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Gore Blames Television for Downfall of American Democracy
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On February 2, 2013 @ 9:56 am In The Point | 17 Comments
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early days of our republic, when the printing press and the public square that was informed by the printing press has been replaced by television.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.
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