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Patrick Kennedy calls press 'despicable' for Massa coverage (video)

During a House debate over the war in Afghanistan Wednesday afternoon, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) ripped into the media for not covering the event the way they've covered the sexual past of a certain former congressman.

"There's one, two press people in this gallery," Kennedy yelled. "We're talking about Eric Massa 24/7 on the TV. We're talking about war and peace; 3 billion dollars; 1,000 lives and no press! No press!"

"You want to know why the American public is fit?" Kennedy added while gesturing behind the podium. "They're fit because they're not seeing their Congress do the work that they're sent to do. 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."

Kennedy is retiring at the end of his term. The measure up for debate, which would direct President Obama to remove troops from Afghanistan, is expected to fail.

By Rachel Weiner  |  March 10, 2010; 5:52 PM ET
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It's medication time

Posted by: youcancallmeroy | March 12, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Patrick Kennedy calls press 'despicable' for Massa coverage.

On the contrary, it is despicable how our politicians behave.

Posted by: dug_w | March 11, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

We're not a war. We're cleaning up a mess that was leftover. If we were at war congress would've declared it and the nation would've shared in the cause. As it is the only people fighting this mess are the young soldiers and their families. Sad.

Posted by: paul91 | March 11, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Patrick Kennedy doesn't remember the Foley dog and pony shows. I'm 63 and I vaguely remember. But I'll remember the Massa show. After a while its boring news. The man is obviously sick as well as other issues he's now confronting. I say that because he should have known why Beck wanted him on his show -- to get the dirt on Barack Obama's Administration. Beck and his crew got fooled. The man behaved as if he was oblivious to what Beck was seeking -even when Beck kept pressing him for the information he was seeking. TO MAKE MY POINT - I'M SICK OF HEARING ABOUT IT - THE MAN HAS RESIGNED LET HIM GO. BUT -- OH NO -WELL LETS GET NANCY PELOSI - ane here we go the next news feed of the day. What did Nancy know, when did Nancy know, why didn't Nancy do something about him, Nancy, Nancy, Nancy 0r Holder, Holder, Holder, or Rahm, Rahm, Rahm, when they get to the end of the list they just start over. Whatever!!

Posted by: phyllisr5 | March 11, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Patrick Kennedy doesn't remember the Foley dog and pony shows. I'm 63 and I vaguely remember. But I'll remember the Massa show. After a while its boring news. The man is obviously sick as well as other issues he's now confronting. I say that because he should have known why Beck wanted him on his show -- to get the dirt on Barack Obama's Administration. Beck and his crew got fooled. The man behaved as if he was oblivious to what Beck was seeking -even when Beck kept pressing him for the information he was seeking. TO MAKE MY POINT - I'M SICK OF HEARING ABOUT IT - THE MAN HAS RESIGNED LET HIM GO. BUT -- OH NO -WELL LETS GET NANCY PELOSI - ane here we go the next news feed of the day. What did Nancy know, when did Nancy know, why didn't Nancy do something about him, Nancy, Nancy, Nancy 0r Holder, Holder, Holder, or Rahm, Rahm, Rahm, when they get to the end of the list they just start over. Whatever!!

Posted by: phyllisr5 | March 11, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

The man's right. Most Americans don't know what the heck is going on in the world. Even worse, they don't even care. (I just got a little frightened about this country's future.)

Posted by: forgetthis | March 11, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

The Fox imitator, NeoCon WashPost is only concerned about trashing the Dems and stopping Obama. War, who cares?

Posted by: chucky-el | March 11, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Patrick Kennedy did not get the memo. Afghanistan is the good fight, no need for undermining. The best thing the media can do is leave our soldiers to do their business, report the facts when doing stories, stop promoting insurgent propaganda (stopped the day Obama took over), and basically stop being a cheerleader for the anti-war left. Most of this stopped when President Obama won the election.

Now that it is the Obama policy, everything's fine, just fine.

Posted by: thelaw1 | March 11, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Patrick Kennedy did not get the memo. Afghanistan is the good fight, no need for undermining. The best thing to the media to do is leave our soldiers to do their business, report the facts when doing stories, stop promoting insurgent propaganda (stopped the day Obama took over), and basically stop being a cheerleader for the anti-war left. Most of this stopped when President Obama won the election.

Now that it is the Obama policy, everything's fine, just fine.

