Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has become an expert on hostile media in his decades as a conservative on the national scene — and now he’s proposing a way that President Donald Trump can beat liberal bias that reporters won’t like at all.
In a terse interview conducted by phone with Politico, the former Georgia congressman said that the president ought to “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 said. “I think it is destructive and disgusting. It is a danger to the country right now.”
Instead of a press briefing, Gingrich said White House spokesman Sean Spicer should field questions from the American people.
“Just say to the American people, ‘you get to choose,’” Gingrich said. He added that the closure would send a message “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 said that the press “are nuts” and that reporters shouldn’t print any information they cannot attach a name to.
The interview was even terse at the end:
“Gingrich said he was walking home from dinner and had little else to say. ‘Goodbye,’ he said, before the phone clicked.”
Tell us how you really feel, Newt.
Gingrich’s remarks echo what he wrote in an op-ed for Fox News earlier this week, when he declared that “the President does not owe anything to the Washington press corps and the left-wing hypocrites who dominate today’s news media.” READ MORE