Newt Gingrich, like Donald Trump, is no stranger to controversy. His “Contract with America” on which he and other conservative Republicans ran, was an effort to specify a series of measures the Republicans would pursue if elected to hold a majority of the seats in the House.
The Democrats naturally vilified it, calling it a “Contract on America.” Sounds very similar to President Trump’s specifying of an agenda during the campaign that he would pursue if elected, and his subsequent efforts to fulfill those campaign promises.
With the president experiencing hostility from the liberal media similar to what Speaker Gingrich experienced, Gingrich has a suggestion for the president: Close down the White House Press Briefing Room and send the press to Starbucks to meet.
Like other conservative Americans, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is fed up with the behavior of the leftist press. So he has a solution to the problem in the form of this recommendation to President Trump.
“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.'”
Gingrich continues: “‘I learned the hard way as speaker of the House that I could not regularly meet with reporters on camera,’ he recalled. ‘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.'”
We can imagine the furor this would cause, and the accusations of “censorship of the press.” On the other hand, it does seem absurd to provide space in the White House for organizations obviously hostile to the president to prepare and conduct attacks on his administration.
Who knows? Given the preferences of the leadership of Starbucks, perhaps the firm would open a store near the White House just for the White House Press Corp to meet and strategize? In which case the press corps would have their “safe space,” the White House would be free of a hostile group, and to boot, some jobs would be created as well.
Even more winning.
Source: Conservative Tribune