Former Georgia congressman and 2012 presidential contender Newt Gingrich appeared on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” on Sunday where he said the “fiscal cliff” controversy was a way to hypnotize and distract the public.
“The media plays a major role in this mess (…),” said Gingrich when discussing the financial instability in government today. “The fact is fiscal cliff became a way to hypnotize all of us to avoid thought. And we all sat around and said, ‘What are we going to do? What are we going to do?’ Now we have the crisis of the debt ceiling.”
Gingrich became very popular during the Republican primaries when he bashed the “media elites” in debates and interviews.
The Georgia lawmaker was unapologetic in his passionate speeches about the “out of touch” journalists who” live in high-rise apartment buildings writing for fancy newspapers in the middle of town after they ride the metro,” and who are unable to understand the struggles of average Americans.
Gingrich, who served as a speaker of the House in the 90’s, said that Republicans in Congress need to stand up to the President on spending, even if it means shutting down the government. He used his own experience as an example.
“They [Republicans] don't have to say, ‘We're going to be wimps,’” said the former Speaker. “I've helped close the government twice. It actually worked. Bill Clinton came in and said, ‘The era of big government's over,’ after two closings. Not before.”