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Al Jazeera America Countersuing Al Gore (TVNewser)
It looks like Al Jazeera America isn’t taking the lawsuit levied by former Vice President Al Gore lying down. The company countersued Gore and Joel Hyatt Friday. The Associated Press The parties are fighting over money that is being held in escrow. The former vice president and Hyatt, the founder of Hyatt Legal Services, sued the network last month saying that it was improperly withholding tens of millions of dollars placed in escrow when Al Jazeera bought Current TV for $500 million. THR / Hollywood, Esq. According to Gore and Hyatt, Al Jazeera squandered those favorable distribution rights by making an “ill-advised, one-sided” agreement with Time Warner Cable, which set off “most favored nation” obligations to other distributors. According to Al Jazeera, it’s Gore and Hyatt who shoulder the blame — and responsibility — for what later happened by failing to get TWC on board in the first place. New York Post Friday’s countersuit insists that AJA, as Current TV’s buyer, did not “make phony claims” but had a “contractual right to be indemnified.” “Al Jazeera America rightfully seeks compensation from an escrow fund that was established solely and specifically to protect Al Jazeera against any harm resulting from these inaccurate representations,” the countersuit claimed. In the countersuit, Al Jazeera stated it made five claims on the escrow money, relating mostly to disagreements it had with distributors following the sale. Variety The purchase price was reportedly $500 million, and, although that figure also was redacted from Al Jazeera’s filing, the company noted that Gore is “reported to have made between $70 and $100 million from the sale.” Gore and Hyatt contend that they initially harbored “serious reservations” about selling the network to Al Jazeera, but decided to entertain the idea of such a sale after performing due diligence and consulting with former senior U.S. government officials.

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Washington Post Writer Responds to The New York Times

Recently, Jennifer Steinhauer of the Times wrote an article about covering the many restaurants around Capitol Hill that are serving crappy food. Apparently that was the last straw with Tim Carman of The Washington Post. Yesterday he wrote a sarcastic piece detailing how often the New York Times bashes Washington (read: a lot). Here’s a sample of Carman’s completely over-the-top tone:

Allow me to apply some ointment to our many probe marks and ask a small favor from the Gray Lady’s staff: Could you please stop rubbing our noses in our inferiority? We understand by now. You’re better than we are. Your fashion is better than ours, your art is better and, of course, your restaurants are better. Washingtonians will forever cower in the long shadow cast by Gotham, nervously picking our nails and hoping you will like us one day.

What Carman doesn’t seem to grasp is that the tongue-in-cheek approach is worthless when talking about this city. At one point Carman hypothetically asks, “Do you get tired of being right all the time?” and every New Yorker from Midtown to East New York would resoundingly answer “No.” Carman sarcastically saying how superior this city is when attacking the Times and Steinhauer’s piece doesn’t work because all we do is sit back and nod in agreement. There’s a reason New Yorkers act like it’s the best city in the world: because it is.

WGA 07 Strike Week 2 : Fans

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Fan Day! Get over to Universal by 11 and then dash to NBC Burbank to meet that friend of labor, John Edwards.

Lost showrunner crosses the picket lines to tinker with the 8 episodes already shot.

A husband of a WGA member blogs about the strike. Labor action heats up.

Jennifer Steinhauer shows readers what’s behind the curtain, as the strike goes on.

WGAE has a blog, Strike Notes, which is great, but why are writers so dull when writing about not writing?

Walk the Virtual Picket Line. So, where’s the Second Life line?

Scrubs will take a little break, and then, maybe things will be better. Or not.

Will anyone miss Bionic Woman? One suggestion: recycle Smallville scripts–no one will notice.

Grilled Cheese, Please! Steinhauer in NYT

NY Times bureau chief Jennifer Steinhauer explores the gooey world of LA grilled cheese sandwiches. She goes to a bunch of great places, she’s not afraid of fat, and she slips in a bit of self-revelation that we’ve certainly never seen in the NYT before:

my cocktail waitress shift at Cheek to Cheek in Kalamazoo, Mich

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If only she’d met Bill Maher for lunch.