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David Gregory On Newt Gingrich’s Claim He Was Set Up: ‘He Knows That’s Quite Silly’

With Newt Gingrich trying as quickly as possible to recover from his headline-making appearance on Meet the Press this past Sunday, he is blaming the “adversarial nature of the show” for distorting his positions and is declaring that any campaign ad which quotes from the appearance would be a falsehood. The host of the show, David Gregory, laughed at how Newt is complaining about the interview, especially since right after it ended Newt had a completely different perspective.

Appearing on Morning Joe, Gregory responded to the charge that Gregory set Newt up:

“I think he knows that’s quite silly. When he left the interview – he was on for his 35th time and he said I look forward to coming back for number 36. I think he was perfectly fine with the interview.”

Gregory also said it “strains credulity” to believe that Newt’s quote about “right-wing social engineering” was merely a spontaneous response and not something Newt thought of previously. Joe Scarborough joked that from now on he feels like Wile E. Coyote whenever he’s around Gregory and that an anvil might fall on his head, since Gregory is so sneaky with his gotcha questions.

This weekend Congressman Paul Ryan goes to the scene of the crime and appears as a guest on Meet the Press, apparently willing to risk the “adversarial nature of the show” and likely to extend the life of the Newt story just a bit longer.

Watch the clip from MSNBC below:

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