Reporters have yet to ask Gardner for the evidence supporting his media bashing. They just lie there and let Gardner trash them.
Why not fight back? It would make good content, and it's the right thing to do.
Gardner provided another opportunity for a fight, if journalists are brave enough cast off their chains and step up, this morning in a conversation with Steve Kelley on KNUS' morning show, Kelley and Company, about the failure of House of Repblicans to pass full support for the victims of Hurricane Sandy:
KELLEY: It should be scrutinized. But it just looks bad. Doesn't it? I mean, -- and the way it is being played in the media, unfortunately, [is] Boehner, this mean guy doesn't -- and you guys in the House -- don't care about those Hurricane Sandy victims out there.
GARDNER: Look, the media is going to criticize the Republicans every time we turn around, because we are not in lock-step with the President. And they are going to criticize any time they get a chance. Now, should this have been handled in a different way? Uh, there's always going to be speculation about that. But the bottom line is this: John Boehner is not a - nor is the House Republican majority going to turn a blind eye on the victims of a horrible natural disaster.
That's nut-head nutty, isn't it? The media wants Gardner to be in lock-step with Obama? What's he talking about?
It would be fun to hear Gardner explain himself, wouldn't it?
On KNUS' morning talk-radio show Thursday, Steve Kelley played an audio clip of Obama criticizing Romney's response to the Libya attack, saying Romney has a "tendency to shoot first and aim later."
Steve Kelley, the host of the show, had Mitt Romney's son Josh on the phone, and, it's only natural to try to personalize things a bit. Plus, they say international relations isn't so different than what goes on within families, on the playground, between neighbors, or what have you.
So Kelley asked Josh Romney if his father shot first and aimed later, when it came to disciplining Josh!
It was a fair question to ask a grown man stumping for his father, but Josh dodged it rather ominously, saying "We don't talk about that much."
"He was tough but fair," Josh told Kelley, after some awkward banter.
I'm not saying Mitt shouldn't have spanked his kids, or Obama shouldn't have spanked Sasha and Malia, if he did. (I never spanked my kids, but I'm a deeply wimpy progressive weenie.)
But you'd think Josh would have laid it out on the table.
Why don't the Romneys talk about this much? What's the big deal? I wish Kelley would have finished the conversation.
Last month, after Rep. Mike Coffman said he didn't know whether President Obama was an American "in his heart," KNUS morning show host Steve Kelley wanted to talk to Coffman.
He told his listeners May 25 that, maybe, Coffman's comments weren't "worthy of a major apology," and he wanted to talk to the Congressman about it.
But Coffman, who'd been on Kelley's show "many, many times," wasn't returning phone calls, and Kelley was getting increasingly pissed.
So Kelley, a conservative talk-radio host who's been amping up his attacks on Obama in recent months, took a stand that you wouldn't expect to hear on rightie radio.
Kelley said on air that he'd give Coffman four more days to call back. After that, since Coffman was refusing to return calls during a tough time, Kelley wouldn't accept Coffman's requests, as he had in the past, to come on the radio show and promote himself and his agenda.
Kelley: When Mr. Coffman's people call and say look, he's got an initiative, he's got this, he'd like to come on the air--
Kelley's Co-host: A ribbon cutting ceremony.
Kelley: Yes. The answer is no. Thank you very much. You weren't willing to come in during a heated time. You're not coming on to tout and pump yourself up. I don't care what party you are. I don't care if I happen to agree with your politics. You're not going to - you know, that's not how you manipulate and use the media, at least, you're not going to here.
On a Denver radio program, "Kelley and Company" Wed., Rep. Mike Coffman called Social Security a Ponzi scheme and aligned himself with Gov. Rick Perry over Mitt Romney and other candidates in the race to be the GOP presidential nominee.
That's news, if you ask me, especially the Ponzi scheme part, but it has yet to be picked up by other media outlets. I think Social Security is a hot topic, being the third rail of politics and all, but journalists could spice up this angle on the topic by interviewing Ponzi scheme experts, like Bernie Madoff. (Maybe not him, but his ilk.) Do they think Social Security is a Ponzi scheme?
Here's what Coffman told Steve Kelly, host of "Kelly and Company," on KNUS-710 AM:
I am obviously going to support whoever the nominee is. But I have to admit to you philosophically I am closer to Perry. Obviously, I hope he gets better on the debate stuff. I think he did good. I think he did better on Social Security. I think obviously it is a Ponzi scheme, but he has to say he is going to fix it. And he did that in the last debate where he didn't do that in the first debate. Now I think that was positive. [BigMedia emphasis]