- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 1, 2009


“Meet Al Gore in Copenhagen.” The official announcement from this fair Danish city says it all. The former vice president is getting star treatment when he arrives with an entire swarm of green-minded gadflies for the United Nations’ global warming extravaganza, which begins on Dec. 7.

“Have you ever shaken hands with an American vice president? If not, now is your chance. Meet Al Gore in Copenhagen during the UN Climate Change Conference,” notes the Danish tourism commission, which is helping Mr. Gore promote “Our Choice,” his newest book about global warming in all its alarming modalities.

“Tickets are available in different price ranges for the event. If you want it all, you can purchase a VIP ticket, where you get a chance to shake hands with Al Gore, get a copy of Our Choice and have your picture taken with him. The VIP event costs DKK 5,999 and includes drinks and a light snack.”

Wait, what? How much is that in American dollars? The currency conversion says it all, too: 5,999 Danish kroners is equivalent to $1,209.

“If you do not want to spend that much money, but still want to hear Al Gore speak about his latest book about climate challenges, you can purchase general tickets, ranging in price from DKK 199-1,499 depending on where in the room you want to sit,” the practical Danes advise. “There will be large screens, so that everyone will get a good view.”


“And this is news?” - Rush Limbaugh, on learning he was named “the nation’s most influential conservative voice” in a CBS “60 Minutes”/Vanity Fair magazine survey.


Television is sure to be a dither-free zone at 8 p.m. Tuesday night. President Obama will have a monumental stage at West Point and exquisitely selective words at the ready when he delivers his long-awaited Afghanistan policy speech, aka “the Obama off-ramp” in select circles. The “big three” broadcast networks are not their usual compliant selves, however.

CBS has set aside just 30 minutes for the speech, to be followed by re-runs and their annual offering, “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” where models wander the runway in angel wings and high-priced undergarments. ABC is giving the speech an hour, bumping “A Charlie Brown Christmas” while NBC will broadcast the speech, followed by two hours of “The Biggest Loser.”

It’s a bonanza for cable news channels. CNN’s “Decision Afghanistan” offers almost 12 hours of material - the live speech followed by analysis by Wolf Blitzer, John King, Anderson Cooper and others.

“We’re harnessing out global resources,” Mr. Blitzer says.

MSNBC offers the live speech followed by specials showcasing Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews.Fox News will offer similar fare with the speech, followed by six hours of special analysis anchored by Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren.


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