E&P reports today that former Sen. Rick Santorum is getting a ‘Philadelphia Inquirer’ column. Good gracious some newspapers will obviously give anybody ink including recently defeated former Sen. Santorum, known right wing nutjob.
A press conference will be held at 1:30 this afternoon at the Philadelphia Inquirer to announce that it has added former Sen. Rick Santorum to its stable of columnists.
Also hired is George Curry, the former editor of Emerge magazine. They will alternate the weekly spot.
The two will attend the announcement with Brian P. Tierney, publisher, and Harold Jackson, editorial page editor.
Just today, Santorum is featured (and pictured) in an Inky news article on page A3 headlined, “Santorum presses his case against Islamic extremism: ‘There’s a denial of this problem,’ says the ex-senator.”
Santorum, a Republican, was soundly defeated in his race for re-election last year.
The story in the paper today includes: “Talking about the threat of Islamic terrorism is now Santorum’s main occupation, though the Republican sounds laid-back these days. He is pitching a movie idea to Hollywood and laughed off speculation about a political comeback in Pennsylvania.”
The article explains that he has talked with “Hollywood producer Steve McEveety, who produced the Mel Gibson megahits ‘Braveheart’ and ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ on a movie idea that, naturally, has a terrorism element.”
Month’s ago, Philly’s magazine site reported that “Tierney had dismissed rumors of a Santorum hire as a “1000-1″ shot.”
Tierney told the magazine’s Jason Fagone at the time, “We’d probably be more likely to have Dan Rather write a column for us. Seriously. And I’m not being facetious…It’s nothing more than blue-sky, guys kicking around ideas.”
Someone must have smoking something when those ideas got kicked around because that last thing the American public needs is more news ink for wingnuts.