Al Gore Defends Dan Rather

<img width="240" align="right" src="http://us.news3.yimg.com/us.i2.yimg.com/p/ap/20051005/capt.nyr1021005165... />Former vice president and presidential candidate Al Gore gave a <a href="http://www.tpmcafe.com/story/2005/10/5/14301/6133">speech</a> at The Media Center where he claimed democracy &quot;is in grave danger&quot; given what has happened in the media.
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&quot;I know that I am not the only one who feels that something has gone basically and badly wrong in the way America's fabled 'marketplace of ideas' now functions....
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&quot;As recently stated by Dan Rather - who was, of course, forced out of his anchor job after angering the White House - television news has been 'dumbed down and tarted up.'&quot;</p>