At New York Times, "Gingrich Pushes Back Against Charges of Racism":
NEWPORT, N.H. — Newt Gingrich charged that remarks he made about food stamps and African-Americans were taken out of context and twisted to sound racially insensitive.By "some bloggers," eh?
“I went back and pulled up the exact language of the text,” Mr. Gingrich told reporters on Friday. “I think you’d have to be nuts’’ to interpret the words as critical of blacks.
He accused the Democratic National Committee of being behind the misinterpretation, which echoed through the left-leaning blogosphere on Thursday, and was then covered by the national news media.
Asked if his linkage of blacks and food stamps was meant to evoke stereotypes with white conservatives, Mr. Gingrich attacked liberal policies that, he said, had failed the poor.
“Just as happened with Moynihan,” he said, referring to Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the Democratic senator from New York whose writings on poverty stirred controversy in the 1960s, “if you in fact talk openly and honestly about the failure of liberal institutions and the way they hurt the poor, there comes a sudden frenzied herd of people running over screaming racism, racism.”
On Thursday, Mr. Gingrich, in a variation on a campaign theme, said that if he were the Republican nominee, he would run against President Obama in part by visiting minority communities to pitch his supply-side recipe for job creation.
“So I’m prepared,” he said in Plymouth, N.H. “If the N.A.A.C.P. invites me, I’ll go to their convention, talk about why the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.”
The comment was criticized by some bloggers as invoking racial stereotypes.
Might as well have been the entire leftosphere, anything to distract the public from this epic clusterf-k of a Democrat-Socialist administration.