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Kansas City, MO

#1 Jan 29, 2013
Every once in awhile, network television can still produce some hard-hitting interviews. Case-in-point: Matt Lauer confronted Al Gore on his “hypocrisy” surrounding the sale of his former network Current TV to Al Jazeera, which is in part owned by the oil-rich country of Qatar.

Skeptical? Just read some of Lauer’s tough questions:

• Was that [buying Current] always just an investment to you? Maybe I was naive, I thought it was something you had an ideological interest in in, so why did it become just an investment at the end?

• And yet even as you sold to Al Jazeera, you in the book blast other television news programs saying this [he then read this quote from Gore's new book]:

• And the critics jumped.‘Here’s the guy who just sold Current TV to Al Jazeera, which gets an undetermined amount of funding from the country of Qatar, which gets its money from oil reserves.’ Isn’t there a contradiction in that?

• But if they get funding from a country that bases its wealth on fossil fuels, and fossil fuels are the enemy you target in climate change, isn’t there a bit of hypocrisy in that?

How did Gore respond? He squirmed a bit and said things such as:

•“As an independent network, the only independent news and information network, we found it difficult to compete in an age of conglomerates. And I’m very pleased Al Jazeera has established itself as a really respected news gathering network.”

•“I certainly understand that criticism. I disagree with it. I think Al Jazeera has, obviously, long since established itself as a really distinguished and effective news gathering organization. And by the way, its climate coverage has been far more extensive and high-quality.”

•“Well, I get the criticism. I just disagree with it, because this network has established itself. It’s objective, it’s won major awards in countries around the world and its climate coverage, as I said a moment ago, has been outstanding and extensive.”

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Jan 30, 2013
Al Gore has always made me gag. He is the worst of the guilty rich yuppies who talk a progressive line but live like royalty, the rest of us 'little people' be damned.

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Jan 31, 2013
I am so glad this lying hypocrite Al Gore wasn;'t elected in 2002. Can you imagine how bad off the country would be now? Of course, Obama is serving Al Gore's term, so we will see.

Asheville, NC

#6 Jan 31, 2013
Susan, go to the courthouse and get domestic violence papers took out on Cullen. It's too dangerous with you two there and him always playing with a gun and messing himself. His former friends say he's barking mad. They warn everybody to stay away from him because he's about to blow. Go, Susan. Go now!

London, UK

#7 Feb 2, 2013
Al Gore is even catching heat from liberal TV talking heads...GOOD!
Barry Soetoro

United States

#8 Feb 2, 2013
Al has really been packing on the pounds. With that blowhard's hot air and his flatulence I'm really beginning to believe that global warming stuff.

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