Former House Speaker and Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich let loose on CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer over the selective media outrage the media employs against conservatives versus the pass liberals are routinely afforded.
Sparks flew when Blitzer tried to tackle Gingrich over remarks made by outspoken rock star Ted Nugent, who referred to President Obama as a “subhuman mongrel” during a tirade against the president in an interview with Guns.com.
In that interview, Nugent said he was sorry he had “failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the acorn community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America.”
Blitzer — like other liberal media figures — pounced on the “subhuman mongrel” phrase (oddly, they never seem to kick about the “communist” stuff) and criticized Texas Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott for welcoming Nugent in his campaign for governor.
A couple things to note here. First, earlier in the Guns.com interview, Nugent talked about his well-known disgust for drug and alcohol abuse (a disgust rare in his line of work) and referred to the people who pushed drugs in his youth “subhuman punks,” so the adjective seems to be a sort of catch-all insult Nugent uses for people he doesn’t like. That’s not to excuse the phrase – it’s unquestionably vile — just to give some some perspective.
Second, as Blitzer himself made clear, the media really doesn’t give much of a damn what Ted Nugent has to say about anything. What it does give a damn about is splashing the man who is very likely going to be the next governor of Texas with the slime of racial hatred.
“The outrage isn’t so much, from my perspective, Ted Nugent says a lot of crazy, vile slurs over the years,” Blitzer said, unconvincingly. “The outrage really is that the Republican candidate for governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, is willing to embrace him, invite him to go out on the campaign trail after he calls the President of the United States a subhuman mongrel. Would you do that if you were running for office?”
Gingrich was amused at the feigned outrage – and borderline scornful in response.
“No, but I always love selective media outrage,” he answered, before launching a challenge of his own.
“As the party of Hollywood, the Democrats have lots of donors and supporters who say stupid things, outrageous things, but let’s go right to the heart of the Democratic Party.
“The Saturday before the 2000 election, Al Gore went to a black church and charged that George W. Bush would appoint judges to return blacks to be counted as three-fifths of a person,” he said.
“In 2012 Vice President Biden went to a black audience and said if the Republicans win within 100 days, they will put you back in chains.”
“Now why isn’t there some accountability for tremendously outrageous, vicious, and racist statements by Democratic elected officials, not just entertainers? I just think there’s a double standard here …”
The two tangled for a few entertaining minutes, but Newt’s point was unassailable.
“I would love to have the media condemn a major Democrat for some of the vicious things they have said,” Gingrich said. “I have never seen it done. I don’t expect to see it done in my lifetime. I think this is entirely selective outrage.”
Check out the video here, and remember why Newt was so entertaining during the 2012 primary debates.
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