Gingrich says media is on the attack
June 15th, 2011
03:39 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich says media is on the attack

(CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich Wednesday fumed over an ABC News report released Tuesday, which said the GOP presidential candidate had come "dangerously close" to crossing ethical lines by allowing cash to flow between his charity and one of his for-profit businesses.

Speaking on the Neal Boortz Radio Show Wednesday morning, Gingrich denied any misconduct, saying the report was a "falsehood" and the "elite media" was out to destroy him.

Gingrich's charity, Renewing American Leadership (ReAL), paid $220,000 over two years to Gingrich Communications, a for-profit business. But Gingrich released a statement Tuesday afternoon denying any wrongdoing.

"Despite all the innuendo in the ABC story, their team of journalists did not find any activity that was not fully supported by the law," the presidential candidate's Communications Director Joe DeSantis wrote in a statement.

Gingrich also said the news of his staff members' abrupt resignation last week had been "grossly exaggerated." All but one of the staff members had been outside consultants, he said, and they disagreed on the campaign's plan of action.

"The consultants wanted me to raise money to buy 30-second attack ads," Gingrich said. "I don't want to attack anybody except Obama."

He later added that he and his staff were simply "incompatible."

– CNN Political Producer Shannon Travis contributed to this report.


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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Oh come on Newt... You KNOW the media has always had it in for you going all the way back to the Clinton era. They certainly weren't going to stop trying to dig up stuff on you. Have you seen what they've done to Palin? Yet somehow, nobody seems interested in unearthing the background of the person elected President. Why I guess that would just be a baseless racist act.

    June 15, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. AEK

    You would think someone as brilliant as Newt claims he is could come up with something better than blaming the media for all his problems!

    June 15, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Come on Newt, you, as part of the elite media, have been trying to destroy President Obama since day one.....You can dish it, but can't take it?

    June 15, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. jk from MN

    ANd you never attacked when you were employed by Fox News? You seem to be able to dish it out and not be able to take it well.

    June 15, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    The media was out to get him? It is called vetting. They did it to Bill Clinton during his first presidential campaign. They did it Jimmy Carter. They most certainly did it to John Kerry. We know all about your past Newt. They did most certainly did it to Obama. No doubt there.

    I especially like his response to the reporter/producer in the earlier article. It was such a revealing insight into how the Republican Party works when it comes to messaging. ""Cover the speech," he told the producer. "I'm not concerned about that. The American people aren't concerned about that," That shows how Republicans tell people what to be concerned and worried about. Tell and teach them what to think.

    June 15, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What is the "media" attacking Gingrich with? If it is a lie or something that isn't 100% correct, show us and the media where the statement is wrong so that it can be corrected.

    June 15, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. rhumba

    Sorry, Newt. That "lamestream media" thing belongs to Sarah Palin. You'll have to come up with your own excuses for why your campaign's not successful. Perhaps you should look within yourself.

    June 15, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Justin

    Poor little Newtie, being attacked by the "elite media" while he relentlessly uses the faux news media (Fox News) to do the same to Pres. Obama.

    June 15, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. MaryAnn in VA

    You made a big mistake when you came out and told the truth about the medicare plan. You are now being targeted by the right and you can't win against that smear machine. They ruin careers and are bringing out all of your skeletons.

    June 15, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Standard GOP response to almost-adequate journalism: "they're attacking me...waaaaaaaaah....someone change my diapy!!!!"

    June 15, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Tim

    Her is a crook, a cheater, and a liar. Oh wait, those are Republican values!!! He fits right in!!!

    June 15, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. gt

    hey newt there is a fundamental problem .... not only does the media not like you... most americans dont either...

    June 15, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Expat American

    Newt, stop acting like Sarah. Accept that you are a Republican, and the world abroad sees you as nothing but a liar who puts Genocide Over Policy (GOP) – just like your Party.

    June 15, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. Republicans - The "Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    It's about time the so-called "Press" did their job.

    They have been wrapping their right to exist in the Constitution [the 1st Ammendment] since cable TV became a threat to broadcast networks and the internet became a threat to newspapers & magazines. If they are going to plead that they are a national resource that serves some crucial purpose central to America's existence, they need to do SUBSTANTIVE, INVESTIGATIVE reporting and not let politicians duck questions to revert back to their TALKING POINTS.

    We have 4,000+ dead American soldiers because the press simply bought lies about Weapons of Mass Destruction.

    We have 9.1% Unemployment and Great Recession because the press didn't apply some common sense and instead allowed the GOP to use Bumpersticker speak – Tax Cuts for Job Creators Spur the Economy – to substitute for a well thought out, comprehensive economic policy.

    June 15, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. Sandy

    Democrat Class Warfare: "Yet somehow, nobody seems interested in unearthing the background of the person elected President. Why I guess that would just be a baseless racist act."

    They already have. Obviously you haven't paid attention. The problem is there is nothing there, sorry to disappoint you.

    June 15, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. Tim

    Why is he the only one that says the past doesn't matter? But not to worry, President Obama will be a second term President. We're behind you all the way Mr. President!!! Obama 12!!!

    June 15, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. ynotD

    The 'smartest' man of the GOP male front runners seems like the whiniest! How was Greece Newt? Could you see America from there?

    June 15, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. bb

    Just go, already..

    June 15, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. George

    GOD, when is the right wing going to stop blaming the media every time they fall on their faces? I guess it's because SO many idiots in the US believe them.

    June 15, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Newt seems to be taking a line from Half Gov. Palin, it's not me, it's the media, they're out to get me, boohoo. Just because it's very similar to what got you thrown out of congress, that's why everyone is looking at it. Newt, you're a big boy now, so try to grow up and stop blaming your problems on the media. I know the media has that nasty habit of using your exact words, don't they.

    June 15, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Tony

    The cry that signals "I'm done"

    June 15, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    "The consultants wanted me to raise money to buy 30-second attack ads," Gingrich said. "I don't want to attack anybody except Obama."
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    always listen carefully to what Republicans say. Here's another revelation into the Republican strategy. The primary concern thinkers and strategists is not creating jobs or rescuing the economy. The goal is to make Obama a one term president.

    June 15, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. OH YEAH?

    Sounds just like Palin.

    June 15, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Ronnie Rayz

    Gingrich is an idiot- he claims Obama is goingbad because he hates America & wants the US tio fail & become a failed socialized nation? Huh, he is quite a guy, serves his cancer ridden wife with divorce papers when she is in the hospital & is said to have toked weed w/his college students...this is the conservatice lynchpin!! Another hippacrite...or is it just another GOP hippo!

    June 15, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. Wes B.

    :::"I don't want to attack anybody except Obama."::::

    ...Instead of debating ideas like adults. Here comes the senseless mudslinging.

    June 15, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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