Newt Gingrich has a message for major news outlets looking to smear him by digging up statements and transgressions from his past: Why not first look into the past of the man who's currently in the Oval Office?
On Monday, Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake reached out to his followers on Twitter for help in finding damaging remarks made by surging GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich:
The ordeal is reminiscent of an incident earlier this year during which the Post and The New York Times asked readers to help dig for dirt in the 24,000 pages of emails released from Sarah Palin's time as governor of Alaska.
While the search for damaging information produced little ammo for liberals, the call for volunteers to help smear the Republican governor drew criticism from conservatives who have long alleged a left-leaning bias from the so-called "main stream media."
When asked during a radio interview what he thought about Blake's tweet, Gingrich said he's not surprised.
"I think that you have to expect that kind of trash," said Gingrich. He went on to say that he's been honest about his past and that he has had to ask for forgiveness for some of the things he has done.
"It’s a little sad to see a paper the quality of the Washington Post stoop to that, which used to be the National Enquirer approach to life. But that’s just the nature of where we are today," he said.
Gingrich commented that rather than "crowd-sourcing" into his past, the media should account for where they have come short in carrying out the appropriate investigation into the president.
"I wish they would crowd-source to discover what he did at Columbia University, and I wish they would crowd-source to figure out what he did with Saul Alinsky’s ideas on the South Side of Chicago," Gingrich said. "But the news media’s never quite found itself as excited about the facts about Barack Obama. Would rather worry about rumors about conservatives than facts about the President."
Gingrich pointed out that it is "absurd" how little Americans know about the president's life after he left Hawaii, in particular what he did in Chicago.