I mentioned in a previous post how flustered Robert Gibbs was about Rick Santelli’s remarks from Chicago.
This from CNN Political Ticker:
The White House press secretary took the opportunity to blast the medium at Friday’s press conference when asked about CNBC reporter Rick Santelli’s recent tirade against the president’s mortgage plan. “I…think that it’s tremendously important that for people who rant on cable television to be responsible and understand what it is they’re talking about,” Gibbs said. “I feel assured that Mr. Santelli doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”
Has anyone noticed how thin-skinned the new administration is? Speaking of “ranting on cable tv,” the likes of Keith Olbermann and others ranted against George Bush for eight solid years. Did you hear him whining about it? I didn’t think so.
Mr. Gibbs goes on the complain about coverage during the campaign.
“If I hadn’t worked on the campaign but simply watch the cable news scorekeeping of the campaign, we lost virtually every day of the race,” he said. “If I would have just watched cable TV, I long would have crawled into a hole and given up this whole prospect of changing the country.”
All I can say is, most everybody knows that the cable news coverage of the Obama campaign was close to an all-out campaign ad for him. So for Mr. Gibbs to now turn on cable tv is turning on those who were largely responsible for Obama’s election, especially NBC.
This is a quote from a commenter (Beppo) on the CNN site where this article was posted.
February 20th, 2009 7:15 pm ET
Yeah, thank God the Democrats never tried to undermine the Republican administration. Oh wait, they did every day for eight years.
Hey, whatever happened to “dissent is patriotic?” Has that gone away now that His Holiness has built Jerusalem on the Potomac?
Honestly, the cult of Obama is creepier than anything wicked old George Bush ever did.
First it was Rush Limbaugh, now it’s Rick Santelli. They are just a little too concerned about any dissent.
You can watch the segment of the press conference where Gibbs defends the plan and rags on Santelli.