Posted by: thelaw1 | March 11, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Please no one elect another Kennedy to office. The family is cursed. I don't disagree with him completely but I would handle it differently. I would make it appear that we're withdrawing and let the Taliban and other unsavory characters get comfortable. Once they are we bomb them back to the Stone Age, wait I forgot they already live in the Stone Age. There was a terrorist cell in Algeria in January of 2009 that was wiped out by the bubonic plague of all things. Hmmm this sounds like a good idea.

Posted by: osheehan1 | March 11, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

This comment should not be understood to give credence to Patrick Kennedy or to indicate that I do not see him for the inept pretender that he is.

The comment is this: if press coverage or non-coverage is what has kept Patrick Kennedy and the other members of Congress from acting on behalf of the American people (which would constitute an enormous dereliction of duty on the lawmakers' part for no sustainable reason), then how can any member of Congress vote for ObamaCare, given the huge press coverage (even before the President, along with Pelosi, put on full-court pressure) and the large, substantial and authentic response of the public, having been informed by the press, to junk the approach that, with Kennedy's small help, seems headed for enactment?

Explain that, Mr. Kennedy, in terms of how you would explain the value to legislators of greater coverage of the USA effort in Afghanistan.

Please.

Thank you.

Julian Tepper in Placitas, NM

Posted by: jutepper1 | March 11, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Pat sounds like a runaway Prius.

Posted by: Maximus6 | March 11, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Paddy boy, the press is covering Afghanistan. The reason you haven't noticed is because you've been spending too much time covering up for your ne'er-do-well colleague.

Posted by: ShovelPlease | March 11, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Well, its true kiddies, the press the news media does nothing but stir up brouhahas about nothing, which we all follow for days, such as the Robert's statement on the State of the Union Address, or the Gates affair or the Obama speech to school children. None of those stories have nay effect on the lives of American citizens who are not corporations. Meanwhile, the health care debate is treated as a football game and the real issues of that debate go uncovered.

Its the same with the wars, minimal back pages coverage most days.

We are a disgrace as citizens for letting this happen everyday and the media is a disgrace as it does the bidding of its wealthy masters, Disney, Comcast and Rupert Murdoch and they are only the most visible.. We are so screwed and too stupid to know it.

Go ahead and mock congressman Kennedy, it will not warm you in the coming days when you are living under a bridge, which will be your reward for supporting republicans and libertarians. Yes, libertarians, I get you, you are republicans without the moral Christianity, nothing more. The libertarian program is "you are on your own" with no reference to God. We do not need two republican parties, one is way more than enough.

Good for Patrick, he shows more principle than any rethug.

Posted by: robertmerry | March 11, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I lose my temper all the time so I understand, when you have had it, you have had it. I agree with Patrick Kennedy. The problem we have come to is this, when Mark Foley was the story the Dems beat it to death for all that is was worth, and now the Repubs want to now. The expression Turn About is Fair Play comes to mine.

Until someone in charge says, I will not make political points regarding someones personal disastor then we will have this.

Finally, Glenn Beck et al forgot the first rule--when someone is self destructing stay out of the way. Eric Massa was self destructing and Beck looked like a fool in his quest to ferment hatred of the President.

Posted by: jmr1601 | March 11, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I lose my temper all the time so I understand, when you have had it, you have had it. I agree with Patrick Kennedy. The problem we have come to is this, when Mark Foley was the story the Dems beat it to death for all that is was worth, and now the Repubs want to now. The expression Turn About is Fair Play comes to mine.

Until someone in charge says, I will not make political points regarding someones personal disastor then we will have this.

Finally, Glenn Beck et al forgot the first rule--when someone is self destructing stay out of the way. Eric Massa was self destructing and Beck looked like a fool in his quest to ferment hatred of the President.

Posted by: jmr1601 | March 11, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

On merit Kennedy was correct.

However, the drunk pill popper in him, took-over.
And like all Kennedys eventually do, he embarrassed himself.

Get some help son.

Posted by: dashriprock | March 11, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

the war in Afghanistan is in the news daily -- if you read the newspapers.

Posted by: summicron1 | March 11, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Say what you want about Kennedy or his family or his shortcomings, but on this point he is absolutely right.

Posted by: cheese1 | March 11, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Congress without Kennedys?

Like sex without herpes! They'll be missed, but in a good way, you know.

Posted by: DaTourist | March 11, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Then, Patrick took a handful of pills, ate some milk and cookies, and laid down to take a nap until he was feeling better again.

When Patrick's out of the US House (soon!), he'll be more calm and be able to take his meds without being observed by the Despicable Press when he goes to the Mayo Clinic. Right, Patrick?

Posted by: DaTourist | March 11, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Yes, the "media" is infantile and the sun rises in the East. Thanks for the heads up, alky.

