Man-Bear-Pig Vs. The Spider-Goats

Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up (unless you’re South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, of course), but there he was, Man-Bear-Pig himself, warning about herds of “spider-goats.”
Noting that spider silk is extremely valuable but difficult to produce in volume, Al Gore told SXSW Interactive interviewer Walt Mossberg that some industrious industrials have actually figured out a way to cross web-making orb spider genes with goats to produce “spider-goats.”
“These spider-goats secrete spider silk with their milk through their udders,” Gore told SXSW attendees, asking them, “Is everyone okay with that?”
When Mossberg asked him if he was for real, Gore added, “There are herds of spider-goats out there now.”
When Mossberg pressed him where these herds were located,” Gore glanced over his shoulder, adding, “right out back.”
Maybe it’s a good thing he hasn’t run for office again, and sold Current TV. That said, his new book, “The Future,” is bound to be a best-seller. Just don’t know whether it should be stocked in the fiction or non-fiction aisles.
5 comments about "Man-Bear-Pig Vs. The Spider-Goats".
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  1. Hans Morgenstern from Independent Ethos, March 10, 2013 at 10:02 a.m.

    Seriously? This is the important media insights I am to expect from your coverage? Do your homework before such inane, knee-jerk posts. Look it up. These things are real, genetically-modified creatures.

  2. Joe Mandese from MediaPost, March 10, 2013 at 2:03 p.m.

    @Hans: I'm sure they are. I was just reporting what Gore said during the interview -- and how he said it.

  3. Hans Morgenstern from Independent Ethos, March 11, 2013 at 9:57 a.m.

    No, you are not reporting how he said it, Joe. You are re-contextualizing his quotes with a sly wink (and then referencing South Park). It's disgraceful journalism.

  4. Joe Mandese from MediaPost, March 11, 2013 at 10:05 a.m.


    I think you are being overly generous when you call these particular posts, "journalism." There was zero reporting, fact-checking or any other journalistic practice involved in it. I was just blogging some non sequitur observations about Gore's interview at SXSW. I did find the flippant way in which he discussed a serious issue like that a little odd and unsettling, and he was also playing it a bit for laughs. But don't let me be the final word, go watch a video of it for yourself.

  5. Cody H from Some big ad agency, March 13, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

    Hans, just enjoy a humorous piece and stop being so critical..
    I'm super, duper cereal

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