The story goes something like this: Newt Gingrich goes to the hospital, where his wife has just had cancer surgery, and is on her death bed, and callously serves her divorce papers. Total cold-hearted scumbag, right. And he would be, if it were true. But now his daughter has come out and called the whole thing a lie. From Newt serving divorce papers (his wife asked for the divorce several months earlier), to his wife being on her death bed (she wasn't and is still very much alive), the media have continued this smear for decades.
Here is the story from Newt's daughter, Jackie Gingrich Cushman:
Setting the Record Straight
My father, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, has been in politics as long as I can remember.
And as long as I can remember, media coverage about him has contained misstatements of facts. The vast majority are simple mistakes that are easily corrected, understood and rewoven into an ongoing storyline.
But one of them seems to have taken on a life of its own, and simple corrections have not sufficed to set the record straight. Why does this happen? I can't be sure, but I suspect that the narrative created by these untruths proves to be so much more compelling and more dramatic than what actually happened that it proves irresistible.
I'm talking about the story of my father's visit to my mother while she was in the hospital in 1980.Read More Here at Creators.com