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Gore TV channel to outfox US rightwing media
The Guardian (a Brit 'slime' rag) ^ | 6/20/03 | Dominic Timms

Posted on 06/20/2003 3:41:50 AM PDT by harpu

The Guardian

Former US vice president Al Gore is planning to launch a liberal cable TV news network to challenge the dominance of rightwing media such as the market leading Fox News.

Mr Gore, a Democrat who was beaten to the White House by George Bush in a controversial contest three years ago, is talking to financial backers and entertainment veterans about launching the channel.

Although it is not clear what format the liberal network would take, sources close to Mr Gore said the former presidential candidate was firmly behind the venture.

"He can pull out at any time. He can say, 'This isn't my deal'. But he's interested, " one associate told Time magazine.

Mr Gore wants the venture to counter the increasing dominance of hard right republican views on America's TV and radio networks.

He has described sections of the US media as the "fifth column" that inserts "daily Republican talking points into the definition of what's objective".

Although the UK's independent television commission yesterday cleared Fox News of pro-war bias, commentators on both sides on the Atlantic complained about its one-sided portrayal of the Iraq conflict.

Mr Gore, who recently said he would not run for the White House in 2004, has been developing ideas for the network with Joel Hyatt, the founder of Hyatt Legal Services, a chain of low-cost legal clinics.

Once source told Time the venture would put "video cameras in the hands of kids," while another said it would be "something totally different in concept and format" to traditional cable news channels such as CNN.

Mr Gore has always blamed the conservative media for his narrow defeat in the 2000 presidential election.

"The media is kind of weird these days on politics and there are some major institutional voices that are, truthfully speaking, part and parcel of the Republican party," Mr Gore said in an interview with the New York Observer last year.

"Fox News Network, The Washington Times , Rush Limbaugh - there's a bunch of them, and some of them are financed by wealthy ultra-conservative billionaires who make political deals with Republican administrations and the rest of the media."

· To give MediaGuardian a story email editor@mediaguardian.co.uk or phone 020 7239 9857


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1 posted on 06/20/2003 3:41:50 AM PDT by harpu
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To: harpu
Oh, yeah. Al Gore interviewing Al Franken. REEEAL interesting.....
2 posted on 06/20/2003 3:45:28 AM PDT by RandallFlagg ("There are worse things than crucifixion...There are teeth.")
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To: RandallFlagg
Al Gore - Inventor of the Inner-nut
3 posted on 06/20/2003 3:47:11 AM PDT by grumple
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To: harpu
Zzzzzzzzzzzz.....
4 posted on 06/20/2003 3:48:18 AM PDT by Gil4
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To: harpu
I hope Algore goes through with this, and sinks his own money in as well.

I like how all of the critics of "right-wing" dominated media can never name any other outlet than Fox, Wash. Times and Limbaugh. Limbaugh is only a talk-show host, not an outlet at all.

I'm still waiting to here of any other outlet for the VRWC.
5 posted on 06/20/2003 3:50:33 AM PDT by jimtorr
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To: harpu
MSNBC dumped Donahue

CBS 60 Minutes isn't fawning over the Clinton-Dole-drum face-offs

Al Gore will probably have about the same level of success. Maybe he and Geraldine Farraro could do a tag-team as the to VP candidates who "might have been".
6 posted on 06/20/2003 3:55:06 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: harpu
Gore ...to outfox...rightwing

Here's a clue. If ya can't run with the Big Dogs, stay on the porch.

prisoner6

7 posted on 06/20/2003 4:00:10 AM PDT by prisoner6 ( Right Wing Nuts hold the country together as the loose screws of the left fall out!)
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To: harpu
I wouldn't advise anyone to invest money is this venture that seems doomed to failure.

But I do have several potential candidates for interesting people to work on such a network.

Bill O'Reilly -- fun to listen to, but not really a conservative.

Geraldo -- Who is the most chameleon-like of all talking heads.

clinton -- obviously. Though unlikely he would tie himself into such a venue.

and certainly NOT Algore himself.
8 posted on 06/20/2003 4:00:14 AM PDT by 9999lakes
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To: harpu
Nice of Gore to step forward to remind all of America just what a pompous moron he is.
9 posted on 06/20/2003 4:00:15 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: harpu
"Welcome to GNN! I'm your host, Al Franken. In today's top story - Al Gore still sucks. We now go live to Ashleigh Bansfield on the scene. Ashleigh?"

ASHLEIGH: "Thank you, Al. I'm here on the Gore farm in Tennessee, attemtping to locate Mr. Gore for his comments. Due to the pathetic ratings we have suffered in our one week in existence, I have decided to once again dye my hair. Today, I'm a brunette; tomorrow, who knows? Stay tuned for my next report, where I'll attempt to jumpstart our ratings by going topless and performing an interview while on rollerskates."
10 posted on 06/20/2003 4:00:37 AM PDT by LanPB01
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To: harpu
Gauranteed, this will NEVER get past the planning stage. Deep down, or should I say shallow down, liberals no that the market will expose their emptiness.
11 posted on 06/20/2003 4:04:07 AM PDT by ricpic
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To: ricpic
no = know, D'oh!
12 posted on 06/20/2003 4:05:27 AM PDT by ricpic
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To: harpu
"...and some of them are financed by wealthy ultra-conservative billionaires who make political deals with Republican administrations and the rest of the media.""

