Politico’s disingenuous attack on Rick Perry

With Newsweek apparently unable, for some reason, to convince Rick Perry to sit for a photo shoot, Politico came up with an idea to knock him off stride. Specifically, this headline: “Rick Perry backed an already-climate-crusading Al Gore in ’88.” You see, like Tim Pawlenty — whose campaign was doomed by his past advocacy of the “climate agenda” — Perry, Politico implies, harbors a dark past as a “global warming” sympathizer. Or maybe he’s just something of a liar.

You would think that there are enough actual political controversies these days that journalists wouldn’t need to invent fake ones. Apparently not. Consider:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry may have forgotten a thing or two about the Al Gore presidential campaign he helped lead in 1988.

In an interview with an Iowa radio station on Monday, the Republican presidential contender explained his role as the Gore campaign’s Texas chairman by saying that “this was Al Gore before he invented the Internet and got to be Mr. Global Warming.”

But wait:

Gore, then a young Tennessee senator trying to break out in a crowded Democratic field, mentioned the warming planet as one of his priorities for his presidential campaign in April 1987, according to news coverage at the time.

“He laid out a broad list of national objectives, from combating AIDS and Alzheimer’s disease to curbing the ‘greenhouse effect’ — the threat to the Earth’s atmosphere from the burning of oil, gas and coal,” The Los Angeles Times reported in covering Gore’s announcement. In May 1987, according to The Washington Post, his stump speeches included a call for the nation to “confront the emerging problems of the greenhouse effect and the threat to our ozone.”

That’s your evidence for his then-extant “crusade”? He mentioned it in his A to Z. See? He was crusading. Can’t fool us, Rick. You’ve got some explaining to do!

Politico continues:

Such was his reputation for green wonkery that, in a January 1988 profile in the Christian Science Monitor, an attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund said of Gore: ”I think it would be safe to say that he goes to bed at night worrying about things like stratospheric ozone depletion and global warming.”

It’s odd that this is Politico’s evidence that Gore was a global-warming crusader in 1988. Are such insights really the stuff of profiles of national politicians? Imagine if Politico had written a piece on Bill Clinton that included this line: Such was his reputation for liking the ladies that, in a January 1988 profile in GQ, an Arkansas state trooper said of Clinton: ”I think it would be safe to say that he goes to bed at night wondering about what’s going on at Banana Joe’s, by the Excelsior.”

Really, Politico?

This prompted me to wonder: What about all that later talk, post-2000, seeking to explain Gore’s newfound moonbattery, including that he may have come a little unglued with his loss in the 2000 election? On “60 Minutes,” the impeccably liberal Leslie Stahl said of Gore: “His friends said they were worried about him and his state of mind, especially after he gained a lot of weight and grew a beard.”

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  • aposematic

    Does anyone not of the left, they expect it, expect Politico to ever print anything that is not a hit piece on any Republican? A Texas Republican is just too juicy for the Marxists at Politico to ignore!

  • johno413

    Newt verbalized it the best.  Today the market for viewership of any medium is so competitive that “journalists” are moving more towards reality TV methods than simply hunkering down using professional methods to withstand the storm.  “Gottcha” is an appropriate word.  And the quest for it is all that matters.  Retractions or embarrassment matter less and are just an worthwhile artifact to being the first with the dirt or the kill.

    In a sarcastic way, we can only wait for the merger of TMZ with any one of the group including Politico. Perhaps the UK is the best model of what is to come.

  • Anonymous

    Politico has shown themselves to be just another Partisan rag, pushing the Democrat agenda. IF it takes lying and deception to do so, they’re all too happy to comply.
    Read the recent issue of Whistleblower magazine, the article about ” the Anti-Journalists in the Age of Obama “;   Ben Smith’s deception helped hide the truth of who paid for Obama’s Harvard education. VERY enlightening, both as to who financially backed Obama, AND Politico’s role in duping American voters.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t Rick Perry take campaign contributions from Merck in order to mandate or force teenage girls in Texas to take the dangerous Gardisil HPV vaccine?

