Gore to Go to Emmys

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

Al Gore will be once again traveling down the red carpet on Sunday — this time with business partner Joel Hyatt — as they attend the Emmy Awards. Their Current TV is up for an Emmy, in one of the television academy’s newer categories for interactive programming. In an interview on Wednesday, Gore and Hyatt say that they are particularly (obviously) pleased that the category is being broadcast in prime time, as opposed to being buried among all the technical awards at a separate ceremony.

I’ll have more later, but Gore is destined to once again face a media onslaught of questions of whether he will run or not run for President, even though he has not given one iota of indication that he will do so. And there is a new bit of speculation, as to whether he will endorse a presidential candidate. “I haven’t decided yet,” Gore told Variety. “I probably will, but I haven’t decided yet.”

Current TV is in the category for outstanding creative achievement in interactive television. Also nominated are MLB Mosaic, Bravo Media, DisneyChannel.com Broadband Video Player and BIAP Fantasy Football Television Tracker.

Gore has been a celebrity sensation at the industry’s top kudofests this year, and he’s been particular adept at using all of the attention to boost the visibility of various projects. He was at Grammys, where he lined up talent for the Live Earth concerts; he was at the Oscars when “An Inconvenient Truth” won an Academy Award for documentary; and now the Emmys, which will help he and Hyatt promote Current TV.

What Boycott?: The Democrats may be shunning Fox-sponsored debates, but that doesn’t mean that the candidates are avoiding the news channel. The latest is Barack Obama, who gave an interview with Fox News Channel’s chief political correspondent Carl Cameron in Clinton, Iowa on Wednesday. Obama has granted interviews with Cameron before, even though there has been some pressure for candidates to avoid Fox. MoveOn and Brave New Films have targeted the network, challenging their claim to be “fair and balanced,” and even launched a campaign to put pressure on their sponsors.

During the interview, Obama addressed the difference between he and Hillary Clinton on the current surge in Iraq.

Obama said, “If she did not ask the right questions before this war, it’s not clear that she would be better equipped to ask the right questions in bringing the war to a close.” 

Mash Up: A new twist to novel campaigning. HuffingtonPost and Yahoo unveil their candidate mashup today, anchored by Charlie Rose.

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