“So close to the ocean, yet I can’t push them in”

posted at 3:40 pm on March 23, 2012 by Tina Korbe

It’s a classic Newt Gingrich campaign strategy: When all else fails, blame, taunt, tease or joke about the MSM. Today, Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond kept up the image of an anti-media campaign with a free tweet of unconcealed emotion and an accompanying picture (h/t Political Ticker).

Apparently, not even daily interaction is enough to render Gingrich staffers and the press corps close friends — unless, of course, they’re so close Hammond can tweet this to the infinite amusement of all involved.

Let’s go with the latter theory. Why? It might be momentarily satisfying to take a swipe at the MSM (I do it myself rather frequently), but it’s not lastingly productive.

I’m reminded of something I read just this morning in the anthology of conservative essays March of Freedom:

In fact, [Hayek] once wrote that he had “fallen … in love” with the Greek word katallattein after he discovered that it meant not only “to exchange,” but also “to admit into the community,” and “to change from enemy to friend.” He believed that exchange in the market — “by which we … induce the stranger to welcome and serve us” — should be called “the game of catallaxy.” This idea greatly attracted him, for he was convinced that the market is “a game which serves to elicit from each player the highest and [most] worthwhile contribution to the common pool …”

Conservatives ought always to recall that the true purpose of “the game of exchange” is catallaxy, to make friends of our enemies.

What relevance does this have to R.C. Hammond’s tweet? A campaign and its press corps are involved in an important exchange. The campaign provides information; the corps provides coverage. Campaign staffers have an unparalleled opportunity to “admit into the community” and “to change from enemy into friend” those members of the press of whom they once were wary — and to elicit fairer coverage as a result. That doesn’t mean a campaign has to expend endless resources on a losing investment, but they might want to at least make an investment initially and gauge the returns.

It is one thing to be aware of the biases of members of the media — mainstream or otherwise — and to take them into account in the evaluation of information. It’s another to write the MSM off as unreachable.


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Next time find a tall bridge.

Roy Rogers on March 23, 2012 at 3:44 PM

He seems to have a good relationship with them. I didn’t have the sound on, but it appeared the other day that the etch a sketch comment came out, that Gingrich was telling the press ghost stories that night, he had the flashlight below his face and was saying somethng.

LevStrauss on March 23, 2012 at 3:44 PM

the LSM is unreachable… they have an agenda, they went to journalism school to change the world, not to report the facts.

YMMV

Dr. Demento on March 23, 2012 at 3:46 PM

You could reach out to the media if you expected them to report the news objectively. But since they just twist it into their ideological spin, what do you really gain from reaching out to them unless you’re liberal?

NapaConservative on March 23, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Louisiana is not near an “ocean” – it would take a lot of effort to push some into an ocean from Louisiana.

Pork-Chop on March 23, 2012 at 3:48 PM

It is one thing to be aware of the biases of members of the media — mainstream or otherwise — and to take them into account in the evaluation of information. It’s another to write the MSM off as unreachable.

They’re unreachable. We should antagonize and attack them at every turn and tell them why while we’re doing it: because they’re blatantly biased, because their self-serving claims of ‘journalistic objectivity’ are a joke, because they’re nothing more than the agitprop division of the Democratic Party, because Pravda under Breznhev had more respect for the truth, because they lie.

troyriser_gopftw on March 23, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Louisiana is not near an “ocean” – it would take a lot of effort to push SOMEONE into an ocean from Louisiana.

Pork-Chop on March 23, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Tweet of the week!

FireBlogger on March 23, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Sorry newt…a successful campaign would have lured them closer so a push would be effective!

Deafdog on March 23, 2012 at 3:50 PM

That’s a huge press corp you have there Newt/

JPeterman on March 23, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Getting them to change their minds assumes they have minds.

trigon on March 23, 2012 at 3:52 PM

That is kinda funny. I’m surprised Newt still has press following him around, though. Guess they drew the short straws…

changer1701 on March 23, 2012 at 3:54 PM

I’ll take the word of Andrew Breitbart. If obama can say it about me I can say it about them. They are the enemy.

DanMan on March 23, 2012 at 3:55 PM

You are a bright lady, Tina, but you are so, so very wrong on this.

The MSM is dragging us under, and you want to have a polite conversation with them.

Breitbart had it right. Our primary struggle is with the mainstream media.

They are not people with whom we have anything whatsover in common. They are shameless propagandists always promoting collectivism. As a group, always.