    Didn’t Rick Perry bow to the federal government when brave Texas legislators sought to block the TSA and its sexual molestation programs in Texas airports?

    Rick Perry is definitely for small government as long as it doesn’t involve protection from vaccines or sexual predators at the TSA!

  • http://twitter.com/speppers69 speppers69

    Pot calling kettle?  Honestly…what media outlet ISN’T biased or doesn’t try pushing one talking point over another.  Puhleeease!  You think the Daily Caller isn’t biased against other GOP candidates?  Politico is no different than the Daily Caller is or Fox News is or New York Times is.  The Daily Caller has been incessantly pushing Tim Pawlenty for the last 3 months and now it looks like their man is Rick Perry.  We’re not buying it anymore and ALL media outlets had better realize it.  Every one has their own agenda and it’s getting a little bit silly when professional opinionators whine about it when it’s THEIR guy but turn right around and use the same tactics to destroy someone else.   

  • Anonymous

    Politico should be better than that…But it is not.  It’s another left-wing rag that has no qualms posting lies. 

  • Anonymous

    I, for one, am sick of self-serving, lying politicians. Rick Perry’s political career is marked by quid pro quo and establishment deal making. I will not have the media pick my candidate again for me like they did with McCain in 2008!
    No thank you Mr. Perry, with the choice of supporting Ronald Reagan or Al Gore, you made your ideals and loyalties very clear.

    • http://twitter.com/conservative__ conservative

      You cannot be a conservative and not support Ronald Reagan who was, back when he was younger, a liberal democrat that supported the “New Deal” and socialist policies. 

      So, when Rick Perry is a conservative Texan Democrat, he’s a Rino. But when Ronald Reagan is a liberal Illinois Democrat, he’s not. Rick Perry is a conservative, just as was Reagan. 

      • Anonymous

        Rick Perry tried his best to confiscate thousands of acres of land from private property owners for the TTC in 2003, did he find his conservatism after that?

        He pushed a mandatory HPV vaccination on all 12 yr old girls in TX IN 2006, surely he found his conservatism after that…

        He co wrote a letter to congress with the Democratic WV Gov. Pleading congress to pass the banker bailout (TARP) in 2008, with all those d’s and f’s he got in college, he must be a slow learner…one more try

        Just recently he killed the sanctuary city bill in the legislature and was the first governor to grant in state tuition to illegal via the DREAM act.

        Boy that sure is a conservative you got there. Makes you wonder how Debrah Medina got 25% with no money in the last election running for the tea party…

    • http://twitter.com/nagohal Larry Hogan

      So, are you going to vote for Obama if Perry is the candidate?

      • Anonymous


        I am a 24 year old recent graduate, I dutifully pinched my nose and voted for that fraud McCain in 2008.

        Never again. There is hardly any difference between the two parties. Both ignore the constitution (at least dems don’t say they adhere to it), both are beholden to special interests, both perpetuate the warfare and welfare state.

        Honestly it wouldn’t make a bit of difference whether Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, or Barack Obama sat in the white house. They are all owned by people on wall street (all supported the bailout) and will continue selling this country down the river.

        No, come next election I will vote either in the libertarian party or the constitutional party providing Paul or Johnson aren’t the nominee. My focus will be on local elections, trying to get as many constitutional conservatives to our state and national houses as possible.

        You have a similar choice: Support the status quo. or make your vote count by restoring our country to the constitution.

  • Imaginenomoreliberals

    Chris, you need to be back on the radio!!  Excellent article on how the MSM is trying to landmine Perry’s road to the WH before he can get out of the gate.  As you have demonstrated repeatedly in your videos and articles, this type reporting is the “new normal” for the Obama Talking Points MSM.  They will blindly support Barry’s opposition research efforts and will assist his campaign to destroy the GOP field at every turn.  BO offers nothing new for the USA.  Only more misery, unemployment and downgrades.