In a radio interview on Thursday, Newt Gingrich accused the "elite media" of failing to cover President Barack Obama's ties to Islam, reiterating his claim that the president is "consistently apologizing" to Muslims.
While campaigning ahead of Saturday's primary in Louisiana, Gingrich spoke with the American Family Association's Sandy Rios about the recent Washington Post story on Rick Santorum's association with Opus Dei, a devout Catholic group. Rios, who disapproved of the Post's story, asked Gingrich if he thought the media would similarly "hold their powder" on Mitt Romney for his Mormonism.
Gingrich said the media, which he believes is "in the tank for Obama," will "do anything that helps re-elect" the president.
"It is just astonishing to me how pro-Obama they are," Gingrich told Rios. "Do you think you are going to see two pages on Obama's Muslim friends? Or two pages on the degree to which Obama is consistently apologizing to Islam while attacking the Catholic church?"
"Do you see anybody in the elite media prepared to say, gee, isn't this kind of odd that we really worry a lot about the Quran and nothing about the Bible?" Gingrich asked, likely in reference to Obama's recent apology to Afghanistan after U.S. troops burned the Islamic religious text.
The GOP presidential candidate made similar comments on Wednesday, when he addressed an incident where he did not correct a voter who referred to Obama as a Muslim during a question-and-answer session. Gingrich said he accepts that the president is a Christian, but still questions his ties to Islam.
"Why is it he's more sensitive to radical Islamists who are killing young Americans than he is to the Catholic church, to Baptists, to fundamentalists," Gingrich said on Fox News. "I mean, the fact is, this is a very strange presidency."
Listen to a clip from Gingrich's Thursday interview, courtesy of Right Wing Watch:
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