Fox News: ‘Bitter’ Newt Gingrich trolling for CNN gig

The feud between Fox News and Newt Gingrich has become a very real, two-sided affair.

On Wednesday, Gingrich told a group of tea party leaders in Delaware – it was unclear whether he thought the meeting was private, but a reporter was present – that he considered Fox News in the pocket of Mitt Romney.

“In our experience, Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than Fox this year,” Gingrich said.

On Thursday, Fox retaliated with an unusually personal attack on a personality that, until last year, it was paying for his on-air analysis. From The Guardian in London:

”This is nothing other than Newt auditioning for a windfall of a gig at CNN – that’s the kind of man he is. Not to mention that he’s still bitter about the fact that we terminated his contributor contract.”

Politico.com takes note today of an extreme measure to which Gingrich has resorted in order to keep his presidential campaign afloat:

Scrambling to dig himself out of a $4.5 million hole, the former House speaker has resorted to renting his presidential campaign’s most valuable asset – its donor list – for as much as $26,000-a-pop….

Renting the donor list costs $135-per-thousand-names (more if you want to target specific donor levels or geographic areas), while the activist list can be rented for $50-per-thousand email addresses. That means that each time the full lists are rented, the Gingrich campaign could make between $19,000 and $26,000…

But it also likely means that Gingrich’s list will become less valuable to his campaign as a fundraising tool, since his donors could be weighing solicitations from multiple conservative groups.

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Likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will give a speech to the National Rifle Association, while President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden each plan to release their income tax returns today – while challenging Romney to do the same.

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A watchdog group in Washington has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, alleging that U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, illegally concealed the source of loans to his campaign. From Blake Aued and the Athens Banner-Herald:

The Athens Republican loaned his campaign, the Paul Broun Committee, $304,000 in 2007 and 2008. The committee has paid him $29,756 in interest on the loans, according to FEC records.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which a released a report last month detailing questionable campaign and office spending by more than 200 congressmen, filed the FEC complaint after Broun told the Banner-Herald the loans came from a bank, and he used the interest payments from his campaign to pay the bank’s interest.

Broun’s campaign said in FEC filings that the loans came from the congressman’s own pocket. If the money did come from bank loans, he broke the law by not reporting the bank’s name and what he used as collateral, according to CREW.

The group is also wondering whether the loan came from a Carrollton bank that Broun partially owned – and failed in 2010.

The charges are particularly relevant, given that Broun has primary opposition from Stephen Simpson, a retired Army lieutenant colonel from Milledgeville.

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The Gwinnett Daily Post is reporting that NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has delayed the date of his visit to a suburban Atlanta church to May 4. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner – recently traded to the New York Jets – will appear at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville with author John C. Maxwell.

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Cowbell 2012 – yes, there’s a website to go with it – is a noisemaker app that will include a news feed based on the user’s political preference, whether Democrat, Republican or tea party.

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65 comments Add your comment

clyde

April 13th, 2012
9:30 am

The Newster on CNN.Another reason I’m glad I don’t watch television.

Becky

April 13th, 2012
9:44 am

Calista would be perfect on one of the late night shows providing makeup and hairstyle tips. Maybe she could make jewelry on the side and market that on QVC. I would hate for her and Noot to do without and actually have to do something productive for a change.

Look before I leap...

April 13th, 2012
9:51 am

Given that Newt had some pretty harsh words for CNN during the debate season (that CNN probably deserved to be taken to the woodshed notwithstanding) I think future employment at CNN is unlikely.

Newt might want to consider getting a real job instead of being a paid gasbag.
$4.5 million in the red?? That would sure buy a lotta Tiffany’s bling for the fembot.

Becky

April 13th, 2012
9:59 am

It is important to remember the 4.5 million debt is not his personal debt it is his campaign’s. I don’t think he and the missus are going to miss a meal.

Centrist

April 13th, 2012
10:02 am

Early on in the GOP nomination process most voters saw the true Gingrich who was hiding behind his convenient Catholic conversion. NOTHING changed – he is merely a chameleon. This man has a tremendous ego, and will do ANYTHING to satisfy it. His past problems with his own GOP House members who ousted him, lobbying contracts, personal affairs, attacks on Romney, biting Fox which was a recent employer, sucking up to CNN, selling donor lists are symptoms of his damaged, dark personality. Voters are well rid of him, even if he shows up somewhere via a media spotlight.

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Question Man

April 13th, 2012
10:10 am

Can Newt tap into his line of credit at Tiffany’s in order to keep his campaign afloat?

The General

April 13th, 2012
10:11 am

But…but…but…I thought Newt had every intention of being our next president. Why would he be trying to line up a TV gig?

