Newt Gingrich, in his attacks on the “vicious, destructive, negative” media, might have taken lessons from Saul Alinsky, who has written that community organizers should “rub raw the sores of discontent”, “fan the latent hostilities”, “search out controversies and issues rather than avoiding them”.
Though Newt despises Saul Alinsky
He dances ‘round him like Nijinsky,
For he employs Saul’s guiding light
To rub the sores that rile the right
Like journalism's left-wing slant.
Newt’s self-righteous, cranky cant -
For him a reflex like Babinski’s -
Is from the playbook of Alinsky’s.