Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume joins Martha McCallum to talk about the Ukraine whistleblower at the center of the impeachment inquiry being named in media reports by Paul Sperry with RealClearInvestigations.
MARTHA MACCALLUM: With regards to the whistleblower, there's a RealClearInvestigations report, we're not really seeing his name and we don't know if the RealClearInvestigations report is accurate, though this has been bounced about quite a bit. What's your thinking from the journalistic perspective on this whistleblower given the circumstances of this situation?
BRIT HUME: Well, remember that this whole whistleblower system is an internal governmental system designed to protect people inside the government from being retaliated against for reporting wrongdoing by their superiors or by others in their agencies.
It is binding on people inside the government. It is presumably perhaps binding on Congress -- though I'm not quite sure about that. It is certainly not binding on the news media.
So if someone is a whistleblower and issues a report that leaks out and turns into a huge big controversy as this has, we in the media are under no obligation, legally or otherwise, to withhold the name if we find it. And the name is undoubtedly newsworthy.
I'm not saying that is a good thing or a bad thing, but it is newsworthy.