not the intrepid Albert Gore. He was one hundred percent up to the
task and went head to head with Harry without ever missing a beat.
the start of the event, Andrea Grossman, founder of the great Los
Angeles literary organization Writers' Bloc, charmingly bungled her
lines and introduced the pair as Harry Gore and Al Shearer. Al took
the snap immediately and titled their union "An Inconvenient Mighty
Wind," conflating the titles of Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" with
Harry's cult comedy, "A Mighty Wind."
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The first barb of the evening was scored by Al Gore!
while Gore kicked things off on a light note, it wasn't long before
Shearer took a tough jab at Gore's purchase of the cable channel which
airs CURRENT TV. Shearer asked why Gore's broadcast partnership
purchased the channel that was providing the excellent independent news
show, News World International. Shearer questioned how displacing a
valuable international news source could possibly sync with Gore's
criticism of media's failure to educate and inform.
responded by asking if Harry had ever seen CURRENT TV. Harry said he
was unable to see it because his satellite provider had it scrambled.
Gore then offered to help Harry with his satellite and suggested that
Harry's lack of CURRENT TV was the rationale for Harry's void of
information, which Al jokingly implied for the balance of their
a more serious tone, Gore returned to Harry's quite legitimate question
and clarified that at the time this was the only station available.
That it was part of an entire group being sold off by French
communication conglomerate, Vivendi. Gore mused that the acronym
N.W.I. (News World International) actually stood for "Nobody Watches
It," which Gore quipped must be untrue since Harry was doing the
further explained how CURRENT TV is "based on a vision that now, with
the emergent powerful new communications medium of the internet, it is
possible to recreate a meritocracy of ideas that is accessible to
partner Joel Hyatt and I founded it on this principal. More than a
third of our content is now made by our viewers. It is non-fiction
documentary in short form. They send us content over the internet. We
post it and ask our audience to help select those features that are put
on the air and we invite them to join the conversation. So the vision
and the execution of the idea of CURRENT TV is exactly related to the
whole premise of this book ["The Assault On Reason"], and that is to
breathe new life back into American democracy by allowing individuals
and we-the-people to rejoin the conversation on democracy."
This visionary concept, addressed in depth in Gore's new book, prompted a thunderous applause from the audience.
Assault On Reason" is a powerful indictment of the lack of fairness and
honor in media. Of media's misuse of information to manipulate and
promote fear. Of media using inane and sensational stories like the OJ
trial, the Laci Peterson case, and Tom Cruise's leap onto Oprah's couch
to dumb down the population. Gore bemoans screaming pundits and the
danger of sound bytes as communication tools. He disdains media
consolidation and recognizes the potential for democracy's demise
without an open and transparent government. He uses the comical, yet
woeful phrase "committing candor" as metaphor for truth-telling in the
Bush Administration, where honesty is akin to a crime.
"The Assault On Reason," Al Gore's stated goal is "to lead us to an
understanding of what we can do, individually and collectively, to
restore the rule of reason and safeguard our future."
Al Gore on television is emotional. Seeing him in person is even more
emotional when considering what could and should have been. He's a
contradictory testament to all that is good with this country and all
that is bad.
WHAT IS GOOD
is his patriotism. His dazzling knowledge of history. His dedication
to country and family. His desire to restore this nation and make it
heal. His innate goodness. His ability to discern what is important
for the planet and focus on it with unselfish intent. His mastery of
technology. His respect for science. His introspective nature, which
translates into reasoned thought and action.
WHAT IS BAD
is that as much as Al Gore understood the pitfalls of media, he fell
prey to them anyway. What is bad was the media's egregiously
successful effort to demonize him throughout the 2000 campaign,
choosing to promote the inferior man instead. What is bad is the
dishonest, out-dated election system that permits winners to lose.
What is bad is the politicized Supreme Court that awarded the
governance of this nation to a culture of corruption from which it may
WHAT IS BAD is media characterizing Gore's speeches as rants when they know he is telling the truth.
WHAT IS GOOD is that Harry Shearer and Al Gore were a whole lot of fun.
WHAT IS BETTER is that Americans understand who Al Gore really is.
WHAT IS BEST is that if Al Gore chooses to run he will most likely win!!