Gingrich Threatens to Sue Over Attack Ad
Campaign warns TV stations not to air super PAC spot
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2012 5:24 AM CST
Dozens of televisions display a political advertisement with the image of Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista Gingrich at the American furniture electronics and appliances store December 27, 2011, in...   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Newt Gingrich's campaign is threatening to sue Michigan TV stations that air a negative ad accusing him of supporting China's "one-child" policy, reports Politico. The mud in this case is being flung by the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future, and it alleges that 1989 legislation sponsored by Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi gave $60 million to a UN program that supported the Chinese family-planning policy widely considered inhumane. But the Gingrich campaign says allegation is blatantly false—PolitiFact gave it a "pants on fire"—and if TV stations air an ad they know to be false, that's defamation and the campaign will sue.

Restore Our Future's ads are being made by McCarthy Hennings Media, which is run by the man who created the infamous Willy Horton ads that devastated Michael Dukakis in 1988, reports BusinessWeek. The super Pac is also using Mentzer Media, which is famous for its Swift Boat Vets and POWs for Truth ads against John Kerry in 2004. Restore Our Future has been “focused on tearing down the opposition,” said the editorial director at the Sunlight Foundation. “It’s almost like a scorched-earth policy, where they’re really trying to look for the weakness of a candidate and exploit it as much as possible.”

View 1 more image
More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Gingrich Threatens to Sue Over Attack Ad is...
38%
36%
4%
5%
12%
4%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 34 comments
boxcar
Feb 18, 2012 2:50 PM CST
Works for CHINA- Too bad NO ONE understands consequences of freely fonicating willy-nilly, muti-births. Can we guess what the Root Cause of GENOCIDE is? Too many "chango's" means every 3 generations, when the 4th arrives and only ONE generation works to support NewBorn, Aged and Retirees- then you WILL have global socio-economic upheavals leading to our traditional FINAL SOLUTION of GENOCIDE & global wars.Modern History- years are 1860s, 1930s and NOW- duh
Twiny
Feb 18, 2012 2:48 PM CST
Oh man, I LOVE this campaign season! Mitt puts the Republican Party self destruct process into high gear with an ad that's a blatant lie, prompting Newt to threaten to sue. All the GOP candidates are going o be so discredited BY THEIR OWN PARTY that nobody will pay attention to them come election time.
fractal
Feb 18, 2012 2:14 PM CST
I like it. And of course, Repugs believe anything another Repug says, especially on TV. A very weird form of self mutilation seems to be going on in the party. Must be the influence of OPUS DEI.