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Al Gore’s Rolling Stone Article – How The Corporate Media Turns The Left Against Democrats
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Edited on Wed Jun-22-11 10:20 PM by TomCADem
I am sure you have heard about Al Gore’s recent article in Rolling Stone. The corporate media coverage of Gore’s article perfectly illustrates how the left is being manipulated by the corporate media into blaming Democrats and giving Republicans a free pass. The articles have the following headlines:

“Al Gore slams Obama on climate change.”
“Gore Blasts Obama for Not Fighting Climate Change.”
“Gore: Obama Has 'Failed to Stand Up' on Global Warming.”
“Gore: On global warming, Obama has changed little.”
“Gore Faults Obama on Global Warming.”
“Gore faults Obama on global warming.”
“Gore: Obama has 'failed'”

Wow! That must be some can of whoop ass the Al Gore opened on President Obama! This then leads Politico to follow-up with this story, “Gore voices left's climate grumbling,” which describes the now familiar narrative that the left feels abandoned and uninspired about supporting President Obama in 2012.

So, most DUers are probably now thinking that Al Gore must have written a treatise on the failures of President Obama. Indeed, President Obama must be the single greatest impediment to confronting climate change. You have to wonder whether the title of Al Gore’s Rolling Stone article is “Barrack Hussien Obama: Climate Change Anti-Christ?” I guess we should all stay at home on election night in 2012, right?
Well, you would be surprised to find out that the actual title of Al Gore’s Rolling Stone article is: “Climate of Denial: Can science and the truth withstand the merchants of poison?"

What? Merchants of Poison? Where is President Obama in the title to Al Gore’s article? If you then proceed to actually read Gore's article, rather than the propaganda masquarading as journalism that pollutes the media, you will find some critiques of President Obama, but you will also find that a large portion of the article reviews the facts behind climate change, which most of the stories discussing Gore’s article ignore. In addition, you will also find the following passages, which are are ignored in the above referenced articles:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/climate-of-de...


To sell their false narrative, the Polluters and Ideologues have found it essential to undermine the public's respect for Science and Reason by attacking the integrity of the climate scientists. That is why the scientists are regularly accused of falsifying evidence and exaggerating its implications in a greedy effort to win more research grants, or secretly pursuing a hidden political agenda to expand the power of government. Such slanderous insults are deeply ironic: extremist ideologues — many financed or employed by carbon polluters — accusing scientists of being greedy extremist ideologues.
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Unlike access to the "public square" of early America, access to television requires large amounts of money. Thomas Paine could walk out of his front door in Philadelphia and find a dozen competing, low-cost print shops within blocks of his home. Today, if he traveled to the nearest TV station, or to the headquarters of nearby Comcast — the dominant television provider in America — and tried to deliver his new ideas to the American people, he would be laughed off the premises. The public square that used to be a commons has been refeudalized, and the gatekeepers charge large rents for the privilege of communicating to the American people over the only medium that really affects their thinking. "Citizens" are now referred to more commonly as "consumers" or "the audience."
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In the new ecology of political discourse, special-interest contributors of the large sums of money now required for the privilege of addressing voters on a wholesale basis are not squeamish about asking for the quo they expect in return for their quid. Politicians who don't acquiesce don't get the money they need to be elected and re-elected. And the impact is doubled when special interests make clear — usually bluntly — that the money they are withholding will go instead to opponents who are more than happy to pledge the desired quo. Politicians have been racing to the bottom for some time, and are presently tunneling to new depths. It is now commonplace for congressmen and senators first elected decades ago — as I was — to comment in private that the whole process has become unbelievably crass, degrading and horribly destructive to the core values of American democracy.
Largely as a result, the concerns of the wealthiest individuals and corporations routinely trump the concerns of average Americans and small businesses. There are a ridiculously large number of examples: eliminating the inheritance tax paid by the wealthiest one percent of families is considered a much higher priority than addressing the suffering of the millions of long-term unemployed; Wall Street's interest in legalizing gambling in trillions of dollars of "derivatives" was considered way more important than protecting the integrity of the financial system and the interests of middle-income home buyers. It's a long list.