Posted by: jd5024 | March 11, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Finally we'll have no more Kennedy in our congress! Just listen to the ranting of this idiot along with other Kennedy's in the past and you'll understand why!

My advice to Patrick - stop drinking before you enter the chambers and you'll quickly act as a normal human being!

Posted by: CJ123 | March 11, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Har, har. That kooky and crude Kennedy clan spawned half the stories in the papers over the last half century. Physician, heal thyself.

Posted by: JohnnyGee | March 11, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I haven't seen him this upset since he was late for Happy Hour.

Posted by: bacala1 | March 11, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

It pains me to say this, but Kennedy is right. The press is brain dead.

Posted by: Claudius2 | March 11, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Where was the media? Probably watching Kapitan Kangeroo. That would have been time much better spent than covering a bill introduced by that lunatic Kucinich.

Nobody cares about another drunken Kennedy ranting - and nobody cares about Kucinich.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | March 11, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

yea right,is that why they have been giving your messiah a free pass.Look at all the soft ball Questions the liberal press gives press secretary Gibbs and anyone else on the Obama administration or the liberal Dem's?And how much of this press core your talking about covered van Jones a or the acorn scandal when it happened ?Or how do you think your messiah would be doing if they treated him and his family like lets say hmmm Sara Palin and her family ?The list is to big to write on how the press has been carrying the water for the liberal left and 'all' of your family.So please, for the love of God,stop embarrassing yourself.

Posted by: votingrevolution | March 11, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Patrick Kennedy that the US media has given in to greed and stop reporting the news. Back during the Viet Nam War, we used to get news stories about that. Now all we get is entertainment performers -- dog and pony shows -- about who's doing what to whom. Stupid. The only news I watch on tv any more is The Lehrer News Hour. The rest is junk.

Posted by: KateSaunders | March 11, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

His mother Joan is so proud of him!

Posted by: wagtdn | March 11, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Looks like its time to go back to rehab, you fricking retard.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | March 11, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Daddies dead now, so Patrick can fully express his juvenile tensions.

Posted by: jjcrocket2 | March 11, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Just another three martini lunch!

Posted by: jjcrocket2 | March 11, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Does Congress adninister breathalizer testa before they get to speachify?

Posted by: bobilly2 | March 11, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Does Congress adninister breathalizer testa before they get to speachify?

Posted by: bobilly2 | March 11, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

I don't seem to recall Patrick clamoring for the press to do its job when he crashed his car into a barricade on Capitol Hill in the middle of the night.

Eric Massa is a media event because he has chosen to turn his ethics investigation into a circus, instead of going quietly into the night disgraced.

It sounds like you need to go back into rehab, you hysterical whiner.

Posted by: hisroc | March 11, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Well, it looks like Patrick is preparing himself for another Betty Ford Clinic visit.

Posted by: ridge_road_marco | March 11, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse


The press isn't there because it's a waste of time.

Nobody is taking Patrick Kennedy seriously because he's not taking the issue seriously himself.

The truth is, the Massa story actually might be more important, as it might have more effect than watching Kennedy propose a bill that has little public support.

Posted by: postfan1 | March 11, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Massa is being covered because no blonde white gal has gone missing recently. Have a little understanding, people!

Posted by: Bartolo1 | March 11, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Kennedy is right. The media is AWOL when it comes to reporting the news and only specializes in reporting nonsense. BUT Congress is at fault also. It hasn't done anything in the past year to deserve reporting either. The Massa baloney is meant to divert the public's attention away from the faiure of Obama's administration and Congress's incompetence.

Posted by: Paaa | March 11, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

In all seriousness, I thought he might be intoxicated, what with the hysterics, somewhat slurry speech, and disorganized train of thought. Hope I'mw rong.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | March 11, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Washington Post, are you listening?

Posted by: Dpete1 | March 11, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Give 'em Hell, Patrick. I still don't see why you don't stay in Congress. You will be missed.

Posted by: jptjptjpt | March 11, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Patrick Kennedy should not be surprised. Our press is almost entirely owned by the war-mongering Neocons who pushed us into the devastatingly expensive, lies based, Iraq war with nary a scrutiny. They hate to discuss the costs as that invites public scrutiny/outrage.
So yes Patrick you are justifiably outraged but you are badly out gunned. Our country is owned by the war mongering Neocons. No wonder we are going down the tubes with huge deficits, joblessness and homelessness.

Posted by: qualquan | March 11, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Thank you! But I'm sure the miss your point. Oh, this will get ink and youtube playback, but not because of what you're saying, but because you "lost it" on camera. How sad, but true. Good luck in your future endeavors, and thanks for telling the truth.

