In an <a href="http://www2.observer.com/observer/pages/frontpage1.asp">interview with the New York Observer</a>, Al Gore blames evolving technologies and market forces for lowering the standards of objectivity in the U.S. press. 'The introduction of cable-television news and Internet news made news a commodity, available from an unlimited number of sellers at a steadily decreasing cost, so the established news organizations became the high-cost producers of a low-cost commodity,' said Gore. 'They're selling a hybrid product now that's news plus news-helper; whether it's entertainment or attitude or news that's marbled with opinion, it's different. Now, especially in the cable-TV market, it has become good economics once again to go back to a party-oriented approach to attract a hard-core following that appreciates the predictability of a right-wing point of view, but then to make aggressive and constant efforts to deny that's what they're doing in order to avoid offending the broader audience that mass advertisers want.' Gore cites Fox News, The Washington Times, and Rush Limbaugh as the manifestations of this phenomenon and adds that 'Most of the media [has] been slow to recognize the pervasive impact of this fifth column in their ranks - -that is, day after day, injecting the daily Republican talking points into the definition of what's objective as stated by the news media as a whole.'