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Glenn Beck was rejected in his attempt to buy Current TV after the conservative commentator posted his news of his denial on Twitter.
The revelation of Beck's rejection came about when he tweeted, "before Al-Jazeera bought Current TV, TheBlaze looked into buying it but we were rejected by progressive owners." Beck's The Blaze reportedly made inquiries over purchasing the media company, but was ultimately rebuffed.
The progressive owners Beck is referring to is former vice president and presidential nominee Al Gore, who started Current TV in 2005. He told Beck that the media company was looking to sell to a buyer that was more in line with their core beliefs.
"The legacy of who the network goes to is important to us and we are sensitive to networks not aligned with our point of view," the network reportedly told The Blaze in their failed purchasing attempt.
Gore recently announced that he had sold the media company to Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network for a reported $500 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Middle East company had been trying to expand its Al-Jazeera English Channel domestically and using an United States-based company would aid in that effort.
The media company is owned by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani – who is also the head of the Qatar Media Corporation – and was founded in 1996. It started as an Arabic-speaking channel located and is currently based in Doha, Qatar.
It is widely viewed negatively in western countries for its alleged anti-U.S. and anti-Israel reporting bias and rumored supporter of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda.
Officials from the network have tried to expand their coverage and their stated mission of sharing another perspective with the Western world by touting their coverage of the Arab Spring. It is currently the only independent news and information television channel that is broadcast outside of the region.