03/16/2007 11:39 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Reading The Pictures: The (Visual) Hit On Gore


I just wanted to add a visual note to David Roberts' post this week, "Debunking the NYT's Sloppy Hit Piece on Gore."

Here's the headline, photo and caption that led the Times' slice-and-dice exercise. (By the way, I also admired the incendiary first line of the article: "Hollywood has a thing for Al Gore and his three-alarm film on global warming.")

On the most obvious level, depicting Gore just below the headline is to basically float "the Hype" nickname over his head. Even worse, juxtaposing the massive hurricane with the word "Hype" not only discredits any science correlating hurricanes with global warming, but also equates the scale of Gore's (supposed) hype with the enormous scale of Katrina.

Making reference to a "rapt audience" when you don't see any audience -- except one guy sitting off to Gore's side -- only reinforces the suggestion Gore is out there alone with his "overheated" ideas.

And of course, they went with a publicity shot showing Gore gesturing to make a point. Greater shades of the used car salesman.

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(image: Eric Lee/Paramount Classics. March 13, 2007.