Feb 1 1995

‘Language: A Key Mechanism of Control’

Since winning control of Congress, Rep. Newt Gingrich (R.-Ga.) has constantly complained about “destructive” and “negative” coverage from the “liberal elite media.” For example, when asked on Nightline (11/29/94) about his reference to the Clintons as “counter-culture McGoverniks,” he first insisted that he had been misquoted–“I used the term McGovernite, not McGovernik–it was one of those things that the Times picked up and therefore it’s now history” (actually, at least four different newspapers–including the New York Times–quoted Gingrich in their November 10 editions as calling the Clintons “counter-culture McGoverniks”)–and then blamed the media for selective reporting: I didn’t say that […]