MSNBC’s O’Donnell Brutally Roasts Gingrich for ‘Extramarital Sex’

Talk about smug. On MSNBC last night, Lawrence O’Donnell mocked Newt Gingrich by rewriting an interview the former House speaker recently gave to the Christian Broadcast Network (CBN):

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In their coverage, the Huffington Post and Mediaite both call O’Donnell’s rewrite of Gingrich’s interview a “parody”–which would be an accurate description if O’Donnell’s little sendup was actually funny.

By the way, here is what Gingrich actually said in the CBN interview:

There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate. And what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn’t trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing them. I found that I felt compelled to seek God’s forgiveness. Not God’s understanding, but God’s forgiveness

And here is O’Donnell’s treatment of that statement:

GINGRICH: “There’s question at times of my life–” O’DONNELL: “–specifically when I was leading the attack on Bill Clinton for having extramarital sex–” GINGRICH: “– partially driven by how passionately I felt about–” O’DONNELL: “extramarital sex–” GINGRICH: “that I worked far too hard–” O’DONNELL: “–to make sure that extramarital sexual–” GINGRICH: “–things happened in my life that were not appropriate.” O’DONNELL: “Just like Bill Clinton.”

You can watch the relevant clip from Gingrich’s CBN interview below. As we reported on Wednesday, the mainstream media has already had a bit of a field day distorting aspects of this interview. But if you watch it yourself, I think you’ll see that Gingrich comes across as humble and thoughtful–and there are even moments of sincerity tucked in there:

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