By The Right Scoop


CNN reported back in 1999 that Newt’s college course that the Democrats tried to make hay out of in saying it was a major ethics violation was vindicated and proved legitimate by the IRS:

This just adds credence to what Mark Levin said yesterday, that the Democrats were just trying to get him removed from office because he brought the Republicans back into power.

(via Townhall)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.mahoney Robert Mahoney

    They Palinized him before Palin was around.

    • http://twitter.com/113KriEger 13Krieger

      and the Truth shall set you free!

      Go Newt Go!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pageyuri Yuri L Page

    CNN was balance before 9/11

    • Is_Sense_Common

      I don’t think so – we just didn’t have anything to compare it to. It used to be known as the Clinton News Network.

  • Anonymous

    Newt was Palinized before Palin was. Borked, Thomased. Punished for being too effective. He cut his losses.

    Guess what though establishmentarians? He’s baaaaaaack!

    Kickin’ A and taking names. Ok, how do spell that one. R-o-m-n-e-y, M-i-t-t.
    Got it! :-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/robert.mahoney Robert Mahoney

      I beat you, you owe me royalties because that is ™, ©, ℗, ®.

      • Anonymous

        Only because I added all that fancy stuff after it.
        :-) ™, ©, ℗, ®.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, once you research what really went on back in the ’90’s, you start to get the feel for how much liberals like to change history to their advantage.

    It was interesting, also, that Pelosi would say, several weeks back, that she had the hot skinny on Newt’s ethics violations (since she was on the ethics panel) and would disclose it when the appropriate time came.

    The problem with that is 1) that’s illegal to do, and 2) she knows it’s illegal and will never have to disclose what really happened. Therefore, she can say whatever she wants now without repercussion. Typical Pelosi.

    • Anonymous

      Nuke. Ann Coulter’s got the “skinny” on this Newt stuff, and Christie has the chubby. Pelosi and Mitt have the plastic.

      If Pelosi would drain the swamp like she said she was going to do, she’d be past circling the drain and would be searching for Nemo by now. Aaahahahaha.

      • Anonymous

        The visuals will stay with me for days, lol.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396855720 Brian Jones

        I lost it at “searching for Nemo by now”! ROFLMAO!!! Oh man, you have such a way with words! I SOOOOO look forward to your posts! Thanks for that!

      • Anonymous

        Brilliant! :)

      • Anonymous

        It’s that old saying, “It’s hard to drain the swamp when you’re up to your ass in alligators”.

    • Anonymous

      What’s also surprising is our former” VOICES OF CONSERVATISM”, i.e Ms. Coulter,Mark Steyn,and Glen Beck all now just repeat the slanderous tales of Newt’s enemies without doing any background checks.It’s also funny how almost all our formerly Conservative online news sources are now PROFESSIONAL NEWT BASHER’S AND ROMNEY LOVERS!!! I see it on DRUDGE REPORT,THE AMERICAN THINKER,AND MANY OTHERS?!!!

      • Anonymous

        His history has been checkered… but he’s currently saying the right things in the right way… and being bashed unfairly imo. I hate that many of our former heroes are acting in a villanous manner (like demoncrats).

        I think we all want -in the worst way- a solid candidate who will beat then replace the horror the currently resides in the White House.

        • Anonymous

          I just saw my daily e-mail from Beck. He’s saying that his ‘casual’ listeners are questioning his dislike for Newt. LOL. Talk about minimizing the dissention. I suppose his ‘ardent’ fans haven’t said a word. I wonder.

          • Anonymous

            I got the same email. I’ve listened to Glenn Beck 3-5 days a week for 13 years (I live near Tampa), I get GBTV…am I “casual”?

            I’ve almost stopped listening since Christmas.

