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January 23rd, 2012
12:09 AM ET

No Talking Points: The GOP's Media Blaming Addiction

It was the most fiery opening to any of the Republican debates so far. Newt Gingrich lashed out on Thursday after CNN's John King questioned him about allegations that he asked his second wife for an open marriage. Many believe the outburst helped push him to victory two days later in the South Carolina primary, but that does not mean he gets to claim the moral high ground here. It's more of the "blame the media" tactic that the GOP loves to embrace—but even one of Gingrich's Republican rivals is getting sick of hearing it.

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  1. John from Erie, Pa

    This is a case of blaming the messenger for exposing your personal and political past. When you get caught flip flopping on important issues by the media you have to blame someone.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  2. John Ward

    Oh really? You folks just don’t get it do you? We are not upset about a reporter doing his job. We like reporters who do their jobs. We wish more of you would. Instead you play power broker. Yes, that’s right, we noticed. You do it every election. You try and submarine candidates you don’t like. And you time it so they can’t recover before the vote takes place. In fact, you collect dirt and save it for the most opportune time. The funny thing is, you are ignorant enough to think we don’t notice. Check your approval ratings. Do you wonder why people hate the media? Well, there you go. It’s about time somebody told you to shove it. I hope more of them will now. Then maybe we can get to a place where voters decide elections again based on real issues, not trumped up or outright fabricated blindsides by a media who seeks to use their position to influence elections. Don't even try to deny it. No one will believe you. Your credibility is shot.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:19 am |
  3. Kevin--from MI

    The media has every right to point out past moral failures or beliefs of any candidate. The candidate has every responsibility to claim and admit those wrongs as failures and has the right to say what he/she has done since then to become a better moral person. By doing so, the candidate has more credibility compared to one who would deny the wrongs claimed and then found out to be lieing about them later on. (Bill Clinton for example) The media should discuss the candidates moral standings on all issues at the very beginning of their running for any public office! It is this un- wavering moral foundation of what is supremely right with the majority of Americans that is being sought! This foundation found to be with any candidate will allow them to be a strong leader in the global economy. In my opinion, America needs to vote for Rick Santorum because he is the candidate that most resembles the moral base of the American people. America needs to vote with their moral base, not their wallets! Not the economy! God is in supreme control over our economy–as our money states in faith-"in god we trust." As our leader follows his moral base and the American people with him, God will bless and heal our land!

    January 23, 2012 at 10:55 am |
  4. Barbara

    The only truth we receive is via the courageous media.

    John Ward...Your statistics are confused...It is the Right Wing House of Representatives which has no credibility.

    January 23, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  5. Doc

    That Newt is outraged and blaming the media does not surprise me. For the last decade at least I have heard the right claim that the media is biased, liberal, lame stream, against them. That point is debatable but consider that a free press was deemed necessary to keep those in power (or those coming to power) from doing whatever they wanted.
    What really concerns me though is that poor old Newt actually got asked the question and could have simply answered yes or no and had some time to talk about his (now) moral firmament. I wonder how he feels when the pundits on Fox make outrageous claims on their shows that don't allow whoever they're talking about to have the same option. (Yes or No and some time for an explanation).

    January 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm |

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