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Fox News And Hannity Help Launch Newt Gingrich’s Presidential Candidacy

Reported by Ellen - May 11, 2011 -

Newt Gingrich officially, officially announced he’ll be a 2012 presidential candidate today. He kinda sorta officially announced on Monday with a tweet saying, “Be sure to watch Hannity this Wednesday at 9pm ET/8pm CT. I will be on to talk about my run for President of the United States.” But it wasn’t until two days later that he tweeted, “Today I am announcing my candidacy for President of the United States.” Plus there was a link to a page where you can donate and watch a video of his announcement. Right next to the slogan, “Winning The Future Together.” Haven’t I seen or heard that before? Anyway, after the “official” announcement tweet, Gingrich took to the Hannity airwaves for a lengthy infomercial disguised as an interview. During much of the interview, a banner on the lower right of the screen read, “Newt 2012” with a picture of the White House and presidential seal. And just as I was wondering if someone would make an overt fundraising effort, Gingrich's video announcement video was played with the url of his website helpfully added on the screen.

I don’t know about you but it strikes me as kind of odd that a Republican challenger would recycle a Democratic incumbent’s motto as his own - especially when it's one called "winning the future," but maybe that’s just me. But just in case you thought of Gingrich as past, not future, Hannity talked about how when Gingrich was last in office, pagers were “the big tech rage.” But, Hannity gushed, “Today, you actually announced online, Twitter, Facebook – all these things. A lot has changed!”

As if on cue, Gingrich said the reason he was there was because he thinks, “If you apply the right principles to achieve the right results that we can win the future together.” He mentioned winning the future a time or two more.

Hannity never stops complaining about how soft the media is on Obama but the apparent antidote for that was to be as soft as possible on Gingrich and still get away with calling it an interview. So, for example, Hannity “asked,” “Already the media – you’ve actually said in one interview – you said, ‘If my running is about my past, I can’t win.’ But already the media – they’re going after you, they’re going after your personal life. You’ve been divorced. All of these things that they keep bringing up. Why do I suspect that the same media that ignored so much of President Obama’s background and associations, when he was running, that this is gonna be never-ending. How do you deal with that?”

Part two of the interview kicked off with a good chunk of Gingrich’s announcement video. The url for Gingrich’s website was helpfully included, even though it does not appear in Gingrich’s own video until the end.

You might say that Fox promoted Gingrich's candidacy more than he did.

For more on Gingrich and the interview, I highly recommend Matt Sullivan's post on Esquire.com - even though he appears to have stolen our motto.

Below is a screen grab of the "Newt 2012" graphic. Underneath are two of the three videos of the interview.

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