It’s amazing how people so close to a problem can be so blind to it.
This Sunday on the friendly confines of “Fox and Friends,” former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich gave his own input that is popular among pro-Trump enthusiasts.
The first thing that struck me was the show’s hosts using the term “mainstream media.” Um, Fox News is one of the most viewed cable news channels. If Fox News does not qualify as “mainstream media,” then what does?
Anyway, Gingrich called out news media that run stories based on information from anonymous sources when speaking of the leaked information regarding the terrorist attack on Manchester, England, that led to the U.K. suspending intelligence sharing with the United States.
“What happened with the Manchester information, for example, after the bombing in Manchester, undermined the British investigation, weakened our relationship to our allies, and is dangerous,” Gingrich said during the interview. “Whoever leaked that should go to jail. Now, you start putting a few people in jail, you’ll see the leaks dry up dramatically.”
While there is no doubt leaks of sensitive information can damage relationships and in some cases lives, the notion of an umbrella statement on anonymous sources being detrimental to society is simply not true. Threatening jail time will do little for solving the perceived problem.
To Gingrich’s credit, he preceded that statement by differentiating certain types of leaks.
“I want to draw a distinction,” Gingrich said. “There’s political garbage, there are people who go across to the Starbucks near the White House, and they sit and they tell insider stories. That’s unfortunate, and you ought to fire them if you can find them, but that’s not the same as violating the secrecy acts. People who violate the secrecy acts ought to go to…