Kristi Noem unleashes the dogs of war on the media

Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD) has embarked on a whirlwind media tour to beat back the puppy-shooting scandal that threatens to kill her political career.

There are few better fights for a Republican to pick than a brawl with the media. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s stern rebuke of a debate moderator won him the 2012 South Carolina primary. It was one of only two states he won that year and the first time South Carolina failed to back the winning candidate for the GOP presidential nomination since Ronald Reagan beat Gerald Ford at a state convention in 1976.

Reagan won the 1980 New Hampshire primary after a single-sentence dismissal of a debate moderator: “I am paying for this microphone, Mr. Green!” Reagan didn’t even have to get the moderator’s name right — it was the
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