Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Gingrich Rules: Privilege Has Its Memberships


It is a truth universally acknowledged that Newton Leroy Gingrich ("Advocate of civilization, Definer of civilization, Teacher of the Rules of Civilization, Arouser of those who Fan Civilization, Organizer of the pro-civilization activists, Leader (Possibly) of the civilizing forces", LLC) is now wholly a creation of the American political media.  Because there is no reason on God's Earth why this lying, disgraced bigot and adulterous hypocrite of the first water who has not held elected office since Power Rangers in Space was cancelled could exist as a public person in any venue if someone upstairs was not pulling stings on his behalf.

The fact that American corporate media was stakehorsing ("A financial backer who covers the gambling losses of a pool player in exchange for some percentage of the winnings.") this grifting fraud for the last 20 years --


-- became so obvious and the pattern of their collusion became so predictable that I started documenting it under the heading of "The Gingrich Rules".

You might have read about it once or twice :-)
In the game of professional punditry there also clearly exists a special set of rules designed with one person on mind.  Or, rather, one sort of person: Conservatism's parade of bomb-throwing, hate-mongering, race-baiting bottom feeders.  That breed which makes their daily bread from grifting the Pig People by generating an endless flood of books, magazine articles, broadcasts, speeches and videos all telling the GOP base over and over again that them their bigotries are noble and their paranoia is patriotic.

Of course, part of the downside of wallowing in the wingnut sewer and trafficking in slander and lies is that, sooner or later, you become a toxic mess.  Your stink becomes unacceptable to the general public, which s where the Sunday morning talk shows -- the Mouse Circus -- comes in.   Because despite having long ago devolved into a sinkhole of Beltway centrist twaddle, it is still viewed by altogether too many people as a bastion of Very Serious people -- it's the strip-mall of political opinion where casual shoppers go to feel smart and validated.

And so a bargain is struck; the bottom feeders deliver a temporary hike in the only thing these show's owners really care about -- audience share -- and, in exchange for being teevee friendly and keeping the worst of their batshit crazy on a leash for a few minutes, their Mouse Circus deburrs the bottom feeders' public image, replates and burnishes their credibility and temporarily transfuses them with Seriousness, which can then be redeemed at ten times its face value back among the Pig People.

And in the key to that bargain we find "The Gingrich Rules":  an agreement that the moderator will never, ever ask the bomb-throwing, hate-mongering, race-baiting goon sitting directly across from them a single question about their bomb-throwing, hate-mongering or race-baiting activities.  Instead they will be represented to the public merely as a Conservative commentator or talk radio host or pundit who, at worst, might be known for some "controversial" opinions, which the moderator will never bothers to explicate...

I see now that at least one of the reasons the American corporate media kept dunking Gingrich's career in the Lazarus Pit and bringing it back life over and over again was the same reason that doomsday preppers stockpile seeds and ammunition.  So if SHTF Day ever came and a racist halfwit orange Republican fire demon was ever elected president, Gingrich would be ready and waiting to be swept into his orbit, thus giving the American corporate media a ready-made "insider" who was already beholden to them and who would obligingly dispense quotable quotes on demand.

And guess what!

How Newt Gingrich became the go-to interview for every story about the Trump White House

Donald Trump is everything to Newt Gingrich.

He’s “the grizzly bear in ‘The Revenant,’ ” he told HuffPost; a “pirate” willing to get things done outside the system he proclaimed to Fox News; and a shrewd businessman who “likes to invest in winners because they make more money,” he said to the New York Times. He “resembles [Margaret] Thatcher much more than [Ronald] Reagan,” “channels” Andrew Jackson and is “the most divisive president since Lincoln.”

Trump is also — perhaps most importantly to a man who has not held elected office since 1999 but who still wants to be in the mix — the reason Gingrich’s phone keeps ringing off the hook, and why his speaking fees have gone through the roof.

In a time when everyone is trying to figure out what’s going on in the mind and administration of our president, Gingrich has become one of the hottest dial-a-quotes around. He’s dished on palace intrigue in the pages of the Times, discussed Trump’s 2020 reelection chances with George Stephanopoulos and talked presidential television habits with The Washington Post.

“[Trump] is very attuned to the fact that cable networks have 24 hours a day that they need to fill,” he told The Post. “And if you’re interesting, you are gold.”
...

“Newt really is a strategic visionary,” said Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to the president. “Many people in the White House call him a friend.” He talks regularly, she said, with her, chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior adviser Jared Kushner. He’s known Vice President Pence a long time and has a handful of former staffers working in various departments in and around the White House.
...

