A Challenge To Jonah Goldberg


Jonah Goldberg has a regular column in the LA Times. This week, he decided to use the space to attack Al Gore and his movie, An Inconvenient Truth. The best he could come up with is this impressive piece of opposition research concerning Gore’s adolescent summer camp attendance:

Gore told Huffington that this was his second trip to Cannes. “The first was when I was 15 years old and came here for the summer to study the existentialists “” Sartre, Camus”¦. We were not allowed to speak anything but French!”… Though according to David Maraniss’ biography of Gore, the former vice president’s 15th summer was spent working on the family farm. [Ed note: Oh snap!] Remember those stories about how Al Sr. said, “A boy could never be president if he couldn’t plow with that damned hillside plow”? That was the same summer.

Goldberg continued this piercing line of attack on the National Review blog this afternoon:

As for Gore spending a summer at existentialist sleep-away camp in France, I’ve seen no evidence that this ever happened. I will gladly post any reliable evidence or testimony someone sends me saying he did.

This is a HUGE issue.

ThinkProgress is ready to devote our full efforts to uncovering the truth about this matter. All we ask is that, before we begin, Mr. Goldberg provide us with a comprehensive list of everything he ever did during the summer from age 6 through the age of 17. As your column demonstrated, we can’t take you at your word, so please provide documentary or testimonial evidence to substantiate each activity.

UPDATE: Gore was born in March, so the summer when he was 15 was actually his 16th summer. (HT: commenter thehim)

UPDATE II: Jonah Goldberg responds.

UPDATE III: Greg Sargent calls Gore’s representatives who confirm he did go to Cannes when he was 15.