Dan Gainor

Pity poor Al Gore. The former presidential candidate has a trophy room Tiger Woods would envy. He’s got the Nobel Peace Prize, an Emmy, even an Oscar. But much like his failed presidential campaign, Gore can’t win the big game.

Gore’s big game is climate change. He’s been trying to force America to embrace his apocalyptic vision for years and Americans still don’t agree. His failure is almost stunning – like Woods losing at miniature golf.

He’s been completely set up for an easy victory: The mainstream media long ago fully embraced everything he says about global warming. They rarely even give anyone a chance to present a different view.

By Gore’s own calculation, people who oppose his global warming consensus “are in such a tiny, tiny minority now with their point of view.” He told “60 Minutes” March 30 that those who dare to challenge him are “almost like the ones who still believe that the moon landing was staged in a movie lot in Arizona, and those who believe the Earth is flat.”

There are so few of them that Gore is committing $300 million to convince them he is right.

That’s right. Gore is such a pathetic pitchman that even with the entire global news media on his side; he still has to pay $300 million to buy ads to further hector Americans about our lifestyles.

The new campaign is called The We Campaign. Three hundred million dollars. The ad agency that brought us the Geico Gecko and the Caveman. And all they come up with is a campaign that sounds like an old “Bugs Bunny” cartoon complete with a “We” flag.

I am proud to raise the “They” flag. Because I dare ask questions, those pesky things journalists are supposed to handle. Who is funding Gore’s $300-million campaign? Lesley Stahl let Gore emphasize how much he is helping underwrite the ads. “Well, Tipper and I – thank you again – have put all of the profits from the movie and the book that we would have otherwise gotten, ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ to this,” Gore said.

But according to The Washington Post, he’s committed “more than $2.7 million.” Let’s assume a new Gore book and a few proceeds from the Live Earth fiasco add another few million.

So where does roughly $290 million come from? Are there donors, like Gore, somehow involved in carbon credits, alternative energy or some standard left-wing cause? We don’t know because journalists are so blinded by their devotion to Gore that they don’t dare challenge him with questions a high school journalism student would ask.

Dan Gainor

Dan Gainor is The Boone Pickens Free Market Fellow and director of the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute.