It's been a bad week for Newt Gingrich, and it's still Monday. He got bitten by an angry penguin, Rick Santorum (rightfully) refused to endorse him and his campaign continues to sink deeper into debt.
And now, he's even getting bad press from a student newspaper. UNC's Memet Walker tried to talk to the candidate at a Tea Party rally in Greensboro, North Carolina but got cut off mid-interview…
As a reporter, I’m rarely at a loss for words when it comes to interviewing almost anyone. By now, I’ve heard and seen a lot. But there I was Saturday, standing alone with my recorder in a quiet stupor, as my subject, Newt Gingrich, rushed away…
His aide gave no preconditions; no topics were off limits. That’s why I was so surprised when, before I had finished asking my first question, that same aide cut the interview short and prompted Secret Service to grab and briefly detain me as the former speaker was led away.
The unexpected reaction came in response to a question about Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.
That's odd. Newt Gingrich doesn't usually cut interviews short. Just marriages.
In Newt's defense, the reporter was asking about the touchy subject of his recent exile from Roger Ailes'
evil empirenetwork. On the other hand, Newt is at least nominally a candidate for president and should be able to take questions from a lowly student reporter.
You know what they say: If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. No, really. Newt should stay out of the kitchen. And the refrigerator. And the cupboard. Basically, any area with snacks.
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