Since deciding against another run for the White House, Time.com reports the former vice president has been focusing on another ambitious dream – developing a liberal media venture that could challenge conservative voices on cable television and talk radio.
Gore has reportedly been meeting quietly with potential financial backers for a cable television network that would feature "progressive" commentators.
One of Gore's compadres in the endeavor is Joel Hyatt, the founder of Hyatt Legal Services and son-in-law of former Ohio Democratic Sen. Howard Metzenbaum. One entertainment industry exec who met with Gore and Hyatt said part of what they envisioned was youth-oriented programming "putting cameras in the hands of kids."
Gore has also been spending time with Chicago venture capitalists Anita and Sheldon Drobny, who have vowed to spend $10 million to start a liberal talk radio network to counter conservatives like Rush Limbaugh. Time.com says Gore introduced the Drobnys to actor-director Rob Reiner and other liberal Hollywood heavyweights.
While attending the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah earlier this year, Gore also met with a group, Environmental Media Association, which tries to put environmental themes in movies.
Gore has been intrigued by the relationship between politics and media for many years. His 99-page senior thesis at Harvard was titled, "The Impact of Television on the presidency, 1947-1969."