Al Gore said President Barack Obama was forced to be cautious during his first term in office because of the “propaganda” served up by Fox News and talk radio that created a “hostile environment for progressive ideas.”
The former vice president — who has been on somewhat of a media whirlwind since the sale his Current TV to Arab news network Al-Jazeera — made the comment during an interview to promote his latest book with PBS’ Charlie Rose this week in New York.
“I think it has been a pretty hostile environment for progressive ideas,” Gore said.
“And why is that?” Rose asked. “That you’re saying it’s a very hostile environment for progressive ideas because of the importance of money in corporations? Or — ”
” — and Fox News and the right-wing talk radio,” Gore said as the audience laughed. “It’s not that complicated. In Tennessee there’s an old saying, if you see a turtle on a fence post you can be pretty sure it didn’t get there by itself. And the fact that we have 24/7 propaganda masquerading as news, you know it does have an impact.”
Gore went on to decry “the lobbying situation, the big money situation” that leave progressiveness at a disadvantage. Rose named the conservative Koch brothers, but pointed out there are equally well-funded individuals on the liberal side. Gore interrupted that that it was a “false equivalency,” and the audience cheered.
He also had some kind words for billionaire investor George Soros.
“People talk about George Soros — George Soros is a wonderful guy and he’s had an influence, I wish he had more influence.”
(H/T: Fox Nation)