Tuesday Diane Sawyer called out Al Gore on his global warming climate change whatever sounds best this week hypocrisy and Gore continued to lie without blinking (full transcript here). Unfortunately Sawyer didn’t pursue the obvious question that should have come out of Gore’s response.

After Sawyer referred to the finding in a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations that methane is 20 times more damaging than CO2 (the report actually says 23 times more damaging), Gore respond:

Well, you know, there is a serious issue about the connection between the growing meat intensity of diets around the world and damage to the environment. That is a legitimate issue. And like a lot of people, I eat less meat now than I used to. I’m not a vegetarian, don’t plan to become one, but it’s a healthy choice to eat more vegetables than fruits. So it’s not a laughable issue. Diet is an issue that’s connected but the biggest issue by far is CO2.

So, to paraphrase, Al Gore basically said, “Blah blah blah. I hope you stopped paying attention so you don’t hear what I’m actually going to say. Blah blah blah. I’m not going to stop eating meat even if methane is 23 times more damaging to the environment. Blah blah blah. Even though the UN says methane is 23 times more damaging the biggest issue by far is CO2 because that’s how I make my fortune. Blah blah blah. . . .”

Of course, Sawyer didn’t exactly start the interview on honest terms when she claimed early on that Al Gore “saved” 1,513 innocent little trees that could never be replanted. Except for the fact that had Al Gore’s new book not been published, something essential like, I don’t know, toilet paper could have used the recycled material that “saved” 1,513 trees. So in reality Gore’s book removed resources from the market pool, which eventually did lead to 1,513 trees being ruthlessly slaughter, as there is not enough recyclable paper available to meet all paper needs. He is guilty of massacring 1,513 trees, though not directly. It’s like he ordered the hit because he didn’t want the blood (sap?) on his hands.

Look, I am all for Al Gore preaching his Earth doctrine using whatever fallacies he uses to sell it and making all the profit he can by doing it because I’m a capitalist and I believe in the consumer freely making their own choices. But the media being complicit in upholding his lies is just too much. Diane Sawyer started down the wrong path with the “trees saved”, then tried to actually ask an honest question, but left Gore to preach his hypocrisy. With “questioning” like that from the World News Tonight anchor-elect, it is no wonder network news has a minimal audience these days. Which brings us back to consumer choices in what is left of our free market.