When Gingrich climbed to the top of the polls, the Newt-hating media were so predictable that they merely recycled all their liberal talking points from the mid-'90s. NBCs Lisa Myers narrated their rerun: "Gingrich shut down the government. ... At the time, Gingrich generated this headline ('Cry Baby'), after suggesting that he shut down the government because the President made him sit in the back on Air Force One. ... He became the first Speaker ever reprimanded by the House for ethics violations and was fined $300,000 for misusing tax exempt funds."
What tired old spin this is:
-- Can you believe NBC ignored crooked Jim Wright's resignation in that "first Speaker reprimanded" summary?
-- Eighty-three of 84 ethics complaints were dismissed. On the final one, Gingrich made the political equivalent of a plea deal, agreeing to a fine over the college course he was teaching while he was Speaker of the House. Big deal.
-- Myers and every other network reporter and outlet ignored the part where the Internal Revenue Service was brought in to investigate Gingrich and in 1999, cleared him unequivocally of everything.
-- Apparently, these reporters will cling to their "Gingrich shut the government down" propaganda as long as they live. That's not true. Technically, it was Clinton who shut it down. -- It's another media myth that the shutdown was some personal tantrum over airplane seating.
That's five massive distortions and falsehoods in one report.
Some attacks on Newt the "Bomb-Thrower" are coming from professional bomb-throwers. Take Chris Matthews, who said, "Ever since he appeared on the national scene, politics has been nastier, more feral (and) too often uglier." He suggested Gingrich's nomination would be a cause for "embarrassment and sadness for our republic."
This, from the man who then described Gingrich as a "political killer, a gun for hire." Republicans, he feared, "may be ready to bow down before this false god of hatred." The ruling class is losing control of its senses. Maybe, just maybe, the country class has found its champion.
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