Gingrich, lover of the New York Times (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images) (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

ORIGINAL STORY: Just how many times did Newt Gingrich mention the New York Times in one answer from Saturday night’s Republican debate? Five, six, seven?

Good old Newt, always hammering away at what he loves to call the ”elite media.”

But hold on: No, he wasn’t hammering. He was doing quite the opposite, crediting the New York Times — the most elite of the elite media — for a story that explored the impact of Mitt Romney’s former firm, Bain Capital, on companies that it assisted. The piece went deep on one deal, involving a medical firm called Dade International: “[A]n examination of the Dade deal, which Mr. Romney approved and presided over, shows the unintended human costs and messy financial consequences behind the brand of capitalism that he practiced for 15 years.”

Gingrich palling around with the New York Times — a delicious reversal. The former House speaker’s move left Romney with an obvious retort — namely, hammer away at the elite media. “Well, I”m not surprised to have the New York Times try to put free enterprise under trial. I’m not surprised to have the Obama administration do that either. It’s a little surprising from my colleagues on this stage.”

The exchange exposed the truth about the whining about the mainstream media in the United States: It’s always carrying water for Democrats, until, that is, it produces a scoop that attacks your opponent or exposes left-wing politicians as crooks. In which case you cite the story over and over and save your whining about the left-wing media till the next day.