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bleedingheartlibertarian 1
I am very sad for anyone who elects to spend Valentine's Day with Al Gore.
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on January 31, 2013 at 10:43 AM · Report this
Last of the Time Lords 2
I hope someone grills Jon Stewart for the softball interview he did with Simpson a few months ago over Social Security reform.
Posted by Last of the Time Lords on January 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM · Report this
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What does Al Gore's personal choices have to do with the science and reality of climate change?

Posted by giffy on January 31, 2013 at 10:54 AM · Report this
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"What does Al Gore's personal choices have to do with the science and reality of climate change? "

That's what I say every time I jump in my SUV and cut down the bike lanes to get to Seatac for a flight to Mexico for a week's vacation.
Posted by Spiffy on January 31, 2013 at 11:08 AM · Report this
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I watched the whole extended interview, and though Jon was right to needle him, Gore made clear he made the right decision. There was NO option that on balance could have been considered more "sustainable" than Al-Jazeera. None.

Gore's goal was to keep Current alive by finding a buyer, one that not only would align closely with his network's mission but have a strong prospect of not folding on its own any time soon.

Name me a SINGLE willing buyer for Current that would have been even HALF as able to offer both of those elements as Al-Jazeera English was.

A deal needed to be done. Media ships are sinking all around, and Gore better than anyone knows the importance of a solid platform for a sustained voice on climate change coverage.

I think he did great. Yes, he made a mint himself, but he put his own money behind founding it, I have no problem with that. And that this deal strengthens Al-Jazeera English's ties with the right kind of U.S. media power - I think it really helps solidify that Al-Jazeera did the right thing in creating Al-Jazeera English and setting it off in the new, leftward direction it did.

Win-win-win.
Posted by gloomy gus on January 31, 2013 at 11:09 AM · Report this
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So Al Gore just stole a bunch of money from the oil industry by tricking them into exchanging it for a useless TV network that no-one watches?

I don't see the problem with this.

Also, he's correct in his assessment of Al Jazeera's environmental coverage. I doubt any other network would've been as pro-environment as AJ after a sale.
Posted by Sam O. on January 31, 2013 at 11:12 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 7
If you want to affect positive change in America, everyone knows you have to be Ghandhi & Mother Teresa's lovechild raise by MLK. Otherwise you're a hypocrite and your cause is considered a hoax.

Doesn't Al Gore know the rules?
Posted by Max Solomon on January 31, 2013 at 11:16 AM · Report this
Knat 8
Gore said in response that Al Jazeera has had better coverage on the topic than any other network, and he thought that outweighed the fact that it's owned by oil magnates, implying that the bosses don't exert editorial control on this topic, at least not yet. In addition, those same people are making investments into renewable energy for the future.

His justifications could certainly be countered (though on my part, by only baseless assertions and speculation), but that's still not a satisfactory answer?
Posted by Knat on January 31, 2013 at 11:18 AM · Report this
zombie eyes 9
Oh yeah, fucking right. If Current hadn't been sold, climate change would have been averted. This is Jon Stewart's version of false equivalency. I guess everyone has to play the Murdoch's advocate.
Posted by zombie eyes on January 31, 2013 at 11:28 AM · Report this
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A) Since when are we responsible for the acts of the people that we sell things too? He's not selling missile secrets to China. What are we afraid that Qatar will suddenly be able to do now that they own Current.

B) Al Jazeera covers the perils of climate change quite well when compared to ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, BBC, etc. It's almost like they have some sort of wall between the journalism they produce and the financials interests of their owners. How novel.

This 'controversy' is just typical Beltway village idiocy.
Posted by dirge on January 31, 2013 at 11:28 AM · Report this
gttim 11
It was one thing for Stewart to ask that question, and he got an answer. To keep harping on was a bit juvenile. Stewart, as much as I love him, sometimes gets some thought stuck in his brain and just cannot accept an answer he doesn't agree with. Sadly, as a poster mentioned above, that never happens with conservatives. With them he usually just lofts a few softballs, yucks it up, and becomes buddies with them. Can't he just pretend that some of the conservatives coming on his show these days are Tucker Carlson?