            Glenn’s problem is that he was comatose/clueless/not interested for the 1st 16 years of Newt’s career…That is, when he was dragging the GOP House to its 1st majority in 40 years. Also, Glenn appears to be 110% clueless how, during the Cold War, we used to ALWAYS refer to anti-communist Democrats favorably, to shame their modern-day descendants tfor abandoning freedom’s cause. It did NOT mean we wanted the be like THEM…We were trying to persuade THEM that they shd, and could, be like US, and remain true to their traditional principles.

            I guess Ron Reagan was a progressive too, he said: “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party…The Democratic Party left me.”

            Glenn and his sycophants are completely ignoring the historical context of that debate, in which Newt was a great participant.

            • Anonymous

              I have to say I couldn’t agree more. I listened to Beck maybe 4 years, almost daily. He has stunned me since 1 or 2 weeks before the Iowa vote. The Glenn Beck I hear now is a demagogue, obsessed with bringing down 1 particular candidate using pure ‘Olinsky’ style tactics, isoltae,ridicule and distort. He sounds so full of himself, so arrogant and so condescending. He and Pat twist everything, shout down and laugh over critical callers. He has no idea about Newt’s true record, he was busy ‘vommiting over himself’ when he was more a shock jock in the 90’s. He thinks he’s an ‘expert’ in history and politics now and no disagreement is allowed. Newt forgot more than Glenn will ever learn.
              The proof he sites that Newt is a ‘devil facist liar progressive as bad as obama’ is those 10 second long clips he plays of Newt talking nice about a few Democrats, taken either out of context or as absolutist statements. (nevermind all the great things he said about Reagan or lincoln or Washington etc)
              The worst of this, is how Glenn will not *touch* Romney’s record or Santorum. You can dig up all kinds of terrible sounding quotes of both of them too(especially Mitt). Glenn’s got an agenda and he insults the intelligence of his audience. Glenn really sounds like he thinks of himself as a cult leader more and more.

      • Anonymous

        Years ago, another fellow was run out of office by his opposition party, aided by those in his own party who were jockeying for position. His absence from political life would later be referred to as his ‘wilderness years’.

        Time passed and the people came to realize the wisdom of his position on issues of the day – yet politicians of both his opposition party and his own party still did not seem to fully understand the issues as well as the people did, and when Winston Churchill returned to politics, he was swept into power.

        Some in the media have made much of the crowd responses in these debates. The cheers in California regarding the death penalty question posed to Perry, which was spun as blood lust of Republicans – when it was a California crowd which was perhaps indicating its approval of a governor who actually followed the law instead of granting stays for all executions as California has done for decades. Surely some of the praise Gingrich received during the confrontation with the media in the debate was for taking them to task – yet perhaps much of the angst of the crowd stemmed from the media’s avoidance of focusing on job creation, economic policies, and economic well-being of all Americans.

        The people understand that the pressing issues are jobs and the economy. Much of the media, to protect President Obama, would prefer to talk endlessly about possible criminalization of birth control (!), gays in the military, tax returns, consulting fees, and even the effect that sugar price support programs might have on northern Florida’s aquifers – ANYTHING but focus the questions to the primary concern of the electorate – jobs and the economy.

        If Newt could show a sublime sense of humour, and deliver it with a British accent, perhaps he might have a chance.

      • Maxsteele

        We now know who our real friends are, don’t we!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Jones/100000746455992 Bob Jones

        If anyone is interested, I just found out last night that George Romney, Mitt’s father, apparently was an admirer and good friend of Saul Alinsky….you know, the good little radical communist and author of “Rules for Radicals”. According to what I found in a Google Search of these men, George Romney implored his son Mitt to learn more about Alinsky and follow his teachings. From Mitt Romney’s demeanor at the last couple debates, his interrupting at every turn, and his playing fast and loose with the facts and truth, it seems as though Mitt Romney was a very good Alinsky student!!!

    • Anonymous

      It’s funny as she talks only because she has lips. It’s sad because she has lips. She’s pond scum and the queen of the swamp. I hope her daughter is right, that this is her last term and that she’ll retire… even though her brain retired years ago. Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya princess P.

