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Jun. 25 2010 - 10:14 am | 297 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

Portland paper wanted to report Gore’s masseuse sex story three years back

You may ask why I am so interested in Al Gore. I am not American. I am not married, forget divorcing after 40 years of living together.

You see, it’s just this climate change thing. Because to get the voice of a third world country to be heard in the international media, there should be frequent bomb blasts, bad English or melting glaciers.

And thanks to Uncle Gore, his climate change documentary has helped a lot of people understand climate change in my part of the world.

Since we learnt global warming through him, we have also started asking why Gore couldn’t bore (sorry bear) the marriage with Tipper.

Thus, the interest in him.

But unfortunately, I have not been able to access the National Enquirer story about the massage therapist who accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2006 in a Portland hotel room.

When I searched the story, Internet Explorer said I cannot access this story in my country.

And then I bumped across this Salon article which said the Portland Tribune got a tip  about the incident and followed the story for a year, but couldn’t publish it because the story didn’t couldn’t keep up with the paper’s “standards of journalistic responsibility.”

Using a combination of sources and shoe leather, the Tribune spent a year tracking down the alleged victim, reaching out to associates of hers and of Gore, and learning about their habits and their accounts of the evening in question. The paper went so far as to take out ads on Craigslist searching for more potential victims in other cities that Gore had visited. But in the end, the Tribune could not put together a story that met its standards of journalistic responsibility.

“The truth is we very much wanted to report the story on Al Gore,” said Mark Garber, 54, executive editor of the Tribune, a 60,000-circulation free weekly that also publishes news every day online. “We worked on it for a year so that we could report the story. There’s nothing we would have liked more.” Salon reported.


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