Last night, John Stewart interviewed former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on The Daily Show. Mr. Gingrich aired his share of criticisms, including how the Administration handled the recent attempted Christmas Day attack in Detroit. While Mr. Gingrich is certainly entitled to his opinions, he isn’t entitled to his own facts. Take this exchange for instance:
Mr. Gingrich: The American public doesn't understand reading Miranda rights to terrorists in Detroit when it's fairly obvious they're terrorists.
Mr. Stewart: The only thing I would say to that is didn't they do the same with Richard Reid who was the show bomber?
Mr. Gingrich: Richard Reid was an American citizen.
The truth, which has been widely reported, is that Richard Reid is a British citizen who was read his Miranda rights just minutes after being taken off of a plane that he tried to blow up. The same critics who are trying to score political points off of the failed Christmas Day attack today were silent when Reid was handled in the same way. Today, Richard Reid is serving a life sentence in Supermax prison.