Famous conservative Glenn Beck responded in strong terms to the rumor that his website, TheBlaze, is considering purchasing the media company Al Jazeera America.
Al Jazeera America will be shuttering its operations completely on April 30th of this year.
“I want to make it very, very clear. I will never give the Gulf State a dime of my money,” Beck said.
Al Jazeera Media Group is owned by the Gulf State of Qatar.
Beck went on: “Not one dime will ever go to pay a state that harbors and infects the rest of the world with twisted ideology that leads to terror- not a dime.”
He said that additional viewership is “not that important to go and sell your soul to a Gulf State.”
A 2015 letter to the Obama administration circulated by Representative Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., calls out Qatar for being the “world’s safe haven for terrorist groups and militia leaders.”
The letter also states that the “Qatari government turns a blind eye to terrorist fundraising for al Qaeda and the Islamic State by U.S.-designated persons within its borders.”
According to the Washington Free Beacon, “The United States sends billions of dollars and arms to Qatar to keep it as a strategic regional ally.”
There is some basis to the rumor that TheBlaze would consider purchasing Al Jazeera America.
Lynne Constantini, TheBlaze’s president of business development, had written earlier: “Given the appeal and high consumer demand for TheBlaze’s brand of news, information and entertainment programming, we continue to pursue all avenues of growth and investment in the linear distribution platform, whether by continued organic growth or by strategic acquisition, including of AJAM.”
However, Beck said that in order for TheBlaze to acquire Al Jazeera America, Qatar would have to pay him to take it off their hands.
His exact statement was: “They could pay me to take it off their hands, but I will never pay them. Al Gore took their money. I’ll take their money, too. Hurts them, doesn’t hurt me. But I’ll never ever help them.”