Democratic Activists Charge Media Bias Over Gore Speech

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:29pm EDT

(CNSNews.com) - A website dedicated to Democratic Party voters and activists accused three television news networks of censoring Monday's speech by former Vice President Al Gore, in which Gore criticized the Bush administration's policy toward Iraq.

In an "action alert," the website Democrats.com complained that CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC aired none or only part of Gore's "historic anti-war speech," and it urged Democrats to demand that those networks air the full speech in prime time and give full coverage to the "anti-war movement."

The website also lamented the results of the 2000 presidential race.

"The media stole the presidency from Al Gore in 2000. It's time to get justice for Al Gore," the website said.

In his speech, Gore said the Bush administration's threatened invasion of Iraq was a distraction from the war on terrorism.

Democrats.com claims the Fox News Channel gave the Gore speech no coverage while CNN broadcast a few minutes and returned to its daily "Talkback Live" program. MSNBC broadcast part of the speech and then conservative commentator Pat Buchanan and liberal commentator Bill Press talked over the rest of it, according to the website.

Buchanan and Press conduct a weekday talk show on MSNBC.

"These are the same networks that routinely interrupt programming with 'breaking news' of press conferences concerning kidnapping, child abuse, and baseball riots. And yet a major anti-war speech by the winner of the 2000 election does not warrant coverage in their opinion," according to Democrats.com.

While Gore did win the national popular vote in the 2000 presidential election, he lost the all-important Electoral College vote to Bush.

Fox News, CNN and MSNBC "carry just about every pro-war speech by Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney," according to Democrats.com. The news networks did not return phone calls Tuesday seeking comment.

"Cyberalert," a Media Research Center newsletter that covers news bias on network and cable television said, "ABC, CBS and NBC all ran short items Monday night on Al Gore's speech to the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco denouncing President Bush's policy toward Iraq, but CBS's Dan Rather went another step in order to make Gore seem more credible."

According to the MRC newsletter, Rather informed his audience that, "Gore has always supported overthrowing Saddam and was among the few Senate Democrats who voted for the 1991 Gulf War resolution."

Rather added that "Gore said he felt betrayed by the first President Bush's, quote, 'hasty withdrawal from the battlefield," the MRC newsletter stated.

"NBC's Tom Brokaw, in contrast, followed a Gore sound bite with the White House's dismissal," according to the MRC and "The White House responded to Gore's remarks by calling him irrelevant and out of step with his party." The Media Research Center is the parent organization of CNSNews.com.

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