Monday's HOT MIC

Monday's HOT MIC

Yes, I spent 25 years as a member of the MSM, 16 of them at Time magazine at the pinnacle of its fame and influence. Still, I have to agree with Mr. Newt that it's not the function of the executive branch to spoon-feed the hostile, lazy, anonymice-quoting Washington press corps at a daily briefing in the White House:

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich is urging President Trump to follow through on his threat to cancel daily White House press briefings, accusing news media of being "dishonest opponents" of the president.

"What they ought to do is get out of all this junk, they ought to focus on the big goals, they ought to report to the nation on the big goals, ignore all these reporters, close down the press room, send the reporters off [to Starbucks]," Gingrich said on Fox News's "Hannity."

"Maybe say to the American people – send in your questions, we'll take the best five questions and we'll answer them by name." Trump on Friday suggested he might cancel "all future 'press briefings'" in the name of accuracy after his administration struggled to explain the firing of FBI Director James Comey this week.

Works for me. The daily briefing has devolved into a coup-counting sneer fest, with reporters attempting to score points while eliciting exactly zero useful or newsworthy information. Close it down.