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.
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."