If A Tree-Hugger Screams At NYU, But Nobody Covers It, Did It Really Happen?
It's interesting this morning to look around at the non-reaction to the frothing-at-the-mouth speech Al Gore gave yesterday. Flipping through the home pages of the Washington Post, New York Times, and LA Times, you'll see hardly a mention of the speech, in which Gore called for the resignations of virtually every Bush Administration cabinet secretary (the Post has a small blurb well below the main headlines; the others don't mention Gore on the front page at all).
Why the silence? We're talking about the last vice president of the United States, and a guy who was just 548 votes shy of being the president right now. This ought to be a big story, particularly for papers that had been very supportive of Gore in the past. Is he now considered irrelevant? Does the media think he's become a nutbag, and thus unworthy of coverage? Could they be embarrassed by Gore's descent into MoveOn.org moonbattery?
Heck if I know; maybe the answer is "all of the above," but the coverage of Gore's rant, or rather the lack therof, is more than a little curious.
UPDATE: Well, Gore isn't being ignored by everybody...