Al Gore Gets Two Film-Promo Segments, Not Just One, on 'Saturday Night Live'

<p><img hspace="0" src="media/2006-05-13-NBCSNL.jpg" align="right" border="0" />On May 13, <i>Saturday Night Live </i>allowed Al Gore to plug his global warming documentary, <i><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0497116/">An Inconvenient Truth</a></i>, not once, but twice. As Noel Sheppard has already <a href="node/5360">reported</a>, Gore opened the program with an &quot;alternate&quot; address from &quot;President&quot; Gore. This bizarro-Gore reviewed the achievements of stopping global warming, balancing the budget and providing universal health care. The second segment that the former Vice President appeared in was even more sanctimonious. Weekend Update co-host Tina Fey introduced the sketch at 12:15AM EDT:</p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p><strong>Fey:</strong> &quot;<b>Okay, so thank you for being here and, uh, global warming is a scientific fact. It’s happening. We’re not going to debate that</b>. <b>So for tonight’s </b><b>point/counterpoint, Vice President Gore will take the point that global warming is bad. And Amy will defend her personal point of view that global warming is awesome.&quot;</b></p></blockquote><p /><p>Get the format? Al Gore again plays the Smart Guy who lectures the ignoramus, the person who, for some reason, refuses to believe him. First off, despite the declaration from Tina Fey, renowned scientist, not everyone believes global warming is a &quot;<a href="http://www.junkscience.com/Greenhouse/">scientific fact</a>.&quot;  Secondly, Amy Poehler, the other co-host, plays a right-wing moron. Her character appreciated global warming because, &quot;I look good in shorts, ya’ll.&quot; </p><p>Some of you may be wondering, what’s the big deal? Saturday Night Live invites guests on to promote their movies all the time. Well, this is a political documentary that wishes to advance a policy agenda. At one point, sans any laughs, Gore shows a picture of a glacier. He states:</p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p><strong>Gore: &quot;Well, Tina, these photos speak for themselves. And this is not a joke. This is a glacier in Argentina 70 years ago. The same glacier today.&quot; </strong></p></blockquote><p>Did <i>SNL</i> bring on Michael Wilson, director of <i><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0411646/">Michael Moore Hates America</a>, </i>to promote his film? No, certainly not. But they have no problem giving almost ten minutes to Al Gore. Look for more blatant media fawning as the film nears its May 24 release date. Full transcript below:</p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p class="MsoNormal">Saturday Night Live</p><p /><p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"></span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Weekend Update</span></font></p><p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">12:15 Eastern Time</span></font></p><p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Tina Fey: “The global warming documentary <i><span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">An Inconvenient Truth </span></i>opens in theaters nationwide May 24<sup>th</sup>. Here to debate the issue of global warming, one of the film's creators, former Vice President Al Gore.”</span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Al Gore: “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for having me, Tina and Amy. It's a pleasure to be here on this unseasonably warm night.”</span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"></span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Amy Poehler: “I know. I love it, right?”</span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"></span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Fey: “Okay, so thank you for being here and, uh, global warming is a scientific fact. It’s happening. We’re not going to debate that. So for tonight’s point counterpoint, Vice President Gore will take the point that global warming is bad. And Amy will defend her personal point of view that global warming is awesome.”                </span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"></span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Poehler: “What can I say? I look good in shorts, ya’ll.” </span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"></span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Fey: “Mr. Gore, opening remarks.”</span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"></span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Gore: “Well, Tina, these photos speak for themselves. And this is not a joke. This is a glacier in <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Argentina</place /></country-region /> 70 years ago. The same glacier today.”</span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"></span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Poehler: “What’s the problem? That looks awesome! Now I want to swim in that gorgeous lake. Okay, my turn. This is Jessica Simpson eight years ago. This is Jessica Simpson today. Much, much hotter. And the world is a better place for it.”</span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"></span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Gore: “Amy, you are completely missing the point.”</span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"></span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Poehler, smiling: “Am I?”</span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"></span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Gore, talking over phony EPA memo with everything blacked out but eight words: “Yes. The truth about- The truth about global warming just has not been getting out. Look at the way the current administration edited this 2005 Environmental-- Environmental Protection Agency report on global warming. Established scientific fact is blacked out as conjecture or unsubstantiated or looney tunes. All that’s left is, ‘Everything is great. Drive big car a lot.” </span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Poehler: “I don’t know. I mean, I take my car on the subway. So-”</span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"></span></font><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Gore: “Amy! What about all the hurricanes?”</span></font><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"> </span></font><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Poehler: “Okay. We all know that the reason we are getting these hurricanes is because of gay marriage. That’s a fact.”</span></font></p><p /><p /><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Gore: “Amy!”</span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"></span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Poehler: “Amy, you ignorant slut! I beat you to it!”</span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"></span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Gore: “I was not going to say that.”</span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"></span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Poehler: Ahh. See, I flipped it. I win. I flipped it.” </span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"></span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Gore: “Amy, just go see the movie.” </span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"></span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Poehler: “Okay, can I take my own air conditioner?” </span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"></span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Gore: “In the- Whatever it takes.”</span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 4.95pt"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt"></span></font></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Fey: “Al Gore, everybody.” (Applause)</span></font></p></blockquote>

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org