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WAPO's Hit Job on Gingrich
Hot Air Blog ^ | 12-16-2011 | Ed Morrissy

Posted on 12/16/2011 7:00:57 AM PST by wildbill

Today’s Washington Post carries a story about a “curious case in the annals of the FBI,” but the only curious aspect of the story is why the Post published it — with the headline FBI considered a sting aimed at Newt Gingrich in 1997. That implies that the arguable GOP frontrunner for President had committed some sort of conduct that was shady enough to get the FBI to propose an Abscam-like operation to take Gingrich down. However, that’s not the case at all, but you have to get past the lead paragraph to figure that out:

(Excerpt) Read more at hotair.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: hitjob; wapo
I'm not yet sold that Newt can win in any case--but this is the worst case of 'yellow journalism' I think I have seen to date in this year's campaign coverage.

Don't the MSM have editors with some pride in their profession anymore? Is this the best they can do in attacking a Republican? Where is the shame?

1 posted on 12/16/2011 7:01:06 AM PST by wildbill
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To: wildbill
Don't the MSM have editors with some pride in their profession anymore?

Hit jobs are what they take pride in. They are the measure of respect from the their self-selected insular peers.

2 posted on 12/16/2011 7:03:29 AM PST by glorgau
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To: wildbill

Look at the hit job FOX tried on Newt in last night’s debate. But Newt won in spite of their Romney loving effort to take Newt down.

I am done with FOX.


3 posted on 12/16/2011 7:03:55 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: wildbill
The smallest book in the history of the world is the "Manual of Journalistic Ethics".

It has a front and back cover and no pages.

4 posted on 12/16/2011 7:04:41 AM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: wildbill

I have noticed Fox news has been stumping for Romney and bashing Newt every chance they get. It is astounding how many people are attempting to crucify Newt and push a liberal like Romney or a nut job like Ron Paul.


5 posted on 12/16/2011 7:05:27 AM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: wildbill
"The FBI document states that Soghanalian, Marianne Gingrich, Ash and Bennett spent several days together in Paris. Gingrich said “her relationship with her husband was purely a relationship of convenience,” the document states. “She told [Soghanalian] that she needed her husband for economic reasons, and that he needed to keep her close because she knew of all his ‘skeletons.’ ”

“She also told [Soghanalian], ‘It’s time for me to make money using my husband, and after we get started doing this, it will be easy,” the document says."

Marianne Gingrich calls this “hogwash,” and it’s not to difficult to see why. She and Gingrich had been married 14 years by the time of this meeting in 1995, and they’d be divorced five years later, so it doesn’t appear that Gingrich was terribly afraid of “skeletons” nor she of life after divorce. Furthermore, she had a job that paid her well and involved enough trust for her employer to send her to Paris to drum up investment business, which makes the claim that she was so dependent on her husband that she couldn’t afford to leave him look somewhat preposterous.

6 posted on 12/16/2011 7:07:24 AM PST by iowamark
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To: wildbill

A part of me thinks that of all the bad decisions the Warren Supreme Court made, “Sullivan v. New York Times” was the worst of all.


7 posted on 12/16/2011 7:09:38 AM PST by I Shall Endure
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To: wildbill

Newt is the terminator...


8 posted on 12/16/2011 7:11:10 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Funniest part of the debate is when Meghan (Thank God Newt is not winning Iowa) Kelley...so beautiful but so RINO...

...asked the tough judge question with super loaded adjectives such as crazy, loony, preposterous etc....and Gingrich brought the House down with applause.

In the post debate analysis, wither Cavuto or Wallace said that was Gingrich’s biggest applause of the night (on Meghan’s question).....Megs had to get a dig in and state “that will help him in the primary but hurt him in the General Election.

Nice job Meghan Kelley, giving Newt the biggest applause of the whole debate lmao.


9 posted on 12/16/2011 7:11:36 AM PST by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: wildbill

If this is all the whack left as on Newt....Goodnight Obama!


10 posted on 12/16/2011 7:12:14 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: rbmillerjr
This debate will be slice and dice for der Leader...
11 posted on 12/16/2011 7:17:47 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: rbmillerjr

Yeah, Newt kicked her little fanny all over the place. I think she believes that lawyers should be in charge of everything. She’s as bad an elitist as anyone in Obama’s cabinet.


12 posted on 12/16/2011 7:19:24 AM PST by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: wildbill
"I'm not yet sold that Newt can win in any case

Apparently others think he can, there is loads of people trying to destroy him.

13 posted on 12/16/2011 7:26:56 AM PST by WHBates
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To: wildbill

Newt destroyed every other so called candidate last night. I was...beyond impressed with his perfoance. He is the clear choice.


14 posted on 12/16/2011 7:28:35 AM PST by RC one (Newt is the last anti-Romney firewall.)
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To: RC one

http://www.newt.org/meet-newt

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Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Newt’s experiences as the son of a career soldier convinced him at an early age to dedicate his life to his country and to the protection of freedom. Realizing the importance of understanding the past in order to protect the future, he immersed himself in the study of history, receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Emory University and Master’s and Doctorate in Modern European History from Tulane University. Before his election to Congress in 1978, Newt taught History and Environmental Studies at West Georgia College for eight years. He represented Georgia in Congress for twenty years, including four years as Speaker of the House.

Newt served on the Defense Policy Board under President George W. Bush, which provided strategic counsel to the Pentagon and Secretary of Defense on how to better address threats facing the United States. He is also the longest-serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting course for Major Generals at Air University and taught officers from all five services as an honorary Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor at the National Defense University. In 1999, Gingrich was appointed to the United States Commission on National Security/21st Century, the Hart/Rudman Commission to examine our national security challenges as far out as 2025. The Commission’s report is the most profound rethinking of defense strategy since 1947.


