Al Gore, Businessman

What's on the former Veep's agenda these days? Investments and a new TV network

DAMIAN DOVARGANES / AP

CITIZEN JOURNALISTS: As co-founder of Current TV, Al Gore, along with producers and TV hosts Laura Ling and Gotham Chopra, explains how the cable network will revolutionize the way news is delivered

Though politics had been the family business, Al Gore's friends have always traced the awakening of his own interest in it to his senior thesis at Harvard: "The Impact of Television on the Presidency, 1947-1969." The small screen had created a new, unforgiving standard in politics, the young Gore wrote, one that rewards the smooth performer and dooms the stilted one. His 99-page paper turned out to be a prescient analysis of some of the forces that would conspire to deny him the White House three decades later. But while Gore's political career may be over, his fascination with television is...

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