Barbour: Media sound bites make Gingrich appear ‘a jerk’

(CNN) — Now that he’s officially out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is candidly sharing his thoughts on the field of potential candidates.
During an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King Thursday, Barbour said that announced candidate Newt Gingrich was “thoughtful and smart” but appeared to be a “jerk” in the press.

When questioned about his thoughts on Gingrich, whom he considers a friend, Barbour admitted that he, too, has had regrettable moments in the public eye.
“I’ve said stuff in my career that I wish I could take back,” he said.

But according to Barbour, when it comes to perception, it isn’t all Gingrich’s fault.