What? Did anyone else see this sharp critique of the news media in any of the news media articles covering Al Gore’s story? I didn’t. Oh, and what does Al Gore think of President Obama? I guess the corporate media must have missed the following prominent passages:


First of all, anyone who honestly examines the incredible challenges confronting President Obama when he took office has to feel enormous empathy for him: the Great Recession, with the high unemployment and the enormous public and private indebtedness it produced; two seemingly interminable wars; an intractable political opposition whose true leaders — entertainers masquerading as pundits — openly declared that their objective was to ensure that the new president failed; a badly broken Senate that is almost completely paralyzed by the threat of filibuster and is controlled lock, stock and barrel by the oil and coal industries; a contingent of nominal supporters in Congress who are indentured servants of the same special interests that control most of the Republican Party; and a ferocious, well-financed and dishonest campaign poised to vilify anyone who dares offer leadership for the reduction of global-warming pollution.

In spite of these obstacles, President Obama included significant climate-friendly initiatives in the economic stimulus package he presented to Congress during his first month in office. With the skillful leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and committee chairmen Henry Waxman and Ed Markey, he helped secure passage of a cap-and-trade measure in the House a few months later. He implemented historic improvements in fuel-efficiency standards for automobiles, and instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to move forward on the regulation of global-warming pollution under the Clean Air Act. He appointed many excellent men and women to key positions, and they, in turn, have made hundreds of changes in environmental and energy policy that have helped move the country forward slightly on the climate issue. During his first six months, he clearly articulated the link between environmental security, economic security and national security — making the case that a national commitment to renewable energy could simultaneously reduce unemployment, dependence on foreign oil and vulnerability to the disruption of oil markets dominated by the Persian Gulf reserves. And more recently, as the issue of long-term debt has forced discussion of new revenue, he proposed the elimination of unnecessary and expensive subsidies for oil and gas.


