Glenn Beck has confirmed that he had approached Current TV about buying the cable channel but was turned down because he was not “aligned” with the network’s point of view. So is it any surprise that Al-Jazeera was given the go-ahead?

The Wall Street Journal reports that Current’s Joel Hyatt agreed to the sale because “Al-Jazeera was founded with the same goals we had for Current,” including “to give voice to those whose voices are not typically heard” and “to speak truth to power.” Beck, on the other hand, would have replaced Current’s programming with his own TheBlazeTV.

Sadly, according to Hyatt, that’s not a joke.