Network Gore Promotion, Part 2 of 3. The morning after ABC's Good Morning America paid tribute to Al Gore as "the Comeback Kid," NBC's Today on Wednesday aired an "exclusive" interview with Gore during which a giddy Katie Couric was all smiles as she promoted his new hysterical movie and pressed him about running for President again. "A once defeated Al Gore is now basking in the limelight soaking up standing ovations and stellar reviews," Couric gushed. Couric touted his movie as a "documentary that shows the catastrophic effects global warming could have down the road if the world doesn't take action now" and she oozed to Gore as the two sat in Central Park: "I think in this movie at different turns you're funny, vulnerable, disarming, self-effacing and someone said after watching it, quote, 'if only he was like this before maybe things would've turned out differently in 2000.'" She cued him up to spout his claims about how much of Florida and Manhattan will soon be under water: "As succinctly as possible can you explain the crisis?" And she only provided token acknowledgment of any other view: "Where there is disagreement among scientists it is not if but when we may see drastic environmental changes across the globe. Al Gore says the clock is ticking."
The May 24 CyberAlert recounted: With "The Comeback Kid? Al Gore Takes on the World," as the on-screen moniker, ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday championed Al Gore's comeback, through his hysterical global warming movie, An Inconvenient Truth, which ABC took quite seriously as Claire Shipman touted a potential Gore presidential run. Shipman enthused: "The guy that George Bush Senior derisively dubbed 'Ozone Man' may have hit his stride after five years in hibernation by promoting his longtime passion." Shipman trumpeted: "Here's Al being celebrated in Cannes, doing the celebrity thing at an LA opening, power-walking a green carpet in Washington as rumors of another presidential run swirl." Without scolding Gore for fear-mongering, Shipman calmly relayed how Gore's "environmental message is blunt: humanity is sitting on a time bomb and has about ten years left to deal with it. It's the messenger, though, this almost President turned dynamic professor who's making most of the waves, dominating the blog-chatter." Letting a hopeful Arianna Huffington answer, Shipman cued her up: "Is he going to go for the Oval again?" Shipman concluded by gushing: "What does Al Gore say about the possibility of another run? We asked him the other night....He gave a hearty laugh but didn't say no." See: www.mediaresearch.org
The MRC's Geoff Dickens tracked the lengthy 7:30am half hour segment on the May 24 Today, starting with the earlier plugs:
At the top of the show, Couric previewed: "NBC News exclusive. Al Gore on global warming and whether he'll make another run for the Oval Office."
A little later: "And then that exclusive interview with Al Gore. He's on a new campaign to fight global warming, clearly a subject he is very passionate about. But is he also using it to kick start another run for the presidency? We'll talk with him about that as well."
At the end of the 7am half hour: "Still to come this morning on Today former President, Vice President rather, he thought he might be president, Al Gore on the very real threat of global warning, warming and his political future." Clip of Couric to Gore: "All this positive response has led to a lot of speculation that you're gonna run for President. Let's just put it out there." Couric: "We'll have his answer coming up-" Lauer: "What did he say?" Couric: "-in an exclusive interview in our next half hour. That's why we call it a tease, Matt." Lauer: "You cut him off just at the good part."
Shortly after 7:30am, Couric, over clip from Gore documentary: "Also coming up in this half hour a very interesting conversation with former Vice President Al Gore. He's off on a new campaign these days with a documentary that shows the catastrophic effects global warming could have down the road if the world doesn't take action now. We'll talk about that and he'll tell us right here whether he plans to run for President again."
And Matt Lauer before the first ad break of the half hour: "Coming up later on Today Halle Berry will blow into our studio to tell us about playing Storm again in the new X-Men movie. But up next a more unlikely movie star, Al Gore. He'll talk about his new documentary on global warming and ask him, we'll ask him will he make another run for the White House? His answer, after this."