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Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Barber vs … Everyone

With much of the right wing punditry going at Newt Gingrich with pick axes, Matt Barber of the badly misnamed Liberty Counsel, a Newt supporter, comes to his defense with his usual illogic and simpleminded rhetoric. You see, it’s all Matt Drudge’s fault for linking to things said by other conservatives.

Regrettably, the latest media outlet to assume a decidedly yellow hue during this heated primary cycle is the Drudge Report. It pains me to even write this. Drudge has always been both my first and last Internet news stops of the day…

In past years, Matt Drudge has done a fair job of playing it down the middle during presidential primaries. Not this time. In the game of “Washington insider hold ‘em,” the Drudge Report is “all in” for Willard Mitt Romney. It’s not even subtle.

As the Politico reports: “Newt Gingrich better hope voters who lapped up his delicious hits on the ‘elite media’ and liberals don’t read the Drudge Report this morning … If they do, Gingrich comes off looking like a dangerous, anti-Reagan, Clintonian fraud.”

And he seems to think a few nice words from Nancy Reagan trumps Newt’s own history of saying anti-Reagan things when Reagan was in office:

This, of course, is utter pablum. Gingrich is the last Reagan conservative standing in this race; or, as the venerable Nancy Reagan said of “the distinguished speaker, Newt Gingrich” in 1995: “The dramatic [conservative] movement of 1995 is an outgrowth of a much earlier crusade that goes back half a century. Barry Goldwater handed the torch to Ronnie, and in turn Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt and the Republican members of Congress to keep that dream alive.”

To this day, Newt Gingrich is keeping that conservative dream alive and that Reagan torch aflame. America is beginning to get this, and it has the “Republican in Name Only” (RINO) establishment tied in knots.

Politico summarizes Drudge’s hit job on Gingrich: “The overnight Drudge Report banner: ‘Insider: Gingrich repeatedly insulted Reagan.’ The headline linked to a devastating takedown by Elliott Abrams in the National Review, who wrote, among other things, that Gingrich had a long record of criticizing and undermining Reagan’s most transformative policies.”

Baloney. Sorry, Matt Drudge, but Mrs. Reagan’s vote of confidence carries considerably more weight than your shameless smear on behalf of the Massachusetts moderate.

Cherry-picked quotes, biased headlines and hyperlinks to Newt-hating op-eds in order to patch together an ugly and distorted mosaic of the former House speaker is not journalism. It’s mercenary-style political prostitution.

Interesting that he focuses on Drudge, who just linked to the attacks coming from other conservatives, rather than on the people actually attacking Newt. And he doesn’t even attempt to address the substance of the arguments by any of the people doing the actual attacking. He doesn’t address the question of why virtually every single Republican who served under his reign in the House is opposed to him having any job more powerful than Dairy Queen manager. All he does is insult Drudge — who, to be fair, surely deserves almost any insult that one might aim at him, of course. It’s just substanceless rhetoric, which is hardly surprising.

Comments

  1. slc1 says

    It pains me to even write this. Drudge has always been both my first and last Internet news stops of the day…

    Apparently, gay bashing bigot Barber has had no problem with closeted gay man Matt Drudge until the latter had the temerity to write something less then flattering about the former’s hero.

  2. jamessweet says

    I think Fischer has half a point when he goes after Drudge for the laundry list of links. Like it or not, the Drudge Report is influential among conservatives, and when it looked like Newt had a shot, the Drudge Report promptly converted to a clearinghouse of anti-Newt information. (Quite understandable, of course, given the unmitigated disaster that a Newt victory in Florida would have been for the GOP)

    The bigger problem is that Fischer’s rebuttal consists of “Nancy Reagan said something nice about Gingrich in 1995, so NEENER!” If, hypothetically, Newt was actually a good candidate, and Fischer could provide a substantive defense of the criticisms linked to by the Drudge Report, his attack on Drudge would be entirely well-founded: The Republican establishment closes ranks and resorts to editorial after editorial against the, uh, “outsider” (I feel dirty even typing it in scare quotes). The entire lack of substance is what torpedos the argument…

  3. Aquaria says

    “Cherry-picked quotes, biased headlines and hyperlinks” “to patch together an ugly and distorted mosaic” is standard behavior for conservatives these days. Why is this as surprise to you, Matt?

    Oh–right–you’re stupid, that’s why.

  4. D. C. Sessions says

    Mrs. Reagan’s vote of confidence carries considerably more weight than your

    … factual references.

    Give him points for consistency, anyway.

  5. d cwilson says

    Aquaria:

    Barber is upset that conservatives are turning the same tactics they’ve used against democrats on each other. It violates Reagan’s 11th Commandment. Of course, Newt doesn’t have any problem breaking the actual 10 Commandments, so breaking this imaginary one has been cakewalk.

  6. Stevarious says

    The best part about all this crap is that a few – just a few, maybe – conservatives might just realize that all this lying and distortion and bullshit that they are throwing at each other? It’s perfectly normal in conservativeland. They are just throwing it at each other instead of your opponents for once.

  7. sezme says

    Barber suggests that what Drudge is doing “… is not journalism.” No shit, Sherlock. Whoever thought Drudge was a journalist in the first place.

  8. Doug Little says

    But if we transform all our skin into brain cells, we’ll be sitting on our brains.

    Actually a distributed processing system would have shit loads of advantages over the existing centralized system. If only all cells could co opt the same functionality as brain cells and keep their original functionality at the same time, then you would be all brain. Zombies would find it especially appealing, as they would be harder to kill and would also have a larger volume of available food.

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