CBS’ Political Hotsheet reports:
Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) railed against the Washington press corps today on the House floor for paying more attention to the likes of scandal-ridden Eric Massa than the war in Afghanistan.
“There’s two press people in this gallery,” Kennedy yelled during a debate over an anti-war resolution. “We’re talking about Eric Massa 24-7 on the TV, we’re talking about war and peace, $3 billion, 1,000 lives and no press? No press.”
“You want to know why the American public is fit?” he continued. “They’re fit because they’re not seeing their Congress do the work that they’re sent to do. It’s because the press, the press of the United States is not covering the most significant issue of national importance and that’s the laying of lives down in the nation for the service of our country. It’s despicable, the national press corps right now.”
The resolution in question is one sponsored by anti-war radical Rep. Dennis Kucinich in which the President would have to withdraw troops from Afghanistan within 30 days if “safety issues” were involved. Yeah, I know – but remember, this is Dennis Kucinich we’re talking about here.
Back to Kennedy, his meltdown is something you have to see to believe:
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He sort of has a point. The media coverage of Massa has indeed been over the top at times. But where have similar complaints from him been over the issue of healthcare “reform” taking precedence in the MSM over the war in Afghanistan? Answer: Nowhere, as he hasn’t complained about it at all, and we know why: because it not only was his dad’s pet issue but is also our fearless “leader’s” signature issue as well.
But, you know what? We can’t really blame the MSM for focusing on healthcare “reform” over all other issues – even MassaGate – especially when you consider that shoving healthcare “reform” down the throats of the American people has been Priority One in this administration from day one, even more important than (non-govt) job creation and, you guessed it, Afghanistan. Fortunately, the Prez. eventually ended up putting Afghanistan on the 1st-year priority list (somewhere in the top 10) but (non-govt) job creation? Not so much.
Anyway, so the next time the out-going Dem House rep from RI whines about press priorities, he ought to be a little more honest about what all it is they are talking about. It’s not just Massa, but healthcare “reform”, too – and he can thank his fellow Democrats in the House and Senate for it. Or, if not, he can call the Rahmbulance and ask to speak to the President himself.
Oh, that’s right. The words “Kennedy” and “honest” don’t belong in the same sentence together. My bad.