      • Anonymous

        I can’t see even San Francisco voting her back in, but then I don’t understand how she got here in the first place.

        • Anonymous

          You can’t even say she slept her way to the top… (sorry)

          • Anonymous

            Ahhh, the visuals again. And I already wear glasses :)

            • Anonymous

              I can pass you these sunglasses!! Here to yeah…..

  • Anonymous

    The usual suspects are in over drive this morning spinning Newt’s performance last night. For the worst, of course. They are transparent. Check out Hot Air. Ed’s doing his standard beta male dance of asking questions in the headline and being “fair” in the post. What a tool.

    • Anonymous

      He’s a tool all right. A monkey’s wench :-)

      • Anonymous

        You know who is REALLY pathetic? Ace. Oh my God. The poor guy is trying so hard to rationalize his new Mitt support that he’s arguing with himself more than usual. And I didn’t think that was possible.

        • Anonymous

          I used to read AOS every day. Unfortunately, it took me a while to see exactly what a tool Ace is.

          All that ewok, star wars, and “boobies” crap. It’s like a clubhouse for 12-year old boys.

      • Anonymous

        A monkey’s “wench”? Dang, he has to serve and maybe service a monkey? Thanks for the visual… (doing the Crying Game shower sequence reenactment).

        • Anonymous

          Man, suddenly my screen is 3D!!! Need glasses!!

  • Anonymous

    You got to love levin, he knows of what he speaks. He was right when he said that they did the same thing to Sarah Palin, only Newt got it first.

    • Anonymous

      … and she didn’t quit either until the legal fees for the scurrilous charges started eating her family’s lunch.

      • Trust1TG

        Someone commented @ HotAir that Newt was Palinized by the political establishment long before Palin was.

        • Anonymous

          And they were right! I guess most of us are sitting here thinking about all the people that have been beat up by these nasty, unprincipled politicians and media shills. Like Clarence Thomas and Robert Bork. Like Herman Cain and Sarah Palin. Like Ronald Reagan and every other charismatic, articulate conservative we might know, past, present or future.

          • Anonymous

            The difference between then and now is: Then, the GOP would close their eyes and get in line. Now, everybody is so fed up and is position for any intellectual slam back!

  • Anonymous

    CNN was never the “paper of record” for Washington coverage. That role has traditionally fallen to The Washington Post. Herewith some facts to set things straight:

    If Newt was innocent why did he pay $300,000 ‘penalty’? If he was innocent why did GOP-controlled House vote 395 to 28 to “to reprimand House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and order him to pay an unprecedented $300,000 penalty, the first time in the House’s 208-year history it has disciplined a speaker for ethical wrongdoing.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/govt/leadership/stories/012297.htm

    If innocent why did he “admit” he broke House rules: “Gingrich earlier admitted he had violated House rules and was prepared to accept the committee’s recommendation for punishment.” Because he did: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/govt/leadership/stories/011897.htm

    More: “an attorney for Newt Gingrich conceded that the speaker had made “glaringly inconsistent” statements to the panel’s investigative subcommittee about a politically oriented college course financed with tax-exempt funds” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/govt/leadership/stories/011997.htm

    He wasn’t innocent. He misled his colleagues, at best, lied, at worst. He certainly wasn’t forthcoming with honest explanations. This ethics lapse put him on thin ice and when his leadership led to a huge seat loss in 1998 he resigned as Speaker, and as a Representative, only days after being re-elected in his “safe” gerrymandered Georgia district.

    Why was he going to fail to retain his Speakership? “The ethics case and its resolution leave Gingrich with little leeway for future personal controversies, House Republicans said. Exactly one month before yesterday’s vote, Gingrich admitted that he brought discredit to the House and broke its rules by failing to ensure that financing for two projects would not violate federal tax law and by giving the House ethics committee false information.”

    • Anonymous

      Zzzzzzz… here is how exonerated is spelled. Exonerated :-)

      • Anonymous

        When I was in Elementary School, our teacher caught me savaging that verb. She made me write it a 100 times:
        To exonerate means to free a person from blame. That stuck from that time on.

