Symbolism Is Selectively Important


The irony of Detroit’s Big Three auto execs arriving in Washington, D.C., on three separate corporate jets to beg for a taxpayer handout rightly received scathing coverage in America’s media this week. 

“Symbolism is important,” a Wharton Business school professor told ABC News reporter Brian Ross. Ross ambushed the executives of GM, Ford, and Chryler after their Capitol Hill hearings demanding an explanation for their modes of transportation.

Yet the record shows that ABC News has not done a single story on Al Gore’s use of private jets (much less his 10,000 square foot home) as he criss-crosses the globe to preach about the evils of carbon fuels. No outraged professors. No ambushes.

Apparently symbolism isn’t so important when you’re green.


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