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r3020
Senior Advisor

censorship on the move

No longer a country of free speech. Everything must be approved by "the man".

 

In a shocking development in the ongoing censorship debate, two influential Democrat members of the House of Representatives have taken the first steps to challenge the continued availability of conservative channels Newsmax, OANN, and Fox News on mainstream cable, satellite, and streaming television platforms. Multichannel News reported on the story yesterday in an article titled “House Dems Pressure Distributors to Justify Carrying Fox News, Others.”

California Democrats Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney have written to a dozen cable, satellite and streaming companies calling on them to better combat disinformation – which they principally identify as Fox, Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN) – and grilling them on what they plan to do about it.

Among other things, the letter to the companies by Eshoo and McNerney attacked the three conservative news channels as “misinformation rumor mills and conspiracy theory hotbeds that produce content that leads to real harm.”

The Democrats’ February 22 letter to Comcast, AT&T, Dish, Verizon, Roku and the seven other companies demanded that they respond to a laundry list of seven intrusive and intimidating questions:

1. What moral or ethical principles (including those related to journalistic integrity, violence, medical information, and public health) do you apply in deciding which channels to carry or when to take adverse actions against a channel?

2. Do you require, through contracts or otherwise, that the channels you carry abide by any content guidelines? If so, please provide a copy of the guidelines.

3. How many of your subscribers tuned in to Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN on [Fill in the company's distribution platforms] for each of the four weeks preceding the Nov. 3, 2020 elections and the Jan. 6, 2021 attacks on the Capitol? Please specify the number of subscribers that tuned in to each channel.

4. What steps did you take prior to, on, and following the Nov. 3, 2020 elections and the Jan. 6, 2021 attacks to monitor, respond to, and reduce the spread of disinformation, including encouragement or incitement of violence by channels your company disseminates to millions of Americans? Please describe each step that you took and when it was taken.

5. Have you taken any adverse actions against a channel, including Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN, for using your platform to disseminate disinformation related directly or indirectly to the Nov. 3, 2020 elections, the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection, or COVID-19 misinformation? If yes, please describe each action, when it was taken, and the parties involved.

6. Have you ever taken any actions against a channel for using your platform to disseminate any disinformation? If yes, please describe each action and when it was taken.

7. Are you planning to continue carrying Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN [fill in the platform] on TV both now and beyond any contract renewal date? If so, why?

The questions came two days before a hearing on Wednesday before the powerful House Committee on Energy & Commerce, chaired by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), titled “Fanning the Flames: Disinformation and Extremism in the Media.” Pallone has represented his New Jersey district in the House since 1993. Reps. Eshoo (who, like Pallone, was also first elected to Congress in 1992) and McNerney (who was re-elected to his eighth term in the House in 2020) are both members of the House committee and will be participating in the hearing.

The hearing tomorrow, scheduled to start at 12:30 PM ET, will be virtual using Cisco WebEx video technology and it will be live streamed at the committee’s site. Previous Congressional inquiries have targeted social media, but this is the first time that major television outlets, including Fox News (which is considered mainstream media and is available to 100% of television viewers around the country), have found themselves directly in the cross hairs of politicians on Capitol Hill.

 

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/02/red_alert_democrats_take_first_steps_to_censor_conserva...

3 Replies
bruce MN
Advisor

Ain’t going nowhere.....but back bench proposals......

..... are an ongoing fact of life in The U S House of Representatives.

People get elected and are given the right to propose stuff and then have that held up to their constituents should they decide to run for the next term. 

Commirrees are in place to filter them.

But just for the record, can we mark you down for being in favor of viewing intentionally crafted disinformation as being a valuable civic tool? It seems so. 

 

r3020
Senior Advisor

Re: Ain’t going nowhere.....but back bench proposals......

That's what you said about impeachment. You became the biggest supporter. You will on this also.

 

And just for the record no. But I will defend your right to post it.

sam1wiseone
Senior Contributor

Re: Ain’t going nowhere.....but back bench proposals......


@r3020 wrote:

That's what you said about impeachment. You became the biggest supporter. You will on this also.

 

And just for the record no. But I will defend your right to post it.


just more of bruces Sargent shultz routine.