With Sarah Palin all over the news this week, we encounter yet again the power of the media, even in the twilight of their influence to shape popular opinion. Despite her record of accomplishment as Governor of Alaska, including her regular bucking of the Republican establishment and cooperation with Democratic leaders and legislators, most Americans remain unaware of her executive abilities and bipartisan policy-making. All too many see her as an ideologue unfit to lead.
Yet, Palin is not the only politician who receives coverage that leaves out considerable aspects of her biography and professional record. When they find a liberal they want to lionize, they ignore facts about his life which conflict with the image they wish to create of him. In a recent cover story, Newsweek billed one such liberal as “The Thinking Man’s Thinking Man,” yet neglected the emotional manner in which Al Gore attempts to discredit those who have not reached a conclusion different from his own.
He doesn’t argue with those critics, doesn’t consider the facts they introduce and arguments they have made to challenge his conclusions (as would a thinking man). Instead, he tells us “the debate in the scientific community is over.” Hardly. The debate is far from over. There is no consensus backing his theories.
Not just that, he “refuses to debate those who say global warming is not a crisis.” Wouldn’t a thinking man welcome the chance to debate his ideas?
Newsweek may want to portray Al Gore as a “thinking man,” but the very way he has conducted his crusade for climate control legislation suggests not a thinker, but a zealot, one for whom promoting the cause is more important than addressing its critics. And I mean, isn’t that what thinking men do, address their critics.
Wasn’t the quintessential thinking man famous for dialogues, not his diatribes monologues?