Gingrich Has an Autocratic Idea of Freedom of the Press

Gingrich Has an Autocratic Idea of Freedom of the Press January 18, 2018

Newt Gingrich was on Sean Hannity’s show and proposed a clearly unconstitutional and dictatorial idea, that Donald Trump should throw any news outlet out of the White House press corps that he deems to be overly hostile to him. And he was actually serious.


NEWT GINGRICH: I’m probably tougher or more decisive than many of the president’s advisors but I think there is a hostility standard that they should establish and simply kick people out. The White House does not have to accept idiotically hostile people in the press corps.

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Mr. Speaker, there’d be nobody, there’d be nobody in the room. They’re all hostile.

GINGRICH: But maybe, maybe [INAUDIBLE] but what they could do, they could put all their pictures up and have a little website and everybody in America could vote and the people who are voted the most hostile, the 30 percent that are most hostile get kicked off this month.

That idea is so horribly wrong and reprehensible that I’m not even going to bother explaining why. If you don’t get it without an explanation, you’re in the wrong place. This is a staggeringly bad idea from an influential conservative.

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