Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) excoriated the national press on
Wednesday during a debate over the war in Afghanistan, charging
reporters with shirking their duty to cover the issue and instead
focusing on the peccadillos of former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.).
"There's one, two press people in this gallery," he thundered.
"We're talking about Eric Massa 24/7 on the TV. We're talking about war
and peace; $3 billion; 1,000 lives and no press! No press!"
The House is debating a resolution written by Rep. Dennis Kucinich
(D-Ohio), which would require the military to withdraw from Afghanistan
within 30 days or longer if it couldn't be done safely that quickly.
"You want to know why the American public is fit?
They're fit because they're not seeing their Congress do the work that
they're sent to do," railed Kennedy, who is retiring at the end of this
term. "It's because the press, the press of the United States, is not
covering the most significant issue of national importance and that's
the laying of lives down in the nation for the service of our country.
It's despicable, the national press corps right now."