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With Gore as Guest, Katie's Smile Says It All
Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: algore; environment; globalwarming; inconvenienttruth; katiecouric; todayshow
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
...what you would find is desertification...

Des'er'tif'i'cation? Is that a word??

Reminds me of that one Top Cat cartoon where TC tells Officer Dibble, "For three meals a day and small stipend we'd be glad to be deputerized." (de'pu'ter'ized -- deputized)


41 posted on 05/24/2006 6:40:57 AM PDT by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
There's one more dead giveaway that Katie & Co. are getting aboard the Al Gore Enviro Train.

Great. Now I've got "Crazy Train" stuck in my head...

42 posted on 05/24/2006 6:48:22 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (If you don't understand the word "Illegal", then the public school system has failed you.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/gallery.html

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.

43 posted on 05/24/2006 7:06:01 AM PDT by Mo1 (DEMOCRATS: A CULTURE OF TREASON)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Mark, just reading your report this morning was like watching a grotesque train wreck. I don't know how you can stand watching it, but I thank you for doing it for us.

The scary thing is that millions of dimwits watch this woman and hang on her every word and expression. Between her and Oprah, it's quite frightening how manipulable people can be.

What is it about these two vapid females that could possibly account for their unwarranted worship?

44 posted on 05/24/2006 7:11:20 AM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: capydick
...if Alggore and his boss had done their jobs the World Trade Center would not need a memorial site.

Well said!!

45 posted on 05/24/2006 7:13:37 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (Anaheim Angels - 2002 World Series Champions)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
One of the first posts I read on FR and why I knew this was a place to join was someone referring to the "Katie Couric test" of bias. You can put a piece of paper of the TV screen and block out who Katie is interviewing and still tell whether the person is a liberal or conservative by her demeanor. Happy, happy, joy, joy if she's interviewing a liberal and mourning or scowling if she's interviewing a conservative.

That and someone here said there should be a "veil of mourning" blocker (like nudity blockers) put on her after an election in which conservatives won , because she doesn't even try to appear neutral.

46 posted on 05/24/2006 7:20:48 AM PDT by techcor
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"With a record-setting hurricane season, the warmest April...

followed by one of the coolest May in recent memory (at least here in the northeast) That's the problem with Al Gore: no rhythm. Just as he builds up a head of steam on Global Warming, it snows, freezes, or rains for a week. The man has no sense of timing. But heck, we're dealing with the weather. So that doesn't necessarily make him stupid -- just foolish. Not presidential material.

47 posted on 05/24/2006 7:22:46 AM PDT by Tallguy (When it's a bet between reality and delusion, bet on reality -- Mark Steyn)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Isn't global warming the reason that Yosemite is no longer under a sheet of ice? And that's a bad thing?


48 posted on 05/24/2006 7:23:19 AM PDT by TMD (Get Planned Parenthood out of our schools!)
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To: Inspectorette

Thanks, Inspectorette, it really is my, twisted, pleasure.

By the way, twice now in the last month, I've had the pleasure of appearing on the radio show of someone from your neck of the woods . . . Lars Larson!


49 posted on 05/24/2006 7:26:33 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: capydick

I recall Algore's last assignment was airline and airport security. Nice going, jerk.


50 posted on 05/24/2006 7:27:21 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

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.


51 posted on 05/24/2006 7:27:43 AM PDT by junta (It's Jihad stupid! It's the borders stupid! It's Political Correctness stupid!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

"The Perky One"?She makes me want to PUKE!!!!!!!!!!!!


52 posted on 05/24/2006 7:30:57 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: Puppage

Also,I think he flew to France in a private jet!That shows REAL concern for the environment!!!


53 posted on 05/24/2006 7:32:45 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: bandleader
That shows REAL concern for the environment!!!

Now now...do as he says, NOT as he does.

54 posted on 05/24/2006 7:34:19 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: mewzilla

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!


55 posted on 05/24/2006 7:37:14 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: Carolinamom

Not to mention that he"Flunked"out of EVERY University(including"Divinity School"!!!You NEVER hear ANYTHING about"W"having "EARNED" a Harvard MBA!!!!!!!!!


56 posted on 05/24/2006 7:39:35 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
The dems. long journey for enlightenment has apparently ended. After struggling with drought, pestilence, plague, doom and disaster within their party, they finally reach the Summit of the Master. The Guru of Wisdom and Power. The Knower of All That Has Been, Is, and Is To Come. "Great One", they whisper. "Let us see your face, that we may gaze upon Truth and know our destiny".

...algore. Master of the Universe. Who knew..

57 posted on 05/24/2006 7:40:33 AM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Quick, act casual...if they sense scorn or ridicule, they'll flee)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"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."

Really? Al Gore says the clock is ticking? That's enough for me! /sarcasm

58 posted on 05/24/2006 7:47:24 AM PDT by Seņor Zorro ("The ability to speak does not make you intelligent"--Qui-Gon Jinn)
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To: RandallFlagg; pookie18; Boazo
I like your concept, RF. Here's another one for you...


59 posted on 05/24/2006 7:52:14 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Support American sovereignty - boycott employers of illegal aliens)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"Could you ever - ever! - imagine Katie flashing at him the 10,000 megawatt smile she has on display here for Al?"

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.

60 posted on 05/24/2006 8:10:55 AM PDT by nightdriver
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