Playwright Finds Times Arrogant on Al Gore

Do we have to read about the VP's weight in every dispatch?
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2007 10:18 AM CDT
Al Gore, 2007 Vanity Fair Oscar Party    (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Al Gore is having an astonishing political second act, leading the charge to save the planet, but the supercilious writers at the New York Times can't resist condescending to him, observes playwright Jon Robin Baitz,  doing a little reverse reviewing in his blog. TheTimes, he argues, displays its "allergy to earnestness"  in snide references to Gore's girth and Hollywood gloss.

Baitz notes that, unlike Gore, the Times gave the Bush administration a free pass on 9/11, which it has never revoked. “Working for an entity roughly the size and temperament of the State Department," he writes, "seems to result in writers catching a disease wherein humility and introspection vanishes and is replaced by…calcified arrogance.”