Accuracy in Media

On Tuesday, former Vice President Al Gore defended his decision to sell Current TV to Al Jazeera, saying that they are “really respected:”

As an independent network, the only independent news and information network, we found it difficult to compete in an age of conglomerates. And I’m very pleased Al Jazeera has established itself as a really respected news gathering network.

goreGore appeared on The Today Show to promote his new book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change, but host Matt Lauer wanted to learn more about the controversial sale to Al Jazeera.

Lauer pointed out that Al Jazeera is backed in part by the oil rich Qatari government. He asked Gore, who has been openly critical of big oil, whether or not there was a “contradiction in that.”

Gore responded by saying that while he understood the criticism, he disagreed with it, reiterating his opinion that Al Jazeera is a “respected and distinguished news gathering organization,” and that the network’s coverage has been extensive and high quality.

Lauer still wasn’t satisfied and noted that Gore has argued against fossil fuels, which serves as a large part of the basis of Qatar’s wealth, asking him if that wasn’t a bit hypocritical.

In response, Gore stayed true to his talking points:

Well, I get the criticism. I just disagree with it, because this network has established itself. It’s objective, it’s won major awards in countries around the world and its climate coverage, as I said a moment ago, has been outstanding and extensive.

Give Lauer some credit for trying to get Gore to fess up to his hypocrisy, but he still let the former vice president escape without directly answering the question. Instead, Gore just tossed out platitudes, and praise for Al Jazeera.

The inconvenient truth is that Al Gore is the ultimate hypocrite for profiting hugely from oil money while still professing to care about the use of fossil fuels and their supposed damaging impact on “climate change,” formerly known as global warming.

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