Going Right

April 13th, 2012
10:15 am

Becky
It’s such a beautiful day! Why aren’t you playing in your sandbox? Didn’t mommy tell you not to say things that are nasty, especially things you can’t substantiate…er, wait, that word is one you’ll learn in the SECOND grade. I mean stuff you can’t prove?

Ben The Independent

April 13th, 2012
10:15 am

I have seen the FNC pro-Romney bias on TV. I am a FNC fan who is very disapointed with their obvious bias toward Wall Street and Northeast power brokers. I will be taking a look at CNN’s more balanced reporting.

Look before I leap...

April 13th, 2012
10:16 am

@Becky

It depends on what constitutes the debt.
Vendors and campaign staff can file lawsuits against the campaign and Gingrich personally to recover monies owed.
Loans from banks and corporations are treated differently and are subject to FEC oversight.
Loans to the campaign from the candidate have a different set rules and there are limits to how much the candidate can recover from a failed campaign.

Going Right

April 13th, 2012
10:17 am

Centrist:
Spot on! Gingrich is a…, well, I won’t put that in print even though what I would say would not offend the leftists who follow Galloway like lemmings.

Becky

April 13th, 2012
10:19 am

Going right-why so nasty to me?

td

April 13th, 2012
10:28 am

Going Right

April 13th, 2012
10:15 am

You have to forgive Becky. She is young was and was abused as a child, not given all the breaks in life she thinks she deserves and is probably a little homely looking so she can not get a good man.

She pitches her little fits on these blogs because she is frustrated with the way her perfect life has turned out.

Look before I leap...

April 13th, 2012
10:33 am

I wonder if Going Right is a fair and balanced person and will condemn td for saying nasty and unsubstantiated things about Becky….

Aquagirl

April 13th, 2012
10:37 am

why so nasty to me?

You pinged the “uppity woman” alert. Fat Republican guys have to stick together, you know.

td

April 13th, 2012
10:37 am

Look before I leap…

April 13th, 2012
10:33 am

Nasty? I do not think so. Having a little fun with Becky. oh yes.

Now if you want to get serious, my fictitious portrayal of Becky is taken from a pretty accurate profile of what most angry lib woman are.

td

April 13th, 2012
10:39 am

Aquagirl

April 13th, 2012
10:37 am

Probably right but you forgot to say we have a great deal of the money so we get the most beautiful woman:-)

Becky

April 13th, 2012
10:41 am

Good to know the lawn mowing business is working out for you so you can buy your imaginary little blow up Barbie.

td

April 13th, 2012
10:45 am

Becky

April 13th, 2012
10:41 am

That was a one chuckle post. If you put down that fork for a minute then I am sure you can do better.

Look before I leap...

April 13th, 2012
10:45 am

@td

If calling someone you don’t see eye to eye with, “homely” and “abused as a child” is your idea of “having fun” then that says far more about your lack of character than it does Becky’s.

UGA 1999

April 13th, 2012
10:48 am

I do not know why he has not dropped out yet.

td

April 13th, 2012
10:49 am

Look before I leap…

April 13th, 2012
10:45 am

Please stop with your hypocrisy. You and your lib ilk on this blog have said so much worse about me in the past that this looks like I am asking for a date.

Whatever.

Aquagirl

April 13th, 2012
10:49 am

we have a great deal of the money so we get the most beautiful woman

td, I can understand why you think other men have to buy women. If you’re not obnoxious they might hang around without a paycheck.

Also I have two words for you: Bobby Petrino.

Becky

April 13th, 2012
10:50 am

aquagirl-snork

Look before I leap...

April 13th, 2012
10:54 am

@td

“…taken from a pretty accurate profile of what most angry lib woman are.”

You confuse stereotype with accurate portrayal.
In case you are unaware, you do that quite a bit.
Please keep it up, it amuses me.

Becky

April 13th, 2012
10:55 am

Speaking of Petrino-any truth to the rumor he didn’t really have an accident but his girlfriend’s fiancee followed them and beat the stew out of him? Supposedly the bike was not wrecked or scratched.

td

April 13th, 2012
10:55 am

Aquagirl

April 13th, 2012
10:49 am

I have a beautiful, smart, way more conservative than I, long time wife that is the best woman in the world.

What I am saying is that the empirical evidence shows that these “fat conservative Republican men” that you seem to want to downgrade sure seems to attract so of the most beautiful woman. You do not see fat ugly woman with rich conservative men.

td

April 13th, 2012
10:57 am

Becky

April 13th, 2012
10:55 am

Sure hope so. That butt head sure needs the crap beat out of him a few times.

