Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was upset on Tuesday when moderator Brian Williams of NBC News asked the audience to hold applause until the commercial breaks.
“I wish in retrospect I’d protested when Brian Williams took them out of it because I think it’s wrong,” Gingrich said. “And I think he took them out of it because the media is terrified that the audience is going to side with the candidates against the media, which is what they’ve done in every debate.”
Gingrich even threatened to pull out of future debates if the audience was not allowed to participate.
Fast forward a few days to another debate, this time Gingrich performed poorly being attacked aggressively by opponent Mitt Romney. What was Gingrich's excuse this time?
Gingrich's camp claimed Mitt Romney and the Republican establishment stacked the audience with Romney supporters - an accusation that has no facts to back it up.
"They definitely packed the room," Kevin Kellems, one of Gingrich's senior advisers, told The Huffington Post. "The problem for them is their candidate, at several junctures, couldn't remember what he had said before on an issue or what the fundamental truth is on a given topic. TV viewers tend to notice and remember things like that."
Gingrich should amend what he said regarding the Tuesday debate.
"We're going to serve notice on future debates," Gingrich said. "We're just not going to allow that to happen. That’s wrong. The media doesn’t control free speech. People ought to be allowed to applaud if they want to."
Gingrich should have said "people ought to be allowed to applaud if they want to... but only for me."