15 posted on 12/16/2011 7:31:26 AM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: wildbill
Don't the MSM have editors with some pride in their profession anymore? Is this the best they can do in attacking a Republican? Where is the shame?

Any failing of the modern MSM to live up to traditional journalistic standards is greatly outweighed by the praise they receive from the darkside. To them, "shame" equates to failing to glorify the Left. The "media" take great pride in taking down conservatives as they did with Herman Cain. To them, that IS their profession.

Gone is the era of unbiased journalism. Dead and gone. Reporting is all about advocacy and propaganda now.

16 posted on 12/16/2011 7:37:01 AM PST by ScottinVA (I miss America.)
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To: wildbill

It appears these types of stories(rumors) can originate on some obscure left-wing blog, and are then laundered through Politico, the Huffington Post, AP and others to make the accusations appear legitimate.


17 posted on 12/16/2011 7:38:45 AM PST by radioone ("2012 can't come soon enough")
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To: Redleg Duke
It has a front and back cover and no pages.

And the inside of each cover is 100% yellow.

18 posted on 12/16/2011 7:39:10 AM PST by ScottinVA (I miss America.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

You know, once the MSM declares you dead, you are supposed to stay dead. Guess Newt didn’t get the memo and it is driving them all completely nuts.


19 posted on 12/16/2011 7:41:13 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: rbmillerjr

A friend in DC who knows her says she’s not likable.


20 posted on 12/16/2011 7:46:02 AM PST by Mountain Mary ("My core is not up for grabs". El Rushbo 12/06/11)
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To: iowamark

Amazing they were divorced five years later, and it was common knowledge that newt was having relations with wife number three six years prior to this divorce. And they hung Cain for his work at the NRA over claims of sexual abuse, where all charges were third party rumors.


21 posted on 12/16/2011 7:49:09 AM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and his fellow supporters)
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To: org.whodat
Amazing they were divorced five years later, and it was common knowledge that newt was having relations with wife number three six years prior to this divorce. And they hung Cain for his work at the NRA over claims of sexual abuse, where all charges were third party rumors.

For Liberals, sexual harassment is a much worse offense than cheating on your wife or rape. Which is why they Clinton a pass.

22 posted on 12/16/2011 8:08:29 AM PST by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: ScottinVA

I couldn’t resist posting the following to the WAPO after Grimaldi, the author of the piece, had the brass to defend the article in the comments section,

“So, Mr. Gimaldi, you think it is “important to note” the speculation in an obscure website in an inflamatory headline. As any journalist knows, headlines are sometimes the only thing that much of the public reads/absorbs so the headline is important. Perhaps it should have read “Obscure website smears Gingrich with speculation.”

I love the implication that the website is non-profit makes it somehow more plausible. Non-profit is no justification since almost all websites of this stripe have few readers and aren’t even worth the time to read them, much less pay for them.

No, this was a hit job as pointed out by Ed Morrissy on his Hot Air blog today. http://hotair.com/archives/2011/12/16/wapos-hit-jo...

I suppose the days of yellow journalism are back with us as much of the liberal media uses its remaining power to try to shape the country to its viewpoint with whatever means they can justify to themselves. After all, they are the elite and know what and who is best for us.

By the way, I’m not a Gingrich supporter—yet. I still support Rick Perry.


23 posted on 12/16/2011 8:12:50 AM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

The seriousness of the charge, I get it.


24 posted on 12/16/2011 8:27:04 AM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and there supporters.)
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To: rbmillerjr
Meghan [Megyn] Kelley...so beautiful but so RINO

RINO means Republican In Name Only. Is Megyn Kelly a republican and if so does she report as such? Reporters should be independent. I know that virtually none of them are, but they should attempt to be.

If our guys can't handle a debate moderated by Fox News they are going to be woefully unprepared to face Obama and his minions in the rest of the MSM.

25 posted on 12/16/2011 8:40:33 AM PST by douginthearmy (Still undecided.)
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To: VeniVidiVici; org.whodat

I read the other day that Newt’s he met his first wife while he was in high school and she was his teacher. They married when she was 26 and he was 19.

Of course, we don’t know if sex was involved while he was her student, but it makes you wonder if a nerdy impressionable boy was taken advantage of by a teacher, doesn’t it?

The article I read had a picture of them together and based on the standard of judgment we often see on FR in these student/teacher affairs (a photo) to me she was obviously ‘guilty’


26 posted on 12/16/2011 9:01:51 AM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: wildbill
Don't the MSM have editors with some pride in their profession anymore? Is this the best they can do in attacking a Republican? Where is the shame?

Hell the left wing media has taken part in the destruction of whole countries what is one GOP candidate to them
27 posted on 12/16/2011 10:17:49 AM PST by uncbob
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To: douginthearmy

“Is Megyn Kelly a republican and if so does she report as such?”

Well Doug, I didn’t check her Registration. But, yesterday, after hearing Romney was up on Gingrich by a whopping 1 point, she gleefully stated, “thank god” on the air.

So, I’m guessing she is a RINO. Sounds pretty logical to me. I think the candidates will do fine, as they have been, with the MSM in the debates. I didn’t expect a gaffe like that from Kelly on the air.


28 posted on 12/16/2011 1:56:43 PM PST by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: Redleg Duke
The smallest book in the history of the world is the "Manual of Journalistic Ethics". It has a front and back cover and no pages.

In contrast to the "Manual of Congressional Ethics," which has quite a few pages between the covers.

29 posted on 12/17/2011 10:39:56 PM PST by Erasmus (Rage, rage, against the dying of the light. Or, get out your 50mm/1.2.)
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