01/03/2012 04:43 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Lawrence O'Donnell: Political News Media Lives 'In Denial' (VIDEO)

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell tore into the political news media on his show Monday night for what he referred to as "living in denial" during presidential campaign seasons.

O'Donnell played a clip of GOP candidate Newt Gingrich, who he referred to as "one brave truth-teller," who told the press that, as President of the United States, it was "constitutionally impossible to govern without Congress." Gingrich was responding to a recent report that President Obama was planning a "go-it-alone approach" in response to a difficult relationship with Congress.

O'Donnell said that presidential candidates never mention having to work with Congress while campaigning, and usually spew simple, declarative sentences about what they would to do in office "as though they are running for king or queen." O'Donnell said that the press repeatedly allows candidates to "get away" with living in this "fantasy land of governing."


Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy