Go, Matt Lauer, Go!

Don’t look now, but we’re living in a Tom Wolfe novel.

To wit: as you’re no doubt aware, Al Gore recently sold his independent news channel, Current TV, to Al Jazeera for half a billion dollars, a deal that swelled the personal Gore coffers by a cool one hundred mil. Al Jazeera is, of course, funded by that fossil-fuel chewing, Gaia-defiling mecca, Qatar. The pristine hypocrisy of this move would be entertaining enough were it not for Gore’s earlier refusal to consider selling Current TV to Glenn Beck on ideological grounds. Lest we miss his staunch incorruptibility, Gore actually stated publicly that he and his partner decided to sell to Al Jazeera because of their ideological kinship with Current TV. As Gore said at the time of the sale: “Current Media was built based on a few key goals: To give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell the stories that no one else is telling. Al Jazeera, like Current, believes that facts and truth lead to a better understanding of the world around us.”

(Call it sour grapes, but The Blaze has a little something to say about that.)

This flap had died down a bit, but Gore has just come out with a book that he is now touting on the daytime talk shows. Matt Lauer, bless him, decided to come out swinging on the Current TV sale. Gore’s politician’s smile remains fixed firmly in place, but I doubt he’ll want to sit opposite Lauer again any time soon. The sparks start to fly at 3:28.