Kennedy's Diatribe: Press Is Despicable for Covering Massa, not Afghanistan

It's hard to say that talking about Eric Massa isn't fun, especially now that Joshua Green has introduced of the term "snorkeling" to mainstream political debate.

But murmurs of "why are we talking about this?" have grown into a hum, and now they've crested into a full-on screaming session on the floor of the House of Representatives: as the House considered a non-binding resolution calling on President Obama to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, retiring Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) fulminated at the press for not covering the vote.

"Cynicism is that there's one, two press people in this gallery! We're talking about Eric Massa 24/7 on the TV," Kennedy railed. "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, is despicable, the national press corps right now."

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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