It would seem that the corporate news media read an entirely different article than the one Gore actually wrote. Or, they were simply reading the script that their corporate masters told them to publish: Blame Democrats and Give Republicans a Free Pass.
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  -Al Gore’s Rolling Stone Article – How The Corporate Media Turns The Left Against Democrats TomCADem  Jun-22-11 10:13 PM   #0 
  - Thanks for posting.  Samantha   Jun-22-11 10:26 PM   #1 
  - Bottom Line; We Dems have to be smarter ...  AllTooEasy   Jun-23-11 01:40 PM   #30 
  - Let's keep this info out there  FirstLight   Jun-22-11 10:27 PM   #2 
  - K/R  CakeGrrl   Jun-22-11 10:33 PM   #3 
  - I gave your identical OP in GD a rec, but it's still at 0. I also gave this one, up to +13 now.  Electric Monk   Jun-22-11 10:43 PM   #4 
  - That says a lot. Some people really like the "Obama failed" meme and push it as often and hard as  Pirate Smile   Jun-23-11 08:28 AM   #16 
  - That's because they're...  ClassWarrior   Jun-24-11 07:09 PM   #75 
  - I damn sure rec'd it. Because it's true  Number23   Jun-23-11 07:53 PM   #52 
  - Fortunatly, Corporate media don't appear here.  Ozymanithrax   Jun-22-11 10:43 PM   #5 
  - Well said nt  The Eagle 718   Jun-25-11 08:51 PM   #79 
  - +1  stevedeshazer   Jun-22-11 10:55 PM   #6 
  - EXCELLENT  mzmolly   Jun-22-11 11:21 PM   #7 
  - The media ain't our friend.......  FrenchieCat   Jun-23-11 01:38 AM   #8 
  - ++1  flamingdem   Jun-23-11 03:15 PM   #35 
     - +2 n/t  politicasista   Jun-25-11 08:45 PM   #78 
  - Well it's like the day Weiner resigne, and the media shut off Pelosi's press conference because...  Armstead   Jun-23-11 02:04 AM   #9 
  - I blame Dem leaders & wealthy Dem citizens for failing to commit to creating  StarsInHerHair   Jun-23-11 02:32 AM   #10 
  - You mean like Current TV? Go to their website and send an email  tblue37   Jun-23-11 11:12 AM   #21 
     - what does a small tv channel not easily available do but underline how the  StarsInHerHair   Jun-24-11 12:27 AM   #62 
  - K&R Thanks! Very well-written article from Al Gore. n/t  Mimosa   Jun-23-11 02:37 AM   #11 
  - K&R for abiding truth n/t  Denzil_DC   Jun-23-11 04:41 AM   #12 
  - While the media does play a part in trying to pit the left versus Democrats...  MessiahRp   Jun-23-11 06:42 AM   #13 
  - Why do the most prolific criticizers curl up in the fetal position when criticized?  great white snark   Jun-23-11 07:08 AM   #14 
  - I don't curl up in the fetal position, I get louder.  MessiahRp   Jun-23-11 08:20 AM   #15 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Jun-23-11 08:46 PM   #56 
        - You can keep trying to cram those numbers down everyone's throats all day long.  MessiahRp   Jun-23-11 11:48 PM   #60 
  - I haven't read the article yet, but I just want to express my appreciation to MessiahRp  bertman   Jun-23-11 12:59 PM   #25 
     - FYI: Founder and sink is the usual idiom. n/t  xocet   Jun-23-11 02:35 PM   #33 
        - seems to me, it could go either way  hfojvt   Jun-23-11 03:16 PM   #36 
        - Interesting, hfojvt. Thanks for that. I learned a new word meaning today!  bertman   Jun-23-11 03:49 PM   #41 
        - I suppose that you could be right: I have always thought of it as a pleonastic idiom....  xocet   Jun-23-11 08:44 PM   #55 
        - Leave it to a fisherman to use 'flounder' instead of 'founder'. Thanks, xocet.  bertman   Jun-23-11 03:47 PM   #38 
           - No problem - just the other day someone on the internet taught me the word subnivean....  xocet   Jun-23-11 08:55 PM   #57 
  - kicked  Blue_Tires   Jun-23-11 08:41 AM   #17 
  - In the article, Gore predicts that his criticism would be taken out of context to attack Obama.  JoePhilly   Jun-23-11 08:54 AM   #18 
  - Excellent article!! K&R  Greybnk48   Jun-23-11 08:58 AM   #19 
  - K & R n/t  glinda   Jun-23-11 10:57 AM   #20 
  - Kicked and recommended.  Uncle Joe   Jun-23-11 11:36 AM   #22 
  - Rec. The left and the dems united in 2012 please  flamingdem   Jun-23-11 12:07 PM   #23 
  - Wasn't that the point of the article?  wysimdnwyg   Jun-23-11 12:28 PM   #24 
  - The headlines made it appear that the article was about Gore attacking Obama.  pnwmom   Jun-23-11 04:30 PM   #47 
