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Herman Cain blames the media for sexual harassment controversy

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News
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After facing a week's worth of questions about the sexual harassment claims in his past, Herman Cain had had enough with the media.

"Don't even go there," Cain told a Washington Post reporter on Saturday following a debate with fellow Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich in Texas.

"Can I ask my question?" the reporter said, according to the Associated Press account.

"No," Cain snapped.

"Please send him the journalistic code of ethics," Cain instructed his chief of staff, Mark Block.

During the one-on-one debate with Gingrich, Cain criticized the media's coverage of the allegations, however vaguely. Via the AP report:

"The nit-pickiness of the media," he said.

"It is the actions and behavior of the media that have been the biggest surprise," he said, his voice rising.

"There are too many people in the media who are downright dishonest. ... They do a disservice to the American people," Cain said, bringing the room to its feet.

But the questions about Cain's treatment of women aren't likely to go away anytime soon. A fourth accuser--another woman who worked at the National Restaurant Association during Cain's tenure--is going to give a public statement on the alleged incident on Monday afternoon. That press conference, which will also feature noted attorney Gloria Allred, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET.

Cain is scheduled to appear on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Monday night.

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