Posted by: christinelsmith | July 14, 2009

“Going After Gore”

Another example of media bias, media distortion, & media dishonesty:


Al Gore couldn’t believe his eyes: as the 2000 election heated up, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other top news outlets kept going after him, with misquotes (“I invented the Internet”), distortions (that he lied about being the inspiration for Love Story), and strangely off-the-mark needling, while pundits such as Maureen Dowd appeared to be charmed by his rival, George W. Bush. For the first time, Gore and his family talk about the effect of the press attacks on his campaign—and about his future plans—to the author, who finds that many in the media are re-assessing their 2000 coverage.

Vanity Fair’s Article on Al Gore:



  1. It’s really interesting to read about negative coverage of Al Gore because I was so young at the time and definitely didn’t pay attention to such things. If you had told me before reading these articles whether I thought Bush was treated better in the media than Gore was in 2000, I probably would not have believed you. With the most recent election representing the first time I could vote (and being a journalism student in college), it was the first time I checked out and analyzed various coverage of candidates. While fairly well versed in the media coverage of the 2008 election, it’s hard for me to compare it to previous election coverage, seeing I can’t even recall how Gore was treated in the press 9 years ago.

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