 2011 3:13 pm ET)
             
          Yes, I think the world would be much better off if every country had first amendment requirements. Don't you?
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      • Author by Tony Stark (May 19, 2011 5:56 pm ET)
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        The White House is supposed to represent all Americans, not just those who agree with the POTUS.

        It's not a "claim."

        If Italians have a problem with this move, they can choose another provider, u know, a satellite dish.
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        • Author by phredicles (May 19, 2011 7:46 pm ET)
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          The White House is supposed to represent all Americans, not just those who agree with the POTUS.


          Noi doubt you can document several similar statements that you made in the wake of Bush's "I'm the decider" rant.
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        • Author by Adendrools (May 20, 2011 3:03 am ET)
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          Why do you support the POTUS. He is your president after all. My biggest problem with you anti Americans is that the American Way is about the Populous voting and Americans excepting that presidents as their's. But you haven't. All of you Anti-American Right Wingers can't accept that this is OUR President. Thats right, OUR. If you don't like it vote again and when you don't accept it next time please leave peacefully. You don't like America You just like getting your way. Which by the way is UN-American.
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      • Author by jeter2 (May 19, 2011 5:58 pm ET)
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        Remember how freaked out Glenn Beck got this morning over the White House not inviting the Boston Globe to some event because - they claim - Mitt Romney wrote a front page op ed piece?

        Just a small small correction: It was the Boston Herald.

        The Globe leans left, The Herald leans right.

        I live in Massachusetts so I know this. And I know the Boston Globe would never be denied an invite to any Democratic event ;-)
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        • Author by epkklk851 (May 19, 2011 7:20 pm ET)
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          And I understand that the Herald used to keel haul Teddy Kennedy at every chance they got, yes?
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          • Author by jeter2 (May 20, 2011 10:10 am ET)
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            Oh yeah.

            Most of it coming from a Herald columnist, Howie Carr. Howie is not a huge fan of the Kennedy clan ;-) However some of what Carr dished out about Ted, & other family members was deserved, IMHO.

            Carr also has an afternoon radio program. He ain't a Limbaugh or Beck. He does actually research his stories. And I've never heard a lie [at least when I've been listening], but Howie Carr can be brutal to the Left.
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            • Author by epkklk851 (May 20, 2011 11:07 am ET)
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              I'm a Democrat, had I lived in MA, I would have voted for Teddy, but I've known since I was in high school that he was no saint. I have vivid memories of the Mary Jo Kopeckne death; I never understood how he walked away from that. And I know the Kennedys did their fair share of dirty deeds. Call me on it if you have the evidence, regardless of name or party, then let the people decide. I spent a month in Boston, two years ago. I really enjoyed myself.
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            • Author by epkklk851 (May 20, 2011 11:26 am ET)
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              I'm a Democrat, had I lived in MA, I would have voted for Teddy, but I've known since I was in high school that he was no saint. I have vivid memories of the Mary Jo Kopeckne death; I never understood how he walked away from that. And I know the Kennedys did their fair share of dirty deeds. Call me on it if you have the evidence, regardless of name or party, then let the people decide. I spent a month in Boston, two years ago. I really enjoyed myself.
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        • Author by ProgLib (May 20, 2011 3:02 am ET)
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          You live in MA and you're a Yankees fan? That must be rough.
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          • Author by jeter2 (May 20, 2011 10:13 am ET)
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            Well, other than always hearing "Yankees Svck", it ain't that bad ;-) I just laugh it off & remind my tormentors that the Yanks have 27 World Series Championships. Of course that doesn't shut them up, but it makes me feel better.
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    • Author by boulderhippy (May 19, 2011 5:44 pm ET)
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      Where is the conservative misinformation? MMFA needs to change their mission statement to be honest. MMFA should admit they want to destroy any opinion other than the ones sanctioned by Soros.
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      • Author by iowalib (May 19, 2011 5:46 pm ET)
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        Project much?
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      • Author by highlyunlikely (May 19, 2011 6:21 pm ET)
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        bh needs to come to grips with the doubts many of us have about his capacity to think on an adult level. Ignoring the questions will ultimately harm him more than his childish posts annoy us.
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        • Author by boulderhippy (May 19, 2011 6:26 pm ET)
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          Just what I thought, you can't honestly answer so you attempt to ridicule. In other words, it is just like most posts on this site, long on insult, short on intellegence.
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          • Author by highlyunlikely (May 19, 2011 6:35 pm ET)
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            ah, bh is in deep denial. At least he acknowledged the issue exists. Meanwhile, I'll refrain from pointing out that his cause and effect assumptions are hopelessly skewed. Keep it going,bh. I've been saving an anecdote for a special occasion. Your next post may be the perfect timing.
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      • Author by Nihilist (May 19, 2011 6:29 pm ET)
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        kock bros paid troll, they're out in force today. desperate bunch you know. they know they will get their butts kicked next year, when the congress and the pres. are dem majority.....
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        • Author by The_Cat (May 19, 2011 8:01 pm ET)
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          Fox Propaganda is simply that, and nothing more. It's GOP/Faux Con TV.

