The next time Newt Gingrich appears one of the Sunday talk shows – which he does constantly, despite having held no office since he left the Speakership in disgrace – some actual journalist, were one present, might ask him a simple question:
Mr. Speaker, why are you such a m@therf%cking liar?
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Alas, the only actual journalist left on TV works for the Comedy Channel. Too bad, really.
Look, this isn’t a close call. On an issue as important as nuclear strategy, Rupert Murdoch and his subordinates in the Republican Party have managed to spread an astonishing falsehood, and current journalistic conventions call for George Stephanopoulos to demand that the President of the United States respond to the lunatic ravings of a former half-term governor but do not call for anyone except Jon Stewart to call the liars to account. Not a single Republican leader – not even the formerly reasonable Dick Lugar – has come to the President’s defense when his borderline-insane enemies accuse him of opening up the country to biological attack. Instead, the Republicans, and their lickspittle from Connecticut, are lined up to use the ratification process to extract tens of billions of dollars a year in useless spending on “modernizing” the nuclear arsenal.
The brute fact of the matter is that the Republican Party has rendered itself utterly unfit to hold power, and has done so largely invisibly because the mainstream media lack the backbone to report what’s in front of their nose.