Sen. Feinstein’s Husband a Board Member and Point Man on Current TV Sale to Al Jazeera

Posted on March 9, 2013 by creeping

via Diana Wesf

Via Drudge, a Hollywood Reporter story on a $5 million lawsuit filed by a consultant who was cut out of a share of the Current TV/Al Jazeera deal. What is even more interesting is the key role David Blum, Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband and a Current TV boardmember, played in presenting the deal to the rest of the board.

The plaintiff, media consultant John Terenzio, seems to specialize in handling propaganda-disseminating organs of state dictatorships (China, Qatar) for US markets.

Terenzio says that in June, he identified Current TV as a potential acquisition target for Al Jazeera given its vast distribution network and well-publicized financial woes.

At Terenzio’s direction, Nanula is said to have approached Richard Blum, a member of Current’s board of directors (and the husband of U.S. SenatorDianne Feinstein), who was interested because “he and other Current investors were concerned about the prospect of losing their shirts in the financially troubled Current.”

Terenzio says he met Blum in July and presented “a step-by-step approach for making the sale of the liberal media outlet to Al Jazeera palatable to U.S. lawmakers, pro-Israel factions, cable operators and, most importantly, the American public.”

The lawsuit claims that the structure proposed and the strategies developed were the same ones developed by Terenzio for CCTV and that there was a “mutual understanding that Terenzio would be compensated if Current TV utilized his idea to consummate a sale to Al Jazeera.”

The presentation was left with Blum to show other Current investors, according to the lawsuit. Blum is said to have opined that Gore might find a transaction with Al Jazeera “politically unappealing” but that he would present it to the former U.S. vice president.

In other words, it sounds as if a US senator’s spouse assisted in enabling the propaganda arm of a repressive dictatorship to gain access to US audiences. Not only that, but the Senator’s family coffers now slosh with new dictatorship monies. How can that possibly be in the best interest of the Constitution to Senator has sworn to uphold?

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More on Jihad TV via Al Qaeda Ministry of Information Coming to 8 U.S. Cities:

Take just 13.5 minutes to view the three videos below then decide how you feel about Al Jazeera America.

“Al Jazeera is not protected by the First Amendment… because it provides material support for terrorism…” Cliff Kincaid of America’s Survival at theNational Press Club, Washington, D.C. on February 5, 2013. (Video 4:09)

“We certainly want to preserve the 1st Amendment… Al Jazeera English is not registered as a foreign agent nor is it making the required disclosures in its broadcasts as mandated by the Foreign Agent Registration Act… Do we really want a terrorist factory right here in America?” Jerry Kenney of America’s Survival TV at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. on February 5, 2013. (Video 5:54)

And more, The collapse of Al-Jazeera’s credibility

“…Al-Jazeera has become a propaganda broadcaster.”

…as resignations of journalist and correspondents continue and public criticism increases, the reality of its political agenda will become harder to conceal.

Cliff Kincaid has a new piece putting all the pieces together via AL GORE’S AL JAZEERA DEAL NOW A MAJOR SCANDAL. He leaves readers with this call to action:

Please urge Rep. Murphy to accelerate his investigation of the Al Jazeera deal by calling his office at 202-225-2301. Also, it is long overdue for Rep. Michael McCaul to do his duty and announce hearings into this curious transaction. His Committee on Homeland Security can be reached at 202-226-8417.

 

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