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Newt Gingrich: Open White House Press Briefings to Citizens to Counter ‘Left-Wing Propagandists’

During an appearance on Fox & Friends this morning, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich made the case that the White House should make the press briefings open to private citizens and have non-journalists make up a large portion of those in the room.

Speaking to the Fox hosts, the one-time adviser to President Donald Trump said it would be beneficial to bring in citizens to balance out liberal bias.

“Just as an example, I’d allow one-fourth or one half of the people at the press conference to be citizens,” Gingrich said. “Why is there this presumption that somebody who calls themselves the press even though they’re total left-wing propagandists, they’re somehow privileged creatures?”

He added, “The question is, should people be allowed to ask questions of the White House? Why does that have to be only the news media? Or why does it have to be only the Washington news media?”

Gingrich was hitting the media in the wake of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer giving false claims while delivering a statement to the press on Trump’s inauguration crowd size. The had followed Trump railing against the media during a CIA visit.

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

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