Newt knows how to play the media game and lives by the rules of the Godfather,"Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer".
The fact that Newt has discovered that every time he bitch slaps some media wimp, his rating go up, doesn't change the fact that he knows that smoozing the media whores in private gets him a better reaction on the background crap.
Newt it too media savvy and comfortable on camera to be roped by Mittens on these issues.
Rom’s handlers are making a big mistake by having a guy that only is good at canned answers engage Newt on that territory.
He simply does not maneuver well enough to withstand a Newt counterattack.