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Video: Newt Gingrich Goes After Debate Moderator John Harris for Biased Questioning
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Posted on 09/08/2011 9:01:59 AM PDT by RatherBiased.com

For reasons that are still inexplicable, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library agreed to partner up with NBC News, parent organization of the uber-left-wing network MSNBC to televise tonight's Republican presidential debate. While NBC representative Brian Williams had more than his share of sneering biased questions, it was Williams's co-moderator, Politico editor John F. Harris who laid on the snark in his attempts to bait and attack the candidates.

Such unbalanced questioning is par-for-the-course for Republicans competing at the national level. More often than not, they take it in stride. Tonight, though, Newt Gingrich was having none of it as he went full-on after Harris's attempts to insert Gingrich into a non-existent debate about an individual mandate to purchase insurance at the national level that Republicans simply are not having. Video and transcript follow.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gingrich; johnharris; newt; newtgingrich; politico

1 posted on 09/08/2011 9:02:12 AM PDT by RatherBiased.com
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To: RatherBiased.com

I do give Gingrich two thumbs up for this smackdown. It should be standard for Republican candidates to repudiate the nonsense questions they get from the Democrat butt boys in the media.


2 posted on 09/08/2011 9:06:56 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Unless the debate was moderated by Hannity or someone like that, then any Repub who shows up for a debate is a jerk. What the hell’s the matter with them to go to these slanted debates.


3 posted on 09/08/2011 9:09:02 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: Enterprise

Actually, I don’t see why he wouldn’t be a good President. He is very smart and knows more history than any book. I’m sure the obligatory pics of him and San Fran Nan will show up, but if anybody here on FR thinks they can debate him, speak up, and do it.


4 posted on 09/08/2011 9:11:15 AM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: RatherBiased.com

And Mr Newt fulfills the role a lot of Freepers have advocated, that of an articulate pit bull guarding the fence on the conservative encampment. Loud and with a bite you can’t ignore but still just a guard dog.


5 posted on 09/08/2011 9:11:40 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: RatherBiased.com

Kudos to Newt for actually CALLING THEM OUT!!!!!

I think Newt knows that he won’t get any more traction by “playing nice” but he knows he needs to stand out if he is ever goionhjg to have any chance of topping Romney or Perry.

I think Newt may have secured a position as Press Securtary in a future Republican Administration.


6 posted on 09/08/2011 9:12:49 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: RatherBiased.com

Couldn’t find the clip associated with this article. But I did find Joe Scarbouroughs new song.

Couldn’t make it all the way through. I just had breakfast. I’m only human. My stomach can only take so much.


7 posted on 09/08/2011 9:13:44 AM PDT by barstoolblues (proud member of the sunzab itches club)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Couldn’t find the clip associated with this article. But I did find Joe Scarbouroughs new song.

Couldn’t make it all the way through. I just had breakfast. I’m only human. My stomach can only take so much.


8 posted on 09/08/2011 9:13:56 AM PDT by barstoolblues (proud member of the sunzab itches club)
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To: laweeks
Decent moderators for the actual debate would really be nice.

I almost never watch MSNBC, and I wasn't really "surprised" but I was amazed that after the debate, the panel of "experts" on MSNC consisted of (IIRC) Eugene Robinson, Lawrence O'Donnell, Chris Matthews, and Ed Schulz.

These people simply cannot grasp the Republican viewpoint on anything. It all goes over their pointy little heads -- and they are supposed to tell me who "won"?

Total joke. The media is ruled by the Left.

9 posted on 09/08/2011 9:14:49 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Total schtick. And nonsense to boot. You shouldn’t argue with one another-—at a debate?? Nice gimmick. Seems to work on a lot of people.


10 posted on 09/08/2011 9:16:19 AM PDT by Huck (I don't believe there is just one God--humanity seems like the work of a committee to me.)
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To: laweeks

Chief of staff is his ideal job. No one would get out of line with the possible exception of “Little Newt.”


11 posted on 09/08/2011 9:16:30 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (***9/11*** Never Forget - Never Forgive ***9/11***)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Even though Newt has little chance to become the GOP candidate, he will be kept as a contender just to tell the media when they need to stuff it.

Newt is kinda like Rush in the way they handle the leftwing media.


12 posted on 09/08/2011 9:18:12 AM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: Enterprise

Thumbs up to Gingrich for this. He probably knows that he isn’t going to win but that was a real team play.


13 posted on 09/08/2011 9:21:50 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: eyedigress

Gingrich’s problem is like that of Clinton; he has no core beliefs and the only thing he cares about is himself.

Accordingly he has no problem endorsing bad candidates that might win over good candidates who might lose (see NY 26 (?)) or positions that make him look good to Dems (see global warming, etc).

He is a smart version of the Arnold. Even if he is elected, he does not represent the interests of conservatives well.


14 posted on 09/08/2011 9:22:49 AM PDT by NeilGus
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To: RatherBiased.com

Gingrich is going nowhere so his actions do serve the public good of pointing out echoing the problem of media bias.


15 posted on 09/08/2011 9:26:43 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est)
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To: NeilGus

Maybe. Ask him.


16 posted on 09/08/2011 9:29:04 AM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Huck

So those at the debate shouldn’t have a difference of opinion?


17 posted on 09/08/2011 9:33:58 AM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

Newt would make a great VP.


