Hat tip to the Weekly Standard for catching retiring Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY5) insulting the American people. Or maybe just the people who kept voting him into office.
Congressman Ackerman, you’ve been here 30 years. Can you define comity as it existed when you arrived versus how it exists now?,” Bloomberg asks.
Ackerman responds: ” Your premise is that comity exists now. It may not be entirely accurate. It used to be you had real friends on the other side of the aisle. It’s not like that anymore. Society has changed. The public is to blame as well. I think the people have gotten dumber. I don’t know that I would’ve said that out loud pre-my announcement that I was going to be leaving. [Laughter] But I think that’s true. I mean everything has changed. The media has changed. We now give broadcast licenses to philosophies instead of people. People get confused and think there is no difference between news and entertainment. People who project themselves as journalists on television don’t know the first thing about journalism. They are just there stirring up a hockey game.”
Retirement frees the New York Democrat to tell the people what he really thinks of us. But Ackerman really shouldn’t be so mean to NBC, which employs Andrea Mitchell, Ed Schultz and Al Sharpton and twice this year has tried to stir up a “hockey game” with blatant, deliberate and dishonest edits of the George Zimmerman 911 call and Mitt Romney’s WaWa remarks, while neglecting to devote more than 10 seconds to Fast and Furious over 18 months as the scandal has grown and reached the White House.