Two days before he pulled off that surprising win in South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary, Newt Gingrich rallied Republican voters by ripping into CNN debate moderator John King.

“I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office,” Gingrich said in January 2012 to roaring applause. “And I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that.”

As Gingrich ripped into the cable network’s host, the crowd went wild.

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