Ross Mackenzie

NBC’s Matt Lauer, interviewing Al Gore, Dec. 6, 2006: “From your point of view, if you were to run for president you could take this (global warming) issue to the next level, even during just a campaign. And if you were fortunate enough to win the presidency, you’d sit in the most powerful office in the free world with a real chance to . . . save the planet, without putting too much emphasis on it. Wouldn’t that be enough of a reason to run for president for you? . . . As someone who feels as passionately about the subject as you do, and your documentary is evidence of that, why pass up the opportunity to have that world stage again?”

CBS’ Katie Couric, writing about the Oscars in her “Couric & Co.” blog, Feb. 26: “As the throngs of celebrities greeted Al Gore as a secular saint, I wondered if this might usher in a backlash against environmentalists. . . . My fervent hope is that Hollywood’s embrace of Al Gore doesn’t give people an excuse to condemn and mock the effort — and oppose taking steps that we as a society need to take to deal with the issue of climate change.”

PBS’ Bill Moyers, in a Jan. 12 speech on reform of the media, aired Jan. 16 on the Pacifica Network’s “Democracy Now”: “As we saw in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, the plantation mentality that governs Washington turned the press corps into sitting ducks for the war party, for government and neoconservative propaganda and manipulation. . . . I can’t tell you again how many reporters have told me that it just never occurred to them that high officials would manipulate intelligence in order to go to war. Hello?”

ABC’s Barbara Walters, recounting her interview with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, March 16: “He was not what I expected. He was very dignified. He was warm, friendly. He likes the U.S. It’s George Bush that he doesn’t like. He also was very personal. He talked about how hard life was, that he wished he could be in love but you can’t be when you’re heading a country.”

Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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