And while Gingrich may have initially wanted a role in the administration, life is pretty good for him on the outside. His speaking fees have reportedly gone up $15,000 per speech (for events west of Chicago, Politico reported, he is asking for $75,000 plus first-class travel for two). He’s writing a book due out in June called “Understanding Trump.” And he says he can be more candid in interviews than if he worked officially with the administration...
Obvious rapacious hucksters like Newt Gingrich find a safe and nurturing environment within the American political media for the same reason that clowns and flakes and demagogues and Jeffrey Lord and Hugh Hewitt and Boris Epshteyn prosper within the same media midden pile.  Because they are needed for the media to keep their freak show running.

I'd say there's a revolving door between naked political pimping and network punditing, but as the case of Corey Lewandowski amply demonstrates, there is no door at all anymore.

4 comments:

RUKidding said...

UGH. This adulterous, skeevy bottom dweller.

Color me utterly unsurprised that mega Grifter, pussy grabbing Gingrich, is raking in the big payola buck$ by being some kind of mumbo-jumbo tea-leaf-reader of Trump synography & twats.

Gingrich really really REAALLLY wanted a position on Trump's Admin. I'm guessing that either Trump or Bannon (more likely the latter) didn't want him there but did see a good use for this blowhard scum sucking liar. No doubt Newt bent his knee willingly cuz Bannon probably gave him a nod and a wink that some pretty lucrative little dealios would be coming his way.

It's win-win for these sleazebags. Gingrich, as duly noted, somehow has some heft in the rightwingnut firmament and is still on many media & rightwingnut "talk" circuit speed dials. And Bannon has the ability to push other stuff Gingrich's way, while knowing that Newt will be suitably syocphantic in spreading the bestest propaganda and lies.

Birds of a feather...

Robt said...

I just can't stand it anymore...! Dammit.!

It is time for Newt (the snout) to dump his present wife and Witch Coulter fits in very well underneath the Newt.

It is the final piece that Newt (the snout) needed to be victorious in his next bid for the presidency.

? Was it Livingstone that was selected to take speaker after Newt got exorcised from congress.? Livingstone that had to bow out because of his corruption and mistress?

You think Newt and Livingstone get together and reminisce of the good old conservative values days?

Neo Tuxedo said...

Semi-OT-ic via comments at the venerable Sadly, No!: Are Trump voters ruining America for all of us?

The fact of the matter is that too many Trump supporters do not hold the president responsible for his mistakes or erratic behavior because they are incapable of recognizing them as mistakes. They lack the foundational knowledge and basic political engagement required to know the difference between facts and errors, or even between truth and lies.

[...]

There is a more disturbing possibility here than pure ignorance: that voters not only do not understand these issues, but also that they simply do not care about them. As his supporters like to point out, Trump makes the right enemies, and that’s enough for them. Journalists, scientists, policy wonks — as long as “the elites” are upset, Trump’s voters assume that the administration is doing something right.

(Yes, that's a link within the quote. No, I haven't read it; I doubt my heart could stomach it.)

Robt said...

NEO

T That is a big turd deposit on Bullshit mountain on which his supporters think they stand.

A large amount of conservatives I spoke with during election who began their infatuation proclamation march to vote for Trump.

What most of them would say was,
-They wanted someone to "fuck it all up".
-Someone that would stick it to democrats and there on beloved republicans.
-They actual had predispose positions that government must be overthrown and completely reconstructed.
Too Many told me, "there is going to be a civil war to over throw Wash. DC.

They voted for Trump to ruin the country. Not to fulfill his campaign promises.

Yes, they held the same corn pone thoughts *or lack of them), that you point out so well.

What our media won't visit is those Anti government (Give-Me-Tarians). Who are self convinced destroying the country is what is needed to allow them to become a billionaire or some underneath a boulder view on bullshit mountain convoluted patriotic belief.
And they very much live in a "belief: world that requires merely the guy on an AM radio to reinforce a conviction of belief they been institutionalized from a young vulnerable age.
Take a 55 year old guy that told me, "he is not republican. He has been a conservative all his life. But he only votes republican. And Democrats are big spenders". For good measure.
But they tel me they did not vote for Romney. They do not like Scot Walker of Wis. and his union busting.
As I get them discussing, they contradict every single ideological "belief" they espouse to be devoted to.
--I have been considering reporting them to Trump's illegal immigrant hot line as a illegal alien. But not the alien from across the border. The ones that come here with there alien anal probes.

So it is not so much about what Trump promised. It is more about what they believe they perceive of Trump causing complete collapse.

Like, buy gold for the end of the world. Glen Beck selling his End of Times meal packets to survive Armageddon. That crowd. Who are positive they are trained, prepared and stocked up to survive it all.

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