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    Politico targets Newt

    Politico targets Newt

    Politico targeted Herman Cain in an almost unprecedented fashion, turning its homepage into all Herman Cain all the time for about two weeks.

    Politico can move and shape a story because of its high traffic (reportedly 60 million page views a month and 8-10 million “unique visitors”), and its relationships with traditional mainstream media.

    Now Politico has moved on to Newt, with this headline and image on the homepage this morning:

    This is not a one-off.  Politico has become as obsessed with Newt as it was with Cain.  The difference is that when it came to Cain Politico was purporting to pursue a news story.

    During the past week Politico has run a handful of straight up news stories about Newt (e.g., New Hampshire Union Leader endorses Gingrich), but that has been the exception not the rule.  Mostly Politico has run opinion or news analysis pieces which give Politico the ability to shape an image of Newt.

    A clear theme is emerging at Politico: Good Newt versus Bad Newt, the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde candidate.  It is a theme right out of the Romney camp playbook.

    Politico pulls off the feat of portraying Newt as both an unelectable hardcore conservative and a RINO who should not appeal to hardcore conservatives.

    Here are some Politico opinion and news analysis articles this week in which Newt’s name was in the headline or a problem with Newt was the focus.  The headlines are particularly important because the headline is what readers see first, and often is the only thing that readers see:

    That’s just one week, and most of the stories were in the past 3-4 days.  I’m sure it’s just coincidence.


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    DINORightMarie | December 3, 2011 at 9:23 am

    This is why Newt is the person we need, IMHO (h/t Gateway Pundit, via YouTube):

    Newt summarizes American Exceptionalism, and the fundamental reason Obama needs to be defeated in 2012 – all in 2 minutes! 🙂

    This epitomizes, IMHO, why Politico etc. want to take Newt out.

    I read in one of the recent Newt hit pieces that the Dems “would love” to have Newt as the nominee. Yeah, right. Poseur posturing. Total BS. Newt is able to take Obama down, and they know it – probably the only one, since he has the ability to articulate truth so simply, and has all the facts and wealth of knowledge to support his statements. They are scared, big time; so……

    Politico is just doing their agitprop job. Sickening, but predictable. All Alinsky, all the time.

    windbag | December 3, 2011 at 9:38 am

    The lefties know they can’t scare Newt off. They have to scare off the voters. I don’t particularly like Newt any more than I did two months ago or two years ago, but I think he is the best candidate in the race right now to defeat Obama. Experience goes a long way, and Newt has it in several areas. Perhaps the most important area in the next year is experience in being raked over the coals by the MSM.

      DINORightMarie in reply to windbag. | December 3, 2011 at 9:59 am

      Perhaps the most important area in the next year is experience in being raked over the coals by the MSM.

      Or, perhaps, it might be his ability to put the MSM in their place. 😉

    If the Republicans select Newt Gingrich for the presidential candidate, then the Democrats get to run on Newt’s record, some of which will be embroidered merrily by a very dishonest media.

    Midwest Rhino (not RINO) | December 3, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Many (Romney supporters?) have been declaring it is so “obvious” that the left fears Romney and wants to run against Gingrich. They use the recent Democrat attack ad on Romney as evidence. I suppose that makes some sense, though the motivations behind that could be many. The leftist media seem to like Romney and Huntsman best, and are more on the assault against Gingrich.

    Gingrich does have some ego problems, and perhaps Politico will get his coaches/therapists working with him, to remind him to keep that in check. But a big ego is needed to take on the media and the Obama machine. And reruns of these personal assaults in the general may not play so well, if they are played out now.

    And while media had a slobbering love affair with Obama, was it really his ego and personality they loved? Or was it just his ideas of class warfare and far left radicalism, mixed with “the first (half) black president” badge?

    Is Barney Frank a hero of the left because he is a likeable guy? Of course there will be a double standard on personality, it is the Alinsky way. But Newt is getting to the heart of some issues, while Romney polls for the right talking points, and avoids center seat type questioning. Right ideas fluidly conveyed seems like the trump card. (And Trump may get into more hard questions … trade, globalism, … could be interesting)

    But these are genuine Gingrich concerns being raised by Politico (repeatedly) … I have some of them … flush them out now, but elect the candidate with the right ideas and the ability to adroitly lay them out while under attack.

    The idea that Newt is just the latest rising star, and his bubble will also pop, doesn’t quite ring true to me. Newt is rising on solid debate performance. Perry and Cain were less substance based.

    Polls seems to show Newt a little ahead of Obama, yet another poll showed most think Romney has the better chance against Obama. I’m not sure what to make of that, except that Gingrich hasn’t had as much time in the frontrunner spot. I can just say I’m more impressed with Gingrich’s ideas and ability to express them broadly and deeply. He doesn’t have to stick to talking points and get easily tripped up by clever reporters. THAT is what conservatives need now.

    “This is not a one-off. Politico has become as obsessed with Newt as it was with Cain. The difference is that when it came to Cain Politico was purporting to pursue a news story.”

    Why do we always act surprised by the grand schemes and timelines of the media? Why are we always on the defensive? We knew this was going to happen when Politico decided to make Cain the appetizer in its 3-course meal; Newt’s the entree and Romney’s the dessert.

    But instead of a concerted effort to take the fight back to Politico when Cain’s troubles began, some became unwitting beta-testers for Politico’s propaganda war machine. Republicans and public attention were easily tricked into wasting weeks analyzing the non-details of Cain’s non-story while Obama had time to recuperate his poll numbers.

    Rinse. Repeat.

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