Gingrich: Media Favor Scandal Over Plight of Job-Seeking Americans

By the Associated Press | November 7, 2011 | 7:35 AM EST

Republican candidate Herman Cain, left, listens as fellow candidate Newt Gingrich speaks during a debate held Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 in The Woodlands, Texas. Cain on Saturday vowed to answer no more questions about decade-old sexual harassment allegations and blamed journalists for the claims that have dogged his campaign. Growing agitated with reporters after the one-on-one debate with rival Newt Gingrich, the former business executive suggested the reporters who asked questions about the allegations were unethical. (AP Photo/The Courier, Eric S. Swist)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newt Gingrich is embracing Republican presidential campaign rival Herman Cain's criticism of the news media in connection with the sexual harassment allegations against Cain.

Gingrich tells NBC's "Today" show that news organizations care more about scandal than ordinary citizens struggling to make ends meet.

The former House speaker says voters want a "solution-oriented leader" more than a scandal. He says it's up to Cain to handle in the way he sees fit. But Gingrich says there's a gap between the "gossip" he believes journalists pursue, and more deep-seated problems like economic stagnation.

Gingrich says, "What does it mean to the elite news media that nobody in the country ever walks up to us and raises the questions you raise." He questions the media's "judgment" on what stories should be emphasized.