Pundits generally agree that Newt Gingrich's impressive debate performances have pulled him back up to front-runner status in the GOP primary. His uncanny ability to win over the crowd at televised events dwarfs that of stiff Mitt Romney, squawking Ron Paul and timid Rick Santorum.
So what happens when the crowd is banned from whooping at Newt's juicy media zingers?
Newt Gingrich hit out at NBC's Brian Williams on Tuesday morning, criticizing the moderator of Monday night's debate for keeping the forum's audience quiet.
The crowd, which has been one of the stars of the never-ending series of GOP debates for months, was notably muted on Monday, under strict instructions from Williams not to interfere…
While there were some moments of scattered applause on Monday, the candidates were mostly sending their zingers into dead air — and Gingrich, who loves to play to the audience, was robbed of another standing ovation from the crowd.
You see, Newt Gingrich is like Tinkerbell. If you stop believing in him, or stop hooting and hollering at his demagogic utterances, he ceases to exist. He is the Newt, a power-hungry attention monster that feeds on applause, lobbying cash and, most likely, powdered donuts. Once an audience is permitted to applaud, the Newt cannot be stopped.
Mitt Romney's only hope to defeat the Newt this season is to cut the wires of the audience mics at every debate. Or slash the tires of every Entenmann's delivery truck.
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Tags: Brian Williams, Debates, NBC, NBC News, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans
Stephen Colbert — who is to the search term "Super PAC" what Rick Santorum is to "santorum" — will be discussing his dalliances in the magical world of unlimited undisclosed campaign contributions in the age of Citizens United v. the FEC with Ted Koppel on Rock Center this upcoming Monday night. Here's a preview…
This is kind of embarrassing for NBC News, seeing as how Stephen Colbert doesn't actually control a Super PAC anymore. Not since he handed the keys to Colbert Super PAC over to Jon Stewart nearly a whole day ago.
Come on, dinosaurs! Strap on your jet packs and try to keep up with the rest of us!
Tags: Colbert Super PAC, Jon Stewart, Money, NBC, NBC News, Stephen Colbert, Super PACs, Ted Koppel, The Colbert Report
While the daughters of other famous politicians were off famewhoring themselves to the nearest cable news network, posing as serious journalists or “strategists,” Democratic scion Chelsea Clinton remained largely impervious to the temptations of political celebrity. Until now. Clinton’s transition from private citizen to Meghan McCain-izen was completed last night as she made her debut on NBC’s Rock Center with a cloying human interest story about an Arkansas after-school program for poor kids.
Sure, she's cashing in on the Clinton name, bypassing hundreds of more qualified professional journalists, to report on the political equivalent of cute cat videos. But she's doing it FOR THE CHILDREN. Just like her dead grandmother told her to. How dare you question the dying wishes of Dorothy Rodham!
As far as I'm concerned, Chelsea Clinton is performing a valuable public service. No, not by highlighting Americans who are making a difference in their communities, but by getting us all accustomed to seeing her face on TV everyday.
Trust me, you'll thank her next year when she's running for Congress.
Tags: Chelsea Clinton, NBC
From The CC Insider…
If you want to watch Jon Stewart and Brian Williams talking about trick-or-treating in New York City, then you won't want to miss this interview from last night's series premiere of NBC's Rock Center. On the other hand, if you'd like to see Jon Stewart and Brian Williams speak frankly about Occupy Wall Street, then look no further than this very same Rock Center video. On the third hand, if you want to see Jon Stewart and Brian Williams playing Chinese checkers while soaking in a tub of warm coleslaw, you'll have to wait until technology becomes available to extract my dreams.
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Tags: Brian Williams, Jon Stewart, NBC, Occupy Wall Street
If Barack Obama could hang out in front of every Wal-Mart in the America, or spend all his time talking to people waiting in line to see Real Steel or Dolphin Tale, or stuff a McRib sandwich into his face at every service stop between D.C. and L.A., in an effort to get his message out there and try to convince regular Americans he's the same intellectually pragmatic and politically effective guy we all thought he was three years ago, I'm sure he would. But he can't. That's just not physically possible.
So, last night, he did the next best thing…
Not a bad job. But would it have killed him to bring out a couple McRibs?
Tags: Barack Obama, Jay Leno, NBC