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Back -- -- segment tonight Bernie Goldberg is usually on the -- -- Monday but we wanted to get his take on whether ABC news is right or wrong to run an interview with speaker -- former wife on Nightline.
-- joins us now from Miami what is the verdict mr.
Let me say that reasonable people.
May disagree on this matter but if you're asking if I would run it the answer is no I wouldn't have any case anybody's interest data it has nothing to do.
With whether I like or dislike Newt Gingrich or it has nothing to do with politics at all.
In fact I could only think of one reason to run the interview.
And that is it's a ratings bonanza when you get beyond that which isn't easy when you get beyond that.
Most of it is old news the new stuff about the open marriage.
What does this tell us about Newt Gingrich -- character everything the electorate needs to know about Newt Gingrich -- character.
Is out there and it's been out there for a long time this is very important Brian Ross a very good reporter.
One on radio.
To promote the show last night the promote the Nightline last night went on radio yesterday morning and he actually said this.
We start by knowing that what an ex wife has to say we all take with a grain of salt.
If Brian Ross was a top notch reporter is telling the viewers that we need to take what this woman says with a grain of salt why are you running the interview I.
Hi Larry I told Brian Ross last night on this program I would not done the interview and I would not -- -- -- and the reason is because is no corroboration.
For the personal attack launched at the speaker by his former wife and this is the key this is the key and Goldberg knows this.
Because both Bernie and I came up.
The old fashioned way.
Any gutter snipe in the world and they do it on television and radio every single day in this country and it's discussed.
Can attack somebody personally.
And get somebody.
To back it up.
I saw -- -- do this I heard O'Reilly do that.
Which you if you don't have corroboration.
Independently as marrying Gingrich absolutely does not.
Absolutely it is no core operation -- her and her agenda alone.
That ABC news got B hard.
All right and then the damage.
To a human being would you like him or not.
In my conscience I can't do that kind of reporting on up -- Brian Ross down I'm not put ABC news that I can't do.
Neither could I I would I heard you last night and I said to the TV said.
I wouldn't have done that interview either let me say one word very briefly about Marianne Gingrich and this is not about her veracity at all.
Every right to feel any way she wants about her ex husband obviously.
-- when you take a conversation.
And when you reveal a conversation that's a better word when you reveal a conversation.
From the privacy.
Of a marriage.
And you share it not with your sister or your best friend but with a couple of million total strangers.
Back to me is not a classy move that's not a good thing.
And payback I don't know that I heard truthful and has paid back and that's what it was well if it's payback that that ought to be factored into the decision as to whether or not to run the interview.
Okay which is what I think you said earlier.
Right is it disturbing situation but with the 24/7.
News cycle it's not gonna get any better.
That there is an interesting study had George Mason who is then this university of Virginia's there was some good work about the coverage of Mitt Romney so far in the primary season.
And the headline is that written on Mitt Romney is getting far more -- negative press than anybody else in the GOP field.
All right because he's not a bomb thrower like Gingrich and he's not as conservative as Santorum he's not is out there -- Ron Paul but Romney is getting.
Seven -- 8% negative coverage.
On the broadcast networks 22%.
Positive even Fox News even Fox News is more negative than positive.
About -- On special report -- show.
Negative on Romney 37%.
So what do you read how do you read that what.
Yeah I think I think this is it.
It's because -- the front runner and journalists love to tear down front runners especially if they're Republican front runners.
But there's another part of -- the poll that's really.
Really interest and get this bill.
They they put they they went through all these stories in the beginning of January.
Not just about Romney than they did another poll for the entire GOP field you're gonna love this.
Of the entire GOP field CBS had the most -- positive portrayals.
Of Romney 57%.
Positive 43% negative fox and these are the exact words of the poll quote.
Had the most balanced overall coverage.
With 52% positive.
And 48% negative this is a ball well again I feel right and you're ready for this NBC was the most negative overall.
And they know your shop -- 73%.
Negative edit in other words 73%.
Of the things NBC news put on the air about all of the Republicans.
Was that something negative.
Ought to -- -- is MSNBC's have an election coverage tomorrow night you know return discriminate and well and ever -- bill every every one on the day he is he's.
That's -- -- that theory didn't anyone there are right who is a reporter or anything it's all now.
-- It's -- a crazy world over you know what I mean and -- media is just going nuts and and that's why you guys that's -- Gingrich scored big man he laid into us last night.
And net effect what folks what right on -- what's going -- already.
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