Bozell: ABC Interview Could Work In Newt's Favor;' Poll: 'Lead Has Actually Increased' Since Airing

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | January 20, 2012 | 11:48 AM EST

On CNBC’s “Kudlow Report,” Brent Bozell explains why ABC news’ decision to air Marianne Gingrich's "bombshell" allegations against Newt Gingrich before the South Carolina Republican primary could actually help Gingrich’s campaign.

Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, told host Larry Kudlow that ABC’s timing was designed “to affect the primary” - and that it could backfire.

“There could be a backlash to this – in favor on Newt. Because people are sick and tired of this,” Bozell said.

Now, in South Carolina voter polling done on Friday night, Gingrich’s lead over Romney widened from 37%-28% to 40%-26% - despite ABC airing a controversial interview with Gingrich’s ex-wife.

"Gingrich's lead has actually increased in the wake of his ex-wife's controversial interview with ABC," said Public Policy Polling, a Democratic polling company based in Raleigh, N.C. The poll was conducted through automated telephone calls.

“Look, since this campaign started, every single time a Republican comes on the scene, he’s attacked by somebody in the press,” Bozell said in the CNBC interview:

”And, these attacks are constantly personal. They’re never debating the issues; they’re always personal. People are fed up with this.”

The South Carolina poll shows the public may, indeed, be fed up with media antics: 77% said they view the media unfavorably, compared to only 14% with a favorable view.

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