Kent Bush: Newt Gingrich's clumsy presidential announcement
The world has changed a lot.
The internet in general and specifically social media outlets have led to a paradigm shift like the world hasn't seen since radio gave way to television.
On Monday, Newt Gingrich announced that he will announce his intentions to seek the Republican presidential nomination via Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday.
It may seem like big news that Gingrich will announce his presidential plans via social media.
But since he announced the impending announcement, every news site and social media outlet with an Internet connection has already carried the story.
It is a big deal that he will use "non-traditional" media to announce his candidacy - before he heads straight to Sean Hannity's Fox News show Wednesday night to explain away his affairs, divorces and shifting foreign policy decisions.
But it is a less impressive event considering how the cat was out of the bag long before he made the "official" announcement later this week.
Unofficially announcing to the traditional media that you will make an official announcement via non-traditional media later sends mixed messages.
It's nice that he is trying to be hip and keeping up with the times.
But it still feels a little clumsy.
Trump into the fire
Donald Trump has always made himself a lightning rod. He has turned that mockery into celebrity and made a boatload of money doing it.
But deciding to run for president is a bad idea for a guy with more questionable business deals and ex-wives than he can count.
That's the brightest spotlight around and you have to expect some heat. Trump is getting more than his share.
First, Trump made up the bulk of the jokes at the recent White House Correspondents' Dinner. Now journalists are selling newspapers and bolstering ratings by digging into his past.
I'm sure a lot of the stories have merit. But many more will be produced that are simply striking while the iron is hot.
Now Trump is being accused of racism by people associated with his show "The Apprentice."
Trump, never one to do an average job of anything, says he is not just a fair-minded person, but "when it comes to racism and racists I am the least racist person there is."
He even pointed out that one winner of his show had been a black man.
I doubt Trump is a racist. But that sounds like the guy who drops the n-word and then says he didn't mean anything by it and justifies it by saying, "some of my best friends are black."
Too bad he's dead
It's too bad Osama bin Laden is dead.
He might have been the one person who would have watched those videos of your wedding or maybe clips from your Branson vacation.
Apparently, the evil overlord mastermind of terror was president of his own fan club.
The government released some videos of an old, frail bin Laden watching video of himself and changing channels when President Barack Obama came on the screen.
Obviously, these releases are intended to reveal what the leader of al-Qaida was "really like" in an effort to discredit him among his fundamentalist followers and remove some fuel from their hate-filled fire.
It should work.
He was rumored to be hiding out in a cave along the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Many followers probably admired that. Finding out he was a suburban white collar criminal under house arrest will take a little of the edge off of his image.
I don't know that releasing the photos of a dead bin Laden or videos of his burial at sea are going to make a difference among living terrorists.
But I do agree that releasing these videos is a great idea.
Kent Bush is publisher of the Augusta (Kan.) Gazette.