Those who were at Al Gore's keynote address to SEJ's 19th annual conference Friday witnessed the brief "town hall" moment during the Q&A, when a questioner sparred with Gore over whether he would acknowledge alleged errors in his Oscar-winning film, "An Inconvenient Truth."
The questioner challenged Gore's characterization of polar bears as endangered and asserted the bears' numbers were on the rise. Gore and the questioner jawed back and forth briefly; then the questioner was asked to yield the microphone to other questioners and sit down.
He refused, clinging to the mic, until the sound was cut off.
The questioner was Phelim McAleer, co-director/producer of an independent film, "Not Evil Just Wrong," which purports to tell "the true cost of global warming hysteria." His verbal jousting with Gore already is being portrayed on conservative blogs as another example of Gore dissembling. McAleer tweeted Friday about having his mike cut off as he tried to pose difficult questions to Gore, who's become a lightning rod to conservatives opposed to doing anything about climate change.
Some may wonder how he was able to get in a position to try to pick a public argument with Gore. Others may wonder why he was cut off..