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Mainstream Media Scream: Gibson blasts Grover Norquist

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

This week's mainstream media scream features ex-ABC anchor Charles Gibson rapping the conservative Americans for Tax Reform anti-tax pledge that President Grover Norquist demands candidates take.

Addressing students at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, he said: "Republican congressmen have told me if they don't sign it they're dead, they're gone. Well that's absurd, absolutely absurd. In one of the debates I thought there was a very good question asked about what kind of proportion would you take between tax cuts and revenue raising taxes. Would you take $5 of revenue cuts for every dollar of new taxes? No, they said. How about ten-to-one? No. Twenty-to-one? No. Fifty-to-one? No. That's absurd, that's just absurd. You cannot tie yourself down that way, and I think it's just a very good example of what's wrong with the Congress right now."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Norquist is a hero to conservatives, but an ogre to liberals bent on spending ever more. Gibson made clear his contempt for Norquist and a popular conservative prescription."

Rating: Three out of four screams.