Marlboro Man

April 13th, 2012
10:57 am

Newt will hurt Romney in the short run, there won’t be a long run.

td

April 13th, 2012
11:02 am

It is time for members of the republican party to pack their bags and leave our state!

UGA 1999

April 13th, 2012
11:04 am

Marlboro…You do realize that Obama is now trailing in the polls and only 32% of Americans believe that Obama has America heading on the right track.

No Teabagging

April 13th, 2012
11:11 am

Newt to staff: “Abandon ship, iceberg ahead!”

Aquagirl

April 13th, 2012
11:13 am

any truth to the rumor he didn’t really have an accident but his girlfriend’s fiancee followed them and beat the stew out of him?

I don’t think so, unless the fiancee is an expert at punching around big noses without breaking them. The bike might have been upright until it left the road.

I’m not sure I want to reconstruct that accident.

Look before I leap...

April 13th, 2012
11:19 am

@Aquagirl

“I’m not sure I want to reconstruct that accident.”

Thanks for crystallizing the reach-around mental image I have been trying to avoid all week.

It is nice to know however, that Karma is alive and well in Arkansas.

Becky

April 13th, 2012
11:22 am

I do love me some Karma.

Look before I leap...

April 13th, 2012
11:30 am

Rep Broun needs to go.
I don’t mind his conservatism as much as his blatant fear-mongering and stupidity. Now there are allegations of campaign finance misdeeds.

He would not even be in office had Jim Whitehead not inserted his entire leg into his mouth.

The goobernator

April 13th, 2012
11:30 am

Newt follows the path of Sarah Palin, failed run + Media trainwreck = lucrative job as wannabe celebrity. CNN must not get it. If people cant get intersted to vote for him, why the heck would thye watch him on their news for the biased shows?

Maude

April 13th, 2012
11:30 am

Sad to see Tebow associating with the 12stones of hatred hypocrites.

Aquagirl

April 13th, 2012
11:31 am

Thanks for crystallizing the reach-around mental image I have been trying to avoid all week.

Well you could always visit Jeff Schultz’ blog over in the sports section. He’s posted a video where the Taiwanese have their own creative interpretation. That would give you a new mental picture, along with some grand laughs.

Yes, Mr. Petrino’s karma has spread that far. “Dirtbag” is a universal concept.

Look before I leap...

April 13th, 2012
11:36 am

@Maude

Cuz Tebow is a good Christian feller… dontcha know?
He shows us that every time he completes a touchdown pass.

Look before I leap...

April 13th, 2012
11:42 am

“dirtbag”??
um, ok we’ll go with that since the AJC is family newspaper.

Maybe Petrino has a future as a spokesman for Harley-Davidson.

Metro Mensa man

April 13th, 2012
11:46 am

Regarding Newt’s “…not missing a meal…”, I would only say that Newt is responsible for his campaign’s debt and he is the one they will look to in order to be repaid. If his donor’s don’t come through with assistance then the debt will remain unpaid. Those who are owed the money may or may not forgive his debt to them but I seriously doubt that. Grins and handshakes don’t usually get you seats on Delta for instance.

Going Right

April 13th, 2012
11:58 am

Becky: Nasty? Hmmm, let’s see: Since Calista was not able to personally answer that kind and heartfelt post of yours “Calista would be perfect on one of the late night shows providing makeup and hairstyle tips. Maybe she could make jewelry on the side and market that on QVC. I would hate for her and Noot to do without and actually have to do something productive for a change., I thought I’d at least try to get a retort in for her. You be civil and others will be civil to you. Keep your catty remarks to yourself and others will do the same (including your truly). Incivility and nasty, unfounded remarks usually beget others.

honested

April 13th, 2012
11:58 am

Look….

At least Petrino could write a safety manual for HD,……”Things You Should Never Do On A Moving Electroglide”.

Is It Fair?

April 13th, 2012
11:59 am

My President would never, ever apologize for the United States of America! And, his wife would forever be proud of her Country!

zeke

April 13th, 2012
12:00 pm

maybe td can help ole newt out with some of his big bucks…help his old mentor out

i heard snl willing to chip in to keep him around to provide material for their show

honested

April 13th, 2012
12:02 pm

going right,…

You may be an expert.
Does callista have any marketable skills, or are they limited to “Things Your Should Never Do On A Moving Electroglide”

td

April 13th, 2012
12:08 pm

Open up your eyes peeps! We are all in danger as long as republicans are in office. GREAT DANGER!

Chris

April 13th, 2012
12:09 pm

I watch fox news daily. I am a Romney fan and felt that they were all for anybody but Romney. in the last few weeks their guests have almost all announced their support for Romney. They really can’t control their guests. Up until then I do think most of the regulars gave Newt and Santorum a real edge over Romney.