What's Al Gore Got To Hide From The Mobile Industry Trade Press?

from the inquiring-minds dept

The US mobile industry is gearing up for its big yearly trade show in Las Vegas in a few weeks, and Al Gore will be delivering one of the keynote addresses. Nothing too unusual there -- except that Gore wanted the press banned from attending his speech, as he's tried to do before. Call us crazy, but usually when you're speaking to advance a cause (as we thought Gore was doing with his environmental activism), press coverage is a good thing. Unless, of course, perhaps your attempts to ban press coverage are really just attempts to try and protect the big speaking fees you collect. Perhaps, though, all the attention in the mobile-industry trade press has caused an about-face. The page on the CTIA web site about keynote addresses used to contain the admonition that "VP Gore's keynote address is closed to the press", as the Google Cache version shows. But that line's been dropped from the currently live version. Maybe Gore and his people figuring out that an audience at a cell-phone trade show will probably be full of people with, you know, cell phones, who will send out Twitter messages and moblog posts and all kinds of other info from the speech? Even if the press is banned, the press will be there, and details of his speech will get out. Somehow it seems the more likely reason is the CTIA and Gore just don't want to look like censors.


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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 20th, 2009 @ 5:27pm

    WTFDCTIASF?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 20th, 2009 @ 6:00pm

    Maybe you request to ban the press because you know that nothing makes them run to cover a story like the scent of hiding something.

    How do you lead a bull?

     

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    ILLIZ KOROKOS, Mar 20th, 2009 @ 6:18pm

    Maybe because the press sucks? I mean have you actually watched TV "news" lately? It's appalling. And of course newspapers are dead. What's left? Trade press? Snooze.

    Techdirt, OTOH, is cool.

     

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    ToySouljah, Mar 21st, 2009 @ 12:50am

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    lol...I looked, but couldn't find what it actually stood for. Cellular Telecommunications International Association/Alliance perhaps? I'm not sure...just guessing :)

     

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    DS, Mar 21st, 2009 @ 7:05am

    Why would he give away something that he can sell?

    You know, like the carbon credits that a company that he owns a large stake in sells.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2009 @ 12:38pm

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    Adorable Gore is not that intelligent.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2009 @ 5:04am

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    You know, like the carbon credits that a company that he owns a large stake in sells.

    What company?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2009 @ 5:13am

    Re: Re:

    It could be the Committee to Investigate Assassinations. Or maybe Cie de Théâtre l'Impromptu de l'Assomption (French; l'Assomption, Québec).

     

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    DS, Mar 22nd, 2009 @ 8:26am

    Re: Re:

    http://www.generationim.com/about/team.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_Investment_Ma nagement

    Ok, I misspoke a slight bit. Sort of the difference between "creating" the internet and sponsoring a bill that had to do with standardize a protocol. He works for a company that invests in companies that sell carbon credits. Among other 'green' things.

    You know, the things that he gets paid to fly around the country talking about buying into.

     

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    simon, Mar 23rd, 2009 @ 4:59am

    conference press without conference

    well, i think he will make some mumbling for public & press, after the real thing behind closed doors anyway, so what was the point there ?

     

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    Anonymous of Course, Mar 23rd, 2009 @ 12:28pm

    Re: conference press without conference

    The point is, there's something wrong with Al.

     

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    bob, Mar 23rd, 2009 @ 1:38pm

    Tell Me Why

    Why does algor have a company that sell carbon credits?

    Oh I know it's one of them Inconvenient Truths.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 23rd, 2009 @ 6:18pm

    CTIA = Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association

     

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