It may not be news to most folks on the planet, but to supporters of Newt Gingrich and to the GOP in general it may have come as a surprise. All those trusted crazed faces on Fox News telling them that president Obama is the Antichrist, that the Islamization of America is going to damn us all, and worst of all, that the War on Christmas has killed more Americans than all the wars combined, they are all idiots. Or more politely speaking, they don’t know what they’re talking about. Who knew, right?
On Tuesday evening, Gingrich told an audience at a town hall event in South Carolina his feelings about Fox News after an audience member name Elizabeth McClendon stumped him with a question about an HIV/AIDS vaccine.
McClendon basically asked if Gingrich supported reprioritizing existing funds for a test and treat strategy that is known to reduce the incidence AIDS and HIV. A very good and important question, mind you.
What you said is information that’s new to me, I don’t know enough about it to give you a direct answer… I’m certainly sympathetic to what you just said. But one of the real changes that comes when you start running for President – as opposed to being an analyst on Fox – is I have to actually know what I’m talking about. … (laughter) It’s a severe limitation.
And just in case you forgot (or weren’t aware), Gingrich used to be one of those analysts. So…
- Union Leader: Newt? Meh, We Could Do Worse (restoringtruthiness.org)
- Gingrich Suggests Pundits On Fox News Don’t Need To Know What They’re Talking About (thinkprogress.org)
- WATCH: Newt Gingrich’s Revealing Swipe At Fox News (huffingtonpost.com)