Newt Gingrich: Media elites out to ‘destroy’ him

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich this morning gave what might be his most fulsome explanation yet of why his staff walked out last week.

The former U.S. House speaker also ripped into ABC News, which on Tuesday reported of some questionable cash transfers between a Gingrich charity and one of his for-profit companies.

GOP presidential hopeful and former House speaker Newt Gingrich speaks to reporters after meeting with small business leaders Tuesday in Concord, N.H. AP/Jim Cole

GOP presidential hopeful and former House speaker Newt Gingrich speaks to reporters after meeting with small business leaders Tuesday in Concord, N.H. AP/Jim Cole

Gingrich declared the ABC report a “hit piece.”

“The elite media has correctly figured out that I am a direct threat to their Washington values, and their Washington power structure. And they’ve decided that since they can’t beat my message, they’ll just try to destroy the messenger,” Gingrich said.

The venue was the Neal Boortz radio show on AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB. Listen to the entire exchange here.

On Tuesday, ABC News reported:

A non-profit charity founded by Newt Gingrich to promote freedom, faith and free enterprise also served as another avenue to promote Gingrich’s political views, and came dangerously close, some experts say, to crossing a bright line that is supposed to separate tax-exempt charitable work from both the political process and such profit-making enterprises as books and DVDs.

The charity, Renewing American Leadership, not only featured Gingrich on its website and in fundraising letters, it also paid $220,000 over two years to one of Gingrich’s for-profit companies, Gingrich Communications. It purchased cases of Gingrich’s books and bought up copies of DVDs produced by another of the former House speaker’s entities, Gingrich Productions.

Said Gingrich to Boortz:

“It’s just a falsehood. Rev. Jim Garlow in San Diego, who’s the head of Renewing American Leadership, sent me a very despairing e-mail yesterday, and said the people at ABC wanted to do a hit piece on me, and even when he told them the truth, they said, ‘That doesn’t count.’”

When asked to explain the departure of most of his campaign staff, Gingrich even managed to include a plug for his book on American exceptionalism:

”A perfect example is the book that you just talked about, ‘A Nation Like No Other.’ And you, of course, have praised me for this over the years. I believe in big ideas. I’ve written more books than any other elected official since Theodore Roosevelt – except [the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick] Moynihan – and I think maybe I actually wrote more than Moynihan.

“I think ideas matter. I want to run a campaign based on ideas. The consultants wanted me to raise money to buy 30-second attack ads. I don’t want to attack anybody except Obama. I want to focus on the difference between American exceptionalism, low tax rates, entrepreneurship, the work ethic, local government, the Tenth Amendment returning power back home, and Obama’s secular European socialism.

“That frankly made the outside – and these were all outsider consultants except one person. We only lost one person who’d been with me before this started. Everybody else has stayed. It was grossly exaggerated what had happened, by a handful of outsiders who showed up, decided they didn’t like what I was doing, and I finally said to them, ‘Look, I can’t be your kind of normal, every-day, negative candidate. I’ve got to be a positive, idea-oriented person who reaches out at the grassroots to the American people.

“We were just incompatible.”

Gingrich will be in Atlanta next Wednesday, where he has promised to rip into Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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36 comments Add your comment

Centrist

June 15th, 2011
1:27 pm

Gingrich’s campaign was over before his ego announced. Maybe he will actually make money by having been a third tier contender, and THAT may have been his real reason to run.

Romegaguy

June 15th, 2011
1:30 pm

“dang liberal media” is sooooooo 1990’s

yuzeyurbrane

June 15th, 2011
1:36 pm

Look in the mirror Newt for the cause of your demise.

SpaceyG on Twitter

June 15th, 2011
1:36 pm

Don’cha just love it when Newt goes on, over and over and over, the Elite Media Channel to denounce *elite* media?!

xdog

June 15th, 2011
1:39 pm

Poor Newtie. Nobody understands him.