        • Anonymous

          Did she let you use html code? :)

    • Anonymous

      Nice try. Speaking for myself, anyone liberals set out to destroy is OK in my book no matter how successful that destruction was and no matter how many Republicans helped.

      • Anonymous

        Shows me that he did things in DC that neither party liked .. not necessarily a bad thing. It would be an interesting exercise sometime to see exactly which members of his party were on board with this Dem witch hunt.

        • Anonymous

          J. Boehner, T. Delay, and D. Armey were three of the big ones

    • Anonymous

      Looks like a ginned up controversy…

      It definitely won’t have the same play the second time around, 13 years later, considering the current political mood…

    • Anonymous

      To your point 1 -he didn’t. It was a fee to cover the costs of the investigation of the 84th, and last, violation charge.

      To your point 2 -What he ‘admitted to’ was a misstatement of facts to the panel (one letter, by one of his lawyers, had some errors in it).

      To your point 3 – a lawyer that had been dismissed by Newt and a charge that turned out to be false and he was ‘exonerated’ of.

      He resigned, not only the speakership, but also his congressional seat right after being re-elected and retaining both his seat and his position. He felt honorbound to step down, as the GOP establishment felt the ‘image‘ was bad.

      Too bad Nancy Pelosi couldn’t have the same values as Newt. (she chose to keep both her job and her position as minority leader, even when asked to step down after a massive loss by her party).

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GFZ4NQSAULWUMOKXDI4Y7YJGZU Eric

        Why would you pay for the investigation if you absolutely believe you did nothing wrong? I know I wouldn’t.

        • Anonymous

          He violated their rules by making the misstatements. didn’t mean to do it, but it happened. The cost of the investigation was then covered by him. He was exonerated by the IRS in 1999, after the proceedings were all done. He tried to do the right thing.

          And as Levin said, it was driving him bankrupt and the fee was less than the battle cost.

        • Anonymous

          Path of least resistance plus relativity. Newt has enough money that the cost was not that great.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks Nuke for setting the record straight.

        • Anonymous

          I try very hard to do my research, as the truth means so very much to me.

          • Trust1TG

            Nukeman, Here’s something you might look into for the Right Scoop crowd if you have time:

            Mitt Romney and Bain: Massive Medicare and Medicaid Fraud – largest criminal fine in history
            http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Damon+Clinical+Laboratory+Pleads+Guilty+And+Receives+Sentence-a018759318

            Is there anything to it?

            • Anonymous

              I’m leaving town (ie, my ‘puter) for a couple of days, but I’ll look into it and see what we find. Thanks for the link.

            • Anonymous

              Sorry for the delay. Been away from ‘puter for a couple of days.

              It looks like Bain Capital bought Damon Corp. in 1989. Romney was on the board of directors of Damon sometime between the buyout in ’89 and a sale in 1993 to Corning, Inc. The criminal activity of Damon occurred between 1989 and 1993, which was discovered by Corning after they bought it, but Romney was never implicated in the matter. He did, however, make about 1/2 a million dollars on the deal.

              “On the one hand, he said he hadn’t known what was going on at Damon; on the other, he said he’d helped to put a stop to practices later found to be fraudulent — Michael Kranish and Scott Helman (in ‘The Real Romney’)

              http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2012/jan/23/afscme/was-mitt-romney-director-company-charged-medicare-/

              It seems a bit iffish to me, but nothing can be proven.

      • Anonymous

        Good points and you are spot-on about nawty nancy. She makes pond scum look pure.

      • Anonymous

        Outstanding!!

      • Anonymous

        Or pull a Nixon. Resign for the good of the nation. Remember, Nixon wasn’t even impeached.

        • Anonymous

          I was a liberal wippersnapper back then, but luckily got the Gibbs head slap enough to shake the crap off the brain cells. What’s wrong with us as kids?

