We don’t mean to pick on Lesley Stahl, in particular, but that Al Gore piece last night on 60 Minutes was pretty much content-free, as far as I could tell.

“There’s still a lot of skepticism about whether global warming is man made,” Stahl remarked.

“I don’t think there’s a lot. I think there’s…” Gore said.

“Well, there’s pretty impressive people like the vice president,” Stahl pointed out. “He said, ‘We don’t know what causes it.’ “

“You’re talking about Dick Cheney,” Gore replied.

“Yeah, but others. And they say: we don’t know what causes it and why spend all this money till we really know,” Stahl said.

“I think that those people are in such a tiny, tiny minority now with their point of view….”


etc., etc. Um, news, please.

Dean Starkman Dean Starkman runs The Audit, CJR's business section, and is the author of The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism (Columbia University Press, January 2014).

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