Rabbit

June 15th, 2011
1:41 pm

The media, both “elite” and otherwise is certainly deserving of criticism (as are we all on some level). But the Newt, unlike the small, brightly colored, semiaquatic salamander of the same name, seems to attract attention with his reptillian slithering.
The memory is vague, but didn’t he get in a bit of a mash over profiteering ( a book deal ) as a congressman?

Muley powers

June 15th, 2011
1:44 pm

No, no Newt. It’s called implosion. The media don’t have to look hard-just hang around.

hsgrad

June 15th, 2011
1:44 pm

Newt, The conservative base will vote for their own kind no matter what the “elite” media reports on, that’s the inner nature of Republicans. Blame comes from within!

bob from account temps

June 15th, 2011
1:47 pm

newt and trump were in it for the same reasons.

mc

June 15th, 2011
1:48 pm

He is such a Joke. No one cares about him or his two-bit flouzy; There in it for the money and the $sukers pay!

Rob Woodall visited the troops last week, to brag about his free healthcare and to remind them that their healthcare will suck once they come home

June 15th, 2011
1:53 pm

Not your fault, Newt.

The media went on “Meet the Press” and declared an aversion to right-wing social engineering.

Not your fault.

ByteMe

June 15th, 2011
2:08 pm

“The elite media has correctly figured out that I am a direct threat to their Washington values, and their Washington power structure. And they’ve decided that since they can’t beat my message, they’ll just try to destroy the messenger,” Gingrich said.

The venue was the Neal Boortz radio show on AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB.

Is SpaceyG really the only one to spot the irony of Newt complaining about the elite media on a radio show produced and distributed by one of that elite media?

Last Man Standing

June 15th, 2011
2:11 pm

Gingrich has been the whipping boy for the AJC and Galloway for quitre some time now. People blogging here who will NEVER vote for a conservative have made the most of the opportunity to beat up Gingrich. Due note is made that 99% of the bloggers attacks have been personal in nature regarding Gingrich’s ‘private’ life. His governmental philosophy, concepts and idea have been relatively unchallenged. This could lead one to believe that the thrust is to kill off the biggest threat to liberals and Obama.

GaBlue

June 15th, 2011
2:29 pm

The Media Elite have been warned! “Any ad which quotes what I said Sunday is a falsehood,” said Mr. Gingrich, after some slimeball attempting to destroy him quoted what he said.

Jon Lester

June 15th, 2011
2:35 pm

Defensive behavior is usually indicative of guilt.

Capitol Hack

June 15th, 2011
2:49 pm

Yeah, poor Newt. Always the victim…of the media elite. Of the liberal left. Of other politicians. Of his staff. Of his own patriotism! I voted for him, once. Won’t make that mistake again! But I do hope he hangs in there, just for the entertainment value he provides!

DJ Sniper

June 15th, 2011
3:11 pm

I knew it wouldn’t be long before someone came in here talking about how the liberals are scared of Newt. While I’m not underestimating anyone in the GOP(nor the stupidity of the American public), fear doesn’t factor into it. Conservatives these days need to stop with this tired a** excuse of the media being out to get them. Perhaps if they didn’t say and do such dumb stuff, they might get treated better.

deegee

June 15th, 2011
3:18 pm

Too bad, Newt. You got caught before funneling charity money to your personal endeavors and you are doing it again. The only reason you are in this is to keep the money rolling in. People are hip to your $hit, so you might need to think about selling some of Callista’s bling on ebay.

deegee

June 15th, 2011
3:20 pm

When I think of Newt and Neal having a conversation I am reminded of Metamucil and denture breath.

hl

June 15th, 2011
3:35 pm

Did the media ask any gotcha questions such as what publications do you read or what did you do today? Poor Newt at least he isn’t attacked like Sarah with gotcha questions.

LukasAtl

June 15th, 2011
3:38 pm

Poor, poor Newt … such an overgrown teenager, stuck being a victim and wanting to always blame someone else for his issues ….

