Needless to say, I'm not on Al Gore's publicist's speed dial. I guess that's why I never got the press release on the recent announcement that he's joined legendary Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. Way back in November, Fortune Magazine reported Gore's appointment.
I can see why he went to Fortune to share this news, reporters Marc Gunther and Adam Lashinsky gave Al a big wet kiss. The tone and substance are really sickening. Headlined Al Gore's next act: Planet Saving VC, these guys are obviously in love with Gore.
Evidently, they palled around with Al and his gang for a few days tagging along with him to Kleiner Perkins office on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, CA, and then jetted off to Al's estate in Nashville. They even went to the expense of dispatching a photographer to take glamour pictures of Al in California and Tennessee. They also enlisted the research and art departments to create a bar graph that purports to show skyrocketing investment in "clean technology."
The hype on such a dubious proposition as global warming is truly stunning, especially coming from a publication of Fortune's onetime stature.