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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 08:22 AM ET, 01/20/2012

ABC News: Gingrich not correct about sources

Newt Gingrich, in a photo that does NOT portray his feelings about the media. (NICHOLAS KAMM - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Newt Gingrich’s most potent slam against the media in last night’s CNN debate alleged a certain cognitive dissonance. The speaker was on fire about an ABC report giving air to claims by ex-wife Marianne Gingrich that the former speaker had requested an “open marriage.” He said:

“This story is false. Every personal friend I had in that period says the story was false. We offered several of them to ABC to prove it was false. They weren’t interested because they would like to attack any Republican. They’re attacking the governor, they’re attacking me, I’m sure they’ll get around to Senator Santorum, and Congressman Paul. I am tired of the elite media protecting Barack Obama by attacking Republicans.”

ABC denies that. Says ABC Senior Vice President Jeffrey W. Schneider via electronic mail:

“That’s just not true. His daughters were in our story last night and we sought interviews with Gingrich or surrogates very aggressively starting Tuesday morning. Would have been happy to interview anyone they put forward.”

What great symmetry we have here. Gingrich is engaged in a he-said, she-said spat with his ex-wife and a broadcast network.

See also: Gingrich’s rant---drawn, quartered, dissected.

And you gotta see this gallery: Gingrich through the years.

By  |  08:22 AM ET, 01/20/2012

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