Al Gore was questioned Saturday at the SXSW festival about the sale of his Current TV to Al Jazeera, which as the interviewer noted, is owned by Qatar–a government largely funded by oil money.
Gore replied that he placed the desire to make a “disruptive move” above the “obligations to investors” when he made the decision with his partners:
I knew when I made that decision with my partners. I had obligations to my investors, but that wasn’t going to drive the decision. I knew that my principal obligation was to do business in a way that makes the world a better place. I thought it was the most disruptive move on the chessboard.
You have heard me be very critical of American television journalism. I think that the addition of a very high-quality, 24-7 honest-to-goodness news channel that covers international news as well as national — that covers climate, that covers poverty, that cover issues that are ignored today — has the potential to be disruptive in a creative and positive way, and raise the game for television journalism here in the United State of America.
If “disruptive” is the measure of a company’s strategy, what else might Gore endorse?
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