Go, Matt Lauer, Go!

Don’t look now, but we’re living in a Tom Wolfe novel.

To wit: as you’re no doubt aware, Al Gore recently sold his independent news channel, Current TV, to Al Jazeera for half a billion dollars, a deal that swelled the personal Gore coffers by a cool one hundred mil. Al Jazeera is, of course, funded by that fossil-fuel chewing, Gaia-defiling mecca, Qatar. The pristine hypocrisy of this move would be entertaining enough were it not for Gore’s earlier refusal to consider selling Current TV to Glenn Beck on ideological grounds. Lest we miss his staunch incorruptibility, Gore actually stated publicly that he and his partner decided to sell to Al Jazeera because of their ideological kinship with Current TV. As Gore said at the time of the sale: “Current Media was built based on a few key goals: To give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell the stories that no one else is telling. Al Jazeera, like Current, believes that facts and truth lead to a better understanding of the world around us.”

(Call it sour grapes, but The Blaze has a little something to say about that.)

This flap had died down a bit, but Gore has just come out with a book that he is now touting on the daytime talk shows. Matt Lauer, bless him, decided to come out swinging on the Current TV sale. Gore’s politician’s smile remains fixed firmly in place, but I doubt he’ll want to sit opposite Lauer again any time soon. The sparks start to fly at 3:28.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVfaZzPCSFs

  1. Franco

    Um, It seemed pretty tame to me considering the magnitude  of the hypocrisy. He did not mention the Glenn Beck offer, either.

    “I understand the critisim but I disagree” is enough to stop Lauer.

    I normally avoid Al Gore. I’ve forgotten how false and phony he sounds. Even the left pretty much have abandoned him – not because of his ideology, but because they are embarrased by him. 

  2. Zafar

    Funny!  I hadn’t thought about that.

    I actually like Al Jazeera – we get some in Australia.  Judith, do they broadcast in Israel or not?

  3. Colin B Lane

    Several hundred votes in Florida. Just keep repeating that mantra if you want to really understand the magnitude of the electoral challenge we conservatives face. This lying, monstrously hypocritical, scaremongering, anti-America, anti-business (well, except for businesses he specifically profits from) psychologically disturbed gasbag was several hundred votes in Florida away from being our president.

  4. Colin B Lane

    And yes, by the standards of the Once Respectable (f/k/a “mainstream”) Media today, I will give Matt Lauer at least a little credit – especially since their only standard appears to be “never challenge the narrative of a committed leftist.”

  5. Crow
    Colin B Lane: And yes, by the standards of the Once Respectable (f/k/a “mainstream”) Media today, I will give Matt Lauer at least a little credit – especially since their only standard appears to be “never challenge the narrative of a committed leftist.” · 5 minutes ago

    Sure. But things have gotten so bad that when a journalist even bothers to try to play it straight, we’re willing to commend him.

    Fair enough, Matt Lauer, thanks for asking a single challenging question. But the interview wasn’t exactly hard hitting. Beck didn’t get broached–and that criticism has been leveled just as often by Gore’s critics as the oil money issue. Not a peep about it, or Mr. Gore’s “ideological differences”; an ideology, evidently, that shares more with autocratic Arab oil sheiks than it does with American conservative talk radio pundits. 

  6. Percival

    Let’s see… 4467 days after Gore’s last election, or 4431 days after his concession in that election….

    Look for Matt Lauer to ask a fastball question of Barack Obama in March or April,  2025.  Unless Matt waits until after the Obama Administration ends, in which case it will be 2029.

    I can’t wait.

  7. Colin B Lane

    FYI Judith, this is a tough crowd….

  8. Pseudodionysius

    Other than that Ms. Levy, I think everyone enjoyed the play.

  9. The Mugwump

    Once again the High Priest of the Church of Mother Gaia treats terms like natural disaster, weather, and climate as if they were equivalents.  When I get the time, I’ll put up my old lesson plan on the subject (suitable for 8th graders) on the member feed.  Once the terms are defined accurately the whole argument falls apart.  But nobody can accuse Al Gore of not putting his divinity school education to use.  

  10. Trace

    I love the end where he repeats himself VERBATIM with the only difference being different emphasis on the syllables. The standards for this type of thing are very low. I give huge kudos to Lauer for this and am heartened that there is a line somewhere, even if it is misplaced. 

  11. Miffed White Male

    “Don’t look now, but we’re living in a Tom Wolfe novel.”

     

    Awesome opening line.  Can I steal that?

  12. Pilli

    The fact that Lauer would ask even a single slightly “tough” question means that Gore’s sun has set in the Democratic world.  He no longer means anything to them.

  13. DocJay

    Gore is a serious drunk. His interviews will all be morning ones.

  14. Percival
    Pseudodionysius: Other than that Ms. Levy, I think everyone enjoyed the play. · 2 hours ago

    I didn’t mean any disrespect to Judith.  It’s just that  after watching the Steve Kroft “interview” of Obama and Clinton, Matt could have broken an axe handle over Al’s head and I’d still be surly.

  15. bourbonsoaked

    “Matt, I understand the criticism, but you had to see the size of the check.”

  16. dittoheadadt

    Ditto Franco, Crow, and Percival.  I was expecting something I could use to beat my Lib friends and family with about the head and shoulders.  All Matt did was reiterate his question, Algore reiterated his answer, and they went on their merry way.

    This interview was a snoozer.

  17. Colin B Lane

    If Al had screeched, “What differerence, at this point Matt, does it make,” would the rest of the media be celebrating his masterful performance?