Newt Signs On

During his June jaunt through New Hampshire, Speaker Newt Gingrich visited Manchester's Union-Leader newspaper and signed reporter Jim Schaufenbil's copy of our story about Newt's shady book deal with Rupert Murdoch (May/June). "He just smiled and nodded," Schaufenbil reports.

We can only imagine what he was really thinking. We had just excerpted a leaked document outlining Newt's televised college class ("Will Newt Fall?" July/August). That document has since been included in the House Ethics Committee's probe into Newt's finances. The outline for the "nonpartisan" course credits "powerful institutions such as the big-city machines, the labor unions, and the left-wing activist groups (including trial lawyers and gays)" for keeping the Democrats in power. The course outline proposes political countermeasures for the GOP.

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Still, few in the press have reported much on Newt's political machine and how he spent the at least $10 million in undisclosed donations to GOPAC, his political action committee. Meanwhile, they've focused on the approximately $100,000 at stake in the Clintons' fishy Whitewater investment. Even before the Senate's Whitewater hearings began, there was a clear disparity between the numbers of stories published on each scandal:

Whitewater GOPAC
New York Times 754 61
Los Angeles Times 531 33
Washington Post 827 87
Wall Street Journal 534 40

Source: Lexis-Nexis; Dow Jones News Retrieval

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