Skip to comments.With Gore as Guest, Katie's Smile Says It All
Posted on 05/24/2006 5:44:09 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
by Mark Finkelstein
May 24, 2006
Let's imagine that instead of Al Gore, Katie Couric's guest this morning was a Republican presidential hopeful whose message on the environment was that we should not let alarmism push us into measures that would undermine our economy and way of life. Could you ever - ever! - imagine Katie flashing at him the 10,000 megawatt smile she has on display here for Al?
There's one more dead giveaway that Katie & Co. are getting aboard the Al Gore Enviro Train. When Today really wants to play up an issue, they brand it. Last week, flacking for the Da Vinci Code, Today sent Matt Lauer for a week "On The Road with the Code."
In introducing Gore, there to promote his global warming book and movie 'An Inconvenient Truth', Couric announced:
"This morning we are beginning a new series called 'Today's Climate Challenge, Tomorrow's Global Opportunity." You might call it: Al Gore - the Series! Katie introduced Gore with a bit of alarmism of her own: "With a record-setting hurricane season, the warmest April ever and rising ocean temperatures, many are saying global warming is in fact to blame. Former Vice-President Al Gore is one of them and now he's bringing his message to a theater near you."
Katie even permitted herself a gushing what-might-have been:
"I think in this movie, at different turns, you are funny, vulnerable, disarming, self-effacing and someone said after watching it, 'if only he was like this before, maybe things would have turned out differently in 2000.'"
Gore speaks in absolutely apocalyptic terms: "What we are facing is a planetary emergency. It's by far the most dangerous crisis by far that our civilization has ever confronted." Really? More dangerous, 'by far', then the Mutual Assured Destruction we faced with the Soviets for decades?
Of course even Couric had to pay some lip service to balance. Noticeably reading from notes, perhaps subliminally making clear that these were not her thoughts but those of others she had to recite, she said:
"People on the other side of the debate say yes it's getting warmer but the earth's average temperature has done this before. We may have something to do with it, but it hasn't warmed that much and it's not going to have catastrophic consequences any time soon."
Gore would brook absolutely no dissent from his world view:
"There's really not a debate. The debate's over. The scientific community has reached as strong a consensus as you will ever find in science. There are a few oil companies and coal companies that spend millions of dollars a year to put these pseudo-scientists out there predending there is a debate. It's exactly the same thing that the tobacco companies did after the Surgeon General warned us about the linkage between smoking and lung cancer."
Having timidly trotted out the other side of the argument, Couric left no doubt where she stands: "Where there is disagreement among scientists is not if but when we may see drastic environmental changes across the globe. Al Gore says the clock is ticking."
She later asked: "What do you see happening in say 15 to 20 years or even 50 years if nothing changes?"
Gore: "Well, what I think is going to happen is that we're going to respond to it. But if we didn't respond, what you would find is desertification of the mid-continental areas of the U.S., Europe, Asia and Africa. The melting of the polar ice cap and the beginnings of the same things in Antarctica and sea level increases of 20 feet or more worldwide. Of course Florida and Louisiana and Texas are particularly vulnerable. The San Francisco Bay area. Manila, and we have seen the impact of a couple of hundred thousand refugees from an environmental crisis [as pictures of Katrina victims flashed on the screen]. Imagine 100 million or 200 million."
Couric: "Even Manhattan would be in deep water, right?"
Gore: "Yes, the World Trade Center memorial site would be underwater."
Katie did observe: "Some people might say, oh boy, there is that tree-hugging Al Gore. He is at it again. Some people might dismiss you out of hand."
Gore: "Look, I've been trying to tell this story for 30 years. And I have a new ally in telling this story. Unfortunately mother nature is weighing in very powerfully and loudly. And people are listening. It's not a political issue. It's a moral issue."
Inevitably, talk turned to Gore's presidential ambitions.
Gore: "I don't intend to be a candidate ever again."
Couric: "Never, never, never?"
Gore: "Well, look, i don't plan to be a candidate. I have said that I am not at the stage of my life where I will say never the rest of my fe."
And just when you thought it might be safe to go back in the Today water, Katie closed by mentioning: "Tomorrow we will take a look at the alternative fuels that may help reduce global warming in the future
Of course she never asks what Gore and the Democrats propose to do about GW. I'm quite sure the Democratic base would love to hear that Ray Nagin would have to give up the large SUV to save NOLA from GW induced flooding.
"The Perky One"?She makes me want to PUKE!!!!!!!!!!!!
Also,I think he flew to France in a private jet!That shows REAL concern for the environment!!!
Now now...do as he says, NOT as he does.
She doesn't drive,I'm certain that NBC provides her with a limo(and driver).That will also be part of her CBS deal!!!Their HYPOCRISY REEKS!!!!It reminds me of when they tried to nail G.H.W.on his being"out of touch"because he didn't know current prices of bread and milk!!!!!These Lib.A**HOLES don't know what a gallon of gas costs because they NEVER buy the stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not to mention that he"Flunked"out of EVERY University(including"Divinity School"!!!You NEVER hear ANYTHING about"W"having "EARNED" a Harvard MBA!!!!!!!!!
...algore. Master of the Universe. Who knew..
Really? Al Gore says the clock is ticking? That's enough for me! /sarcasm
Yes, that "10,000 megawatt smile" is so huge that I worry that the entire top of Katie's head is going to fall off.
Not that it would be a great loss, but it would be a disgusting sight to have on TV.
Katie's in Love.
Gives a whole new meaning to "GORE-basm", doesn't it?
