The state of journalism today is the responsibility of the news corporations, capricious media owners and fluctuating editors-in-chief who decided 15 some odd years ago that the media would give the people the "content" they wanted and not the information they needed.
Gingrich evokes the same emotional reaction in the Republican base as do the right-wing pundits. In psychology this is called a Pavlovian Response. It could be one of the underlying reasons for Newt's surge.
Despite the overwhelming scientific evidence, the pleadings of nation's like the Maldives -- that are being wiped off the map by rising sea levels -- Americans still question whether global warming is real or not?