Fox News Immediately Begins Smear Campaign Against Al Gore, Nobel Prize
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This post, written by Amanda Terkel, orignally appeared on Think Progress
On Fox and Friends this morning, co-host Steve Doocy wasted no time in attacking the announcement that Al Gore has been named a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. "Here's something extraordinary," Doocy sarcastically said. "What do Al Gore, Yasser Arafat, and that crazy Jimmy Carter have in common?" Co-host Gretchen Carlson responded, "They all won the Nobel Peace Prize?"
Fox then displayed a chyron of the last few winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, causing another co-host Brian Kilmeade, to complain: "There's the last five winners -- see Mohamed El Baradei. What do they have in common? I don't know about the 2006 winner, but I will say 2005 and 2007 both anti-Bush."
The Fox panel then turned its attack on An Inconvenient Truth, noting a recent court ruling by a British judge that Gore's film should be accompanied by " guidance notes" when shown in schools. That ruling is now being challenged by schools and teachers. After reporting on the British controversy over Gore's film, Doocy said:
You know, I'm not a scientist. I don't know if any of that stuff is true. I don't think any of it's true. I just know that my daughter watched the movie last week. ... [She said Gore] took three shots at George Bush. And my daughter, who's just 18, was turned off by how it was political. So there you go.
Right-wing bloggers are echoing the same themes in their attack on Gore:
"Look on the bright side: after Arafat, Carter, and Iranian marionette Mohammed ElBaradei, the award couldn't possibly be more degraded." - Hot Air's Allahpundit
"Keeping to the trend of politicized awards, the Nobel Peace Prize has been given jointly to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change." - National Review's Jay Richards
"The Nobel Prize committee has basically surrendered to hysterics, mass exaggerators, and liars, most of who are not even climatologists or even any type of scientist." - William Teach at Pirate's Cove
"I wasn't even aware that they had a Nobel Prize for deceptive rhetoric." - Confederate Yankee
Faiz Shakir is the Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Editor of ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report.