          • Is_Sense_Common

            Who was it that said, “If you’re 20 & Republican, you don’t have a heart but if you’re 40 & Democrat, you don’t have a brain.”? Obviously the brainlessness would cross the age spectrum… (not my quote – just one I remember hearing)

            • Anonymous

              I think it was Winston Churchhill.

              • Is_Sense_Common

                That’s what I thought too but didn’t want to misquote him :)

            • spartan law packers

              “To be under 30 and not a liberal, one has no heart,
              To be over 30 and not a conservative, one has no BRAINS”

              Winston Churchill
              Truer words have never been spoken

              • Is_Sense_Common

                Thank you! That sounds more like it…

      • Is_Sense_Common

        Thanks for ensuring that history is not rewritten, as is so frequently the case.

    • Anonymous

      He broke house rules by teaching the Constitution…. how funny.
      If that’s the reason he was fined… he can do it again!!!
      Okay, so maybe he should have taught for free???

      That itty bitty alleged violation is not even in the same category as Hillary Clinton breaking house rules and getting away with it.

      Or the fact that several unmentioned Presidents got away with murder.
      There is no comparison. Srsly.

    • Anonymous

      The Washington Post is the ‘paper of record’ for Washington ? Are you kidding ?
      Granted, it usually is more accurate regarding Washington matters than the Onion or Mad Magazine, but only those who have been taken by liberal schools of journalism think that the Washington Post is a ‘paper of record’.

    • Anonymous

      “CNN was never the “paper of record” for Washington coverage. That role has traditionally fallen to The Washington Post.

      CNN is not a “paper” at all. The Washingont Post is the fish-wrapper of choice for anyone who cares a tiddle about the truth.

    • Anonymous

      Pingston, we get it already, you know how to cut/paste MoveOn.org talking points.

    • Maxsteele

      Interesting how in the face of the truth you still choose to spew lies. The truth is right there in the CNN clip. Are you trying to say that since CNN is an MSM socialist Obama news agency now that this is not true?
      Newt and lots of others have told the truth. All of these scurolous false charges were making him go bankrupt in legal fees. The Democrats tried to have him sanctioned and kept throwing false allegations at him over and over and over again which he had to defend. He got legal and personal advice that it would be better to just pay the fine and walk away to save his finincial solvency.
      That is the truth, no matter how you the MSM, the left, and the RINOS try to spin it.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, how CNN has changed.

  • Anonymous

    I commend Mark Levin and CNN (most unexpected) for setting the record straight and clearing an innocent man.

    I guess demoncrats were dirbags in the last century too. Imagine that…

  • Anonymous

    Romney and his lap dog, Chris Christie, are the ones who needs to watch this along with the RNC.

    Looks like Christie won’t have the guts to show up on Mark Levine’s show.

    • Anonymous

      No Crispy Cream won’t, he’s a fat stupid bastard.

    • http://twitter.com/113KriEger 13Krieger

      >I definitely would not want that dog on my lap! I could get hurt!

    • Anonymous

      Mark would eat him alive… well, I mispoke. :)

      If Christie is the blowhard attack dog that he tries to be, then man up Krispy and swim a lap in Mark’s pool. Mark will buoy you up with facts, I assure you.

    • Anonymous

      The more I see the people they’re rolling out (litterally in Krispy Cream’s case) the more I believe that the GOP establishment knows it’s in trouble. Now they’re trying to draft Mitch Daniels as they feel that Romney may be a loser.

      • Anonymous

        And I like Daniels. I hope he responds properly.

        • Anonymous

          He’s a strong conservative but I worry that he may be beholding to the establishment in Washington if he joins the race.

          • Anonymous

            Yep, that is precisely what I am concerned about, too.