Bash away, Newt! Give ‘em Hell!

fadetogray on March 23, 2012 at 3:55 PM

When conservatives try to make friends of the press, they lose.

Today’s MSM has no regard even for its own survival. It’s all agenda, all the time.

The MSM must be destroyed fundamentally transformed.

forest on March 23, 2012 at 3:56 PM

It’s another to write the MSM off as unreachable.

I see the point you’re making- but at some point you have to take into account that the majority of the press are inordinately hostile to conservatives and conservative ideals. To many of them the likes of Newt Gingrich are enemies- bitter enemies- threatening not only their candidate but the entire political scaffolding their Party of choice has erected.

Personally I think it was a light-hearted jab- and will be taken as such. But when you have people like Andrew Sullivan admitting that the reason he switched from being pro-Israel to rabidly anti-Israel is because he thought that Netanyahu was standing in the way of “Obama’s destiny”…well, no amount of interaction and exchange of ideas is going to convince them to befriend you.

Jay Mac on March 23, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Pork-Chop on March 23, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Three words: Trebuchet

/Joe Biden

Left Coast Right Mind on March 23, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Because conservatives have made such large strides in getting the media to see them as human. We were soooooooooo close and then this happened. Perhaps you have some examples of this “fairer coverage” you speak of. Hmmmmmm?

Bear on March 23, 2012 at 3:56 PM

That’s pretty funny.

At this point, what does Team Newt have to lose? He’s not going to win the nomination, and needling the media is the one thing that’s kept his campaign going this long.

BadgerHawk on March 23, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Bear on March 23, 2012 at 3:56 PM

ROFLMAO!!!

Roy Rogers on March 23, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Yet somehow he’s pushed Newt’s campaign in.

rubberneck on March 23, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Not really coming across too presidential in this quote.

Ukiah on March 23, 2012 at 4:07 PM

SCANDAL!!!

/

mankai on March 23, 2012 at 4:09 PM

I generally see Newt as petulant, but I thought this was funny and I imagine that the MFM would see this as tongue-in-cheek.

Dead Hand Control on March 23, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Forget Newt’s traveling press corps. I’m hoping somehow the whole MSNBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, NPR, NYT, WaPo, Newsweek, etc., end up on a beach just as a tidal wave hits.

Bitter Clinger on March 23, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Don’t taunt, tease or joke about the MSM?

Screw that. the only reason they even follow the Republican candidates is to find some lede that polls negatively. They are NOTHING but an arm of the DNC and water carriers for the administration.

Taunt, mock, & deride them at every opportunity.

Opposite Day on March 23, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Going after the cover-up media doesn’t get old for me. I liked it when Tina was interviewing some guy at CPAC and did not refer to Hot Air as ‘alternative media’…but as ‘The New Media’…We need new media…the old media has whored out the first admendment.

KOOLAID2 on March 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

The last Republican who was a “friend” of the MSM was John McCain. Need I say more?!

mydh12 on March 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Keep your friends close
enemies closer
I live by this daily, especially the dangerous ones!

angrymike on March 23, 2012 at 4:13 PM

What relevance does this have to R.C. Hammond’s tweet? A campaign and its press corps are involved in an important exchange. The campaign provides information; the corps provides coverage. Campaign staffers have an unparalleled opportunity to “admit into the community” and “to change from enemy into friend” those members of the press of whom they once were wary — and to elicit fairer coverage as a result. That doesn’t mean a campaign has to expend endless resources on a losing investment, but they might want to at least make an investment initially and gauge the returns.
It is one thing to be aware of the biases of members of the media — mainstream or otherwise — and to take them into account in the evaluation of information. It’s another to write the MSM off as unreachable.

Bleh, bleh, bleh. This tweet is an attempt at humor, and to be appreciated as such.

Meanwhile, the lamestream media IS unreachable. And, not just the liberal Obama media; the republican establishment Romney media is just as biased in their reporting.

Keep calling them out, Newt.

IndeCon on March 23, 2012 at 4:13 PM

From a different point of view: Isn’t this the closest any candidate have come to publicly insinuate that the MSM, collectively, is a bunch of biased, lying, agenda driven piece of s**t?

NapaConservative on March 23, 2012 at 4:14 PM

When all else fails, blame, taunt, tease or joke about the MSM.It’s a classic Newt Gingrich campaign strategy.

