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Couric Glorifies Al Gore as 'Godfather of Green, the King of Conservation'

Earning a chuckle even from Al Gore himself for the over the top glorification, CBS's Katie Couric opened her "@katiecouric" CBSNews.com Web show interview with Al Gore by extolling: "I'm honored to be joined today by the Godfather of Green, the King of Conservation: Former Vice President Al Gore." The very friendly 30-minute Monday interview was prompted by the release of Gore new book, 'Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis.'

Monday's CBS Evening News carried a brief excerpt, sans the excessively laudatory introduction: "Today I spoke with someone who knows a bit about Washington politics and the environment, former Vice President Al Gore. He's out with a new book and is on the cover of this week's edition of Newsweek."

Audio: MP3 clip which matches the video.

Couric's been using her CBS platform for years to trumpet Gore's cause. Back in March and May of 2007, Couric celebrated "a lot of excitement on Capitol Hill. A movie star showed up to testify before Congress - a movie star named Al Gore" and hailed: "He was once called 'Mr. Stiff.' Now he's known as 'The Goreacle,' the new Al Gore." With "Gore 2.0" on screen, Couric set up the subsequent tribute by asserting that "no one's getting more attention than the latest edition of Al Gore."

A year later, in July of 2008, Couric heralded: "Al Gore laid down a green gauntlet today." And she couldn't resist reminding viewers that Gore's "environmental work earned him a Nobel prize" before she helpfully cued him up on energy policy: "It really is multi-tiered, isn't it? I mean, it's a national security issue, it's an environmental issue." Couric soon moved on to pushing Gore about accepting the VP slot or at least "being, say, an environmental czar" in Obama's administration.

Gore is scheduled to appear on tonight (Tuesday) on another CBS show, the Late Show with David Letterman.

- Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center