            • Is_Sense_Common

              Mitch is my Governor & he is Conservative – he’s very methodical and has truly lived up to every campaign promise he made. I really don’t worry about his Conservatism on a National stage. However, the dude’s a dud on TV. I am worried about his response tonight not because of substance, but lack of style. He’s a policy guy & is right on the issues but he lacks pizazz. I know it’s not a circus, but in a time such as this, we need a strong, loud voice – a person who demonstrates vivid bold colors, not pale pastel. Unfortunately Mitch is a little pastel. I think he’d be great in a Cabinet position. DC would be lucky to have him.

  • Anonymous

    I was just over at American Spectator, and read a fine piece by Jeffery Lord about Newt. It makes Romney appear even smaller and insignifcant than I thought he was…which isn’t saying much.

  • Anonymous

    Which office do I go to, to get my reputation back?

    Ray Donovan
    May, 1987

  • Anonymous

    As most know, politics is a contact sport without pads. It isn’t what they say to each other that troubles me as much as the lack of honor on display and the outright lies told so that a candidate can be elected.
    Many here know I’m not a supporter of any of these men, yet I will vote for the conservative nominee. However, I find it distressing that lies and slander have become the norm in elections at every level.
    I realize that slander isn’t new in politics and has been around since the first elections, but I do consider it when I vote. We need honesty in politics, a commodity that is sorely lacking in the majority of politicians.

    • Anonymous

      If you will replace the words, “in politics,” with in life, everyday I would agree fully.

  • Anonymous

    As Levin said, Newt got hammered for “attacking capitalism”, and rightly so, yet the same people turn around and attack Newt by parroting the left. Why is Newt attacked for using a tactic of the left, but his detractors get their attacks directly from the leftists

  • Anonymous

    Remember, only Liberals are allowed to use college courses to promote a particular political agenda.

  • Anonymous

    If the rest of the MSM would publish this instead of Bama’s lies, perhaps Newt would be able to just present his ideas without having to go back and forth is just inane and allowing Bama’s lies to go unanswered.

  • Anonymous

    Ok here’s my beef with mitt and his cash. Yes he did earn it but he does owe newt and Reagan and those in power back then who beat Carter and those dark days who beat back Clinton and brought him to the center away from the left. Newt did have something to do with that as did reagan’s economic plans. Mitt would not have got to where he is if not for the GOP Reagan conservatives and what they did to change this republic. So when mitt says he owes no one nothing in reality he’s wrong. Just like we owe our freedoms to the founding fathers. I’m happy he’s rich as can be but he should be happy the tax system and regulations were made more friendly for people to get rich like mitt is.

    I am sick of mitt and the rino or Washington GOP lifers, pundits,and news media not stopping mitts lies about newt on said issue above and other fabrications. I’m loosing respect for the Ann coulters, Chrissy dough boy Christie, Britt Hume, Charles K, Megan Kelly and fox news for cheering and jeering on mitt and trying with a straight face to tell me they are being fair and balanced. If this continues I will not cast a presidential vote. Obama can win another 4 years. I will vote only for the house and senate elections for the GOP running for office. I’m not going for these smear lies anymore. Sarah palin has got it enough since 2008 and Still going and a dam 12 years on George w bush.

    Signed sick of it all

    Newt/west 2012. Palin energy czar on first day to get us off the OPEC tete and truly become a energy independent nation who can eventually pull some troops home and close some bases around the world to save money the correct way. Plus it will so piss off the left… Hahaha

  • Anonymous

    Like many, who depended on MisInformation Stream Media (as there was no choice then) in the past, I have lingering issues about Newt’s candidacy. I hope many of those will be clarified sooner than later. For the moment while waiting for answers, I hope this link will help uncloud a bit of fog which surrounds Newt, so he could be judged fairly:

    http://spectator.org/archives/2012/01/24/reagans-young-lieutenant/4

  • Trust1TG

    Newt is and always has been an economic and political conservative through and through, come hell or high water. Evidently, repentance and conversion to faith in Christ have made him a social conservative as well.

    From the outset, Newt fought for conservative principles early, well, long, whatever the cost to his own political career. He rebelled against their plans and control, and they saw him as too ‘unreliable’ not a loyal party man and it cost him dearly.

