November 27, 2002

Al Gore, media critic…

Again, I ask, where are the competent political/rhetorical advisors for the Democrats? Here’s Al Gore making his bid for the presidency all the more difficult by complaining about media bias–right-wing media bias. He says:

The media is kind of weird these days on politics, and there are some major institutional voices that are, truthfully speaking, part and parcel of the Republican Party,” said Mr. Gore in an interview with The Observer. “Fox News Network, The Washington Times, Rush Limbaugh

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  1. Rebecca 

    You ask “where the good advisors have gone”. Maybe this is the opening salvo of Gore’s “I’m gonna do it my way and let it rip” campaign.

  2. You may be right. 🙂

  3. Wesley 

    Why shouldn’t he have touched upon the subject?

  4. Wsley 

    Why Shouldn’t he have?

  5. In my opinion there are (among others) two reasons Gore should not have touched this subject:

    1- Kairos, i.e. timing. I think he’s getting ready to announce his candidacy for 2004. He doesn’t need to dredge up the Sore/Loserman image of December 2000, which this does.

    2- Ethos, i.e. appeal to character. Because of #1, Gore is simply the wrong one to be making this point. It tastes like sour grapes.

    I could be wrong.

  6. Captin Sarcastic 

    We have created impossible contradictions in what we desire in a leader.

    We want leaders who take on the tough issues and shoot from the hip and challenge conventional wisdom.

    But when we get leaders that do just that, we call it political suicide and question their sanity.

    John McCain in 2000 and Al Gore in 2002.

    I absolutely agree with your opinion of the cultural acceptance of the liberal media as truth. What I disagree with is the suggestion that the most influential and unlikely people should not challenge this. I think Gore ought to DARE the media to rake him over the coals as they did in the last cycle. I think Democrats ought dare the media to continue manically avoid any possible evidence of liberal bias. Every time a pro-conservative story hits, or a pro-liberal story doesn’t, they need to call the media on it. Keep the volume high enough that journalists will start looking over their OTHER shoulder, instead of just looking back to see if any is seeing a liberal bias.

    If this doesn’t happen, pretty soon we are going to be a nation not just of idiots, but of idiots that actually agressively support policies that are counter to their own interests. Oops, am I too late?

  7. As I said, I certainly could be wrong. The scenario you suggest would, at the very least, make the Democrats appear to have more backbone.

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