Mr. Gingrich, a former House speaker, on Tuesday morning threatened not participate in any future debates with audiences that have been instructed to be silent. That was the case on Monday, when Brian Williams of NBC News asked the audience of about 500 people who assembled for a debate in Tampa to hold their applause until the commercial breaks.
In an interview with the morning show “Fox and Friends,” Mr. Gingrich said NBC’s rules amounted to stifling free speech. In what has become a standard line of attack for his anti-establishment campaign, Mr. Gingrich blamed the media for trying to silence a dissenting point of view.
Apparently Newt needs applause, just like the dimwitted sitcom comedies on TV, to instruct people watching at home when he scores a rhetorical or demagogic point. That way people don't need to actually think about the substance and can laugh and clap along with his witty zingers.
How petulant! Can't your words stand on their own? You think Americans are not smart enough to figure out when you outdebate your competitors? It's weak to hide behind the bogus "stifling free speech" excuse. Best debates are when it is your words that decide if you've done well, and not cheap applause lines.
This is shameful.