18 posted on 09/08/2011 9:34:01 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Enterprise
I agree. I hope from here on ALL candidates will do as Newt did, that was a real WOW moment.

I like NEWT. Just can't help it. Why?, because he is Brilliant.

19 posted on 09/08/2011 9:35:50 AM PDT by annieokie
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To: RatherBiased.com
....this is earned!
the "Old" Strategist reared his head.
All these ZERO "Bootlickers" need a hard knockdown!

paraphrased from Reagan's 1980 Campaign:
When your neighbor loses his job, its' a recession.
When you lose your job, its' a depression.
When Jimmah Barrack Hussien "Malaise" Carter Obama
lose his...its' the beginning of the recovery!"

“Are you better off than you were four years ago?”
REPEAT OFTEN AS NECESSARY!


20 posted on 09/08/2011 9:38:37 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Who can take tomorrow, Spend it all today? Who can take your income And tax it all away? Obama Man :)
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To: laweeks
Guess they have to go to show they are able to face the adversary.

Before they all go in, they should ALL PACT together and agree to SLAM the moderators if necessary, change the line of questioning, ignore the moderator and ask a questions to one of their opponants instead.

TOTALLY ignore the Biased Media moderators, what the hell are they going to do about it? Stop the show?, cut the Mike's?.

The thought of ALL of them ignoring the Biased questions, would be a sight to behold.

21 posted on 09/08/2011 9:43:32 AM PDT by annieokie
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To: RatherBiased.com

The candidates debate wasn’t with each other.

It was with MSNBC.

As Rush said- Perry lost the Cop Killer vote last night after Brian Williams attack.

GOP IS DUMB to spend ANY time with MSM.


22 posted on 09/08/2011 9:44:05 AM PDT by NoLibZone (Democrats are violent. Prisons are overflowing with democrats convicted of violent crimes.)
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To: annieokie

I like Newt because he is able to well articulate a lot of what I am feeling.


23 posted on 09/08/2011 9:45:38 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: RatherBiased.com

Good for Gingrich.


24 posted on 09/08/2011 9:46:31 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Presbyterian Reporter

I’d like to see our candidates armed with a list of the soft-ball questions asked of then-candidate Obama, like “Do you prefer boxers or briefs?” or “What is your favorite breakfast food?”

THEN, when a media twit asks a GOP candidate a “gotcha” question, that candidate could answer:

“Your question is just too EASY. So instead of answering that question, I’ll answer one of the really HARD questions you asked President Obama before his election:

My favorite breakfast food is Cheerios.”


25 posted on 09/08/2011 9:58:57 AM PDT by pfony1
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To: GraceG
I think Newt may have secured a position as Press Securtary in a future Republican Administration.

I doubt he'd take the job but OMG that would be something to see!

26 posted on 09/08/2011 10:02:01 AM PDT by ItsForTheChildren
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To: RatherBiased.com
>>>>>For reasons that are still inexplicable, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library agreed to partner up with NBC News, parent organization of the uber-left-wing network MSNBC to televise tonight's Republican presidential debate.

Come on, folks! Ron Reagan works for msnbc and Nancy Reagan likes Chris Matthews.

Ronald Reagan may have come to his senses and seen the evil of liberalism to embrace conservatism, but his son and daughter with Nancy did not agree with their Father. Also, Nancy was no conservative herself.

27 posted on 09/08/2011 10:05:47 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: rawhide

I like Newt because he is able to well articulate a lot of what I am feeling.


While your feelings tell you one thing, your brain should be telling you the opposite when it comes to Rino Newty Newt.


28 posted on 09/08/2011 10:10:13 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: rawhide

I like Newt because he is able to well articulate a lot of what I am feeling.


While your feelings tell you one thing, your brain should be telling you the opposite when it comes to Rino Newty Newt.


29 posted on 09/08/2011 10:11:05 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: RatherBiased.com

Maybe Newt would make a good Press Secretary for the next GOP Administration.


30 posted on 09/08/2011 10:24:45 AM PDT by John Semmens
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To: RatherBiased.com

why is fox partnering with google for the next debate?

people will submit the questions to google.

Obamab trolls will be able to see the questions and report them.

Obama admin will be able to see the questions, seed the questions.

and see the “views” of the questions and who was viewing.


31 posted on 09/08/2011 10:48:59 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: laweeks

why is it, year after year, decade after decade,

the stupid party lets the evil party and the msm

outmaneuver them?


32 posted on 09/08/2011 10:53:25 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Gingrich for Press Secretary.


33 posted on 09/08/2011 4:51:23 PM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi (Moutaineers are Always Free)
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To: eyedigress
Look: There is no one here at FR qualified to meet Gingrich in debate. There are only drooling junkyard dogs who survive by gnawing on old bones and chewing on rotten flesh. But the sanctimonious twits will be here shortly to spew their drivel on the thread.
34 posted on 09/08/2011 5:54:53 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: eyedigress
Look: There is no one here at FR qualified to meet Gingrich in debate. There are only drooling junkyard dogs who survive by gnawing on old bones and chewing on rotten flesh. But the sanctimonious twits will be here shortly to spew their drivel on the thread.
35 posted on 09/08/2011 6:01:26 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

No they won’t. I can carry a reasoned argument with the best of them. I welcome it.


36 posted on 09/08/2011 6:12:08 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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