Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Gore To Stand Up Against "Truthiness" With Upcoming Book, Which Promises To Fighting Those Unwilling "To Let Facts Drive Decisions"

Al Gore continues to fight back against "truthiness."

The former vice president's next project is a book, The Assault On Reason, to be published next spring.

As described by editor Scott Moyers, the book is a meditation on how "the public arena has grown more hostile to reason," and how solving problems is impeded by a political culture with a pervasive "unwillingness to let facts drive decisions."

Sounds like another, much-needed effort to fight the fact that we live in an age when a group of people -- loosely known as the "conservative media" -- have woefully misinformed their viewers and listeners.

I write this knowing that conservatives who read this blog will yell and scream about how liberals think that only they know facts. But look at this poll -- the stats speak for themselves. Those who rely on Fox News Channel or conservative talk radio for your "news" -- as perhaps 20 million Americans do each week -- are more likely to be misinformed on a wide array of domestic and foreign policy issues.

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Gore knows this, because Gore has often been a target of conservative "truthiness." They mock him with myths they created about things he never said. They call him a tree-hugger and sneer, safe within the protective bubble of ignorance. It's politics vs. science. It's name-calling vs. debate.

As JABBS has noted, President Bush laughed at Gore's documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. And lobbyists for ExxonMobil created a parody video to belittle Gore and make fun of global warming. By mocking Gore, they hope others will ignore the facts he lays out in his documentary.

But truthiness and mockery only work so well. The harder the conservatives laugh, the more people seem to agree with Gore's views -- at least on global warming.

So maybe Gore's new book will fight back against those unwilling "to let facts drive decisions."

8 Comments:

Anonymous whoop4467 said...

John Dean in his new book "Conservatives Without Conscience" describes Right-Wing followers as listed:

Their thinking is more likely based on what authorities have told them rather than on their critical judgment, which results in their beliefs being filled with inconsistencies.

They harbor numerous double standards and hypocrises.

They are hostile toward so many minorities they seem to be equal-opportunity bigots, yet they are generally unaware of their prejudies.

They travel in tight circles of like-minded people.

They see the world as a dangerous place, with society teetering on the brink of self-destruction from evil and violence, and when their fear conflates with their self-righteousness, they appoint themselves guardians of public morality or God's Designated Hitters.

They think of themselves as far more moral and upstanding than others - a self deception aided by their religiosity and their ability to evaporate guilt.

Seems to hit the nail squarely on the head.

3:08 AM  
Anonymous SDDEM06 said...

When I think of how different this country and the world would be today if President Gore had been sworn in on January 20, 2001, I literally weep.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous The Backlash Cometh said...

Let me share your hanky.
The night of that election, I took the dog out for a walk and cried in the darkness.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous cspanlovr said...

Me too. The non-stop misery Mr. Bush has inflicted on us all, the worst of which we won't even feel for another 5 years, makes me sick. Of course by then, he and his ilk will be sittin' pretty, back on the pig farm, laughing at what they put over on us.
I'm sick to death of seeing things from light lipped, condescending

11:05 AM  
Anonymous madokie said...

The last night of good sleep I've had, I went to bed knowing that Big Al was going to be my next President and when I turned the teevee on about 4 the next morning and it became evident it wasn't going to be as easy as to win an election he/we would have to fight. The deck was stacked against us. I have been in a slump since.

11:06 AM  
Anonymous DesertedRose said...

Ooooooh I sense a guest appearance on Colbert Report soon

11:06 AM  
Anonymous thereismore said...

I sense a 08 run!

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would not take a torture interrogation to get most Republicans, with the exception of their corporate and wealthy croonies, to admit they secretly wish Gore would have been president, and that the country would have subsequently been better off under a Gore presidency.
Bush has really proven to be that horrible. And even worse.
Al Gore for president 2008. He's the absolute best man to put this country back on track and to repair 8-years of serious Bushie/Republican damage to the U.S. and Democracy.

8:47 PM  

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