Gore: All TV 'bad' except my network, Daily Show or whatever I'm watching
Former Vice President Al Gore stopped by Comedy Central's Daily Show with Jon Stewart to plug his new book, The Assault on Reason Thursday night, and, along the way, took aim at the media for not providing all the "facts" about the war in Iraq, before and after the US invaded.
Gore told Stewart, "Well, you know, before the vote to go to war in the first place in Iraq, our longest-serving Senator, Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, stood in an empty chamber, and he said 'Why is this Senate silent? Ominously silent?'"
"There was no effort to lay out the pros and cons, and in fact that was the case," Gore said. "I think the answer to his question is, 'People don't care that much any more about what's said on the floor of the Senate because the news media doesn't cover it any more.'"
Stewart said, regarding television, "Although we have great respect for you, and that in no way insinuates that it's not a good use of your time, it is a passive medium."
"Yes, and my position is that all television is bad except my network, Current TV, and The Daily Show, and whatever show I happen to be watching at the time," Gore joked, before adding, "But in all seriousness, the television news programs have probably spent a lot more time on Britney Spears' shaving her head, and Paris Hilton going to jail, and Anna-Nicole Smith's estate lawyers and Joey Buttafuoco, and all this stuff, than they have spent giving us the facts — for example, telling us before the invasion of Iraq, that actually Iraq had nothing whatsoever to do with the attack of 9/11."
The following Comedy Central video was broadcast on May 24.
Excerpts from transcript written up by The Third Path blog follow: