Just a few weeks before Al Gore’s feel-good, be-green multi-city concert, Live Earth, the latest issue of Rolling Stone busts out a “very special issue” (moms and dads may want to read this one with their kids) on “The Climate Crisis.” The editorial that starts the section begins with the not-at-all-scaremongering line “future generations — if there are any,” and there’s a glowing interview piece with everybody’s favorite environmental busybody, Al Gore. Gee, there’s a surprise.
And of course, the TV news media can’t resist the urge to take the opportunity to speculate on that Question of Questions: Will Al Gore run for president? No one knows, no one—not even Jack Quinn, Gore’s former chief of staff—claims to have any real information, but that doesn’t stop them from picking through the scraps in hopes that the former Clinton veep will run. So while Quinn basically admits that Gore will jump in if he thinks the Democratic field is weak enough to create an opening, the title graphic below serves up pure hype: “Gore’s new diet and exercise plan fueling buzz he’s planning to run.” Or maybe it’s just summertime and he wants to get into shape?