Gingrich, Obama blame media for image problems

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“I am frankly astounded that Gingrich hasn’t been asked more about his various affairs and divorces,” writes Ariel Levy in The New Yorker. Levy says evangelical voters — not the media — are most concerned “with the candidate’s vague and not-particularly-remorseful-seeming statements about ‘past mistakes.’ ” But at Thursday night’s South Carolina debate, the thrice-married GOP candidate attacked the media for covering his ex-wife’s claims about their marriage, telling CNN’s John King he was “appalled” that the moderator’s first question would be about his second marriage.

“I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office. And I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that.”

King defended himself after the debate, telling Anderson Cooper, “It was my judgment, my decision, and mine alone.” The CNN anchor told Politico’s Dylan Byers and Keach Hagey, “My old AP training is, you deal with the lead of the day upfront first … I respect anybody who disagrees, but we made our decision.” Politico also reports that “Gingrich did not appear angry when he was also interviewed by Cooper, telling him: ‘I thought it was a great debate. I thought John King did a great job.’ ” That raises the question of how much of Gingrich’s outrage was him speaking to an American audience in which 75 percent of conservatives believe the media is too liberal.

Of course, Democrats blame the media, too. In an interview with Time magazine published Thursday, President Obama accused the media of portraying him as distant because he doesn’t socialize with them.

“The Washington press corps maybe just doesn’t feel like I’m in the mix enough with them, and they figure, well, if I’m not spending time with them, I must be cold and aloof.”

Related: Democrats go off the record for convention center tour while Republicans say, “We’ve never, ever done a media walk-through off the record.” (The Charlotte Observer)

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  • Justin Heinze

    Yes. The graduate of the Kennedy School of Government, editor of the Harvard Law Journal, and tenured professor of law at the University of Chicago, doesn’t believe in the law. 

  • Anonymous

    He’s [Obuckethead] complaining about the media not appreciating his cold genius, although they sure have his back concerning his unrestrained, directed campaign, targeted against the average American and their wallets!!!  Obonehead hasn’t been molested by the MSM, but caressed/soothed with the proverbial media reach-around!!!

    Demand Occubagger-Omugabe and Holder resign immediately!!!

  • LisaK

    Of course Obama doesn’t socialize with the media! They would find out he’s just a puppet that can’t put three words together without multiple teleprompters. Unless he’s talking his basketball brackets…

  • Anonymous

    Accuser in Chief.  Always need a fall guy.  Never take responsibility.  Always trying to SPIN animosity.  Oh, what a great leader we have.

  • Anonymous

    If Obama is claiming that the MSM is working against him, then I suggest that the media intern that is in the podium giving him a hummer at every speach either file a lawsuit, or change her blue dress and shut up……

  • Reckless

    Obama always is blaming someone or something else for his failures. And everything he has done is a fail. He has destroyed health care. He has destroyed industry after industry. He did not ‘save’ the auto industry. They should have gone through bankruptcy. But Obama doesn’t believe in the law. So he took hundreds of billions of taxpayer money and gave it to the unions along with giving the union GM. Hew screwed the secured lenders who should have gotten their money first. Obama stole GM and gave it to his union buddies.