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Gingrich admits ABC claim was false
Politico ^ | January 25th | Dylan Byers

Posted on 01/26/2012 5:48:34 AM PST by Halfmanhalfamazing

After nearly a week on the defensive, CNN's John King reports tonight that Newt Gingrich's claim about offering witnesses to ABC News in his defense — to rebut the network's interview with his second wife, Marianne Gingrich — was not true.

"Tonight, after persistent questioning by our staff, the Gingrich campaign concedes now Speaker Gingrich was wrong — both in his debate answer, and in our interview yesterday," King said on tonight's edition of John King USA. "Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond says the only people the Gingrich campaign offered to ABC were his two daughters from his first marriage."

An important victory for John King in his ongoing effort to justify last Thursday's confrontation.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abclied; cnnlied; gingrich; johnking; lies; marianne; mariannegingrich; mariannelied; newt; newtgingrich; politicolied; untrue
This is typical liberal media cut-and-paste-hack-journalism.

Newt said "they", and I think he's referring to ABC news. "they" weren't interested is something he has repeatedly said.

But look at how John King uses this. There are two video clips that King uses, I would like to see more of the second video beyond what King clipped and used.

Anybody know where to get it? I have a feeling that King is lying here, yet again.

1 posted on 01/26/2012 5:48:37 AM PST by Halfmanhalfamazing
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Why do I not believe King?


2 posted on 01/26/2012 5:51:52 AM PST by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Ok, I am confused.
Gingrich said witness were offered, weren’t his daughters witnesses?
So how is Gingrich’s statement witness were offered a lie?


3 posted on 01/26/2012 5:54:17 AM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Considering the source of the report and their source, I would consider it lies based on other lies.

The media, Fox News included, has no credibility left whatsoever.

4 posted on 01/26/2012 5:55:04 AM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
King said on tonight's edition of John King USA. "Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond says the only people the Gingrich campaign offered to ABC were his two daughters from his first marriage."

This says nothing. I take it CNN and Politico believe they don't need any substance to this hit piece?
5 posted on 01/26/2012 5:55:32 AM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: svcw

—Ok, I am confused.
Gingrich said witness were offered, weren’t his daughters witnesses?
So how is Gingrich’s statement witness were offered a lie?—

That is exactly what I was wondering. You saved me having to cut and paste from the article. Thank you. :-)


6 posted on 01/26/2012 5:56:50 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: svcw
Gingrich said witness were offered, weren’t his daughters witnesses?

Newt specifically said several personal friends were willing to come forward. That's the part that wasn't true -- only his daughters were available to ABC.

Even as a Newt supporter, it's pretty clear to me in the videos. I don't know how the rest of you are missing that.

7 posted on 01/26/2012 5:59:17 AM PST by AnglePark
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

When muckrakers like John King are more interested in ex-wives from 20 years ago, more than Saul Alinsky, Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko, etc, etc, we know we are in good hands.


8 posted on 01/26/2012 6:00:58 AM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: svcw
Why are the daughters not witnesses?

Something doesn't make sense.

9 posted on 01/26/2012 6:01:05 AM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
John King


10 posted on 01/26/2012 6:01:31 AM PST by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Newt is self proclaimed genius

Just like Wile E Coyote

How'd that pan out?

11 posted on 01/26/2012 6:02:52 AM PST by Pietro
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Ann Coulter defended King so he must be right. :)


12 posted on 01/26/2012 6:04:20 AM PST by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: AnglePark; cuban leaf

AP you have a point in your statement.
I am still not getting this issue, maybe it’s to early in the morning.
If I were making the statement I might refer to my daughters a friends, to avoid them being hounded.
However, for me they were witnesses just as Gingrich said - offered witnesses.
Oh, well in the whole scheme of things it is not a big issue to me - friends - daughters.


13 posted on 01/26/2012 6:05:05 AM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Sounds like an artful quote from King. Maybe the “campaign” didn’t “offer” anyone else, however the other witnesses exist and ABC knew it. Further, it seems to me Marianne’s claim was false just based on her own statements.


14 posted on 01/26/2012 6:06:24 AM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

I think it is important to hear from Newt on this.

This is typical hack partisan journalism - interpret reality however you want, then get your story out first, like a little kid crying to his Mommy about his older brother.

This is like a jury hearing only one side of the evidence.


15 posted on 01/26/2012 6:22:05 AM PST by Eccl 10:2
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To: Solson
Ann Coulter defended King so he must be right

So did David Gergen!

16 posted on 01/26/2012 6:26:01 AM PST by Theodore R. (I'll still vote for Santorum in the unlikely event he is still on the April 3 ballot.)
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To: Eccl 10:2

could anyone tell what that paper said that the guy flashed before the camera?


