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What does any fake news story need to be complete? A fake response from the candidate, of course …

Just ask former U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich … who on the eve of South Carolina’s pivotal “First in the South” presidential primary appears to be the victim of one of the dirtiest, most elaborate stealth attacks in the Palmetto state’s sordid political past.

On the heels of a fake “CNN Breaking News alert” on Friday morning alleging that Gingrich pressured his second wife, Marianne Gingrich, into having an abortion, a fake response  – ostensibly from Gingrich himself – has been issued acknowledging the veracity of the charge.

“I have said many times, including on the debate stage last night, that I am not a perfect human being and I have made mistakes in my life,” the statement attributed to Gingrich reads. “This was one of them. I have had to apologize to God and to seek reconciliation. The fact is, I am not proud of some decisions I have made or actions I have taken, but I believe in the power of redemption and I trust the voters of South Carolina do as well.”

Take a look …

Obviously both the original news alert outlining the abortion allegation against Gingrich as well as the “Gingrich response” to that allegation are fake. Not only that, the allegation itself is false – and the emails that have been blasted out in an effort to perpetuate it likely felonious.

“I promise you this – we’re going to find out who’s behind it,” a source close to Gingrich tells FITS. ‘Whoever did this, they committed a felony.”

Hours later, Gingrich followed up on that comment and

“”They are not clever, they’re deeper and undermine our capacity for self-government. If we can find out who they are, I would urge the government to prosecute them,” Gingrich told Buzzfeed on Friday. “I am sick of the kind of dishonest campaigning that you see that go out and fake somebody else’s material for the purpose of causing trouble 24 hours before a primary. This is not worthy of our children or grandchildren. It’s not worthy of America. It’s not funny. This is not a game. It undermines our capacity to govern ourselves.”

Make no mistake … this website cannot stand Gingrich.

We made that clear in our initial assessment of the 2012 GOP presidential candidates a year ago, when we concluded “the fact that a demonstrated sellout like Gingrich is being seriously considered by Republicans in 2012 is a testament to the ongoing ideological bankruptcy of the GOP establishment.”

We’ve reiterated our disdain for Gingrich on multiple occasions since, too …

“Other than Romney we consider him to be the least fiscally conservative, least trustworthy of any of the Republican candidates seeking the nomination,” we wrote last October. “Not only that Gingrich had his chance already – and blew it.”

That’s why this website has enthusiastically endorsed U.S. Rep. Ron Paul … who was busy protecting taxpayers back when Gingrich was busy betraying the “Republican Revolution” of 1994.

In fact in discussing Gingrich’s performance during a presidential debate less than 24 hours ago, we noted how the rotund Republican “got bogged down attempting to defend his numerous ideological sellouts.”

And trust us, Gingrich’s ideological sellouts are legion.

Having said all of that, though, this sort of attack … wherever it’s coming from … is disgusting, and will no doubt earn a place alongside the smearing of U.S. Sen. John McCain in the pantheon of dirty tricks in South Carolina presidential politics.

“The ghost of (Lee) Atwater is alive and well,” Democratic consultant Tyler Jones told FITS, referring to the late South Carolina consultant, a race-baiting pioneer of political smears such as this one.