Entertainment Weekly Says Global Warming Keeps Gore 'Cool'
Al Gore may have rubbed elbows with some of the world‚Äôs most prominent leaders, but he looked awkward in staged photos as cover boy in the July 14 issue of Entertainment Weekly. He appeared denim jacketed in the hot desert and looked hard pressed to interact with stuffed monkeys let alone save a jungle of real ones. That didn‚Äôt matter to EW which still declared his efforts a success and the global warming debate ‚Äúover.‚ÄĚ
The issue praised Gore‚Äôs newfound hipster status and mentioned the former vice president on eight of the 76 pages. The magazine chronicled his career, but his lack of science background was carefully omitted. As vice president, he met the Dalai Lama, but now as a ‚Äúhip and trendy‚ÄĚ pop-icon he finally got to shake hands with actress Denise Richards. According to EW, his
The article praised Gore for connecting to crowds ‚Äúcharismatically‚ÄĚ and noted he ‚Äúeven found his sense of humor.‚ÄĚ The article also quoted John Lesher, head of Paramount Vantage/Paramount Classics, in a similarly positive way. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs the hardest‚Äďworking man in show business,‚ÄĚ Lesher said.
While the article commended Gore for his efforts, it criticized the ‚Äúconservative media‚ÄĚ for not engaging in the global warming debate. The article claimed that Fox News has been ‚Äúrelatively silent‚ÄĚ regarding the film. EW translated that to mean, in terms of global warming, that the ‚Äúdebate is over.‚ÄĚ The Business & Media Institute has previously documented instances of the media declaring the climate debate over. However, Fox News has indeed addressed ‚ÄúAn Inconvenient Truth.‚ÄĚ
On May 19, 2006, David Asman, host of ‚ÄúForbes on Fox,‚ÄĚ appeared on ‚ÄúThe Big Story with John Gibson‚ÄĚ to criticize Gore‚Äôs film. ‚Äú[H]e‚Äôs taken the scientists who go right to the top, the most alarmist scientists ‚Ä¶ who say that the worse scenario is this ‚Äď and Al Gore is putting up the worst possible scenario.‚ÄĚ Asman added that that was ‚Äúprobably the least likely scenario.‚ÄĚ The debate on Fox far from over and neither was Fox News shying away from its position.
The EW article argued that circumstances were adding to Gore‚Äôs popularity. ‚ÄúWith gas prices [going up] and global warming percolating in the zeitgeist ‚Äď it felt like a perfect storm,‚ÄĚ claimed ‚ÄúPulp Fiction‚ÄĚ producer Lawrence Bender. However, the article ignored the huge media push for Gore‚Äôs movie, mentioning only an appearance on ‚ÄúSaturday Night Live.‚ÄĚ There have been dozens more. Svetkey didn‚Äôt come to the obvious conclusion ‚Äď that perhaps ‚Äúglobal warming is percolating in the zeitgeist‚ÄĚ because