More on Gore and the media
Greg Sargent has an excellent post about media coverage of Gore's reaction to the media coverage of his last campaign.
But in a feisty and frequently argumentative telephone conversation, Mr. Gore brimmed with disdain at the state of American politics and political journalism, urging his interviewer to quit a career of covering politics to turn to matters of real consequence.
"Stop covering politics; cover the climate crisis. It is not too late!" he said, with a boom of laughter.
"Have you read my book?" he asked a moment later. "Have you seen the movie?" Mr. Gore cluck-clucked at the "not yet but I will" response.
To hear Mr. Gore talk about the state of politics and journalism today — this from a man who has a history in both professions — it is hard to imagine him ever running for office again. Politics, he said, has become a game of meaningless, mindless battles, conducted by unscrupulous methods and people, designed to transform even the most serious policy debates into sport. [NYT]
Adam Nagourney just declared war on Al Gore's candidacy. The narrative is that Gore is a bitter man who hates the press:
Hey, journalists. Al Gore thinks you're stupid. He thinks he's better than you. What a big phony! Just listen to cluck-clucking asshole. He talks all kinds of shit about us, but deep down, he's just wants us to kiss his ass. How pathetic is that? And who does he think he is, anyway? I mean, what kind of twit goes to the environmental reporters to talk about his environment movie. I don't know shit about the environment, but I sure know how important I am! Why doesn't Gore get it?