Gore Coverage

Yesterday, Al Gore’s son, Al Gore III, was arrested for drug possession after being stopped for speeding. Naturally, the rightwingers are having a field day with it, which isn’t something about which I’m going to waggle my finger (even though it’s gross). But it’s not like I’ve never seen a less-than-kind post about the Bush Twins on a lefty blog, you know what I mean?

The actual media coverage of the thing, however, is appalling, too—and I will comment on that. Al Gore’s son busted for drugs in hybrid car says the Reuters headline. “Al Gore III — whose father is a leading advocate of policies to fight global warming — was driving his environmentally friendly car at about 100 miles per hour on a freeway south of Los Angeles when he was pulled over,” the story explains. Al Gore’s son arrested on drug charges announces the AFP, noting, “Police arrested former vice president and current environmental activist Al Gore’s son, also named Albert Gore, after finding marijuana and narcotics in his low-emissions car, authorities said Wednesday.” Al Gore’s son arrested with drugs in his car the AP tells us, clarifying that he was “driving a blue Toyota Prius about 100 mph on the San Diego Freeway when he was pulled over at about 2:15 a.m.”

What, pray tell, is the point of focusing so pointedly on the type of car Gore III was driving, if not to subtly impugn Gore II’s environmental advocacy? It’s like it’s supposed to be a huge joke—”OMG, and did you hear his son was caught in a Prius?! Hahaha!”—except I don’t get why that’s funny. It would be notable if the kid were caught in a 1979 Chevy Scottsdale or something, guzzling gas like a banshee as he sped down the freeway. Otherwise, it basically means that, as far as his car-buying goes, he’s a good kid who listens to his dad and cares about the planet. Hilarious.

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22 responses to “Gore Coverage

  1. Reg DeCurry

    Now, now, Melissa, you miss the point. We should be celebrating! We now have definitive proof that a hybrid car can go 100 miles per hour! The talking point about how environmentally-friendly cars have performance issues is dead forever! Dead, dead, dead!!! W000000000T!!!!!!!

    See, you just have to look on the bright side. 🙂

  2. Melissa McEwan

    We now have definitive proof that a hybrid car can go 100 miles per hour!

    😆

  3. anangryoldbroad

    I’m impressed that a Prius will do 100 mph myself,lol. I had no idea.

    As for the wingnuttian coverage of this,well,no big surprises there. I guess we should be grateful that Al III didn’t get kicked out of a South American country or arrested for breaking into a pharmacy.

  4. Actually, one winger, Ed Morrissey of Captain’s Quarters, is telling his brethren to lay off. A voice in the wilderness, I fear.

  5. Ah, this is easy. They’re making the connection between pot and environmentalism because it’s another way of talking about those dirty fucking hippies, man!!! And to the press corps that is just hilarious every time.

  6. Evelyn

    He’s making his Dad look cool.

  7. My mom is a proud owner of a Prius… but not for the environmental reasons. She just hates paying for gas.

    They are nice cars, I must say. I want one.

  8. eastsidekate

    Well, if it was a hybrid that ran on drugs, that would be a story. Alas, the price of gasoline has not (yet) eclipsed the price of pot.

  9. I was wondering about it myself. If he was driving a Hummer, they would also make note of it. Basically, they’re pissed that the Gore family dares to have a footprint at all.

  10. NonyNony

    It’s because the press has no real sense of irony or comedy, yet they think they’re funny. The idea that a rich kid son of a liberal politician who advocates for the enivronment would be speeding in a Prius and smoking dope doesn’t have the necessary twist to be ironic, and it doesn’t have the gotcha to be comedic. To be ironic he’d have to be speeding along in a Hummer or in a Corvette. To be funny, he’d have to be speeding along in a diesel-powered school bus painted like the Mystery Machine with Tommy Chong as a passenger. This is just typical rich kid behavior, unfortunately, and so neither ironic nor funny.

    I will note that our local morning show DJ’s picked up on the correct message of this story – the “You can get a Prius up to 100MPH? I wouldn’t have guessed that!” angle. Toyota may end up having to thank young Mr. Gore for the free press.