Ohfercryinoutloud............not this "VRWC" bulls**t again...........................

13 posted on 06/20/2003 4:08:44 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: harpu
maybe they could channel through crystals?
14 posted on 06/20/2003 4:11:36 AM PDT by steve8714 (!)
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To: harpu
Mr Gore . . . has described sections of the US media as the "fifth column" that inserts "daily Republican talking points into the definition of what's objective".

Compare that fatuous conceit with the routine herding of "the great objective journalistic class" toward whatever puts Republicans in a bad light!

Brit Hume provides what struck me as a classic example in a discussion of the reporters' "quagmire."


15 posted on 06/20/2003 4:12:53 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion
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To: jimtorr
I hope Algore goes through with this, and sinks his own money in as well.

Whores like Gore never use their own money...it is always "OPM"

16 posted on 06/20/2003 4:14:28 AM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: harpu
ASHLEIGH: "And we're back here on GNN. As you can see, during the break I removed my blouse and bra, and have also donned a pair of rollerskates. Further, I have located Mr. Gore. Sir, how do you respond to allegations by your critics that you seem to have no detectable human emotions?"

GORE: "All social security funds will be put in a lockbox."

ASHLEIGH: "I see. Would you like to give the viewers any further insight as to why you decided not to run in 2004?"

GORE: "This lockbox would be secured in a location that only I am aware of."

ASHLEIGH: "Sir, I'm standing here nude from the waist up. I've been suggestively licking my lips for this entire interview. Yet not once have you so much as glanced at my ta-tas. Don't you think this is the sort of robotic, cold behavior that so many Americans were turned off by?"

GORE: "Boobies are a beautiful thing, Ashleigh. My studies of humans have indicated that, in fact, males enjoy looking at them. I helped invent them, you know."

ASHLEIGH: "Thank you, Mr. Gore. Back to you, Al!"
17 posted on 06/20/2003 4:19:29 AM PDT by LanPB01
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To: LanPB01
Hmmmm..... I might actually watch this!
18 posted on 06/20/2003 4:29:02 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: harpu
Another Democratic proposal doomed for failure.

The only time the Dem's succeed is when they legislate compliance.

Fortunately, the airwaves still use ratings to dictate profitability. Without the ability to "force" viewership, Gore will never succeed.

Man these people are idiots.
19 posted on 06/20/2003 4:30:40 AM PDT by PigRigger (Send donations to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
pompous moron

Excellent. Best description of Gore that I have heard in a long time.

20 posted on 06/20/2003 4:30:50 AM PDT by sd-joe
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To: prisoner6; jimtorr
Gore ...to outfox...rightwing
"Here's a clue. If ya can't run with the Big Dogs, stay on the porch."

"the critics of "right-wing" dominated media can never name any other outlet than Fox, Wash. Times and Limbaugh.

Limbaugh is only a talk-show host, not an outlet at all."

I'm put in mind of a book touted by Walter Williams as a substitute host for Rush. The Morality of Humor (or laughter?) was the title. The one thing I remember the author (Professor Francis Buckley) saying to Williams was that "the ideologue is incapable of humor." Which suggests that "a liberal Rush" won't actually be liberal--or will be unfunny. Humor has to have truth in it, and you can set your watch by the fact that there's much more predictive value (truth) in "conservative" Fox News than in The News We Kept To Ourselves CNN.


21 posted on 06/20/2003 4:34:47 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion
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To: harpu
Funny, the article doesn't mention ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, all liberal, left wing networks, including all their affiliates, TV and radio both. Even the radio stations that carry Rush normally have news teams with a leftist, PC viewpoint. And the majority of newspapers nationwide are liberal or left. Not to mention Hollywood, which is downright socialist half the time.

The truth is, the media is dominated by the Left. As Rush says, he is the "equal time."

The Left, I guess, is horrified that another viewpoint is represented by a small minority, and that this minority says something that resonates with those who believe in freedom.
22 posted on 06/20/2003 4:42:25 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: harpu
Maybe the new network could be called VNN (Victimhood News Network)
23 posted on 06/20/2003 4:50:33 AM PDT by tkathy
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To: harpu; dansangel
This will be on on Saturday morning during the childrens cartoon shows....
24 posted on 06/20/2003 4:50:56 AM PDT by .45MAN (If you don't like it here try and find a better country, Please!!)
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To: harpu
Well, it's about time that some network bucked the trend toward those "reality" shows!
25 posted on 06/20/2003 4:53:29 AM PDT by Destructor
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To: .45MAN; harpu
"He can pull out at any time. He can say, 'This isn't my deal'. But he's interested, " one associate told Time magazine.

The drooling, leftist, conceited, sniveling, spoiled, butt-breath piece of snot will take credit for it only if it takes off (which it won't).

