Bozell Statement On ABC's January Surprise Against Newt

It is not necessarily inappropriate for a news outlet to interview a candidate’s former wife. However, three conditions must be met: 1) Is it newsworthy? 2) Is it fair and respectful to the families involved? 3) Is the timing appropriate?

On the timing issue alone it is clearly inappropriate for ABC to run this interview on the eve of the South Carolina primary. This smacks of an October Surprise of the worst sort, for which so many in the left-wing press have become so infamous. There is no reason it couldn’t run next week.

If it doesn’t meet the conditions of newsworthiness or fairness and respect it should be killed altogether.

Editor's Note: Mr. Bozell will be live-tweeting the Republican debate on CNN this evening. You can follow him on Twitter @BrentBozell.

2012 Presidential Campaigns & Elections ABC Broadcast Television Mary Anne Gingrich Newt Gingrich