STEELE GRIP

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

press. How fawn­ing?

An as­ton­ish­ing 98 per­cent of broad­cast news cov­er­age about Mr. Gore failed to chal­lenge any of the sci­en­tific claims about cli­mate in the film, this ac­cord­ing to an anal­y­sis of 272 net­work sto­ries by the Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter’s Busi­ness & Me­dia In­sti­tute. More than 80 per­cent of the ac­counts ex­cluded any crit­i­cism of the movie or its maker. The com­plete find­ings, deemed “science fic­tion,” can be found at www.mrc.org.bmi.

“Al Gore for pres­i­dent, vice pres­i­dent, czar? His suc­cess with ‘An In­con­ve­nient Truth’ was used by all three net­works to push him to run for pres­i­dent again or ac­cept a po­si­tion within the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion,” says an­a­lyst Ju­lia Sey­mour. “Mr. Gore is cer­tainly a pas­sion­ate ac­tivist, but he isn’t a sci­en­tist. The net­works shouldn’t take his in­ter­pre­ta­tion of global-warm­ing science as truth. Rather, they should be skep­ti­cal be­cause of his very real po­lit­i­cal agenda.” per­cent over­all are pro-life; 67 per­cent of Repub­li­cans agree.

Ac­tivists, mean­while, are mo­bi­liz­ing.

“The 2012 elec­tion cy­cle is al­ready un­der way, and rightly so. It is never too early to pre­pare and mobilize to elect pro-life can­di­dates. There­fore, Priests for Life is once again an­nounc­ing the ‘Vote Pro-life Coali­tion,’ which will unite or­ga­ni­za­tions, churches, and ac­tivists across the coun­try to make a dif­fer­ence at the vot­ing booth for the cause of life,” says the Rev. Frank Pavone, na­tional di­rec­tor of the New York group. Fox News? Nah. For­mer Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair­man Michael S. Steele has signed on as of­fi­cial MSNBC “po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst,” promis­ing he will “en­gage a di­verse au­di­ence” and be spir­ited about it. What does it all mean?

“It’s not like MSNBC has no other Repub­li­cans in its pun­dit ranks, the chief ex­am­ple be­ing ‘Morn­ing Joe’s’ Joe Scar­bor­ough. But it will be in­ter­est­ing to see if Steele presents him­self as a GOP an­a­lyst/loyalist, a la Fox’s Karl Rove, or moves from his par­ti­san past,” ob­serves Time mag­a­zine me­dia an­a­lyst James Poniewozik.

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