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Patrick Kennedy Loses It on House Floor

Rhode Island Congressman blasts media for Afghanistan Coverage
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2010 5:25 PM CST
Patrick Kennedy Loses It on House Floor
In this image from video provided by C-SPAN, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., speaks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, Wednesday, March 10, 2010.   (AP Photo/C-SPAN)

(Newser) – Patrick Kennedy blasted the media on the floor of the House this afternoon, calling the focus on the likes of Eric Massa rather than the war in Afghanistan "despicable." The lame-duck Rhode Island Democrat was speaking—and eventually shouting—in favor of a Dennis Kucinich-sponsored resolution requiring President Obama to pull American troops out of Afghanistan.

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"There's two press people in this gallery. We're talking about Eric Massa 24-7 on the TV! We're talking about war and peace, $3 billion, 1,000 lives and no press? No press," Kennedy raged. "The press of the United States is not covering the most significant issue of national importance and that's the laying of lives down in the nation for the service of our country. It's despicable, the national press corps right now." To see Kennedy's tirade, click here. (Read more Patrick Kennedy stories.)

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