Newt Gingrich Is Being Propped Up By Corporate Media

Gingrich's limited power comes by way of the media, which keeps putting him on national television.

Looking over the list of guests for tomorrow's Sunday morning shows, we see that CBS's "Face the Nation" will feature two guests: David Axelrod from the White House and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

It comes just two weeks after Gingrich was a featured guest on NBC's "Meet the Press." He was the featured guest on "Fox News Sunday" just two weeks before that.

This isn't quite as annoying as having Liz Cheney live on the cable networks, but it's getting there.

Atrios asked a couple of weeks ago, "[Y]ou know, disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has precisely zero power but his every pronouncement is treated as Incredibly Important News. Any journalists want to explain why?"

Steve Benen is "blogger in chief" of the popular Washington Monthly online blog, Political Animal. His background includes publishing The Carpetbagger Report, and writing for a variety of publications, including Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect, the Huffington Post, and The Guardian. He has also appeared on NPR's "Talk of the Nation," MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show," Air America Radio's "Sam Seder Show," and XM Radio's "POTUS '08."
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