Sunday, September 16, 2007
Emmys backstage: Gore on Britney?
Al Gore. The former vice president. Winner of the popular vote in 2000.
Star of an incredibly important and Academy Award-winning documentary.
Now, an Emmy winner for achievement in interactive television for his Current TV network.

And the first question from the esteemed members of the press?

"You've survived numerous media firestorms, what can Britney Spears learn from you?"

Seriously.

You COULD'VE asked if he was planning on running (again) ... but alas ...

Ever the politician, Gore took the opportunity to thank the TV Academy for his award and went way over a few people's heads about Current TV's mission and place in time as being a "transformational moment as we to try and open up the television medium."

Given the nature of the first question from the press, I'd say -- just as he did with "An Inconvenient Truth" -- he's just in time.
Current TV won an Emmy for the work of others that is grossly undercompensated. Original programming that is made by everyday people who are paid just $500 and lose full rights of their work to Current. How should that be rewarded?
I love Gore's comment about "opening up the television medium so that viewers can help to make television, and join the conversation of democracy, and reclaim American democracy by talking about the choices we have to make." Thanks, Al. It's called Public Access Television. I suppose he thinks that he invented television too. :-)

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