17 posted on 01/26/2012 6:30:02 AM PST by RummyChick (It's a Satan Sandwich with Satan Fries on the side - perfect for Obama 666)
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To: RummyChick

ooops wrong thread


18 posted on 01/26/2012 6:30:51 AM PST by RummyChick (It's a Satan Sandwich with Satan Fries on the side - perfect for Obama 666)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
I don't think this is going to be a significant issue for primary voters, despite the alleged misrepresentation on Newt's part. That said, I believe this is a taste of what he will be facing if he is the Republican nominee.

The media and Obama campaign's strategy--having taken note of Newt's thin-skinned nature---- will be to keep him on constant defense against claims about his past, or inconsistencies in his statements, hoping he will have one of his mini(or worse)meltdowns. He's going to have to steel himself for that, because letting loose on his adversaries will undermine his support in a general election. I've known many voters who are unnerved by negativity in campaigns, particularly those who aren't fully committed to a particular candidate.

19 posted on 01/26/2012 6:34:18 AM PST by Calliecat
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

I want to see a statement in quotations from Newt Gingrich saying “I admit my ABC claims were false.”


20 posted on 01/26/2012 6:37:12 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: AnglePark
Newt specifically said several personal friends were willing to come forward. That's the part that wasn't true -- only his daughters were available to ABC.

I take issue with the declarative "not true" -- it is quite possible that there were indeed several friends willing to come forward, and yet the Gingrich campaign only "offered" the daughters for an interview. The latter does not disprove the former.

21 posted on 01/26/2012 6:38:54 AM PST by kevkrom (Note to self: proofread, then post. It's better that way.)
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To: Calliecat
He's going to have to steel himself for that, because letting loose on his adversaries will undermine his support in a general election.

No it won't. I can't wait until he lets loose on Obama. It is going to be delicious.

22 posted on 01/26/2012 6:45:28 AM PST by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

He’d better clear this up, one way of another, no mealy mouthing.
Lying and credibility are at issue, not opinion.


23 posted on 01/26/2012 6:59:41 AM PST by BilLies ( (ABCBSNBCNN, NYTimes, WaPOSt , etc., hates your Traditional American guts!))
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Politico is in big financial trouble. It’s losing visitors and money.

It would be good for our side if FReepers stopped posting garbage from Politico.


24 posted on 01/26/2012 7:18:06 AM PST by sergeantdave
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

It was just about sex; aren’t politicians allowed private lives? Guess only if they’re Dems.


25 posted on 01/26/2012 7:40:35 AM PST by NRA1995 (Obama's presidency is shovel-ready; let's bury it in 2012!)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

YAAAAAWWWWN......

Call me when the Speaker responds...

BTW, if there’s a SHREAD of validity to this story, it’ll come up in the next debate....right up front...

...just like last time....

and I am certain that we ALL recall how last time went..

RLTW


26 posted on 01/26/2012 7:45:09 AM PST by military cop (I carry a .45....cause they don't make a .46....)
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To: sergeantdave

—————Politico is in big financial trouble.-—————

Do you have a link on that?

-——————It would be good for our side if FReepers stopped posting garbage from Politico.———————

Noted and I will try to remember.

I would hope you would say this more often to others as well.(and I could probably use a reminder myself every now and then. It’s easy to forget!) There are times when I myself feel that we freepers don’t treat the media enough like the enemy that they clearly are.


27 posted on 01/26/2012 8:02:49 AM PST by Halfmanhalfamazing ( Media doesn't report, It advertises. So that last advertisement you just read, what was it worth?)
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To: Pietro
Newt is self proclaimed genius Just like Wile E Coyote How'd that pan out?

Like this.

(Caution: language)

28 posted on 01/26/2012 8:18:25 AM PST by Maceman (Obama: As American as nasei goreng)
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To: Eccl 10:2
I think it is important to hear from Newt on this.

No, it isn't. Who gives a crap????

Talk about picking fly shit out of pepper...can we PLEASE talk instead about things that will impact our country as we move forward, instead of constantly look back?

As for John King, ignore the little turd.

29 posted on 01/26/2012 8:44:03 AM PST by teenyelliott (Obama warned if he loses the election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance)
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To: Eccl 10:2
I think it is important to hear from Newt on this.

No, it isn't. Who gives a crap????

Talk about picking fly shit out of pepper...can we PLEASE talk instead about things that will impact our country as we move forward, instead of constantly looking back?

As for John King, ignore the little turd.

