The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Al Gore: Communist or Nazi?

No, it definitely isn't a big day for news. But it's always a big day for right-wing nonsense-- and Fox News is there!

[Fox host David] ASMAN: Al Gore’s new documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, it hits the theaters this week. If people buy into his global warming hysteria, will it put him in the White House and our economy on the skids? Steve, first off, is it gonna get him in the White House?

[Flat tax advocate Steve] FORBES: No, if he believes that’s gonna get him in the White House, he needs to rub on something stronger than this sunscreen.

ASMAN: Alright, but if his global warming agenda somehow gets mixed up into our agenda, the national agenda, what’ll it do to the economy?

FORBES: It will ice the economy. And after all, some people do believe the DiVinci Code, so some will believe the DiGore Code. [Laughter] But the fact of the matter is, the policies that result from it would hurt the economy, would create unemployment. It’s a real recipe for more socialist regulation.

Thank you Steve Forbes, for the cutting and timely pop culture reference! I remember a campaign in Missouri a few years ago to limit the number of billboards on the state's highways (think endless succession of adverts for Branson musicians)-- the proposal was defeated when opponents claimed it would cost Missouri jobs and wreck the state economy.

How an initiative for producing America's energy within our own borders would cost jobs and devastate our economy is beyond me. We'd have a new high-tech industry, new techonolgy to export, and more incentives for people to invest in American businesses. Why, it's the very definition of socialism!

UPDATE: Fox News strikes again, prompting me to change the title of my post. After decrying Al Gore's "hysteria" as the diabolical plan of a socialist, they've put an industry shill on the air to compare him to Joseph Goebbels.

This time Gore's assailant was a recipient of donations from big oil who recently penned an editorial defending the Exxon CEO's $400 million retirement package.

That’s the problem. If I thought Al Gore’s movie was as you like to say, fair and balanced, I’d say, everyone should go see it. But why go see propaganda? You don’t go see Joseph Goebbels’ films to see the truth about Nazi Germany. You don’t go see Al Gore’s films to see the truth about global warming.