Al Gore Assaults Reasoning Of Diane Sawyer

In an interview this morning with Diane Sawyer, Al Gore had to dodge the typical press fixation and speculation on his non-existent presidential campaign plans. His appearance was to promote the release of his new book, “The Assault on Reason“. The book’s content is largely concerned with the trivializing of public discourse, in politics and media, and how that presents obstacles to effective solutions to society’s problems. But that didn’t stop Sawyer from trivializing public discourse and throwing up her own obstacles. She asked Gore three times about his presidential aspirations, including one question that hinged his future plans on his diet and weight.

After some patient endurance of this nonsense, Gore finally let Sawyer know what he thought of her pseudo-journalistic style:

“Listen to your questions. You know, the horserace, the cosmetic parts of this – and, look, that’s all understandable and natural. But while we’re focused on, you know, Britney and K-Fed and Anna Nicole Smith and all this stuff, meanwhile, very quietly, our country has been making some very serious mistakes that could be avoided if we, the people, including the news media, are involved in a full and vigorous discussion of what our choices are.”

It’s fairly safe to assume that Gore’s advice went in one ear and out the other, seeing as there is probably very little brain mass in the way to impede it. And I would lay odds that Sawyer’s first question in any subsequent interview of Gore will be about whether he is running for president.

Video clip at Think Progress.


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