30 posted on 01/26/2012 8:44:22 AM PST by teenyelliott (Obama warned if he loses the election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance)
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To: AnglePark
Newt specifically said several personal friends were willing to come forward. That's the part that wasn't true -- only his daughters were available to ABC. Even as a Newt supporter, it's pretty clear to me in the videos. I don't know how the rest of you are missing that.

Still nitpicking. That others would come forward and that ABC had not been given names doesn't mean he lied.

31 posted on 01/26/2012 8:50:26 AM PST by fml
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To: svcw; Halfmanhalfamazing; cuban leaf; AnglePark; onyx; All
This is typical liberal media cut-and-paste-hack-journalism.

Yep, they are playing with words and third-party inferences (e.g., most people may be ready to produce affidavits confirming the account, but not necessarily "offer to do an interview" with ABC, etc.).

It's not surprising that WaPo's Politico is using words and snippets that will try to exonerate one of their own media (CNN, ABC etc.) "reporters" to continue the "Newt lied" meme, while the story itself has been public, so it didn't even need all the commotion. Talk about tempest in a tea pot:

From No-Fault Newt - WSJ, by James Taranto, 2012 January 20

Gingrich met and started dating Callista (with intent to marry after finalizing the divorce) in 1993, 6 years after separation from Marianne (so Callista was not a "home-wrecker" or a "chased intern"), just when he was busy launching the Gingrich Revolution of 1994 and working on passing Contract With America and welfare and other reforms, while fighting 84 frivolous unfounded ethics charges, which took most of 1995-1998. Newt hardly had the time to finally settle his personal life by going through the divorce with Marianne (ex-wife-to-be) and marrying Callista (wife-in-waiting), which he did immediately upon resigning from Congress.

In contrast, during the same period of time, Marianne (who was financially supported by Newt all through the separation, with all the assets - earned by Newt from books and speeches - held in the accounts in her name) was openly saying how she would undermine and destroy Gingrich's career "with one interview" if he dared leave her and run for higher office. Some "wife" she was, eh?

I can only assume but, if anything, I doubt that since 1993 Newt has ever "cheated" on his bride-to-be Callista with his wife-on-paper ex-wife-to-be Marianne.

More timeline / chronology, ref:
The Inner Quest of Newt Gingrich (1995: Marianne Promised To "Undermine Everything" For Newt) - FR, post #143, 2012 January 18

32 posted on 01/26/2012 12:01:41 PM PST by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: CutePuppy

Ok, so what we have is this:
He is 16 and his (to be wife) was his teacher and 24. They get married shortly after he turns 18. Have a life, after years the marriage is not working, wife wants a separation when she finds out she may have cancer, surgery is done and she is fine. She demanded he bring the divorce papers to the hospital, she just wanted the marriage over.
During the separation Gingrich meets the second wife, they get married. Marriage falls part, they keep trying finally file for separation (six years) at the end of those six years Gingrich meets wife three.
Divorce is finalized he marries wife three, became a repentant man, converted to Catholicism, and decides to run for president.
Not sure, abandoned wives, adultery (with in the church maybe but not in a secular sense) actually happened.


33 posted on 01/26/2012 12:14:05 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen You up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: svcw
Not sure, [that] abandoned wives, adultery (within the church maybe but not in a secular sense) actually happened.

You are being too logical... :-)

I am sure that was given a serious consideration by the RC / Roman Catholic Chucrh which granted Gingrich the annulments.

Of course, trying to claim that on political circuit would bring Newt the full Herman Cain treatment, so his stance on this - to paraphrase, I regret the things I have done in the past in my private life and have asked for forgiveness - makes a lot of sense and, in theory, has (or should have) inoculated him from these kinds of attack, but it's a silly season and all is fair in love and war...

34 posted on 01/26/2012 1:21:04 PM PST by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing; abb

Sorry, no link for that.

The article appeared on FR a few weeks back. But I bet abb might have the article on file. Let’s ask.

Hello abb:

Do you have the article that talked about Politico losing money and visitors?


35 posted on 01/26/2012 2:38:19 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: sergeantdave; Halfmanhalfamazing

I didn’t see this before, but sure enough from a month ago!

http://dailycaller.com/2011/12/22/as-political-season-heats-up-politicos-web-traffic-cools-down/

As political season heats up, Politico’s Web traffic cools down


36 posted on 01/26/2012 4:00:05 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Go Newt Go! Don’t let the losers grind you down!


37 posted on 01/26/2012 10:05:11 PM PST by RealCon76
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To: abb

Go Newt Go! Don’t let the losers grind you down!


38 posted on 01/27/2012 7:03:30 AM PST by RealCon76
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