By Chris Daly
Newt Gingrich has done it again. On Sunday morning, he was the lead-off guest on “Meet the Press.” (So, no whining, Mr. Gingrich, about being ignored by the media.)
The able, veteran host, David Gregory, led off with the kind of question that such a host is supposed to ask on such a show: he asked about the hottest story of the previous 72 hours, the flap over access to contraception in health insurance plans.
Did Gingrich respond? Did he weigh in on the issue that so many Americans were thinking about?
He did not!
He went straight into political jiujitsu mode and tried to attack Gregory. His reply:
“You know, David, I am astonished at the desperation of the elite media…”
Whoa. Stop the video.
ELITE MEDIA?? What is Gingrich talking about. That is, what is he really talking about.
Gingrich flings that term “elite media” around every chance he gets. He must have reason to believe that it helps him with some sub-set of the U.S. electorate.
Here’s the question I wish Gregory had come back to him with: “What do you mean, Mr. Speaker, by elite media? Is there some other kind? Is there a zhlubby, mediocre media that you prefer? Is there a really dopey, terrible media that is somehow not getting its fair shake?”
What, in other words, does the word “elite” add to Gingrich’s sneering, mocking phrase “the elite media”? He protests an awful lot.
Is not Gingrich, a former professor, part of an elite?
Is not Gingrich, an author of multiple books, part of an elite?
Is not Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House, part of an elite?
Is not Gingrich, TIME magazine’s 1995 “Man of the Year,” part of an elite?
Is not Gingrich, a multimillionaire consultant, part of an elite?
Just to clarify, I entered the word “elite” into an online antonym finder and came up with the following list: common, low-class, ordinary, poor, worst, commoners, plebites, proletariat, low-born, low-life, poor, unprivileged, vulgar, wanting.
Would Gingrich really prefer a low-class, wanting, vulgar media staffed with ordinary proletariat commoners?
Maybe he would.