South Carolina Republican debate: Newt Gingrich goes nuclear on media

Somehow Newt Gingrich’s righteous indignation over CNN’s debate moderator John King’s questioning Gingrich over his ex-wife’s allegations that Newt Gingrich wanted an “open marriage” with both his then wife, Marianne Gingrich and Gingrich’s present wife Callista, appears to be a simple little temper tantrum by the seemingly cry-baby ex-Speaker.

Gingrich came off  a whiner having a hissy fit over what is more than likely “the truth”..

One only need go back to the nineties when Gingrich was outraged over the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal.   The press and Gingrich went full throttle to paint President Clinton as the lowest form of life possible.

Gingrich had no problem with the Press and cable TV’s trial by media events that took place in what could be described as an incessant level of coverage back then.

Now all of a sudden he chooses to castigate the “elite media” and the debate moderator for reporting the story and in King’s case, for asking about the story.  Newt Gingrich appears to be a victim all the time.

Would you like some cheese with that whine Mr. Gingrich?

Politico

Newt Gingrich launched into a tirade against the news media at the top of the Republican primary debate here, blasting one television network for airing a damaging interview with his ex-wife, Marianne, and tearing into another for making it the subject of a question in Thursday night’s forum.

Both Gingrich and Rick Santorum worked to put Mitt Romney, the national GOP front-runner, on the defensive throughout the debate, pressing him on his views on health care, abortion and more as both men tried to gain traction in advance of Saturday’s crucial primary showdown here.

But Gingrich’s early eruption burned away much of the political oxygen for the evening, virtually ensuring that the volatile former House speaker would remain the race’s leading actor in the final days of the South Carolina campaign as well as the star of a super-charged moment of media bashing that will likely earn a spot in primary debate history.

CNN moderator John King directed the first question of the night to Gingrich, asking him if it was true — as Gingrich’s former wife alleged in an interview with ABC News — that he asked for an open marriage in the late 1990s.

Gingrich called that story “false” — and delivered an extended denunciation of ABC and CNN for engaging Marianne Gingrich in the first place.

“I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that,” Gingrich said. “Every person in here knows personal pain. Every person in here has had someone close to them go through painful things. To take an ex-wife and make it two days before the primary a significant question for a presidential campaign is as close to despicable as anything I can imagine.”

He continued: “My two daughters wrote the head of ABC and made the point that [the interview] was wrong, that they should pull it, and I am frankly astounded that CNN would take trash like that and use it to open a presidential debate.”

The frontal attack on the news media was a familiar ploy for Gingrich, who has frequently attacked the press in Republican primary debates, earning uproarious applause from GOP voters in the process.

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4 responses to “South Carolina Republican debate: Newt Gingrich goes nuclear on media

  1. jay

    It was odd to see the big crowd in South Carolina give Newt a standing ovation about it in the debate…

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  2. Amazing…..
    All this righteous indignation from the same bunch that drug Bill Clinton through the mud and then tried to remove him. The republicans made such a spectacle then that every grade-school kid in America knew what a BJ was. But oh my, it’s an outrage when Newt’s hypocrisy is on display.
    We don’t even need a stained dress or public hearings for Newt’s disgrace; it’s already public record.
    The whole GOP primary has been a race to see who can be the biggest hypocritical jerk, and he’ll be the winner.

    Obama has lead a much more disciplined and moral life, yet he’s portrayed by Newt and the GOP as an Islamic foreigner who hates America and is purposely destroying our country.

    These neocons are truly a despicable bunch of lying twits. Their supporters are either halfwitted, misguided, or being dishonest for selfish purposes.

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    • These neocons are truly a despicable bunch of lying twits. Their supporters are either halfwitted, misguided, or being dishonest for selfish purposes.

      Sekan, I couldn’t agree with you more. The hypocrisy and double standard is mind-boggling.

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