Gore: 'Democracy is Under Attack'

Former veep Al Gore continues to get slavishly great press (the kind
a Republican could only get by switching parties à la Jim Jeffords),
this time
for a speech he gave in Scotland claiming that "democracy is under
attack" from media consolidation. I'm doubtful that he mentioned
similar dangers from ultrarich leftists like George Soros trying to buy
their own governments in various countries.

The first few grafs from AP reporter Jill Lawless are relatively straightforward (minus the fact that she did not ask other media thinkers to counter Gore):

"Democracy
is under attack," Gore told an audience at the Edinburgh International
Television Festival. "Democracy as a system for self-governance is
facing more serious challenges now than it has faced for a long time.

"Democracy
is a conversation, and the most important role of the media is to
facilitate that conversation of democracy. Now the conversation is more
controlled, it is more centralized."

He said that in many countries, media control was being consolidated in the hands of a few businesspeople or politicians.

Gore
said in Italy much of the media is owned by former Prime Minister
Silvio Berlusconi. In Russia, President Vladimir Putin has stifled
dissent on television, and in South Africa, Gore said, dissent "is
disappearing, and free expression is under attack."

In the
United States "the only thing that matters in American politics now is
having enough money to put 30-second commercials on the air often
enough to convince the voters to elect you or re-elect you," he said.
"The person who has the most money to run the most ads usually wins."

Later in the story, though, Lawless's article turns into a Gore press release:

Gore
lost the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush in disputed
circumstances. Current TV was launched last year amid much skepticism,
but anticipated the tide of user-generated content now sweeping the
media world.

His long-standing warnings about the threat
from global warming have reached a mass audience thanks to "An
Inconvenient Truth," a slick, stark movie that has become one of the
most successful documentaries in U.S. history.

Gore's
renewed popularity, and his high-profile book and movie tours across
the United States, have spurred speculation of a White House run in
2008. He denied it again Sunday.

At the end is the
trademark Gore insanity, asserting that media consolidation is all a
grand conspiracy of polluters. As you might expect, Lawless provides
zero skepticism for the nutty Gore pronouncement, ending the story like
this:

Gore said there was a link between control of the media and a lack of political action to control climate change.

"Questions
of fact that are threatening to wealth and power become questions of
power," he said. "And so the scientific evidence on global warming - an
inconvenient truth for the largest polluters - becomes a question of
power, and so they try to censor the information."

Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield, creator of NewsBusters and president of Dialog New Media, an internet marketing and design firm, left NewsBusters at the end of 2013