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NY Times Embraces Gore's Vision of Apocalypse: "A Necessary Film"

By Media Research Center
May 25, 2006

As his environmental apocalypse "documentary" makes its debut in New York and Los Angeles, there's nothing "inconvenient" standing in the way of Al Gore's crusade in the New York Times. From the Cannes Film Festival, chief movie critic A.O. Scott reviewed An Inconvenient Truth for Page 1 of Wednesday's Arts page. Scott, the same critic who called left-wing "documentary"-maker Michael Moore "a credit to the republic," predictably found Al Gore's view of environmental apocalypse to be "chilling" and "necessary."

     [This item, by Clay Waters of the MRC's TimesWatch.org site, was posted Wednesday on TimesWatch.org and the NewsBusters blog. On NewsBusters: newsbusters.org
     And on TimesWatch: www.timeswatch.org ]

     Scott asserted: "'An Inconvenient Truth,' Davis Guggenheim's new documentary about the dangers of climate change, is a film that should never have been made. It is, after all, the job of political leaders and policymakers to protect against possible future calamities, to respond to the findings of science and to persuade the public that action must be taken to protect the common interest.
     "But when this does not happen -- and it is hardly a partisan statement to observe that, in the case of global warming, it hasn't -- others must take up the responsibility: filmmakers, activists, scientists, even retired politicians. That 'An Inconvenient Truth' should not have to exist is a reason to be grateful that it does."

     Scott admitted to being "chilled" by Gore's scary climate charts: "I can't think of another movie in which the display of a graph elicited gasps of horror, but when the red lines showing the increasing rates of carbon-dioxide emissions and the corresponding rise in temperatures come on screen, the effect is jolting and chilling. Photographs of receding ice fields and glaciers -- consequences of climate change that have already taken place -- are as disturbing as speculative maps of submerged coastlines. The news of increased hurricane activity and warming oceans is all the more alarming for being delivered in Mr. Gore's matter-of-fact, scholarly tone."

     Scott concluded: "'An Inconvenient Truth' is a necessary film."

     For Scott's review in full: movies2.nytimes.com

     Just as the paper's main movie critic on Wednesday embraced Al Gore's apocalyptic movie, chief book critic Michiko Kakutani on Tuesday applauded the book tie-in. The left-leaning Kakutani summarized: "...as a user-friendly introduction to global warming and a succinct summary of many of the central arguments laid out in those other volumes, 'An Inconvenient Truth' is lucid, harrowing and bluntly effective."

     After taking all of Gore's dubious data as fact, Kakutani concluded his book "could goad the public into reading more scholarly books on the subject, and it might even push awareness of global warming to a real tipping point -- and beyond."

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