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Al Gore decries press censorship of oil spill, blocks press from own events

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 5:13pm MST
Al Gore laments a lack of press coverage of the Gulf oil spill disaster but bans the press from his own events. (Dan Spisak)

Al Gore laments a lack of press coverage of the Gulf oil spill disaster but bans the press from his own events. (Dan Spisak)

In a new blog posting on his website, former Vice President Al Gore said access by the press covering the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a ‘de facto form of censorship.’ Many however have been quick to seize on the fact that Gore himself bans press coverage of his own events.

The Nobel Laureate was writing a response to a report that a Times-Picayune photographer was not allowed to take photos of the expanding oil slick. Gore said, “This behavior is completely unacceptable. Access by reporters should be as unfettered as possible. This de facto form of censorship needs to stop.”

Bloggers and online news outlets were quick to seize on the apparent hypocrisy in Gore’s statement. The highly influential Drudge Report pointed to Gore’s posting followed by stories from 2008 and 2009 when the press was banned from covering the former vice president’s speeches.

There is more to this story including the errors that have been discovered in Gore’s books and movies and his recent personal life problems.  Get all the details from the Climate Change Examiner.

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