Al Gore and his bastion of amateur content, Current TV, have announced a contest for the best video that addresses “issues of tolerance and understanding diversity”. Submissions are judged by Margaret Cho, Paul Haggis, Melissa Ethridge and Edward Norton. Thanks to the Third Millenium Foundation, the big winner gets $115,000 with $15K going to a charity of the prize-winner’s choice.
It would be cynical indeed to point out that the official rules state:
Current TV and TMF reserve the right to approve the selection of such charitable organization, and each Participant hereby agrees to comply with the exercise of that right, if at all.
It would also be very cynical to speculate that such charitable organizations might possibly include The Boy Scouts of America, the Republican National Committee, National Right to Life Commitee, Students for Academic Freedom, the Cato Institute, Focus on the Family, the Hoover Institution et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
If you don’t trust me with a choice, how can you trust me with a camera?