Posted by: mom108 | March 11, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

What a nitwit.
When he "retires," there will be one less stupid democrat in the House.
Only a couple hundred more need to be cleaned out.

Posted by: LarryG62 | March 11, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Hard to believe a Democrat has actually stood up to oppose these senseless war's. God bless him, a fitting finale to the Kennedy legacy. He is right the press are a bunch of worthless hacks.

Posted by: dfdougherty | March 11, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Go Patrick!! yes, the media presstitutes are DESPICABLE!!!


Posted by: angie12106 | March 11, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Spot on, Rep. Kennedy! The 4th estate is a joke.

Posted by: rosepetals64 | March 11, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse


The man is dead right. What a tacky people we've become.

Posted by: jack824 | March 11, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse


The man is dead right. What a tacky people we've become.

Posted by: jack824 | March 11, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Aw GAWD!! I thought we were done with the freakin' Kennedys
I see him talking but I just hear whaawhaa whaa whaa blah blah blah

Posted by: dbeins | March 11, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

Then again...relistening...sounds like he was just upset there was so little press there to cover him?

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | March 10, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Was Kennedy drunk during this tirade? Sure sounded like it.

Although he did have a point about the absence of the media. They were no where to be seen during the last Presidential campaign. Wait...you mean those WERE media people? I thought they were Obama campaign staffers.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | March 10, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Amen, Rep Kennedy! It is an absolute disgrace what Massa has done -- only to be outdone by the absolute disgrace of the media is in what it considers new and decides to report. Pathetic!

I hope we see a move back to Mass and a 2012 run for the U.S. Senate in your future. We need your passion!

Posted by: Jgnindc | March 10, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Patrick Kennedy's "Mr. Smith" moment.

Who was/were in the reporters' gallery at the time? Inquiring minds want to know, yet I can't seem to find this info on the Internet.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 10, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

The Media - aka The Fourth Estate - rolled over and played dead starting in 1981. "truth" died with them. By the time they saw what was happening Reagan had removed all the blocks to a big business takeover. And who owns and operates big business? Conservatives.

Since then the media owners have been given almost everything they want by Republicans. The normal outcome occurred again. The rest of American society has suffered, especially real journalists. They will all be gone when Bill Moyers retires this spring leaving us to the mercies of the right-wing propaganda machines.

Rupert Murdock was even granted U.S. citizenship so he could launch Fox News and become the propaganda arm of the Republican Party. Then he reneged on the deal but wasn't held accountable for his crimes.

Patrick Kennedy, you are my hero of the day.

Posted by: BigTrees | March 10, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the press even gets what Kennedy is saying.
What he is trying to say, what everyone is trying to say is that we are sick to death of the presses focus on gossip and shallow who's in and who's out.
We are tired of having to dig through so much muck to find the answers and the facts on issues.
We are sick of this false equivilancy of if one side does it then the other must. There cannot be two truths. Only one. Grow a spine and call the shots in reality.
We are sick of the press chasing shiny objects and breathlessly reporting and obsessing on Jr. High nonsense and the trivial.
We are sick of the tabloid style journalism that the media loves.
We want hard news, facts and depth. We want substance and to be educated on the issues and not who did what or said what.
Taking serious issues and making them sporting events.
We know more about what Palin posts on facebook, due to press obsessions, but, not the reality of the health care bill.
We want you to go back to basics. To be like Murrow and Cronkite and not like Hedda Hopper and ESPN (unless you report on actual sports).
For Wapo, we are also sick of Hiatt's absorption with the neocons. They are failures. Their ideology is dangerous and wrong.
he keeps putting these sleazy liars in the op-eds and we get treated to their lies, revisionist history and twisted logic.
It's bad enough we have so many dopes running around with their heads filled with Faux newz infotainment's mission to misinform and lie.
the press needs to stop deluding themselves and take long hard look at themselves and the irresponsible way they have covered the news.

Posted by: vwcat | March 10, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

This man is going to be so so so much happier outside of the political arena. I feel really bad for him watching this video. Thank goodness he will get a chance to regroup after his retirement and find something more personally satisfying and fulfilling to do with his life.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | March 10, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I do believe Representative Kennedy meant to say "...fit to be tied..."

It turns out the American public is not exactly fit...some 30% are clinically obese. Similarly, the fat cats in Congress could be characterized as clinically obese...his uncle certainly was. Maybe it was so he could float better if he fell off a bridge, again.

Posted by: joy5 | March 10, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

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