Why do you bother to write a post about what a campaign spokesman tweets about, Tina , according to you Newt’s campaign is dead so why even bother to mention this.
We know Santorum is the favorite of HA go cover his mistakes , but I guess you don’t let an opportunity to bash Gingrich pass by.

evergreenland on March 23, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Breitbart would LOL at this analysis. The tweet was perfection.

Nom de Boom on March 23, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Don’t taunt, tease or joke about the MSM?

Screw that. the only reason they even follow the Republican candidates is to find some lede that polls negatively. They are NOTHING but an arm of the DNC and water carriers for the administration.

Taunt, mock, & deride them at every opportunity.

Opposite Day on March 23, 2012 at 4:11 PM

This.

Nom de Boom on March 23, 2012 at 4:31 PM

have=has

NapaConservative on March 23, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Louisiana is not near an “ocean” – it would take a lot of effort to push some into an ocean from Louisiana.

Pork-Chop on March 23, 2012 at 3:48 PM

You never know until you try.

squint on March 23, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Newt’s team gets it. The embedded media is a necessary evil if the campaign wants to get any message out at all; however, that media is not their friend and they know it. It is more like having an enemy delegation in your camp than anything else. You may have to deal with them in order to broker some settlement with your enemy, but you aren’t going to hand them the keys to the kingdom either.

Tina, you would have a stronger case if we had at least a semblance of an objective media. However, the way it works is this: the media people who are embedded with the Obama campaign (or other liberal democrats) view their mission as to follow the campaign and to help get the candidate’s message out and to help shape the narrative. Those in the media embedded with the republican campaigns view their mission as to find the candidate’s weaknesses, to catch the candidate in an embarrassing gaffe or to catch the candidate in a statement that can be taken out of context. The republicans and conservatives who don’t remember that fact 24/7 are the ones who get pushed out of the race the fastest.

AZfederalist on March 23, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Wonder how many Presstitutes have to be locked in closets, intimidated and called “sweetie” before they realize the Democrats are just using them?

txhsmom on March 23, 2012 at 4:52 PM

It is one thing to be aware of the biases of members of the media — mainstream or otherwise — and to take them into account in the evaluation of information. It’s another to write the MSM off as unreachable.

They’re unreachable. We should antagonize and attack them at every turn and tell them why while we’re doing it: because they’re blatantly biased, because their self-serving claims of ‘journalistic objectivity’ are a joke, because they’re nothing more than the agitprop division of the Democratic Party, because Pravda under Breznhev had more respect for the truth, because they lie.

troyriser_gopftw on March 23, 2012 at 3:48 PM

This, and …

Don’t taunt, tease or joke about the MSM?

Screw that. the only reason they even follow the Republican candidates is to find some lede that polls negatively. They are NOTHING but an arm of the DNC and water carriers for the administration.

Taunt, mock, & deride them at every opportunity.

Opposite Day on March 23, 2012 at 4:11 PM

this.

And the sooner conservatives realize it, the better.

PatriotGal2257 on March 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

It is one thing to be aware of the biases of members of the media — mainstream or otherwise — and to take them into account in the evaluation of information. It’s another to write the MSM off as unreachable.

Someone on HotAir said, a while ago,

“the Left is at war with the Right
and the Right thinks it’s having a political discussion.”

Tina, they are unreachable because they KNOW what they’re doing and choose to do it anyway.

Cleombrotus on March 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Bwahaha! +1 to you, Newt! Maybe take them to Japan and hope for another tidal wave?

MelonCollie on March 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Pork-Chop on March 23, 2012 at 3:48 PM

You don’t get around much, do you? (or else you’re one of those damn yankees)
From the looks of it, this is probably Grand Isle. I say that only because the other light sand beaches are more remote.
Ever hear of the Gulf of Mexico? And how do you think Hurricane Ivan, Katrina, Rita & others did so much damage to La.?

I guess the people aren’t as friendly as usual right now (having been robo called to hell & back), but it’s a beautiful place- very green, nice people, & great food.

GO NEWT!

sandollar_sa on March 23, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Not really coming across too presidential in this quote.

Ukiah on March 23, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Considering Hammond isn’t running for president, that’s fine.

alwaysfiredup on March 23, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Sigh – the things you see when you don’t have a bucket of chum.

Gator Country on March 23, 2012 at 11:50 PM

You should not fault the Gingrich staffers. The mainstream media hates Newt with a passion. Newt is the real threat to the status quo in Washington DC and the mainstream media knows it.

Phil Byler on March 24, 2012 at 6:48 AM