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Why Newt Gingrich Is Right To Attack The Mainstream Media

January 20, 2012

Newt Gingrich was blindsided by a story that had been in the media for more than a year (and actually quite longer than that).

How was it “newsworthy” to dredge up and old story and give it the face of a bitter ex-wife?

The most salacious detail of all – the “open marriage” thing – is almost certainly completely false.  There is no reason whatsoever to believe – even on Marianne Gingrich’s account – that Newt Gingrich was demanding an “open marriage.”

Several years ago I wrote a couple of articles about the blatant bias demonstrated by the mainstream media in refusing to cover and literally covering-up the affair and child that John Edwards had with a staff worker while his wife was in the process of dying of cancer:

LA Times Proves It’s Blatant Bias For Democrats

Sleazy Tabloid Rag Morally Superior To Top Democrat, Major Media

And the media most certainly did everything they could to help Bill Clinton deal with and put into the most favorable context his multiple affairs.  That is simply a documented fact of history.

So would the media return the favor of protectionism if a front running Republican presidential candidate’s career was at stake?

Well, given what it did to first Herman Cain and now to Newt Gingrich, the answer is most certainly not.

And, again, this wasn’t a “fresh” story that was just breaking.  We have known about Newt Gingrich’s marital “troubles” for YEARS before this story “broke” timed to do maximal damage to Gingrich immediately before the most critical Republican primary.

This is a media that says, “We want to hurt Newt Gingrich and undermine him.  How can we do it?”  And the thing they found most toxic was to dredge up a story that was old news.

The UK Mail underscores what a wet rag this “story” was:

20 January 2012 6:12 AM
Was that it then? Marianne Gingrich interview more damp squib than bombshell

Was that it then? After 24 hours of hype, angst and eager anticipation, ABC News aired its interview with Marianne Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House’s second wife. Brian Ross had indicated earlier that he had interviewed her for two hours. About two minutes of that was shown to televison viewers.

There was precious little that was new. The “open marriage” allegation had been playing all day. Not only had it been levelled at Gingrich before but it was clear that the term “open marriage” was Mrs Gingrich’s, not his.

And then Ross went all chocolate boxy, reminiscing about how Newt and Marianne once enjoyed “holding hands on the Mall, hiking the mountains, dressing up on Halloween”.

Much of the six-minute segment had the air of an attack ad against Gingrich with Brian Ross’s portentous voice intoning that Gingrich “regularly expounds on family values the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman” and how Callista Gingrich (his third wife) is “probably best known in this campaign for the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewellery Gingrich bought for her at Tiffany’s”.

The “family values” thing is a standard justification for going after conservatives over their private lives while giving liberals a pass. And Ross’s phrasing disingenuously conflated personal morality and Gingrich’s views on gay marriage.

Marianne Gingrich alleged that she has Multiple Sclerosis when Gingrich told her about his affair with Callista. “And he also was advised by the doctor when I was sitting there that I was not to be under stress,” she said. “He knew [she had MS].” But, as James Taranto points out, her account tonight conflicts with a previous version she has told.

ABC then went off onto a weird tangent about an attempted FBI sting that involved Marianne Gingrich meeting an arms dealer in Paris. Again, this is an old story and anyway it involved Marianne much more than it did Newt. She dismissed it as “all made-up, fabricated hogwash” and then gave a laugh worthy of a horror flick.

To give ABC their due, they included clips from Gingrich’s angry denials in tonight’s debate as well as an interview with his two daughters from his first marriage. Kathy Lubbers said: “The truth, Brian, is that our father and Marianne had a difficult marriage, they had a difficult divorce. She’s unhappy and this has been over for over a decade. He’s a much different person than he was then. He’s grown.

Jackie Cushnam added: “He’s gotten closer to God, his faith in God has grown. And I think what people need to remember is this happened a very long time ago and we wish Marianne no ill will. We wish her the very best. But it happened a very long time ago.”

Truth be told, the daughters came across much more sympathetically than the ex-wife.

The ABC agenda was apparent though when Ross noted that in the 1990s the couple were “without power or money” and then asked the leading question: “Did that create a desire to be rich?”

Marianne Gingrich answered: “I think we always talked that money would come when he left Congress.” Some might try to say that was a foretase of Gingrich using his political connections to enrich himself. But really, it doesn’t amount to a hill of beans.

Any sympathy Marianne Gingrich might have elicted from viewers pretty much evaporated at the end when she showed her animus towards Callista, remarking: “He did tell me once that she was going to help him become president.” she then snorted: “Didn’t look like help to me.”

Well, Marianne Gingrich’s interview didn’t look much like help for Newt either. But as I suggested earlier, this bizarre episode might just end up assisting his White House campaign more than it hinders it.

This is kind of like the Romney Bain thing.  Going after Romney because he participated in free enterprise doesn’t chase me away from him; it makes me rally behind him.  Going after Newt Gingrich in such a hypocritical and biased ideological manner doesn’t turn me – a social conservative who is otherwise repulsed at the despicable personal character Gingrich once displayed – off.  It fires me up for the need to go after the REAL enemy of America: the mainstream media.

Conservative Republicans are something that liberal Democrats are not: Christians.  We believe in sin and we believe in personal accountability and we believe in the need to have a true moral climate.  But we also believe in forgiveness and redemption and moving forward.

This account from Newt Gingrich’s very bitter ex-wife who had every incentive to hurt him.  And her account is one that is purely a he-said-she-said issue.

We’ve already seen the media create a myth about Newt Gingrich’s divorce horror stories.  It is a proven historical fact that the mainstrem media created a horrendous-sounding but completely false version of events designed to make Newt Gingrich look as much like a monster as possible.

So did ABC – the network of Mark Halperin’s inexcusable bias before Democrat spindoctor George Stephanopoulos took over- due any due diligence to confirm the hatchet piece before swinging the axe?  Not even close.

Newt Gingrich angrily told the host of the CNN debate – there’s another “objective” media outlet if there ever was one –

“my two daughters wrote the head of ABC and made the point that it 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.

[…]

Let me be quite clear. The story is false. Every personal friend I have who knew us in that period said the story was false. We offered several of them to ABC to prove it was false. They weren’t interested because they would like to attack any Republican.”

– And we find out that the networks that went with this didn’t want to bother talking to those personal friends.  It was a chance to hurt a Republican.  And that was all that mattered to them.

I’m most certainly not happy about what Newt Gingrich did in not one but two marriages.  But the man claims that he converted to Catholicism and that he is now an older and wiser 68-year old granfather who has changed his ways.

Meanwhile, the mainstream media hasn’t learned anything and continues to demonstrate that it is the propaganda wing of the Democrat Party.

So if I’ve got to vote for Newt to vote against the mainstream media, that’s what I’ll do…

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