(apologies to Rush!)
Some say Katie's a massive tool!
Hubby used to listen him on the computer when we were still in California.
Congrats on your appearance on his show!
Thanks! I do think that of all the potential inheritors of Rush's mantle, Lars is the most promising. Having gotten to know him and what he does a bit, I can say that he is incredibly hard-working. He's definitely on the rise!
So, with the LSM, the Left, etc., is a GORE-BA-NISM (not GORE-basm, as you made me really chuckle)the culmination of euphoric sensations that manifest to an even more delusional concept of society and one's elite self?
After all, AL Baby did create the Internet, right? Ya know, global warming has more of a dire need for attention than eating today.
LOL. That's about right. With her manic smile, I really thought Katie was in danger of injuring herself this morning!
"Master of the Universe" LOL, that's a good one.
If I knew how to do it, I would find a pic of
Karnak the magnificent, from the Tonight show. That could be Al Gores hat for the interview.
"I'm a cheerleader for you, Al. Did you ever notice my fine calves, Al? Al, I don't even need to see that enhanced photo of you with that nice BULGE in your pants to get excited. I just love you Al, and I love the rest of the anti-American, anti-free-enterprise commies!"
"Global cooling ......... global warming ....... I don't care, Al ............... I have a little warmth here, Al."
Yeah, when Hell freezes over...
Yes, how arrogant of us to think we have any impact at all on climate change and mother nature.
.....Seeing her on the verge of tears as her cohosts announced that Bush had won the 2000 election and Gore had called to conceed was all I need for confirmation of her lack of objectivity in reporting the news......
I noted the day they announced the results, she was wearing a black dress with pearls... a funeral outfit.
Mark(F.Lee)Levin talks about"Free Government Cheese".What line do I queue up in to get"Free Government Gulfstreams"?
The most unappealing duo since "Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster"
She looks like the thing in Alien before the jaws pop out and rip someone's heart out.
Al Gore posed for a photo paddling a canoe. But in order to make sure the canoe would float for the photo-op, 4 billion gallons of water was released from a New Hampshire dam and allowed to escape down the creek. New Hampshire was in the middle of a record drought at the time.
GLOBAL WARMING ALERT: GORE BURNS 439,500 LBS OF FUEL TO ATTEND SUMMIT
"The most vulnerable part of the Earth's environment is the very thin layer
of air clinging near to the surface of the planet, that we are now so
carelessly filling with gaseous wastes that we are actually altering the
relationship between the Earth and the Sun - by trapping more solar
radiation under this growing blanket of pollution that envelops the entire
world," Vice President Gore told the U.N. Global Warming conference of 159
nations this morning in Koyto, Japan.
In what was one the most dramatic speeches in recent memory, Gore announced
to world leaders: "Whether we recognize it or not, we are now engaged in an
epic battle to right the balance of our Earth, and the tide of this battle
will turn on when the majority of people in the world become sufficiently
aroused by shared sense of urgent danger to join an all-out effort."
Applause filed the halls of the Kyoto International Conference Center. "We
must achieve a safe overall concentration level for greenhouse gases in the
The message is serious. So serious in fact, the DRUDGE REPORT has
calculated that Vice President Al Gore is burning more than 439,500 pounds
of fuel, or 65,600 gallons, at a cost of more than $131,000 on his 16,000
mile daytrip, just to deliver the warning.
Now that's commitment.
Air Force II's Global Warming Express features an itinerary that takes the
vice president from Washington to Florida to Washington to Alaska to Japan
and back -- all in just 72-hours.
Saturday, December 6, 1997
9:45 a.m. Air Force II departs Andrews AFB enroute Fort Myers, Fla.
12:05 p.m. Air Force II arrives Southwest Florida Regional Airport. Gate 69-A.
2 p.m. Vice President Gore addresses the 50th Anniversary/Rededication,
Everglades Municipal Airport, Everglades National Park.
6:40 p.m. Air Force II departs Florida en route AFB.
8:35 p.m. Air Force II arrives at Andrews Air Force Base.
9:45 p.m. -- Air Force II departs Andrews Air Force Base en route Elmendorf
Air Force Base
Sunday, Dec. 7
1:15 a.m. -- Air Force II arrives Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska
2:45 a.m. -- Air Force II departs Elmendorf Air Force Base en route Osaka, Japan
Monday, Dec. 8
5 a.m. -- Air Force II arrives Osaka International Airport, Osaka Japan
11:15 p.m. -- Air Force II departs Osaka, Japan en route Elmendorf Air Force
12:35 p.m. -- Air Force II arrives Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska
2:05 p.m. -- Air Force II departs Elmendorf Air Force Base en route Andrews
Air Force Base
Tuesday, Dec. 9
12:45 a.m. -- Air Force II arrives Andrews Air Force Base
"The extra heat which cannot escape is beginning to change the global
patterns of climate to which we are accustomed. Our fundamental challenge
now is to find out whether and how we can change the behaviors that are
causing the problem."
Gore's plane, a Boeing 707 gas guzzler burns on average 4.1 gallons a mile.
The complete Washington to Florida to Washington to Alaska to Japan and
return to Washington trip calculated from commercial air mileage tables is
just over 16,000 miles total. Gas gallons needed for AIR FORCE II to go
16,000 miles: 65,600. Applying the average price of $2.01 per gallon of
Jet A to the 16,000 mile r/t -- the fuel cost alone passes $131,000.00.
There are 6.7 pounds per gallon of jet fuel. Total pounds of fuel burned on
Gore's Global Warming Express -- 439,500.