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Newt Gingrich's 10 minute advertisement

Reported by Chrish - January 11, 2005

Brit Hume, subbing for Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday 1/09/05, spent the second segment interviewing Newt Gingrich and helping him to advertise his new book, "Winning the Future" which "argues that America is ready for a new contract, one for the 21st century." There was no arguing, as Gingrich had the respectful attention and unchallenged platform to state his positions for a full ten minutes.

The book is built around policy prescriptions which Newt is happy to share with anyone (Republican, I assume) running for office who wants to adopt them. He summarized them as follows:

"1. National Security - what we have to do to win the war on terror, including winning the war in Iraq."
"2. Recentering the society around the notion of our creator. We are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights - that's in the Declaration of Independence. For 40 years courts have been trying to crowd the notion of God out of public life. That gets very dangerous." (Comment: no, Newt - what you are proposing is dangerous - to democracy.)
"3. What do we do about patriotic education and patriotic immigration? I think part of the reason people worry about immigration is we don't have a system of teaching American history, teaching American values, teaching American civilization...but guess what, we don't have it for our own students."
"4. The economy. If we're going to compete with India and China, and I think we have to, we need better math and science education, we need a better tax code, we need litigation reform..."
"5. My generation being the first really big retirement generation in human history on a grand scale, and we're going to live a lot longer than anyone ever planned...we need to fix Social Security, fix Medicare, rethink work so that people can stay active for a long time and have active healthy ages."

Brit points out that these "prescriptions" all enjoy very large support. In defending his citing of the popular support for his ideas, Gingrich brings up Dr. Michael Newdow, who has refiled suit to remove the phrase "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance and wants Bush to not put his hand on the Bible when he takes his oath (to uphold the Constitution, not amend it). According to Gingrich 91% of Americans support Bush's right to swear on his bible. (Comment: I think that must be the same 9 out of 10 people who think eating Trix and Lucky Charms cereal is part of a healthy diet.) "...a federal district judge who doesn't understand that 'one nation under God' is the American system frankly should not be serving federal court." Gingrich contends that Bush should 'retire" these judges who don't go along with the majority view - "The Congress and the president have every right to serve notice that judges who don't understand American history and judges who don't understand American culture frankly just need to be retired. You don't need to impeach him. Just retire them."

Comment: I find Gingrich's ideas disturbing to say the least. This will undoubtedly appeal to the right-wingers who want to put creationism in science classes, prayer in schools, and big brother in the gynecologist's office .

The transcript of the rest of the promotion can be found at http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,143814,00.html .

This ten minutes was given to Gingrich to espouse his ultra-conservative ideology and promote his book. If Fox was truly fair and balanced (lol) it would have been followed by the same time and treatment given to David Brock, or Paul Krugman, or John Dean, or... but we all know better, don't we?

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