Al Gore: Media Critic

By Alex Weprin 

Early this week President Obama took some shots at the media, and now, as former Vice President Al Gore begins his book tour, he is taking his own shots. Gore went on “Today” this morning, and will also be appearing on “The Late Show” tonight and “The Daily Show” tomorrow.

In a two-part interview with Matt Lauer on “Today,” Gore responded to criticisms over his sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera, and took a shot at horse race coverage of elections.

When asked about selling Current to a network funded largely by oil money, Gore responded:

“I certainly understand that criticism, but I disagree with it, because I think that Al Jazeera has long since established itself as a really distinguished and effective newsgathering organization.”

When asked about the 2016 Presidential race, and whether he thought Joe Biden would run, this interesting exchange took place:

“I do genuinely believe that just a week after we inaugurated President Obama, it is premature to get into the horse race,” Gore said.

“Have you seen TV news? This is what we do,” Lauer responded.

“That is also part of something we need to challenge,” Gore said.


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