Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Fine Line Between Reporter and Publicist.

Last night, The Washington Post posted a very important story:

Gingrich says he's considering presidential run

In other news, I, too, am considering a presidential run.

Newt Gingrich's Walter Mitty campaign fantasies are, well, just that. The former Speaker pretends to "consider" tossing his hat in the ring whenever he's got a book to sell. These trial balloons are, as a wise man once wrote, "as perennial as the grass."

In its defense, The Post, which ran an AP story, isn't the only offender. Outlets of all stripes get taken in. Here are some headlines from years past -- and books Gingrich just happened to be hawking at the time:

, Restoring the Dream and Quotations from Speaker Newt:

Gingrich Links Decision to Run To Whether Powell Enters Race

, Lessons Learned The Hard Way:

Rumors of Gingrich in Presidential Race Lead to Jostling Over a Successor

2005, Winning the Future:

Newt Gingrich Considers Presidential Run

2006, Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation's History and Future:

Gingrich Says 2008 Bid Depends on Rivals

, A Contract with the Earth:

Gingrich Tiptoes Toward a White House Bid

This year's tome, published in May, is To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine.

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