Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Newt: I won't be chairing the RNC... probably. And liberals want to get rid of Fox News.

After seeing this on the Political Insider, I asked Speaker Gingrich today if he might be the next chairman of the Republican National Committee.

His answer: "No. No. Well, I shouldn't say that."

He went on to say that his priority remains selling books and movies... er, health care reform and other efforts taken on through American Solutions and the Center for Health Transformation.

He said he wants to "bring Americans together in a tri-partisan manner."

Of course he said this a few minutes after bashing Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, "their cronies" and Lyndon Johnson. He also told people they'd better vote for Republican Rick Goddard here in the 8th lest Democrat Jim Marshall vote to have a bunch of LIBERALS in power who will try to "cut off Fox News."

"They're going to try to crush talk radio, and take away the right to have people like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and Neil Boortz on the air. ... The next step after that, frankly, will be to cut off Fox News. ...

"We need, we badly need Rick Goddard. ... He will not be forced into supporting Speaker Pelosi and forced into putting liberals in charge of every single committee in Congress."

UPDATE: I'm sure Gingrich was talking about The Fairness Doctrine and the possibility that Democrats will try to revive it. Fox News commentary on that here.

But Barack Obama is on record against bringing it back. And it was beaten back 309-115 last year... with a Democratic majority in Congress. Here's the roll call, with a yes vote being a vote against the doctrine.

Fox News seems, for the moment at least, to be safe.


Nick said...

What is he smoking? Why would we want to get rid of talk radio? This is a democracy after all. Frankly, I see more talk from Republicans about getting rid of Huff and Daily Kos than the other way around. When you have no agenda, I guess you are forced to make stuff up!

Erick Erickson said...

Fox is actually the only one of the three cable networks to mandate that every conservative guest must be paired with a liberal guest and every Republican guest must be paired with a Democrat.

Nick said...

Yeah they just don't let them talk!