Newt has proved his positivity toward his fellow candidates - but "cheerful" is not exactly the word I'd use to characterize his clashes with a couple media personalities. If he can manage to be congenial with them from here on out, that would be the biggest triumph of all. The media - like the electorate - will be kinder to those they like than to those by whom they're merely impressed.
Tina, I'm afraid you're dead wrong. Newt has an R after his name. By definition the media won't like or be impressed by him.
Remember the "Maverick" McCain that the press adored in 2008 before Obama got the nomination? The rose got bloomless the second the Democrat convention was over.
Pandering to the liberal media is an ineffective strategy. Be confrontational. Make this like a court case and let the electorate be the jury. The media doesn't pick the winner, the voters do.