Ex House Speaker Newt Gingrich has become greatly knowledgeable about the media in his decades as a conservative in the national sphere.
Within a brief interview done by phone with Politico, the ex Georgia congressman stated that the president should “close down the White House press briefing room” and that reporters “should be banished to a nearby Starbucks.”
“I am personally offended by the American news media,” Gingrich stated. “I think it is destructive and disgusting. It is a danger to the country right now.”
As a replacement of press briefings, Gingrich stated White House spokesman Sean Spicer should answer to questions directly from the American people.
“Just say to the American people, ‘you get to choose,’” Gingrich stated. He segued to say that the closure would mean “that the media is a corrupt institution and (Trump) is tired of being harassed by people whose only interest is making him look bad.”
Gingrich also stated that the media “are nuts” and that reporters shouldn’t publish any information if they cannot back it up with a concisely known source.
The interview got even further sharp toward the end.
“Gingrich said he was walking home from dinner and had little else to say. ‘Goodbye,’ he said, before the phone clicked.”
Gingrich’s notes reflect what he wrote in an op-ed for Fox News previously this week, when he stated that “the President does not owe anything to the Washington press corps and the left-wing hypocrites who dominate today’s news media.”
“Since Watergate, the news media has acquired a steadily more arrogant attitude and has moved further and further to the left,” Gingrich noted. “Today, they are adversarial opponents of conservatives — especially the Trump administration.
“I learned the hard way as speaker of the House that I could not regularly meet with reporters on camera,” he remembered. “It set up an arena for gotcha questions. Reporters gained imaginary points for finding stupid, narrow, often irrelevant things to argue over. Instead of being an opportunity for a genuine public dialogue, the daily on-camera briefings became a bloody battleground — totally to my disadvantage. Within a few weeks, we were forced to stop.”
There is no doubt that Gingrich’s rhetoric was straightforward. And even though Gingrich’s suggestion might seem as a too far-reaching one, something like that needs to be an opposition to the heavy media bias.
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