Newt takes on mainstream media. And Twitter takes the bait.

CNN’s John King opened Thursday’s GOP debate with a question for Newt Gingrich about his ex-wife’s recent claims that he requested an “open” marriage. The former House speaker railed against “destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media.” Here's how Twitter responded:

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  1. Some observers – notably those in the media who might guide coverage of the debate – worried that Gingrich's flashy lashing out at King would overshadow the meat of the policy debate that followed:
  2. Others, like political consultant and former Bill Clinton aide Paul Begala, couldn't resist a joke or two:
  3. All kidding aside, each candidate tonight had his supporters. Starting with former White House press secretary under George W. Bush, Ari Fleischer: