Al Gore story bogus?
by Jerome Armstrong, Mon Jan 15, 2007 at 03:47:11 PM EST
The story in question has a single quote that doesn't say anything. In fact, in NewsMax, the Reuters wire story has the quote "I'm involved in a different kind of campaign", and on Reuters website says, 'involved in "a different kind of campaign."' Shoddy.
Gore has said he hasn't ruled out making another run for president, but he doesn't ``expect'' to launch a campaign. He made the comments during a visit to Australia in September, where he was promoting his film.
I knew I should have been more careful about quoting the media "quoting" Gore. It certainly wouldn't be the first time reporters have falsely attributed words to him. Before I posted my original post, I looked for an exact quote from Gore, but couldn't find one. That should have told me something was wrong, but my desire to see the 2008 field quickly solidified got the best of me. That was a mistake on my part.
FWIW, I have heard second or third to the source (or maybe more), that Gore will not decide anything until assessing the situation after the 1st Q.
Update (Chris): As I said in the comments to the post below this one, if people think the Reuters story is bogus, then they should ask Reuters to either produce a quote, or post a retratction. It would be a big story either way, so this is something that needs to be done. I think that would be a more than reasonable action for any Draft Gore movement to take. In fact, if it didn't take this action, can we put any faith in the Draft Gore movement at all? To simply dismiss the story, without directly challenging Reuters to either produce a quote or a retraction, would be nothing more than intentionally leaving the story open and vague in order to hold out hope. We shouldn't be like that online--we should be proactive in our efforts to discover the truth. The web contact info for Reuters is here. I'll keep looking for a phone number.
Update 2 (Chris): Now Bloomberg has an entirely different story, where Gore "says:"
However, while I made a mistake of trusting Reuters, and even though before I posted I did the exact same Google News search Jerome described and performed, Reuters seems to be caught in a far greater mistake: putting words in Gore's mouth. This is actually a frequent habit among journalists--putting words in the mouth of Democrats. Even the Bloomberg piece repeats this error. I can remember recent times where it has happened to Obama and others on multiple occasions. It has happened to Gore for over a deacde. Reuters really need to answer for this now. You can contact them here.
Update 3 (Chris): As tipped by NYPopulist in the comments, it appears that another story on Gore today, this time from Fox News, might also also bogus. Fox reports the following:The movies going to win because it is accurately depicting the real fear of global warming, said FOXNews.com's "411" gossip columnist Roger Friedman, who predicted that the film is a lock for best documentary in both the Golden Globes and Oscar races. Of course, there is no Golden Globe award for best documentary. Unless, of course, wikipedia is wrong about that. :-)