October 07, 2005

And, to Think that This Man Was Almost President

- Text of Al Gore Speech at Media Conference in NY, Oct 06, 2005

Excerpted with Emphasis Added:

I came here today because I believe that American democracy is in grave danger. It is no longer possible to ignore the strangeness of our public discourse. I know that I am not the only one who feels that something has gone basically and badly wrong in the way America's fabled "marketplace of ideas" now functions.

How many of you, I wonder, have heard a friend or a family member in the last few years remark that it's almost as if America has entered "an alternate universe"?

(Ramblings at this point, primarily attacking television to set up his pitch for the Al Gore network.)

And here is my point: it is the destruction of that marketplace of ideas that accounts for the "strangeness" that now continually haunts our efforts to reason together about the choices we must make as a nation.

...in 1987, ...Rush Limbaugh and other hate-mongers began to fill the airwaves.

As recently stated by Dan Rather - who was, of course, forced out of his anchor job after angering the White House - television news has been "dumbed down and tarted up."

...it is television delivered over cable and satellite that will continue for the remainder of this decade and probably the next to be the dominant medium of communication in America's democracy. And so long as that is the case, I truly believe that America's democracy is at grave risk.

You got that? Makes you want to go, "hmmmmmmmmmmmmm." You should have heard the audio of this. Weird. This man is from another planet and makes me feel as if I'm in an "alternate universe."

Posted by GM Roper at October 7, 2005 08:00 PM | TrackBack

The only two things GOOD about Owlgore's speech is (ONE) that it is what happens when you have a 1st Amendment to the Constitution and (TWO) is that it DID come to an end.

You gotta LOVE Owlgore, without him, politics might be pretty dull.

Posted by GM Roper at October 7, 2005 08:50 PM

When "hatemonger" Rush Limbaugh supported Clinton's NAFTA, he was a "distinguished American"

Al never could make up his mind... He probably thinks the terrorists are still misunderstood freedom fighters.

Posted by Mike's America at October 10, 2005 02:05 PM

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