Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Most Depressing Commencement Speech Ever?

This video’s getting a decent amount of buzz on the web , but it’s another example of how simple video editing can skew the message of a speech or comment. On Wednesday, the Real Clear Politics and the Drudge Report linked to a video of former Veep Al Gore delivering the commencement speech to University of Tennessee grads with the headline "The Most Depressing Graduation Speech Ever."The video had been edited by the conservative group, Americans for Prosperity and spliced together Gore’s comments on global warming, the Gulf Coast oil spill, among other natural disasters mentioned in the graduation speech. AFP writes "Instead of providing encouragement for the graduates of the University of Tennessee, Al Gore takes the opportunity to promote his doomsday global warming scenario.” So was it a Debbie Downer commencement address or clever editing? Decide for yourself.

Here's the American's for Prosperity ad:

Here's Gore's full address:
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