GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s campaign is suffering from financial problems and he blames the media for hindering his fundraising efforts.

“The fact is, the only thing the news media has really affected is my fundraising,”  in a speech Gingrich gave in Iowa late last week as he tried to explain his inability to compete in the Ames Iowa Straw Poll next week.

Gingrich’s second quarter donations totaled just $2 million, a far cry from the $18 million Mitt Romney raised in the same period showing that Newt was having trouble gaining any traction in an ever increasingly crowded field.

While I’m not one to regularly defend the media from criticism especially when it’s coming from conservatives who are usually correct, in this case it’s an accusation lacking evidence.

Gingrich has been his own worst enemy at first defending then backtracking about his global warming ad with Nancy Pelosi a few years ago, blasting Paul Ryan’s medicare plan on national television, only t apologize later, a six-figure line of credit at Tiffany’s, and last week’s revelation that most of his Twitter followers were bought and not real.

For a seasoned politician, especially one who has waged many battles with the press his actions during the campaign to date have been nothing short of self-destructive.

But that’s what happens when you let your ego get the best of you and cloud your judgment.

Video of  Newt blaming the media.

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