  - I just wish it was ONLY the media that turned the left against Democrats  paulkienitz   Jun-23-11 01:01 PM   #26 
  - Very Good, Thanks  RedEarth   Jun-23-11 01:15 PM   #27 
  - The degree of distortion is amply demonstrated by CorpoMedia's©  annabanana   Jun-23-11 01:18 PM   #28 
  - MSM also reports on conflicts within the GOP  Enrique   Jun-23-11 01:31 PM   #29 
  - They didn't address what the majority of this essay was about, a critique of the corporate media.  Uncle Joe   Jun-23-11 04:29 PM   #45 
  - If it was all just about "feelings", I might agree,  bvar22   Jun-23-11 02:22 PM   #31 
  - I agree, bvar but this is referring specifically to the focus of their coverage of Gore's essay;  Uncle Joe   Jun-23-11 02:34 PM   #32 
  - Not really  Kall   Jun-23-11 02:56 PM   #34 
  - SOP: Separate the candidate from their base  KurtNYC   Jun-23-11 03:18 PM   #37 
  - Marking to read later....  BrklynLiberal   Jun-23-11 03:48 PM   #39 
  - It works here on DU. nt  demosincebirth   Jun-23-11 03:49 PM   #40 
  - I bought it. I'll ba far more skeptical from now on out.  Gregorian   Jun-23-11 08:24 PM   #53 
  - Lets give ourselves more credit  randr   Jun-23-11 03:59 PM   #42 
  - Spoken like a good Republican. n/t  pnwmom   Jun-23-11 04:31 PM   #48 
  - You mean corporate media did what you did with this OP?  Jakes Progress   Jun-23-11 04:14 PM   #43 
  - +1 --  defendandprotect   Jun-24-11 10:22 AM   #65 
     - Gore actually gives a peek behind the DC curtains.  Jakes Progress   Jun-24-11 01:58 PM   #68 
  - Well, you have to give the Democrats some credit for helping turn the left against them  nichomachus   Jun-23-11 04:17 PM   #44 
  - great post.. this REALLY pisses me off  BREMPRO   Jun-23-11 04:29 PM   #46 
  - Great Post - Thank you  RhodaA   Jun-23-11 05:31 PM   #49 
  - Good call.  wakemewhenitsover   Jun-23-11 07:37 PM   #50 
  - Great point. They do give Republicans a free pass over and over.  Overseas   Jun-23-11 07:39 PM   #51 
  - Peeps, I for one have been an O. critic. Disappointed like a  davidwparker   Jun-23-11 08:41 PM   #54 
  - Evidently you missed PAGE 6, where Gore discusses Obama ...  defendandprotect   Jun-23-11 09:48 PM   #58 
  - Gore Spends Most Of Time Discussing Facts Of Climate Change and Corporate Media  TomCADem   Jun-23-11 11:22 PM   #59 
  - +1  OhioBlue   Jun-24-11 12:22 AM   #61 
  - Gore also criticizes Obama -- which is what the original OP correctly stated ...  defendandprotect   Jun-24-11 10:04 AM   #64 
  - kr  defendandprotect   Jun-24-11 09:53 AM   #63 
  - Obama is an individual, most of Gore's message targets our dysfunctional institutions, primarily  Uncle Joe   Jun-24-11 11:53 AM   #67 
     - Think we're going to have to have a wider discussion of Page 6 and recommend more read it !!  defendandprotect   Jun-24-11 04:04 PM   #70 
        - I don't have anything against that so long as the other six pages are read as well.  Uncle Joe   Jun-24-11 04:06 PM   #71 
           - Certainly everyone should read page 2 -- where Gore discusses the "climate crisis" ...  defendandprotect   Jun-24-11 04:25 PM   #73 
  - That actually says more about the "left" than the media. And he's right.  Phx_Dem   Jun-24-11 10:24 AM   #66 
  - The left doesn't control the corporate media and Gore's primary criticism is against the media.  Uncle Joe   Jun-24-11 02:05 PM   #69 
     - Actually, what Gore is talking about is the reality of fascism taking over our government ...  defendandprotect   Jun-24-11 04:10 PM   #72 
        - Yes but as the original title and bulk of the Rolling Stone Essay alludes to  Uncle Joe   Jun-24-11 04:55 PM   #74 
           - The root cause is candidates willing to sell themselves for corporate money ....  defendandprotect   Jun-25-11 02:34 AM   #76 
              - Which would be greatly reduced if the public square weren't dysfunctional.  Uncle Joe   Jun-27-11 10:39 AM   #82 
  - The Democratic party doesn't need the media to turn the left against it. The Democratic party  Exilednight   Jun-25-11 07:27 AM   #77 
     - "Blame Democrats and Give Republicans a Free Pass."  TomCADem   Jun-25-11 09:50 PM   #80 
        - I can't speak for the entire left end of the spectrum, but the Democratic party left  Exilednight   Jun-25-11 09:59 PM   #81 
 

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