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.