Al Gore might be greener than green but news that he has banned press from attending his keynote speech at this year’s RSA Conference, a big US IT show, raises questions over whether he’s whiter than white.
Wired.com and our colleagues at CNET News.com are reporting that journalists won’t be allowed in to hear the Gore-meister hold forth and “"Video recordings, broadcasts and photography are also prohibited.".
Actually rather than having anything to hide, Gore is probably just trying to make sure that no one else reproduces his speech in any format – the more he is able to protect his live performances, the more he’s probably able to charge the likes of RSA for his appearances. After all, An Inconvenient Truth, the movie that put him front and centre again, was little more than a filmed lecture so it’s not surprising that he wants to retain “artistic control” of his output.
Then again, he might actually be paranoid that some journo in the audience is going to hurl some hard questions his way about how much he really walks the green walk.
Oh and if you are wondering what Al “hessian underwear” Gore is doing at an IT security conference anyway, it’s because he apparently created the internet.