          Socialism is not evil. Socialism is not against the Constitution. Socialism is not illegal. Obama is not a Socialist. He's governing as a moderate Republican, much like Clinton did.

          Lastly, there is no decades long plot to take over the country. We do occasionally make progress, which would be much easier if we didn't have to drag Faux Cons and Republicans kicking and screaming into the modern world at the same time.
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            • Author by Jscott (May 19, 2011 10:30 pm ET)
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              Could you please define socialism for us. Thanks.
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              • Author by Jscott (May 19, 2011 10:33 pm ET)
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                Also, could you please tell us the difference between, Sociaism, Communism, Marxism, and Facism. Eagerly awaiting your reply.
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                • Author by ZoomieMSgt (May 19, 2011 11:24 pm ET)
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                  Yes I could, and no I won't. You could not afford my instruction.
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                  • Author by Boswell (May 20, 2011 1:25 am ET)
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                    your post only proves how obtuse you are
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                    • Author by highlyunlikely (May 20, 2011 1:42 am ET)
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                      Don't forget insufferable. If that word didn't already exist, Zoom (formerly Metanoia) would have invented the need for it.
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                  • Author by MiniTru (May 20, 2011 11:52 am ET)
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                    Yes I could, and no I won't. You could not afford my instruction.
                    So, your answer is actually, "No, I can't."
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              • Author by ZoomieMSgt (May 19, 2011 11:23 pm ET)
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                "Practical socialism
                Any discussion of the subject of Socialism as a practical alternative to capitalism must begin with a clear idea of what is meant by socialism. The Socialist Party defines this under the three broad headings of common ownership, democratic control and production solely for use. By common ownership we mean an equal relation between all people to the means of production. By democratic control we mean that social policy and action will be decided by the whole community. Production solely for use will replace the present capitalist system under which goods take the form of commodities for sale on the markets. In socialism, voluntary co-operation will produce goods directly for needs without the intervention of buying and selling."

                http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/etheory/Early90s/html/90PracticalSocialism.html
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                • Author by ZoomieMSgt (May 19, 2011 11:40 pm ET)
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                  Almost forgot, I need to provide a definition readable by the likes of dkylep, highlyunlikely, southernlady and kabneil. Here ya go.

                  http://encyclopedia.kids.net.au/page/so/Socialism
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                  • Author by highlyunlikely (May 20, 2011 1:07 am ET)
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                    Someone almost forgot who here has defended socialism and who never mentioned it.
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                • Author by Boswell (May 20, 2011 1:26 am ET)
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                  and?
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                • Author by Adendrools (May 20, 2011 3:09 am ET)
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                  And it's bad why?
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                • Author by Johaely (May 20, 2011 10:31 am ET)
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                  Remove the references to capitalism and that sounds like your average family.
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            • Author by raddave43 (May 20, 2011 2:40 pm ET)
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              Has all European countries failed? I didn't think so.
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              • Author by Boswell (May 20, 2011 9:31 pm ET)
                   
                the ones mainly in trouble like Ireland put in place the same reptard policies that got us in trouble
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            • Author by raddave43 (May 20, 2011 2:42 pm ET)
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              SOROS, drink!!!!! Soros is not a socialist, he is every bit a capitalist.
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        • Author by bintx (May 19, 2011 8:59 pm ET)
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          Fake airman/marine/soldier or whatever you claim to be, are you aware that Rupert Murdoch openly admitted that he used his media outlets to push the Bush agenda? The video of his statement is available online. He did it in Davos in 2007. Fox is NOT a news network, it is simply a faux conservative propaganda machine. There is NOTHING conservative about the CRAP that these liars shovel and, apparently, faux conservative groupies like you SWALLOW with relish.

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          • Author by ZoomieMSgt (May 19, 2011 10:19 pm ET)
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            Fake human, or whatever you are, go bleat to someone else. Some are useful tools to a end I disagree with, and some are sheep, like you.

            Yes, I am aware that Murdoch pushed Bush's agenda. I don't happen to agree with it all, but if the choice is between that and your agenda? LOL I'll stick with the lesser evil. I'll call out Sgt. Shultz, Madcow, Olberfuror, Chrissy "Tingles" Matthews and the rest of the useful idiots. You keep fighting your fight against the rightwing. Maybe we'll get lucky and both of us will win.
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            • Author by Adendrools (May 20, 2011 3:15 am ET)
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              ZoomiePVT (yeah, that's right Private) wrote: I don't happen to agree with it all, but if the choice is between that and your agenda?