I have tickets to see Gore in Atlanta. I can't wait.
Posted by gttim on January 31, 2013 at 11:31 AM · Report this
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It's a stupid point though because 95% of all economic activity in any country is ultimately powered by fossil fuels. If he sold it to an American company would he be equally at fault for doing business with a company that uses trucks, planes, and electricity that all come from fossil fuels? If Al Jazeera were shilling for the oil industry that would be one thing, but just because they indirectly profit from it means nothing; we all do.
Posted by matt! on January 31, 2013 at 11:32 AM · Report this
LogopolisMike 13
As I tweeted last night, watching that interview, I was remembered why Al Gore "lost" to such an imbecile in 2004. Even when I totally, desperately agree with him on an issue, he can come across like such a jerk.

I don't think it's fair, but I'd forgotten how true it is.
Posted by LogopolisMike http://logopolis.typepad.com on January 31, 2013 at 11:34 AM · Report this
sirkowski 14
Who's able to do anything worthwhile without fossil fuel at the moment?
Posted by sirkowski http://www.missdynamite.com on January 31, 2013 at 11:36 AM · Report this
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I blame Tipper and the PMRC!
Posted by Me From The 80's on January 31, 2013 at 11:39 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 16
Look, to everyone getting down on Gore and his high GHG lifestyle, just remember a lot of your retirement funds are invested in "energy".

Coal.

Oil.

Cracking for shale oil.

Yeah, you're soaking in GHG too.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on January 31, 2013 at 11:39 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 17
@14 the US military. They have some of the highest usage levels of alternative energy - fuel cells powered by wind/solar splitting H2O, portable wind farms, solar cells for comm gear, stuff like that.

Now you hate the US military?

Figures ...
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on January 31, 2013 at 11:41 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 18
I never got the adoration of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. They are funny much of the time and many times right on the money but at the end of the day they are nothing but well paid corporate tools of the corporation that owns Comedy Central.

We should stop putting those two on an ivory tower.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on January 31, 2013 at 11:54 AM · Report this
Sir Vic 19
SpiderGoats?!?

ManBearPig!!!
Posted by Sir Vic on January 31, 2013 at 11:58 AM · Report this
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Isn't that a bit like saying that it's hypocritical to be against global warming and eating cous cous?
Posted by GermanSausage on January 31, 2013 at 12:22 PM · Report this
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Stewart's kid-glove treatment of the person who is in charge of drone technology was much worse.
Posted by wxPDX on January 31, 2013 at 12:28 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 22
@17: still the largest single user of fossil fuels on the planet. lipstick on a pig.
Posted by Max Solomon on January 31, 2013 at 1:01 PM · Report this
runswithnailclippers 23
It is a strange situation--AJ is probably the world's best major news outlet, (better than BBC) as for as international coverage and providing different perspectives. Residents of the oily dictatorship of Qatar might find it strange though. I wonder if there was a "Qatar Spring" if AJ would cover it....
Posted by runswithnailclippers on January 31, 2013 at 5:30 PM · Report this
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If Jon Stewart (brother of the head of the NYSE) wasn't producing a puff piece he would have had some questions about the Gore family's massive holdings in Occidental Petroleum, or how he stood reap billions through the (defunct for now) Chicago Climate Exchange, the hub of the mandatory cap-and-trade carbon trading scam that was intended to set up a new frontier of derivative fraud for Goldman and their buddy's.
Posted by Spindles on January 31, 2013 at 10:41 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 25
You guys do realize that if you run a talk show and are hostile and unrelenting to all your guests you will not be able to bill guests anymore, right?

To some degree, you have to treat them all with kid gloves or smiles. It's TV dammit, don't take it so seriously.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on February 1, 2013 at 8:47 AM · Report this

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