Patrick Kennedy slams media for covering Massa while avoiding Afghan war

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) slammed the media on the House floor Wednesday for covering the Eric Massa scandal non-stop while not paying attention to a resolution calling for U.S. troops to be pulled out of Afghanistan.

In a fiery speech, Kennedy said, "If anyone wants to know where cynicism is ... there's one, two press people in this gallery."

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He added, "We're talking about Eric Massa 24/7 on the TV. We're talking about war and peace, 3 billion dollars and a thousand lives and no press? No press?!"

Kennedy said the American public is angry because Congress is not focusing on this issue. But he mostly blamed the media.

"The press of the United States is not covering the most significant issue of national importance," Kennedy said, calling the press corps "despicable."

Kennedy was speaking out in favor of Rep. Dennis Kucinich's (D-Ohio) resolution to pull out troops out of Afghanistan this year.

This post was updated at 5:01 p.m.