Drudge is on it like a cheap suit: NYO reports that Al Gore plans to transform Newsworld International from
a sleepy foreign-news outlet into a youth-oriented public-affairs channel, a jump-cut news network for the iPod set. Despite vociferous claims that the network isn’t attempting to be the liberal antidote to Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, it’s difficult to ignore the obvious: It may be fair, it may be balanced, but it’s going to be owned by Al Gore.
That means it'll be like Fox but boring, right? Someone should tell him that "the iPod set" doesn't need a channel that broadcasts a real time image of the earth. If it were up to us, we'd stick with the current programming, which NYO stereotypes as "a two-minute dialogue-free video essay on squirrels, followed by the news about a freak rotating-door accident in a Tokyo shopping mall." Are you telling me Fox wouldn't run that as-is? Especially if the squirrels are, like, debating Bill Kristol.
We're still trying to figure out how it is that America needs an "antidote" to Fox. It makes conservative views sound like syphilis, and listening to liberal media the equivalent of taking your medicine. OK, that part is pretty accurate.
Al Gets Gore-TV [NYO]