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Monday, May 4, 2009
Sheppard Won't Apologize to Gore, Will Still Mislead About Him
Topic: NewsBusters

We appear to have an answer to our question of when Noel Sheppard plans to apologize to Al Gore for falsely claiming that Gore is profiting from his global warming activism: Never.

In a May 3 NewsBusters post, Sheppard finally noted that "Gore was asked about his financial interests in pending cap and trade legislation at a recent hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee." He then proceeded to misrepresent what Gore said by using a heavily edited transcript of the exchange taken from Fox News' "The O'Reily Factor" that misleads about what Gore actually said: that "every penny from the movie, from the book, from any investments in renewable energy" goes to a nonprofit group, the Alliance for Climate Protection.

Nevertheless, Sheppard goes on to assert that Gore has "personal investments in green companies that will benefit from cap and trade legislation" that "seems to debunk Gore's claim that his investments in such entities are exclusively through his non-profit organization" -- even though Sheppard, by quoting the selectively edited "The O'Reilly Factor" exchange, has never acknowledged that Gore gives his profits from those investments to the nonprofit.

Sheppard also selectively quotes a March 2008 Bloomberg article to suggest that the growth in Gore's net worth comes only from his global warming activism. In fact, the article goes on to note Gore's speaking fees, his holdings in the Current TV channel and possession of "pre-public offering Google stock options."

Amazingly, Sheppard then claims: "As I have maintained from my first article concerning this matter, it is not my suggestion that Gore is doing anything wrong." Oh, bull. By using selectively edited transcripts instead of telling the full truth, Sheppard is very much trying to suggest that Gore is doing something wrong.

Then again, if Sheppard wasn't doing that, he would lose a talking point, and he would cease to be a useful idiot for Marc Morano.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:26 PM EDT

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