Newt Gingrich Cell Phone Video: Real or Fake?

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A gem of a YouTube video, featuring former Republican House leader and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, is making the online rounds today.

In it, Newt muses about cell phones and the lack of a term for one that's also Internet-enabled, apparently unaware that this is what "smart phone" means.

This has got to be a joke, right? See below:

“You probably think it’s a cell phone,” said Gingrich. “But think about it, if it’s taking pictures, it’s not a cell phone. This device, is something new and different!"

"I’ve been calling it a handheld computer."

"So having failed for several days to come up with an adequate term for the device we call a “cell phone,” we want to open the discussion up to you."

“Let us know in the comments what you think we should name it," he tells his online audience, "and we’ll feature the best ones in a future newsletter.”

It's unclear if the video, released by Newt's “multimedia production company,” is real or just the politician being surprisingly ironic and tongue-in-cheek.

If it is fake, it's great viral marketing for the guy. If he's serious ... then it's still great for us. Not as much for his status as a 21st Century political influence.

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