The Snark

June 15th, 2011
4:00 pm

I think it was Atlanta’s own Jay Bookman who noted that whenever the word “frankly” comes out of Mr. Gingrich’s mouth, was follows is complete nonsense.

Concerned Voter

June 15th, 2011
4:32 pm

People of greatness are not whiners. Newt is whining.

RetiredSoldier

June 15th, 2011
5:14 pm

DJ-

The American public does have it’s questional moments, like in 2008 and their vote for Obama. If you really think the “main stream media, Galloway included,” is fair and not baised then I have some prime ocean front property in Tn. available for sale.

The Goobernator

June 15th, 2011
5:16 pm

I’m not a ‘Media Elite’ , but I wish he would go the hell away. Over IT!

Jay

June 15th, 2011
5:47 pm

Ahahaha…Listening to Newt complain about Warshington Values and the Warshington Power Structure is too funny. Hey Newt, where did you get that Warshington accent? Oh yeah, and how’s your million-dollar home in the Warshington suburbs?

DJ Sniper

June 15th, 2011
7:01 pm

RetiredSolider, the questionable moment by the American public was when they drank the “anti-establishment” kool-aid during the 2010 midterm election. They thought these Republican lawmakers were actually going to do some good for the country, but now they are having voters remorse.

hsgrad

June 15th, 2011
7:48 pm

Yeah I hear ya Last Man Standing. I feel the same way when bloggers like yourself beat up on President Jimmy Carter, who is an American Patriot.

HooDoo

June 15th, 2011
9:00 pm

Stinkrich needs to wipe his fanny; it’s a little rank around him…

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 16th, 2011
12:06 am

Okay, so we’ve almost all wised up to Newt’s being a piece of draft-dodging sex pervert, Pennsylvania white-trash who backed by Pierre DuPont came and took advantage of the kindness and generosity of good and decent Georgians.

Now can we all wise up to the abominations committed with James Guckert/”Jeff Gannon,” a $200 an hour homosexual prostitute in the White House, by the homosexual draft-dodger cheated in by Newt’s co-religionists on the SCOTUS, whose father “can’t remember” where he was when he learned John Kennedy had been shot, and whose grandfather was Hitler’s banker?

Let’s start thinking and acting like the Founders…like “whig” Deists. Recognizing Earthly Evil and its abominations against Righteousness makes for a “negative template” to better seek and worship G-d, the Deity – where Truth, Justice, and the absence of hypocrisy dwell.

JGW

June 16th, 2011
9:06 am

Debbie Dooley

June 16th, 2011
9:13 am

I did not post that comment above. Someone keeps posting in this blog using my identity. I have filed a complaint and asked for an investigation into the IP address used to post. Stealing one’s identity is unlawful.

Wowee

June 16th, 2011
9:13 am

Wow. So many extreme comments on here, but it is amazing that they are ALL of some measurement of left-wing, whiny, poopie-in-their-pants types of people who apparently spend their time in life angry at the entire world.

Here’s a suggestion to you nutjobs: GET. A. LIFE.

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hsgrad

June 16th, 2011
12:23 pm

@Wowee. ….and how do you surmise that the comments are posted by “the left”?

Rabbit

June 16th, 2011
1:41 pm

LMS wrote ‘Due note is made that 99% of the bloggers attacks have been personal in nature regarding Gingrich’s ‘private’ life.’
I can’t dispute that much of what appears here is uncivil diatribe – especially as it relates to The Newt. But it is not ‘personal’ to suggest that his philosophy is “Newt First”. This has born out over a long career of good and bad stuff. Throughout, he has parlayed whatever public goodwill he has at the moment into personal gain. Use of public trust to profit privately opens the proverbial door. And no, every infidelity by a public figure is not fodder for public pillory but Newt’s only reinforce the big character flaw that sent him away from public service the last time.