Drudge: ABC Holding Interview With Gingrich Ex

January 18, 2012 20:00 pm

by Buzz Brockway · 17 comments

Drudge posted this story about an hour ago:

Marianne Gingrich has said she could end her ex-husband’s career with a single interview.

Earlier this week, she sat before ABCNEWS cameras, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

She spoke to ABCNEWS reporter Brian Ross for two hours, and her explosive revelations are set to rock the trail.

But now a “civil war” has erupted inside of the network, an insider claims, on exactly when the confession will air!

As Drudge likes to say, developing…..

Update: Interview might air Thursday night.

Update 2: Newt’s daughters speak out:

The failure of a marriage is a terrible and emotional experience for everyone involved.  Anyone who has had that experience understands it is a personal tragedy filled with regrets, and sometimes differing memories of events. 
 
We will not say anything negative about our father’s ex-wife.  He has said before, privately and publicly, that he regrets any pain he may have caused in the past to people he loves.

ricstewart January 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm

ABC is debating the ethics of airing the interview before the primary?
What would be the ethics of withholding information if it’s relevant to Gingrich’s character, integrity, and ability to govern?

Buzz Brockway January 18, 2012 at 8:05 pm

News agencies don’t like to be blamed (or credited) with impacting the outcome of an election. It’s a tough call, but as a voter, don’t you want to have as much information as possible before you vote?

Calypso January 18, 2012 at 8:34 pm

“News agencies don’t like to be blamed (or credited) with impacting the outcome of an election.”

Tell that to Herman.

Buzz Brockway January 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm

True.

Dave Bearse January 18, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Tell Cain what?

I recollect reports that Cain and/or his campaign were given ten days notice of the story’s release. The Cain campaign imploded as much from a lack of judgement and preparation concerning the story’s release as it did the alledged harassment and adultery.

kdoc January 18, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Here’s another possibility (no evidence of this – just a theory): the content of the interview isn’t really that great, but ABC wants to plant all sorts of doubts in people’s heads before the vote. If they air it immediately, and it’s just smoke and mirrors, then Gingrich comes out looking good. But if they just let the suspense simmer, Gingrich goes down, then the interview airs, and – lo and behold – it’s not that big a deal. But Gingrich is done by that time.

Buzz Brockway January 18, 2012 at 8:43 pm

That could be. That’s what makes it tough for voters in SC.

ricstewart January 18, 2012 at 8:34 pm

What could it possibly be to ruin his career? There are virtually no taboos in America anymore. As a culture, we have no shame and very low standards. Think of all the scandals that public figures have recovered from. Newt’s supporters already know about his affairs, divorces, and 84 charges of ethics violations.

Besides, we all know the drill. As soon as any sort of scandalous allegations come out against a candidate, that candidate’s supporters immediately dismiss them as false.

KD_fiscal conservative January 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm

“As soon as any sort of scandalous allegations come out against a candidate, that candidate’s supporters immediately dismiss them as false.”

Exactly, and then the usual suspects start screaming LI’BER’AL BIAS. But the fundamental point there is, it doesn’t matter. Gingrich is losing by a 10 point margin, and as long as Santorum sticks around, Gingrich will lose. The is no question about it.

Now on the other hand, if Santorum and Gingrich were really swerd, one would get out and the other will be promised a spot in the WH if the other wins.

greencracker January 18, 2012 at 8:38 pm

You should run a story when you get it unless you are waiting for legitimate followup info, like checking with other sources.

You should definitely not dangle some crazy mess out in public like this.

But, TV news is a different kind of beast from print.

Harry January 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Why would anybody be surprised about Newt’s lack of morals and ethics?

saltycracker January 18, 2012 at 10:14 pm

“Marianne Gingrich has said she could end her ex-husband’s career with a single interview.”

She is on record supporting his causes but has said he doesn’t walk the talk in his personal life.
If she has a bombshell, the timing and apparent “blindside Newt” handling is self-destructive scorn. ABC’s handwringing is rating baiting.

Noway January 19, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Old news, old story but Marianne sure is getting some much needed attention, huh? “Someone is interested in hearing what I have to say!” Oh, Goodie. What a sad, bitter woman.

John Konop January 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Attacking the x will not help Newt with women in my opinion.

Three Jack January 20, 2012 at 11:15 am

When did he ‘attack the x’? Seems to me it’s the other way around.

Noway January 20, 2012 at 11:40 am

Congrats, Marianne! You’re spiteful bilge just propelled Newt into the lead and quite possibly a victory. Can you say “backfire?”

elfiii January 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Exactly.

Who really wants to hear another jilted spouse’s “Woe is me” story anyway? Isn’t cable TV already full of that crap?

I have “prurient interests” too just like everybody else. I’m just not that “prurient”.

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