              What exactly is "Your Agenda"? You mean taking care of the less fortunate, like Jesus practiced? I thought Christians believed in that. Do you mean mean making the society more important that the individual? I though Jesus believed in that. Maybe your just not a Christian. SHHHHHH Don't tell that other Right Wingers, they may throw you out........
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            • Author by bintx (May 20, 2011 9:49 am ET)
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              Oh, honey, I'm no sheep. As a lifelong conservative voter, I have no agenda except to express my disgust with the faux conservative CRAP that's being spewed on Fox/hate talk radio and faithfully and dutifully parroted by groupies like you. BTW, "calling out" the folks you listed above? Not a problem. Can't stand Ed Schultz or Chris Matthews and never listen to them. Don't watch Rachel Maddow and, to my knowledge, Olbermann isn't on television right now. The fact that you mentioned them and ASSUMED that I watched them simply shows that you are simply a talking points parrot. I don't watch them . . . don't watch much of any of the opinion networks.

              As for my fight against the "rightwing," I AM from the right. My fight is against the faux conservative BS from Fox/hate talk radio. They are DESTROYING true conservatism.

              Lord, you are an IDIOT and a PARROT. Get a clue, hon.
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    • Author by Nihilist (May 19, 2011 6:10 pm ET)
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      the more that current tv and the left freaks out the rightwing kock bros paid lurkers, here the better.... keep on watching the lefts dust in the next year, we will take back the congress and senate and shove our agenda right up the right's posterior.... the new deal will be the newer deal, with medicare for all.... then watch the kock bros thugs heads explode.....

      from a commie leftist bill ayers, van jones, marxist, socialist, tree hugging, climate changer............... yeee haaaa.........

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    • Author by Egbert Sousť (May 19, 2011 8:13 pm ET)
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      A little explanation first. In the CATV world, a cable company (Sky Italia) will enter into an agreement with a content provider (e.g., Current TV) under which it pays the provider a flat carriage fee, plus a per subscriber fee. The cable company will then charge the subscribers who get the provider's channel via the cable (or DSL or satellite) whatever the cable company believes it can get for providing the channel.

      In a May 19th Press Release (disguised as a news article) in its website's business section, Sky Italia said that it had been willing to renew it's agreememt with Current TV at unspecifed, current "market" rates, but --- despite a declining viewership --- Current TV had asked for double its existing fee(s). In other words, it's all Current TV's fault. No mention was made by Sky Italia of Current TV's claim that it was dropped by Sky Italia because of Olbermann. The May 19th Sky Italia PR comes, of course, 3 weeks after the fact.

      Click here for the Sky Italia PR. I had to put it thru Google Translator to get it into (a fair approximation of ) clear English. Less luck using Babel Fish, tho.
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    • Author by oscar the grouch (May 20, 2011 12:44 am ET)
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      Take it up with the FCC, Al Baby! Oh, wait, their reach is not that lonng.
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    • Author by FNC Liberal (May 20, 2011 1:49 am ET)
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      News Corporation wants control of all media. What you see, read and hear will be dominated by Bossman Rupy, unless people stand up and say no to him.

      Bossman Rupy destroys his competition by signing exclusive partnerships with companies to do business with News Corporation. This shuts out competitors for several years.

      He's a ruthless businessman.
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    • Author by Jason Beets (May 20, 2011 1:51 am ET)
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      While I enjoyed Olbermann on Countdown, he is a complete and total jerk. He said that SE Cupp's parents should have used Planned Parenthood, i.e. SE Cupp should have never been born.

      http://www.mediaite.com/online/keith-olbermann-says-se-cupps-parents-should-have-used-planned-parenthood/

      As much as I dislike the power news corpse has over the global media, I cannot in good faith support the extention of Current TV and Olbermann's crass and personal attacks upon those he disagrees with.

      http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-january-21-2010/special-comment---keith-olbermann-s-name-calling

      MSNBC is a better network without him.
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    • Author by sandman67 (May 20, 2011 6:29 am ET)
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      One of the things us Brits liked was that our news media was comparatively impartial and reported the news as accurately as possible.

      Then along came the Dirty Digger, that evil snake Murdoch.

      His print empire grew and dragged its standards into the gutter, and along with them went the rest, leaving few relatively impartial sources left to balance his dumbed down propogandised filth. His cable and sat channels did the same to TV...where once the BBC was a trusted impartial and accurate source it had to dumb down in an attempt to keep up with Sky. So followed ITV, leaving C4 alone to fly the accurate news flag.

      Murdoch is pure poison, tainting all he touches. Luckily it seems the UK public and thus the politicians have woken up to this. The Conservative Party are now looking very openly like Murdy shills, and this BSkyB fiasco is hammering them in opinion polls. Non Murdy papers run with glee the news about his papers filthy illegal spying tactics, and the legal knives are being sharpened in anticipation of court cases. His attempt to buy BSkyB is on hiatus with no sign of being concluded and approved.

      Good! We managed to run the scumbag out of the UK, and now I hope we dismantle his shabby empire of lies and free our media of his poisonous influence.

      And as for Current....well when Keith starts his show on the 20th June watch the website hits for Current skyrocket.
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    • Author by Nihilist (May 20, 2011 12:39 pm ET)
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      hey, rupert owns satellites that beam down to china, and he routinely lets chinese censors control the content being shown to our good pals, the red chinese.....
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