There’s an odd piece over on Politico today. It’s the collaborative effort of three of its leading writers, about Newt Gingrich. It mentions from the get-go his recent comment about Barack Obama’s “Kenyan, anti-colonial” worldview. The comment was made to our Bob Costa. And Newt was explicitly flagging — and endorsing — Dinesh D’Souza’s thesis about what makes Obama tick, the point of D’Souza’s recent Forbes article and new book. But the Politico piece never mentions the D’Souza book, making Newt sound randomly kooky at best. Knowing at least one of the authors of the piece, I doubt it was done on purpose. But it does seem to be a bit unfair to the reader who hasn’t been following the blow-by-blow of what-Newt-said-and-where-it-came from. And considering there have been some prominent, unfair references to D’Souza and his thesis (to which D’Souza responded in a recent interview), a fair treatment of what Newt said would be helpful in subsequent political coverage. One doesn’t have to be running a Newt-Gingrich-for-president campaign to hope for a change.
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