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Gingrich Loves The Media

January 24, 2012 by  

Gingrich Loves The Media

There are few things that news reporters love more than covering stories centered around individuals who are likely to flip out or turn the interview into an attack on the reporter himself. Why? Because the situations make for juicy, controversial and often outrageous quotes and stories that almost always go viral.

That’s why, as Tony Harden pointed out in a piece for Mail Online on Monday, despite the scathing attacks Newt Gingrich frequently launches against members of the media, he is happy to be swarmed by reporters.

Harden writes:

Newt Gingrich hates the media, right? He unloaded on John King at the Charleston debate for raising this issue of his ex-wife’s allegations, blasting the “destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media”. In Myrtle Beach, he slapped Juan Williams down for asking a race-based question.

And the media despises Newt, right? He’s so sarcastic and condescending towards us, brands us as elite liberals and uses us to whip up the Republican base.

Actually, wrong and wrong.

Anyone who has ever had the opportunity to work in a newsroom, be it in a small town or in a large metropolitan area, understands the dynamic of the Newt/media relationship: Just about any press is good press.

When reporters have conversations with each other about sources or politicians whom they cover, they often say things like, “this guy knows how to work the press,” or “if we cut him some slack on this issue, he’ll say what we want him to about the other.” News consumers believe that they have been given the whole story, but it isn’t so; what they actually get is the product of an unspoken agreement between the reporter and the reported-on concerning how the news will be presented.

Ron Paul campaign blogger Jack Hunter noted in a recent post the dynamics of the Newt/news relationship. Hunter contends that Gingrich’s 12-point win in South Carolina was directly related to his scolding of King at a debate just two days earlier.

“Gingrich won South Carolina handily because he berated the media—which conservatives rightly see as often being in cahoots with Obama,” Hunter writes. “Gingrich won because conservatives want to challenge Obama. Conservatives don’t see this sort of fight coming from Mitt Romney.”

Hunter contends that Gingrich has a style that voters like, and he uses the news media to portray himself as a man not afraid to stand up to the media and who will do the same with Barack Obama.

But, writes Hunter, “Newt Gingrich is surly. Great. Ron Paul is substance. Newt Gingrich can yell. Fantastic. Ron Paul can go the distance.”

Noteworthy is the fact that Paul’s campaign has been largely ignored by the news media.

Hunter’s assertion that Romney does not have the same talent for berating or debating with reporters has been witnessed on a number of occasions.

Below are a few examples of the candidates’ styles of dealing with media:

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Bev

    This is exactly why I like Newt Gringrich. He is not Mr. Nice Guy. Mr. Nice Guy will not win this upcoming election. Obama is certainly not about to be Mr. Nice Guy. Gingrich is a military brat as am I and he does not take crap from others. Paul, Romney and Santorum don’t like to get their hands “dirty” chastising others. They want you to hear their message and take it for what it is worth. Obama is a petulant child and Newt can bring the fight to him. Yeah, Newt has a whole closet full of baggage, but I believe that he’s learned from those mistakes and that they’ve actually made him a better person. Also as a side note, the Obama campaign wants Romney as the nominee because the fight is going to be about the “haves vs. the have nots”. Of course Obama will be acting like he cares about the have nots, but believe me, he is only interested in how much money he can get from the “haves”.

    • ChristyK

      Being able to our-debate Obama or to insult Obama does not mean he will be a good president. In reality, you won’t notice a real difference if Newt is elected. Their policies are almost identical even if their rhetoric is different. We elected one “public speaker” that can’t govern and only cares about self. Let’s not elect another.

    • Jake Gibbons

      LOL. Yeah, let’s completely disregard his record and ideology because he’s sOoO charismatic. It’s 2008 all over again! Ron Paul isn’t soft. He just doesn’t stoop to their levels. With a completely unmatchable intellect, he doesn’t need to resort to yelling and bashing and name calling.

      • Jake Gibbons

        *unmatched. sorry

    • MARIA R. MOLNAR

      Bev is right on the nose! May be because I am a old military brat myself I share her opinions. Maria R.

  • Bett

    He loves the media as they contribute to his campaign and he will do as they say headed to the ICEBERG!
    Get us off this sinking ship, 2002 warnings to congress came true:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifJG_oFFDK0
    Israel & CIA agree on foreign policy candidate, guess who?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnH0dxdiRzc&feature=player_embedded

  • box-bb-car

    It is not that I trust Gingrich nor that I believe he is as conservative as I would like. It is more that he has proven he can get things done, although the big question would be, what will he do?

    The talk host in Nashville has been playing back the speeches of each candidate after the electoin in SC, one per day, as they struck him as showing each candidates vision. Paul’s was today. Interesting thing is you get the impression from his speech that he knows he has no chance of winning. To him it is a cause. The campaign is simply a way of steering the arguement in the campaign in his direction. Hence his decision only to concentrate on caucus states from here on out.

    And in that manner, he becomes easier to support, as many of his ideas have merit. In another couple of campaigns, should little improve, the state of things could be such that a Paul could take the election. And that will be the quewstion. Is there a nother Paul without the associated baggage ready to take the helm?

    • Jake Gibbons

      What has Gingrich actually accomplished? The only thing he’s accomplished is mastering the game of politics to reach fame, a career that anyone can do, and abandoning any sense of morals to rake in millions of dollars. You think Ron Paul thinks he can’t win? What? Because he dreams about living in a free society over being the almighty in the oval office? The only reason you would buy into this idea would be because you obey the mainstream media when they tell you he can’t win. He’s been the only candidate who has been steadily increasing in support. He has unbelievable organization and fundraising with no help from lobbyists or wall street. On top of that, he pulls in unbelievably strong numbers from democrats and independents, taking away many votes from Obama. Also, his intellect, clean record, and common sense ideology means he’s the only candidate able to actually debate real issues against Obama. In reality, it’s not a question. In the mainstream media fantasy land, it’s either not talked about or disregarded.

  • eddie47d

    The debates last night were nothing more than a “love fest” between Gingrich and Romney. Each vying for attention and saying Me Me! Media hogs is putting it mildly. Did Paul and Santorum even show up..LOL!

  • Jay

    Newt’s scathing criticism of the media, though true, was nothing more then a clever manoeuvre to garner full attention of the media! Bad publicity, good publicity, makes no difference, the goal was publicity, or free advertising, if you will. Clever man, this Newt! Off course, now that he has the full attention of the lame-brained, and hopelessly corrupt-media, Newt will now take full advantage, and work his dark-magic!

  • Charles Bill L.

    Do i have the web masters approval to print my comments instead of deleting them today?

    • libertytrain

      Goodness gracious, have you not seen the multiple posts time and time again on this site, that so many of us have failed to remember – multiple links and/or certain bad words will automatically -without a human being touching them – require moderation.

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