Fake CNN email used as dirty trick in South Carolina
January 20th, 2012
11:20 AM ET
3 years ago

Fake CNN email used as dirty trick in South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - In what appears to be a last ditch attempt to halt Newt Gingrich's late momentum in South Carolina, a fake CNN Breaking News alert was emailed to state Republican activists early Thursday morning claiming that the former House Speaker pressured his ex-wife to have an abortion.

CNN did not send out the email alert.

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It's not clear how many people received the fake email, though at least two members of the South Carolina GOP Executive Committee, who did not want to be named, were among those who found the missive in their inboxes this morning.

Two South Carolina Republicans from different parts of the state independently informed CNN about the email on Friday morning.

The email alert was sent from fake account made to look like a CNN breaking news email address: "BreakingNews@mail.cnn.com."

"A source close to Marianne Gingrich tells CNN that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich forced her to abort a pregnancy conceived during the affair that preceeded her marriage to Gingrich," the fake email reads.

Marianne Gingrich, who went public this week with charges that Gingrich once asked her for an "open marriage" while he was having an extramarital affair, has not made that claim.

"An ABC News interview with the Speaker's ex-wife aired Thursday evening which detailed the candidate's request for an open marriage and their subsequent divorce," the fake email alert adds.


Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The swift boat tactics of the Kochs, Rove and Romney's super PAC have to stop. How can crazy right wingnuts blame American media for what the slimy republicans are doing to each other?

    January 20, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Peace

    Whatever happened between Newt and Marianne that was their problem. what I know is: Newt and Marianne are not together, and that Newt is not a reliable man that anyone can relate to! he is totally a nut who can use his tongue to manipulate whatever is against him!

    January 20, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The email alert was sent from fake account made to look like a CNN breaking news email address: "BreakingNews@mail.cnn.com."

    OK, then. This is dispictable and has no place in our political nominating process. Romney, Paul, and Santorum's folks better get out ahead of this pronto and condemn whoever did do this. Ugly, ugly, ugly.

    January 20, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Oivay... track down whoever did this and slap him around. Not sure if any laws were broken that they could be charged with but it there were then charge them and make an example out of them. This kind of nonsense doesn't believe in our electoral process.

    January 20, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. gt

    good... but the statement to open the debate... well that was weak. stupid and just make "main stream media" look like what american thinks they are .. out of touch...and a gotcha type of journalism...your better than that john ...

    January 20, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Ah, the Palmetto State! Gotta love it!

    January 20, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Frank

    Given CNN's record of destroying GOP candidates, why should we believe this email didn't come from you?

    January 20, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Jules

    Dirty politics in the GOP? Say it isn't so!!!!

    January 20, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Peep

    You are a News organization that has been maligned, too, by this. How about finding out who did it?

    January 20, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Bill

    Ther combination of dirty GOP tactics and the cesspool of political back slapping in SC is too rich.

    January 20, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. GI Joe

    Sounds like Newt, looks like Newt - he's a walking talking powder keg with a short fuze and a super-big ego.

    THAT is not what the U.S. needs representing us on the world stage.

    If he has brilliant ideas, he should submit them and let the people of the U.S. decide, without putting him in the WH.

    January 20, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. GI Joe

    He's not smart, he's conniving. Big difference.

    January 20, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Joan Cole

    Well, it's also possible that the Democrats sent out this email because in spite of what they'd like everyone to think, Obama is afraid to debate Newt. And who wouldn't lash out with an upfront accusation like that! Isn't about time the media starts acting appropriately, remaining neutral and reporting the news! Treat both parties equally for a change.

    January 20, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Is CNN sure this wasn't sent out by one of their employees??? Have they done any investigation?? just askin'...

    January 20, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. 100% ETHI

    What is the big deal here? Whether the message has been sent through fake email or not, the result is to hurt and to put this Man on the Spotlight where he could be noticed. They should closed the case before it reaches to US. Now, this Man needs compensated and good name, to fit and Govern....
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@uuuuuuuu.......mmmmmmmmm

    Just curious, some public servants and Government Officials, don't they know the people who were around them for that long will exposed their past faults, when they run to be President???? Or is it just Business as usual???

    January 20, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. 100% ETHI

    The person of interest is the one who posted this new NEWS.

    January 20, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. three rivers

    trust the word of CNN??...NEVER
    I bet John King is having trouble sitting down this morning!!! and he deserved it...
    go NEWT...

    January 20, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. Bob

    "Obama is afraid to debate Newt."

    BWAH HA HA HA HA HA

    You right wingers are a funny bunch! President Obama would shred that fool.

    January 20, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. DrCole

    The people who put out this type of slime tactics need to have their day in court. I actually think that this is either some leftist group that is attempting to destroy every Republican candidate. It doesn't have the marking of a Super PAC...they may get low and dirty, but this is far below what even they would stoop to.

    January 20, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. Hammerer

    No surprise. As Gingrich said last night the elite media hidding obama and trying to destroy anyone that might be a threat to his reelection.

    January 20, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. Vince

    Seems like a typical Republican tactic to me. Don't know why everyone is so shocked.

    January 20, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. Sue

    I'm sorry but how in the world does any one, especially republicans, who say they are the party of morality, family and ethical behavior, even for one second consider voting for Newt Gingrich for President of the United States????
    He was run out of the Congress for ETHICS VIOLATION and he CHEATED on two wives. I'm sorry but you can believe in redemption without putting this kind of individual into the most powerful position in the world. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

    January 20, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. Loren, Keene NH

    Sounds like the work of Obama and the Chicago machine!

    January 20, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Mr. Moderate

    If I recall correctly, Karl Rove's introduction to politics came when he stole some letterhead from the DNC and started sending out fake memos making the Dems look bad. I think I would start there.

    January 20, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Romney's SuperPac had nothing to do with it, I'm sure. *cough*

    January 20, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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