Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Blood and Gore

As expected, the staff of Current TV is none too thrilled with their formerly revered leader's decision to basically throw them all under the bus for a $100 million payday. It was easy as hell to predict, so I'm not going to break my arm patting myself on the back for figuring this was coming, but apparently yesterday was the first "transition" meeting between the Current team and the new overseers at Al Jazeera, who sealed a deal for the network for around $500 million last week, and word has it it was -- tense.

According to the New York Post, Al Gore himself wasn't there -- although Current co-founder Joel Hyatt was -- which gave the largely outgoing staff plenty of room to complain about their treatment.

Here's one of the best quotes, from an unnamed staffer:

"Of course Al didn’t show up -- he has no credibility. He’s supposed to be the face of clean energy and just sold (the channel) to very big oil, the emir of Qatar! Current never even took big oil advertising -- and Al Gore, that bullshitter sells to the emir?"

But that's not the very best quote. No, that comes to us courtesy of Hyatt himself, who you'll remember released an insufferably self-congratulatory memo to the staff and the public following last week's sale. The Post claims that Current host Jennifer Granholm tried to play defense for her people by asking about potential severance packages for them. His response was reportedly to bark at her, "This isn't the place to discuss this!"

I have no doubt that while nobody spoke out of turn after that, everyone thought to themselves, "Easy for you to say, asshole, since you just made millions and we just got fucked."


Anonymous said...

Wow! I'm an employee at Current and was at the meeting/conference; and while it was filled with all the usual bromides about what a great move this is for everyone, how proud we should all be for our dedication, blah blah, some more bullshit about how great or new overlords will treat us simple proles, scumbag Hyatt-- he was the firing asshole made famous in the movie Philadelphia afterall--didn't bark anything actually and there were more pointed questions that followed with no real answers. The real problem isn't what he said it's what he didn't say. No specifics, no memos, nothing to evaluate, just a reassurance to be patient while the news cools off so that once the pink slips stay trickling in there won't be anyone to notice. Scumbag, especially Gore for not even showing his lying bloated face.

George said...

Just going to say -- Qatar's wealth is primarily from natural gas, not oil. And on many levels, it's doing a lot of good (though admittedly there is room for improvement on some issues).