27 posted on 06/20/2003 4:56:09 AM PDT by dansangel (America - love it, support it or LEAVE it!)
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To: harpu
Leno joked about this and said, "Gore wants a way to answer Fox, cause the left does not have a venue for its message, except ABC,NBC CBS, NPR, MTV, Oxygen and every other cable entertainment or news outlet."
28 posted on 06/20/2003 5:01:06 AM PDT by q_an_a
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To: q_an_a
all whining all the time
29 posted on 06/20/2003 5:04:00 AM PDT by woofie
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To: jimtorr
hope Algore goes through with this, and sinks his own money in as well.

nope, never happen. He's a liberal... and what do liberals do... they get OTHER people's money.. usually hardworking people's money to fund their nut ball utopian schemes.

The only thing we can hope for is that it's a liberal.. like Turner (whose down to his last billion..hahahha).

Maybe that babe from Canada who Clinton is hoping to "do" will fund the
Liberal News Network.

However it will probably be called the "Moderate News Network"

or "Fiscally Conservative Socially Moderate Republican Network" or even best of all
"Public Broadcasting Network".

30 posted on 06/20/2003 5:21:24 AM PDT by Dick Vomer
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To: harpu

In Further News, Al Gore Decides To Re-invent Wheel


31 posted on 06/20/2003 5:21:26 AM PDT by an amused spectator
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To: harpu
What ABC,CBS,NBC and CNN, not to mention "Rock the Vote" on MTV and NPR aren't enough? He wants yet ANOTHER liberal outlet? This just goes to prove that liberals like Gore have no grasp of basic economics. His target market is ALREADY saturated.
32 posted on 06/20/2003 5:26:29 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: harpu
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Let’s help Crazy Al slap the donkey until it kicks.

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Wouldn’t it be great if Crazy Al won! At the very least, lets ensure he gets prime time speaking rights at the 2004 nationally televised democratic convention. You gotta love it. Line up, sign up, and send this to all your like-minded friends.

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33 posted on 06/20/2003 5:54:06 AM PDT by schaketo (White Devils for Al Sharpton in 2004... Pennsylvania Chapter)
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To: RandallFlagg
Al Gore blaming the conservative media for his loss? So? What the heck does he expect? Conservatives to go out and praise him? Of course they were instrumental but not to be blamed. They spoke we listened and we decided. They brought the true issues to the forefront and discussed them. The libs could have done the same thing but there's no one that will listen to any of them cause none of them tell the truth ... they lie, lie, lie.

Al Gore lost because he was not the best man!!!
34 posted on 06/20/2003 6:39:42 AM PDT by cubreporter
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To: LanPB01
Can't wait for the audience discussion of Dingell-Norwood...
35 posted on 06/20/2003 8:02:09 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: an amused spectator
In Further News, Al Gore Decides To Re-invent Wheel

Why not, he invented it once already . . .

36 posted on 06/20/2003 9:15:35 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (I barbeque with Sweet Baby Ray's)
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To: ken5050
or how about an interview with Woody Allen.

Wooden Allen meets Woody Allen
37 posted on 06/20/2003 9:19:00 AM PDT by tractorman
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To: harpu
For this to work it will require a new amendment. THE RIGHT TO CABLE. How else will the lefty wackos reach their target audience without government subsidized cable tv.
38 posted on 06/20/2003 9:21:02 AM PDT by finnman69 (!)
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To: harpu
The media is kind of weird these days on politics and there are some major institutional voices that are, truthfully speaking, part and parcel of the Republican party

He must be talking about the TV broadcast media, which spews 100% DNC talking points 24/7.

Then there is broadcast radio media talkshows with noted Liberals Glen Beck, Jim Bohannon, Phil Hendrie, Art Bell, Rush, Michael Savage, and the Black Avenger. All Liberal as the day is long. What is Al 'One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest' Gore doing with this except hyping a new business venture?

39 posted on 06/20/2003 9:35:00 AM PDT by RightWhale (gazing at shadows)
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To: harpu
Did anyone see Jay Leno last night? He finally said it... He talked about how Gore wants to launch a liberal cable station to take on Fox and talk radio. He said, "there's no liberal viewpoint on tv...except ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO, LIFETIME, SHOWTIME, MTV, BRAVO, BET ....." The crowd went wild!
40 posted on 06/20/2003 9:38:17 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: harpu
sources close to Mr Gore said the former presidential candidate was firmly behind the venture.

"He can pull out at any time..." one associate told Time magazine.

There's nothing like committment.  LOL

41 posted on 06/20/2003 2:00:17 PM PDT by gcruse
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To: harpu
I believe most people here are taking precisely the wrong approach to this story. Don't think of it in terms of commercial viability. If it was then Viacom or such would have a network like this already up and running.

Look at it instead as an end run around Mccain / Feingold soft money limits. The " investors " can this way give the party the benefit of their millions by way of democrat infomercials run as " public affairs " broadcasts, unburdoned by the money restrictions voted into law last year.

Then after the campaign the network can be folded up with the " investors " probably even eligable for large tax write offs.

Gore in the meantime is I expect fishing for some fat consulting fees.
42 posted on 06/21/2003 2:32:44 AM PDT by tlb
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