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Gore Refuses ClimateGate Questions
And a UN official disconnects the mic.
United Nations security officials have once again prevented a journalist from asking attendees at the climate change conference in Copenhagen questions about the growing ClimateGate scandal.
This time, the person on the receiving end of the apparently forbidden queries was Nobel Laureate Al Gore.
Much as when Ireland's Phelim McAleer tried to ask Stanford professor Stephen Schneider questions Thursday about the controversial e-mail messages obtained from the British Climatic Research Unit last month, McAleer was similarly rebuffed by Gore and his entourage Monday.
Not only did the former Vice President completely refuse to answer questions about his blatant misrepresentations of the age of the most recent e-mail message obtained from Britain's CRU, a U.N. security official actually disconnected McAleer's microphone to make sure any answers would be unrecorded.
Originally posted by GorehoundLarry
Well, his question was up, it was time to share the microphone with other press members and such. And the cameraman was asked to turn off his camera by security in a respectful manner.
Maybe it's because I JUST woke up from a nap but what's new or alerting here?
Originally posted by kenochs
I imagine a few things happened there, and yay to the post above which actually did some digging on the background.
I imagine he wasn't properly credentialed, and I imagine his cameraman had no right to be there shooting and I know this guys an ambush journalist a la Michael Moore and O'Reilly's producers.
I agree that these things rely on too much decorum and the 4th estate in general tends to treat their subjects with way too much respect and reverence as opposed being a full-throated challenge to authority, but listen, in a situation like this, when asked you give up the community mike.
Also, there are only about 3-4 people there so this clearly wasn't a full-on press conference, it was a much smaller venue so chances are this wasn't the venue to ask the question.