  11. Arkades

    Sadly, a good chunk of the public *hates* environmentalists because of either envy or resentment of the environmentalists’ sheen of do-gooder authenticity. Therefore, when given a chance to puncture the perceived aura of moral authority, the MSM takes to it with relish, knowing that a good chunk of their audience will secretly be cheering “See? Those crazy lefties *aren’t* any better than us, after all.” Even though getting busted for drugs in an environmentally friendly vehicle is *still* better for the environment’s sake than getting busted in a gas-guzzler would have been, so the busted environmentalist isn’t even being hypocritical, at least not in any usual sense of the word.

    All that’s really happening is that the MSM sees a chance to tarnish the luster someone’s advocacy might otherwise have, and that alone is incentive enough for them to go for it.

  12. Jay in Oregon

    [Emphasis mine] Police arrested former vice president and current environmental activist Al Gore’s son

    That lead would have been sent back by any halfway decent news editor. Hell, as a copyeditor of my college newspaper, I would have sent it back.

    It’s obvious that whoever wrote that is trying to create the impression that the elder Gore is the one in trouble. More of that “far left bias” in our MSM at work, I suspect…

  13. We should be celebrating! We now have definitive proof that a hybrid car can go 100 miles per hour! The talking point about how environmentally-friendly cars have performance issues is dead forever! Dead, dead, dead!!! W000000000T!!!!!!!

    It’ll go that fast, but it won’t be any more fuel efficient than a normal car at that speed since the electric motor won’t be in use. Fuel efficiency decreases drastically above about 65 mph, so driving a Prius 100 mph isn’t especially “environmentally friendly”. Owning one, however, definitely is.

    I still want one, and I probably will also end up driving it 100 mph down the San Diego Freeway.

  14. Ace

    I’m not really sure what the big deal is here. When Gore was still a resident of Washington, D.C., Gore III was always getting busted. He got thrown out of Papa Gore’s alma mater (St. Alban’s) and went to the quaker school where he was busted again. Gore III has had a long history with drugs and speeding, so this story is nothing new.

    I think the fact that this is getting written about at all is a clear jab at Gore and his new profile as a champion of environmentalism, an attempt to subvert his status in the public realm. It’s like they are trying to say, Gore didn’t raise his kids correctly, but he did teach them to drive hybrids. Pointless story. Shouldn’t be in the national news in the same way that John Edwards’s haircuts shouldn’t.

  15. nightshift66

    I suspect that the underlying point of a lot of the coverage is a none-too-subtle warning to Al what will happen on a daily basis if he has the temerity to actually run for president again. It may be a subconscious signal from some, but it seems clear that the pack mentality of the MSM is always set to default to the old storylines about him.

    And of course, I’d expect the right-wing blogs to run with this; they are a separate matter altogether.

  16. To be funny, he’d have to be speeding along in a diesel-powered school bus painted like the Mystery Machine with Tommy Chong as a passenger.

    LOL! Now THAT is funny!

  17. I’m just waiting for the rightwing cartoons…

  18. Damn– the Prius was doing 100! I gotta get me one…

  19. Paen

    Before gloating to much the right wingers should remember that it aint only the kids of liberals who appreciate some good bud.I personaly can think of a certain party animal son of a C.I.A. director back in the 60s who went by the nick name Dubya.

  20. Brynn

    Jeeze, 100 mph on the San Diego freeway at 2:15 a.m. is basically keeping up with whatever traffic there is.

  21. SFA

    Um, not to be a dick or anything, and I know this is beside the point, but “guzzling gas like a banshee”? What does that mean? Do banshees guzzle gas? Does it fuel their howled warnings of impending death? I’ve tried to come up with another metaphor you could’ve used to make your (very good) point, but can’t think of anything that guzzles gas besides other vehicles. Certainly not a banshee.

  22. Michael Jackson

    Sure he was driving and Pirus this time! However, he HAS been driving gas guzzlers in the past. He has been pulled over five or six times and all of those times he has had various levels of either drugs (prescription and non-prescription alike), alcohol or both. One time he was driving and muscle car: an old red Ford Mustang and one other time he was hopped up and driving a CADDY!!!! A CAD! What a gas guzzler. Just goes to show that, yes, the Gores are hypocrites after all. Why does his Dad have to have a house in Tenn., which he never visits, with 17,000 square feet and using electricity all day long??? Why? I can answer that one. He is a hypocrite. Have a good day!

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