    See Jeffrey Lord’s article at the Spectator: Reagan’s Young Lieutenant – http://spectator.org/archives/2012/01/24/reagans-young-lieutenant.

    Newt’s thorough conservative principles still do not now sit well with the powers that be in politics, finance or in some parts of the church for that matter.

    Just when thought they had shut him down/out for good, here he is, in their faces, once again. Worse, no matter what they do, his popularity and polls keep rising.

    As he said last Sunday after the win in South Carolina, ‘They are afraid of him and they should be.’

    He terrifes the political establishment, but that is just another reason he comforts and encourages and delights real conservatives.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, why let facts cloud the issue?!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve searched and searched for that despiccable 1994 Herblock cartoon showing Gingrich riding a barrel thru an open sewer…no luck. But this contemporaneous WaPo article gives us a little flavor of those golden times, as we take a little walk down memory lane…My little gift for you whippersnappers who never saw Newt on the way up, and for Glenn Beck, who never paid attention:

    Thursday, November 17, 1994 – Page updated at 12:00 AM

    Gingrich Versus `Elite Media’ — He’s Getting More Attention, But Is The Coverage Fair?
    By Howard Kurtz
    Washington Post
    WASHINGTON – House Speaker-to-be Newt Gingrich and the Washington press corps seem to have declared a state of open war.

    “How `Normal’ Is Newt?” a Newsweek story asks. A Herblock cartoon in The Washington Post depicts Gingrich as climbing out of a sewer. “THE COLD-BLOODED NEWT,” shouts the New York Daily News, touting an interview with his ex-wife. New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis describes his methods as “slash and burn, knife and smear.” And an editorial in the same paper is headlined “Newt Gingrich, Authoritarian.”

    For his part, the Georgia Republican has disparaged the “elite media,” barred reporters for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution from his office and accused The Washington Post of having “deliberately distorted” his remarks. He also whacked The New York Times for suggesting that a shiny black Cadillac from which he emerged last week was his.

    The GOP takeover of Congress has produced something of a cultural clash between the media – seen by many conservatives as a pillar of the Beltway status quo – and the man Time magazine calls “the china-and-crystal-smashing congressman from suburban Atlanta.”

    As a “bomb-throwing backbencher,” to use the preferred cliche, the former college instructor provided great copy for a profession that thrives on incendiary sound bites. But now that Gingrich is about to preside over the House of Representatives, his combative style and provocative views are being cast in a harsher light. And
    embarrassing bits of personal history, such as the messy 1981 divorce from his cancer-stricken wife, are being recycled in profile after profile.

    “It is the ugliest side of American politics and journalism,” Gingrich’s spokesman, Tony Blankley, said Tuesday. “The same two or three people are always being quoted or referred to: a person who wasn’t given a job, another who was fired, an ex-wife after a bitter divorce. It would’ve been nice to have had it balanced.”

    Privately detested

    Conservative columnist Robert Novak said the press has “demonized” Gingrich and that many reporters privately “detest” him. “It shows the ideological bias of the news media,” he said.

    Michael Barone, a conservative-leaning columnist for U.S. News & World Report, said “most of the press was dismayed by the results of the election. I don’t think Newt will ever get fair treatment from the press, on balance. The animus is there.”

  • http://twitter.com/nestroyat64 Johann Streit

    Thank you RS for posting this. Shouldn’t Romney have known better? His recent attacks are going to backfire bigtime.

  • Anonymous

    I wish that we could have been more prepared for the Romney ads. Newt lacks money to get the truth out – It angers me that Romney can say Newt resigned in disgrace. I was there, I know how things occurred in the timeline. I fear that Romney will beat Newt in Fl. He has the vision to bring the US back to its former greatness. If you are from FL, PLEASE FIND TIME TO VOTE TOMORROW FOR NEWT. He isn’t beholding to any of the RHINOS.

  • Anonymous

    The $300,000 was not a fine.