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Posted by on Mar 28, 2012 in Health, International, Law, Media, Politics, Religion, Satire, Society | 13 comments

Look at Me: I Took on the Big, Bad New York Times (UPDATES)

UPDATE III:

The same newspaper that was attacked by Senator Santorum — through one of its reporters — says this morning that “taking heed of criticism, Santorum tones down attacks.” Meet a “more subdued Santorum” here.

Will his new-found mellowness be too little, too late?

UPDATE II:

And one more nail in the coffin:

According to the WaPo, “U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), considered by many to be a strong choice for vice president, has announced his endorsement of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential nomination. Rubio declined to endorse before the Florida primary earlier this year, but he said Wednesday during an appearance on Fox News Channel that it’s time to coalesce around Romney.”

“It’s increasingly clear that Mitt Romney’s gonna be the Republican nominee,” Rubio said. “We’ve got to come together behind who I think has earned this nomination and that’s Mitt Romney.”

Read more here

UPDATE I:

One more strike against Santorum — and not from the New York Times:

The Washington Post reports that former President George H. W. Bush plans to endorse Mitt Romney tomorrow in Houston, “another sign that the Republican Party is coalescing around the former Massachusetts governor’s presidential campaign.”

Read more here

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Original Story:

We all lose our temper at times. Some of us even use “expletives” or “no-no words” sometimes. Even the best among us do so.

Remember Vice President Cheney’s use of the F-word on the floor of the Senate? And Vice President Biden’s dropping of a different version of the F-word during the ceremony for the signing of the health care bill?

Yes, “we all do it.” But most of us feel bad about it immediately thereafter and probably most of us — if we were in a public position — would probably apologize for the loss of decorum.

I say most of us, because there are exceptions. One of those is Vice President Dick Cheney who, after telling Sen. Patrick Leahy to go and do something anatomically impossible with or to to himself, said he didn’t regret cursing at Sen. Patrick Leahy and that he felt better after the incident.

We just witnessed another exception to the norm.

On Sunday, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum used an expletive against New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny when Zeleny sought clarification about Santorum’s statement about his rival — and GOP front runner — Mitt Romney: “He is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama.”

When asked about his exchange with the reporter, Mr. Santorum said he had no regrets.

“I don’t regret taking on a New York Times reporter who was out of line,” he said. “If you are conservative and you haven’t taken on a New York Times reporter, you aren’t worth your salt.”

Just as Mr. Cheney did at the time — expressing pride at his bravado — Santorum went on “Fox & Friends” on Monday and crowed, “If you haven’t cursed out a New York Times reporter during the course of a campaign, you’re not really a real Republican, is the way I look at it …”

And to make sure that his “courage” was well rewarded, Santorum sent an e-mail to his supporters saying that he is “ready to take on the New York Times” (“I didn’t back down and I didn’t let [Zeleni] bully me”) and asking for a $30 contribution.

That amount happens to be roughly the cost of one month’s subscription to the Times.

I know because I just renewed my subscription. (And I know, I know, you just cancelled yours — the one you didn’t have.)

Getting back to Santorum, the sad part about not apologizing for one’s transgression — in fact, using such to aggrandize oneself — is that a person like Santorum then has to spend at least a couple of days debating the expletive, instead of debating the real issues facing our country, such as euthanasia in the Netherlands, the use of Spanish in Puerto Rico and, of course, delaying getting back to the wars on porn, contraception, gay marriage, gays in the military, etc., and explaining how President John F. Kennedy’s 1960 speech on the separation of church and states just made him want to throw up.

It is funny, but while expletives can be deleted, the impressions one creates afterwards by attempting to justify them or even boasting about them, just cannot be deleted.

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  • slamfu

    Ah how come that wonderful piece of snark I just wrote didn’t make it to the comments section?

    • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

      I just checked, slamfu, and yes, somehow it ended up in the spam section. I can’t tell you why. Perhaps you can try again, deleting –or using different words for- – a couple of words. Dunno.

  • slamfu

    Give the man some credit. As the first GOP candidate to take a shot at the main stream liberal media he should be recognized for the groundbreaking work he has done to level the playing field in today national discourse. Only Rick Santorum would have the cajones (that is balls for you in Puerto Rico) to challenge someone like the New York Times during a GOP election cycle.

  • slamfu

    Lol, nope. It appears you have all been deprived of my wit by the tyranny of the spam filter. I’d fix it if I had time but its busy today, so just imagine I said something funny.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    slamfu,

    The problem might be your euphemisms for testicles.

    Either the “spam detector” didn’t like your English euphemism or confused what is really “drawers” as in a”chest of drawers” (but commonly misspelled/confused)for the vulgar Spanish euphemism.

    Does that help?

  • SteveK

    The current batch of Republican politicians seem incapable of acknowledging mistakes or taking responsibility for their actions.

    Fortunately the majority of Republicans (citizens / voters) are realizing that a bunch of mean spirited, non-compromising radicals have taken over their party with an end result of the weakening of all of ours country.

    Over the next six years Republicans will do their own housekeeping and I for one will be cheering them on… We might just become a nation for all Americans again finally.

  • zephyr

    In a sane world we would never hear another word from Rick Santorum.

  • SteveK

    In a sane world we would never hear another word from Rick Santorum.

    I know, isn’t it great? Santorum is one of the reasons that the Republican Party will come back to it’s senses.

  • Jim Satterfield

    Actually I think that the majority of conservative citizens who would be upset by the antics of the current candidates for the Republican nomination are conservative independents by this point instead of still being Republicans. Otherwise some of the more rational candidates would still be in the race.

  • wesleypresley

    You must be one of those elitist done gone to college types. We’re gonna end all that high highfalutin education stuff and not let anyone go to college when Mr. Frothy moves into the White House.
    NY Times subscription? No lamestream media for us real Americans it’s all 100% Limbaugh.

  • Zeeuw

    Good post. I could forgive him his outburst if it’d been merited, but in the context of picking on this reporter, it didn’t make him look too presidential.

    I doubt this will weaken his popularity much, though. Conservative public figures have found much success in using the words ‘the media’ as a synonym for any critics or negative reporting. This effectively gets the public to associate any criticism _ or report of fact the candidate doesn’t like _ with an institution seen as elitist, effete, corrupt and detached.

    Never mind the fact that FOX News is the mainest of the mainstream media, and for around half the States, it basically ~is~ ‘the media.’ The words have come to mean something in society and individuals that hard Conservatives loathe. In their world, ‘the media’ is getting right down there with ‘the terrorists,’ or ‘the Communists’ around a generation ago.

    It’s a scary situation, because it’ll allow Conservative candidates to effectively nullify many negative reports in the coming elections. It recalls Stephen Colbert’s wonderful quote about reality having a strong ‘liberal bias.’

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    “You must be one of those elitist done gone to college types.”

    That reminds me, Wesley, that I should have included “snobs who go to college” in: “delaying getting back to the wars on porn, contraception, gay marriage, gays in the military, etc.,”

    @ Zeeuw:

    “Conservative public figures have found much success in using the words ‘the media’ as a synonym for any critics or negative reporting”

    We saw this use so effectively by Gingrich in his early debates and primaries. However, the chickens have now come home to roost — or better, the chickens (the press) are abandoning him in hordes.

  • zephyr

    “Santorum is one of the reasons that the Republican Party will come back to it’s senses.”

    I hope you’re right Steve. The pandering to ignorance, paranoia, and superstition as a substitute for sensible leadership has to have limits right???

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