But Gore takes this argument one arrogant step further: When voters lose an argument (read: election), it is proof that the voters are ignorant and-or distracted. We went to war in Iraq because we were too distracted by Paris Hilton news. We're cooking the planet with global warming because ignorant people gave Bush the presidency and left poor Al Gore with an Oscar as a consolation prize. Gore thinks the right choices on Iraq and the environment were "glaringly obvious," but the voters weren't instructed well enough in the facts that prove him right.
It's a common liberal conceit: Liberalism is the very definition of sweet reason, so an attack on liberalism is an "assault on reason." Democracy is only truly democratic when the Democrats are in charge. Debates aren't truly informative unless the liberals win the argument. The same holds true for elections.
Time magazine highlighted Gore's excerpt with this sentence: "The world of television ... makes it virtually impossible for individuals to take part in what passes for a national conversation." How ironic. Isn't it Al Gore who's been wandering throughout the media telling them it's way too late for a "national conversation" on global warming? That the people who disagree with him aren't really part of a debate, or players in a democracy, but an evil array of corporate publicity tools who have no belief in Science (and Reason)? That only foster confusion? There's very little difference between Al Gore and Hugo Chavez on a censor-conservatives creed.
Perhaps the oddest part of this book tour is how masochistic the liberal media have become in response. Look no further than the 15 minutes ABC's "Good Morning America" awarded Gore to plug his book. One segment was devoted to beating up the media, and ABC host Diane Sawyer willingly explained that Gore thought the media were distracting the public just as farmers can hypnotize chickens. ABC put these words on the screen: "Al Gore's Media Assault: Is the News Hypnotizing You?"
But Gore wasn't about to be paired with a conservative who would disagree and -- gasp -- challenge him. That kind of balanced "national conversation" is apparently not on ABC's agenda. ABC would rather risk a ratings meltdown with 15 minutes of Professor Gore's Sunrise Semester than let a conservative talk about media failings on their set. To Gore and his liberal media friends, Reason is a one-way street.