Intermarkets' Privacy Policy
Support
« What's the Oddest Thing You've Ever Read or Heard From a Would-Be Employee You Were Interviewing? | Main | Zero People Turn Out For March for Life on DC »
January 24, 2012

Newt: I'll Stand Up For Debate Audience's Right to Free Expression In Cheering

Newt skipping debates? Unlikely.

Headline Correction: Commenters say the NYT and Drudge headlines are misleading- - Newt never said a word about not showing up for debates. In fact, he did not say a word about that. I have changed the headline accordingly.

He did turn an argument about preserving a strategic advantage for himself into a an attack on the elites:

“I wish in retrospect I’d protested when Brian Williams took them out of it because I think it’s wrong,” Mr. Gingrich said. “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, which is what they’ve done in every debate.”

...

Mr. Gingrich clearly noticed something was off, too. “We’re going to serve notice on future debates,” he told Fox. “The media doesn’t control free speech. People ought to be allowed to applaud if they want to.”

Over at his blog, Drew argues that Newt would be the most electable candidate.

Gingrich's stuff like this -- the free speech rights of an audience (do they have the right to heckle? do mic-check stunts?) -- seems kind of transparent to me. Sort of shamelessly bombastic.

Not Implied: Ed Morrissey says that skipping the debates is implied:

eople are complaining that the original headline is misleading. I’ve changed it to narrowly fit what Gingrich said, but what was the obvious interpretation of “serv[ing] notice”? Was it that Gingrich would demand audience participation but take no action if the debate moderators didn’t comply? What about that is “serv[ing] notice”?

Nah, it's not, because there is an obvious alternative. Newt could simply ignore the first question and deliver an argument that the audience should cheer if they like, and attack the media for attempting to control them, and lay down his own rule that they should cheer.

And then, of course, he'd be cheered.

And then, of course, the rule would be inoperative due to open mockery of it.

I would say skipping the debates might be implied if and only if there were no other possible way to "serve notice."

But there is. An obvious one.


digg this
posted by Ace at 01:20 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
Bill D. Cat: "Strange things are afoot at the HQ . ..."

Donna and V.: "Since when have leftists been unwilling to sacrifi ..."

Misanthropic Humanitarian : "69 40 Ham is racist. Posted by: wooga at Sept ..."

doug ( who could show you some amazing Poloroids ): "abuse is usually local / familiar.  Most peop ..."

wheatie: "65 [i]Looks like our choices will be communism or ..."

ThunderB: "When you hear council worker think social worker a ..."

garrett: "[I]Around $500 million and it's been estimated tha ..."

Mr. Terrific: "majority of convicted abusers in Britain are white ..."

Zhytamyr : "24 Justice would be a row of gibbets. With a r ..."

Truck Monkey, as Voiced by Brian Dennehy: "I am proudly islamophobic..... maybe that's not th ..."

Christopher Taylor: "The police destroyed evidence, and council workers ..."

doug ( who could show you some amazing Poloroids ): "not indicting the English; the NYT commenters do t ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64