Newt Gingrich Demolishes David Gregory on Meet the Press

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On Sunday’s Meet the Press on NBC, David Gregory jumped directly into his interview with former Speaker Newt Gingrich and began by asking him about the  controversy involving radio talkshow host Rush Limbaugh and his use of the terms “prostitute” and “slut” to describe Sandra Fluke, the 30yo law-school student at Georgetown University who is also an activist for radical feminist views, and who supports the Obama administration’s mandate that religious institutions be compelled to cover contraception, contrary to their religious views.  He couched his question in terms of whether the episode had done damage, but he left open where the damage may have occurred.   Gingrich did not fall for the trap Gregory laid, and it should serve as an example on how to handle the press.

It is typical of the mainstream media to demand that one conservative answer for another conservative’s statements and troubles, but they also like to create a narrative that suits their own ideological ends.  Gregory attempted this same tactic with Gingrich, but as is made plain in this video, Gingrich doesn’t fall into the trap.  He presses through Gregory’s attempt, and states his own case, and in answering the question by restating the premise, he demolishes Gregory.  Here’s the video:

As you can see from this video, Newt Gingrich knows full well how to contend with the false narratives advanced by the media. I think that as is often the case, Gingrich succeeded in making Gregory look foolish for pressing the line of questioning.  If the Republicans are going to win in 2012, this is the way they will need to do it, and frankly, I see none more capable on the Republican side at the moment than Newt Gingrich.  In this exchange, it’s clear that Gregory was sent packing with his lame attempt to drag Gingrich into the controversy, or at least to use the opportunity to advance the leftist talking point.

I was also interested to hear the substance of the way Gingrich answered it, because he stuck to his own agenda in pointing out that Barack Obama is carrying on a war against the Catholic Church, and indeed all religious institutions.  In fact, many of the things he said are in close accord with the positions I’ve taken over the last several days on the contraception controversy, particularly with respect to the war on the Church.  He also mentioned Cardinal George, and that means Gingrich is doing his homework.  He’s studying the available information, and that he’s arriving at conclusions that are fundamentally in accord with conservative values is important, because it suggests that his growth as a candidate has been genuinely positive. Can Gingrich come back?  If this interview is any indication, it seems likely.

 

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3 Responses to Newt Gingrich Demolishes David Gregory on Meet the Press

  1. donpurser says:

    This is why I like Gingrich over Santorum, to run against Obama.  He is smart, fast, a fighter, and he will give as good (or better) than he gets.

    On another note, the link to this video that came in the email took me to another video.  The link in this post on the website works correctly.

    Red-state people (and those trapped in blue states) are hungry for red meat like Gingrich gives here.  Way to go Newt!!

  2. Shawn S says:

    NATIONAL BOYCOTT OF FOX
    NEWS

     

    We are calling for a
    National Boycott of Fox News starting with March 6th Super Tuesday Primary
    coverage.  Newt’s supporters should watch
    CNN to impair Fox ratings as a payback for helping the RINO
    GOP Establishment pick our Candidate!

     

    Fox News has shown
    flagrant disrespect for Newt’s supporters via base tactics used to promote
    Romney while negatively portraying Newt Gingrich.  In many instances, Fox repeated and kept
    alive falsehoods and distortions of Newt’s record spread in Romney’s attack
    ads. 

     

    Fox coverage of Newt
    Gingrich has not been “Fair and Balanced.” 
    Fox has perpetuated the GOP Establishment’s grand illusion that “only
    Romney is electable; only Romney can defeat Obama.”  Most panelists and pundits on various programs
    have promoted Romney while mocking and excoriating Newt.  This nonstop bias has helped destroy Newt’s
    soaring lead early in the campaign and continues to prevent a rapid rise…

     

    There has been a
    strong imbalance while interviewing Candidates. 
    Romney receives “soft balls” while Newt is menaced with questions
    designed to unfairly depict his capability and remarkable achievements.  With the exception of Greta Van Susteren, all
    Fox Journalists have behaved disgracefully. 
    The last straw was Huckabee’s Forum III
    – the deck was stacked against Newt and Romney was again handled with kid
    gloves…

     

    We need to show the
    manipulators at Fox that Newt Gingrich supporters will not tolerate attempts to
    hide the Truth about Mitt Romney any longer. 
    We must take down Fox ratings, particularly on Super Tuesday!  Let’s deliver FOX
    the same harsh treatment they provided to Newt! 
    Perhaps Fox will get the message that Newt’s supporters do indeed have a
    voice.   Please watch election coverage
    on CNN.

     

    Thank you

    Shawn Simpson

  3. Shawn S says:

    NATIONAL BOYCOTT OF FOX
    NEWS

     

    We are calling for a
    National Boycott of Fox News starting with March 6th Super Tuesday Primary
    coverage.  Newt’s supporters should watch
    CNN to impair Fox ratings as a payback for helping the RINO
    GOP Establishment pick our Candidate!

     

    Fox News has shown
    flagrant disrespect for Newt’s supporters via base tactics used to promote
    Romney while negatively portraying Newt Gingrich.  In many instances, Fox repeated and kept
    alive falsehoods and distortions of Newt’s record spread in Romney’s attack
    ads. 

     

    Fox coverage of Newt
    Gingrich has not been “Fair and Balanced.” 
    Fox has perpetuated the GOP Establishment’s grand illusion that “only
    Romney is electable; only Romney can defeat Obama.”  Most panelists and pundits on various programs
    have promoted Romney while mocking and excoriating Newt.  This nonstop bias has helped destroy Newt’s
    soaring lead early in the campaign and continues to prevent a rapid rise…

     

    There has been a
    strong imbalance while interviewing Candidates. 
    Romney receives “soft balls” while Newt is menaced with questions
    designed to unfairly depict his capability and remarkable achievements.  With the exception of Greta Van Susteren, all
    Fox Journalists have behaved disgracefully. 
    The last straw was Huckabee’s Forum III
    – the deck was stacked against Newt and Romney was again handled with kid
    gloves…

     

    We need to show the
    manipulators at Fox that Newt Gingrich supporters will not tolerate attempts to
    hide the Truth about Mitt Romney any longer. 
    We must take down Fox ratings, particularly on Super Tuesday!  Let’s deliver FOX
    the same harsh treatment they provided to Newt! 
    Perhaps Fox will get the message that Newt’s supporters do indeed have a
    voice.   Please watch election coverage
    on CNN.

     

    Thank you

    Shawn Simpson