"Guess who was the most frequent ‘Meet the Press’ guest in 2009?"
Hint: He tweeted of the recent East Coast snowstorm, “i wondered if God was sending a message about copenhagen”
Hint: This person was forced out of political office in the shadow of disgrace and failure. [Note to self: Maybe that doesn't winnow down the field much here in Washington, DC.]
Hint: This person has such staggering political independence and acumen that he said in July that Sarah “Four Pinocchios” Palin is a conservative leader on energy issues.
Hint: This person is an eco-fraud, who flip-flopped on the central policy issue of our time — reducing CO2 emissions.
And yes, this person tweeted of the recent East Coast snow storm:
As callista and i watched what dc weather says will be 12 to 22 inches of snow i wondered if God was sending a message about copenhagen
Seriously — see Was the “Blizzard of 2009″³ a “global warming type” of record snowfall “” or an opportunity for the media to blow the extreme weather story (again)? and The non-blizzard of 2009 and why the anti-science disinformers try to shout down any talk of a link between climate change and extreme weather.
The Washington Monthly‘s Steve Benen reports the painful answer, another reminder of how NBC’s long-running show puts the “status” in “status quo media”:
[Sunday]was Gingrich’s fifth appearance on “MTP” just this year. In fact, Newt Gingrich, despite not having held any position in government for over a decade, was the single most frequent guest on “Meet the Press” in 2009 of any political figure in the United States. Literally.
From March to December, Gingrich appeared on “MTP,” on average, every other month. No one else in American politics was on the show this often…..
Keep in mind, “Meet the Press” didn’t have the actual Speaker of the House on at all this year. It also featured zero appearances from all of the other living former House Speakers (Hastert, Wright, Foley) combined.
There’s just no reasonable explanation for this. Gingrich was forced from office in disgrace — by his own caucus — 11 years ago. What’s more, he’s kind of a nut — we’re talking about a former office holder who speculated, just last week, about hidden messages from God in snowstorms.
And yet, no other political figure was on “Meet the Press” more this year than crazy ol’ Newt Gingrich. If someone can explain why, I’m all ears.
Can someone explain why?