Thursday, October 04, 2007
An Al Gore opinion piece from 2004:
Bush and Cheney are spreading purposeful confusion while punishing reporters who stand in the way. It is understandably difficult for reporters and journalistic institutions to resist this pressure, which, in the case of individual journalists, threatens their livelihoods, and in the case of the broadcasters can lead to other forms of economic retribution. But resist they must, because without a press able to report “without fear or favor” our democracy will disappear.
Recently Gore stood in the way of journalists in Sioux Falls, San Jose, Saskatchewan, Sydney and San Antonio. Broadening his repetoire to locations beginning with letters other than S, Gore has lately blocked reporters in Austin:
First off, as this sharp Daily Texan editorial points out, for all of Gore’s efforts to get the news media to devote more attention to climate change, he (and his promotional agency) denied press passes for our reporters and photographers. (The kind folks at the Erwin Center ended up giving us a few tickets — not such a big sacrifice, as it turned out, since many of the high-dollar seats went empty. The Erwin Center said about 3,000 tickets were sold.)
As for “without fear or favor”, Asher Price reports:
The Al Gore presentation wrapped up with the softest Q & A I’ve ever witnessed. (Questions were submitted beforehand by audience members.) Questions ran from ‘Who is the most amazing person you ever met?’ (“Nelson Mandela. He’s a hoss,” Gore drawled) to ‘Do you really think we can beat this thing?’
Someone should sneak 15-year-old Erik Speight into one of these Gorefests:
Personally, I think global warming is a bunch of bull and that Al Gore should shut his face.
CNN Meteorologist Rob Marciano clapped his hands and exclaimed, “Finally,” in response to a report that a British judge might ban the movie “An Inconvenient Truth” from UK schools because, according to “American Morning,” “it is politically biased and contains scientific inaccuracies.”
”There are definitely some inaccuracies,” Marciano added. “The biggest thing I have a problem with is this implication that Katrina was caused by global warming.”