Foxnews.com has just published a response from the Gingrich daughters on the latest smear of their father. Of course, they’re daughters, so you’d expect them to take his side against a former spouse, particularly one not their mother, but while that point will be stressed in the media, you can bet that none will question the objectivity of an ex-spouse of whose claims about which we know neither the contents nor the nature.

This is the context of our times, and it speaks to the lame-ass reporting we get under the guise of “ethical journalism.”  There is nothing ethical about this, and anybody who doesn’t recognize an election-eve smear is too stupid to be entrusted with a vote anyway.  I haven’t endorse Newt, but at the same time, I think what is being done to him in this case is abominable.  He has nothing to which he can respond, and nothing to refute, and no context but mere expectation of some grim disclosure.  It’s garbage.

Even if the story of the interview with Marianne Gingrich turns out to be explosive, which I doubt, I am going on record as saying:  It no longer matters to me about the substance of this story. It could be horrible, or it could be nothing, as I am inclined to suspect.  The problem is, there are no grounds on which to form any conclusions, and that’s the tip: It’s all too vague and indefinite, leaving too much wiggle-room for the media to re-write history at a later date.  It’s the form of this disclosure that bothers me, and not even so much about Marianne Gingrich, who is being used in this case, whether willingly or not, and I refuse to attack her.

This is a shameless hit-job, and ABC News should be ashamed, but since they have no shame, I don’t expect it. Now it’s being reported the story is being moved to Nightline on Thursday. This is the best indication yet that this may be nothing but a combo ratings-grab/smear story at Gingrich’s expense, because Nightline has fewer viewers than some blogs these days.

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