Here’s the story from the Times that we will talk about Wednesday, Jan. 25, in class:

“For Gingrich, Rival’s Gift and Wife’s Allegation,” from Friday, Jan. 20.  It’s on Page 1, above the fold, of the print edition and online (with a slightly different headline) here.

As you read the story, take note of the sources the reporter used and the way the information is presented about two different developments: Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to withdraw from the presidential contest and Gingrich’s former wife’s charge that he asked her for an “open marriage.”  Do you think this information about the candidate’s personal  life is relevant to his candidacy for president? Why or why not?

You can also see the Times’ editorial about Gingrich on Page A22 of the print edition or here.  Here are other relevant stories:

  • The September 2010 Esquire article.
  • The ABC News interview with Marianne Gingrich.
  • The Jan. 27 New York Times story about the House ethics scandal.

Newt Gingrich (AP photo)