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Posted by on Jan 25, 2012 in Media, Politics | 4 comments

Newt Wants His Claque Back

In the wake of a relatively brisk, civilized debate, ringmaster Gingrich is complaining about losing his rabble-rousing rights.

Reacting to NBC’s control of the kind of whooping and cheering that went on in South Carolina, Newt’s morning-after regret is that “I wish in retrospect I’d protested when Brian Williams took them out of it because I think it’s wrong. And I think he took them out of it because the media is terrified that the audience is going to side with the candidates against the media.”

“We’re going to serve notice on future debates,” he tells Fox. “The media doesn’t control free speech. People ought to be allowed to applaud if they want to.”

For a historian, Gingrich has failed to recall that the Kennedy-Nixon debates took place in a closed studio with only a handful of press and that the New York Times reported the next day that “the exchanges were distinguished by a suavity, earnestness and courtesy that suggested that the two men were more concerned about ‘image projection’ to their huge television audience than about scoring debating points.”

The process has now been transformed from a relatively civilized exchange into an ugly spectacle of candidates under pressure to tear down one another…


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  • ShannonLeee

    I thought the title was the he wanted the clap back…which I am sure is something he works on daily 😉

  • dmf

    When did debates become a battle between the moderators and the debaters?

    Oh. Right.

  • zephyr

    Yes, the debate process has turned into something of an ugly spectacle but the mods aren’t entirely without sin. Choosing leaders shouldn’t be about trying to create theater.

  • bluebelle

    Let the little toddler take his toys back and go home. I’m sure the other candidates wouldn’t mind his absence a bit.

    Newt has a rather ugly habit of demanding special treatment in many situations. Other instances include his demand that the Virginia GOP change the rules so he can be placed on the ballot for the primaries, and his demand to the Iowa media that they pull the Romney super pac attack ads.

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