Vanity Fair is out with an interview with Al Gore, in which the 2000 presidential nominee-turned-world ambassador (“the Goreacle”) reflects on the coverage of his campaign back then.
Writes Evgenia Peretz, “Eight years ago, in the bastions of the “liberal media” that were supposed to love Gore—The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, CNN—he was variously described as “repellent,” “delusional,” a vote-rigger, a man who “lies like a rug,” “Pinocchio.” Eric Pooley, who covered him for Time magazine, says, “He brought out the creative-writing student in so many reporters.… Everybody kind of let loose on the guy.”
Gore is reluctant to talk about the race, somewhat surprising given that his recent book “The Assault on Reason” dealt with the caustic nature of political discourse and his college thesis under Harvard adviser Richard Neustadt was on the impact of television on the presidency.
“…Gore wasn’t eager to talk about this. He doesn’t blame the media for his loss in 2000. Yet he does believe that his words were distorted and that certain major reporters and outlets were often unfair.”
Among the biggest was the claim that he said he and Tipper were the inspiration for “Love Story,” that he discovered Love Canal and that he invented the Internet. The latter claim still lingers. At a Variety forum on “An Inconvenient Truth,” one audience member prefaced a question by snarkily saying, “Since you invented the Internet…”
“Modern politics seems to require and reward some capacities that I don’t think I have in abundance,” says Gore, “such as a tolerance for … spin rather than an honest discussion of substance.… Apparently, it comes easily for some people, but not for me.”
For the record, he does not announce a run for the 2008 nomination.