Patrick Kennedy tells Press to kiss his BUTT
March 12, 2010
It’s hard to say that talking about Eric Massa isn’t fun, especially now that Joshua Green has introduced of the term “snorkeling” to mainstream political debate.
But murmurs of “why are we talking about this?” have grown into a hum, and now they’ve crested into a full-on screaming session on the floor of the House of Representatives: as the House considered a non-binding resolution calling on President Obama to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, retiring Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) fulminated at the press for not covering the vote.
“Cynicism is that there’s one, two press people in this gallery! We’re talking about Eric Massa 24/7 on the TV,” Kennedy railed. “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, is despicable, the national press corps right now.”
Teddy would be proud of his young son. I was happy to hear someone in Congress pissed-off at the Press. The modern news cycle adds nothing to helping the public understand the current issues nor does the Press help Congress get their message out. This is nothing new but thanks for reminding us Patrick. If you were gonna stay in Congress you could remind us more often but sadly you are gonna leave. If we had more like you in Washington maybe we could get something done in this country.
In an ultimate insult to young Patrick today on MSNBC I watched two stories on Tiger Woods followed by one on a lesbian prom in Mississippi and finally a story on why Kennedy is so frustrated. The conclusions were a lifelong fight with depression because he was only two years old when Teddy was dealing with the Chappaquiddick incident, alcohol and prescription drug abuse early in his life, and basically just being a Kennedy. What??? I sat there amazed. Does the Press think we are idiots. He JUST told us why he was so angry. The plain fact that the Press doesn’t follow the important stories America needs to know. Here is Paddy telling the Press they need to follow Iraq/Afghanistan and the votes on the Hill that influence the War and all they hear is “blah blah blah”. BTW, not one story on Iraq/Afghanistan in the hours before and after the story on Kennedy but Massa was the subject of a number of segments and a round-table on CNBC.