There is a story on ClimateDepot,about a fainting woman at the COP21 climate conference, who “faints” into Gore’s arms. This just happens to be a TV news Anchorwoman from Bloomberg, who I’m sure is well past any stage fright associated with her job.
The caption reads:
Francine Lacqua, the London-based anchor for Bloomberg Television, faints onto former Vice-President Al Gore as he delivers a lengthy response to her question, “Why are we still using fossil fuels?”
I’m not at all convinced this is real, it wasn’t even a faint as the video title claims, just a stumble, and Gore seemed ready to catch her…and, it sure looks like stagecraft to me, something Gore is no stranger to. In fact, there’s precedence for this behavior. Russell Cook writes to tell me:
As Al Gore said once, “We’ve seen this before.”*
Second to last paragraph, out of an Ozone Action Feb 24 2000 media release, second-to-last paragraph: http://web.archive.org/web/20000902025335/http://commondreams.org/news2000/0224-08.htm
Throughout the month of March, Global Warming 2000 activists will continue to urge the candidates to lay out comprehensive plans to solve global warming. …
Yesterday, one team activist even feigned fainting into the arms of Vice President Gore to highlight the impacts of heat related illness due to global warming in Florida.
* At the 1 hour 13 minute of the Inconvenient Truth movie, after reading spelling out the “reposition global warming as theory rather than fact” memo phrase, “We’ve seen this before.” – whereupon he dived into the Brown & Williamson leaked tobacco memo, “Doubt is our Product”. Do remember, the “reposition global warming” leaked memo set was “obtained by Ozone Action…”
UPDATE: It appears Ms. Lacqua has fainted on live TV before, see this clip:
So perhaps it wasn’t stagecraft, but given Mr. Gore’s penchant for producing outright lies using stagecraft before, such as faking an entire scientific experiment and then refusing to retract it when called on it, it seemed entirely plausible this was yet another stunt on Gore’s part.
I hope Ms. Lacqua can find help for her condition.