Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Gingrich defends Romney over firing comments

Newt Gingrich, after being asked this morning on Fox News whether Mitt Romney's comments about firing people were taken out of context.

"Absolutely. Of course it was taken out-of-context.

At the time, I couldn't imagine why anybody would've said what he was supposed to have said. It wasn't very well worded, and I think what he was trying to say was that consumers having the right to choose between competitors is dramatically better than a government monopoly controlling your life.

.... I don't think it's fair to say that he likes firing people. He likes having a right to choose."

The fact that Newt -- in full nuclear mode at Mitt on everything else-- would rise to Romney's defense shows how unfair coverage of Romney's quote has been.

On Morning Joe today, Mike Brzezinski made a great point in defending Romney: It's the media's job to put all quotes in context; not out-of-context, and so the coverage of this has been a fundamental violation of the essence of journalism.

I'm a blogger, so I don't know what that means, but it sounds important.

But back to Newt.

After defending Mitt, he did, nevertheless, try to use Romney's comments to buttress his own case for electability.

"It does raise one of the points about why I'd be a better candidate. I think I can debate better than he can. I think I'm more careful with that kind of example.

Imagine if he had said that in a debate with Barack Obama -- what a mess that would've been."