Gore Blames Television for Downfall of American Democracy


Someone stop me before I create another television news network

Sometimes I get the feeling that Gore really hasn’t bothered to think through any of the ideas he puts out there past the spreadsheet stage. He wants to be thought of as a great thinker and doesn’t take the time to think through the things that he’s thinking about.

Yesterday I satirically suggested that maybe the media’s high capacity magazines should be censored because…

““Press” refers to the act of physically printing newspapers through a printing press. The Founders understood that unrestricted ideas were dangerous and should be limited to those who would use them responsibly. That is why they specified a printing press. Certainly they would not have meant that the radio or television, which can broadcast not only words, but voices and images, should have those same protections. And they would no more have extended those protections to the mass media on the internet than they would have allowed every homeowner to own his own AR-15.”

…but today I found that I was echoing Al Gore proving that the left moves faster than the speed of satire.

Gore, the Big Thinker, is pushing his latest book (and I use “his” loosely) The Future, which is all about the problems of the future and how to fix them, from a man who claimed that the North Pole would have already melted by now. Naturally there’s a good deal there about how FOX News threatens the nation and all of civilization.  And in his PBS interview, there was this

AL GORE: It’s also partly an outgrowth of a tectonic shift from the early days of our republic, when the printing press and the public square that was informed by the printing press has been replaced by television. Now Americans watch television five hours a day, those my age and older seven hours a day on average. Somebody is making up for us. But, as a result, the role of money has been greatly increased. So…

JEFFREY BROWN: But to what impact? To the sense that we can’t pass legislation?

AL GORE: Correct.

JEFFREY BROWN: And affecting our elections as well?

AL GORE: For a free country to continue thriving, there have to be regular reforms, because any society, any economy that stays in place, you’re going to see repeated attempts to exploit the openings for twisting policy to the advantage of those who already have wealth and power.

It’s a common theme throughout human history.

AL GORE: And we have been less vulnerable to that because we have had a free flow of ideas, and people who, for whatever reason, feel that there need to be changes and reforms have had an avenue for convincing their elected representatives to bring about change.

They can’t do that as much now. The Congress is virtually incapable of passing any reforms unless they first get permission from the powerful special interests who are most affected by the proposal.

If you follow this muddled line of thought, Congress is beholden to special interests because people watch too much television, instead of reading newspapers like Benjamin Franklin Bache’s Philadelphia Aurora.

1. Television viewership has been dropping for a while and advertising there is a dubious use of money, as the last election showed us.

2. Special interests have always been part of American politics and the Prohibition Lobby was able to ram through its agenda before television.

3. The NRA’s influence comes more from its membership than money. Most corporations have more money than the NRA. But few organizations can match the NRA’s 4.25 million membership.

4. The major reason why elections have become expensive is because there’s more money to spend and there’s more money to spend because there’s more for special interests to gain or lose because government has become much more powerful and has the ability to give or take away a lot more money.

Liberal politics have been a major factor in the increase of political spending.

5. Al Gore has just gotten around to selling his political television channel to an oil tyranny and is now blaming television for the downfall of politics. If Al Gore really were a robot, it would be time to send him back to the factory to get his brain serviced.

  • Johnconrad

    "He wants to be thought of as a great thinker and doesn’t take the time to think through the things that he’s thinking about."

    Daniel,

    You owe me a cup of coffee, as I just spit mine on the monitor. Thanks for the chuckle.

  • liz

    Clever! I think he is a robot with two big carbon foot prints and a lot of natural gas.

    • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

      To be sure, Al thinks he is smarter than the rest of the poor schnooks out there, therefore, he and his sort have to think for the rest of the unwashed masses. Breathtaking.
      One has to be bereft of a conscience, as well as endowed with an incredible amount of chutzpah, to believe that the general populace must be led – for their own good.
      On the one hand, he castigates tv's influence. On the other, wooden faced Al made a fortune, not only on the sale of a tv enterprise, but to America's enemies. In a typical audacious manner, he (and his fellow radicals) believes he is above the fray. Moreover, he waxes poetic about the Republic!

      Hypocrite Al has got a lot of explaining to do – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/16/the-leftistti

      BTW, even though Billy boy Clinton was a reprobate, at least he knew his policy making. Looks like he kept Al on as his sidekick, simply to prove how adept he was. He didn't have to do that.
      Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • AnOrdinaryMan

      Gore is so arrogant that he walks like he has a broom handle up his backside, and he's about to take off! I guess he thinks he's important somehow.

  • JacksonPearson

    Well thank goodness we're getting another heavenly message from Al Gore. Whatta relief, because all along, I thought it was global warming and our being attacked by hungry Alaskan polar bears that was doing America in.

  • Edward Cline

    Al Gore is the political bad penny that keeps turning up. He loses, loses, and loses, but just won't go away, because he's a penny and wants to be counted for something. He has a compulsion to remind people that he's still around and having lofty thoughts. If he couldn't grab the media's attention at least once a month, he knows he would disappear into the dustbin of has-beens and bad pennies.

    • Questions

      Gore "loses and loses and loses" — say, what? I didn't vote for him, but facts are stubborn things. Gore won every election running for U.S. senator from Tennessee. He was on the winning Clinton-Gore presidential ticket both times. His only campaign defeat was in the presidential election of 2000 which, to put it mildly, was extremely loud, incredibly close and highly disputed (and disputable).

      Aggressive assertions aren't facts, let alone arguments. Especially yours.

  • BS77

    He is really a comedian, no? I don't think he realizes how funny he is.

  • cathy

    "Gore Blames Television for Downfall of American Democracy"

    If Gore is referring to major American liberal/Marxist networks ABC, MSNBC, CBS and CNN … I agree. If Gore is referring to Qatar's Al Jazeera network that is establishing itself in America … I agree.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    ALGORE is an Ass Clown.

  • pfwag

    Democracy is alive and well in America. The have-nots and Socialists are now voting in whatever they want.

  • Jake Tobias

    Next, Al Gore will be blaming the internet for everything.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Despite inventing it

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "4. The major reason why elections have become expensive is because there’s more money to spend and there’s more money to spend because there’s more for special interests to gain or lose because government has become much more powerful and has the ability to give or take away a lot more money."

    Exactly. It's now more profitable to invest in politicians than ever.

  • Mary Sue

    Haha that's just funny. He's biting the (Hollywood) hand that feeds him! And horribly hypocritical to boot.

  • NDanielson

    Gore Blames Television for Downfall of American Democracy

    So he sells his television network to Al Jazeera to broadcast in America. LOL. Wow.

    You CAN'T make this stuff up.

  • scum

    Of course Greenfield blames the media for mass violence, so why not TV causing economic disaster? LOL