For Immediate Release FCC Commissioner Carr Responds to Democrats’ Efforts to Censor Newsrooms

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INGSOC
PREMO Member
WASHINGTON, DC, February 22, 2021—Today, two senior Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee targeted the newsroom decisions of a handful of media outlets. They did so by sending letters to twelve cable providers and other companies that carry these outlets. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr provided the following response:

“Today, two senior Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee selectively targeted a handful of news media outlets for their coverage of political events. By writing letters to the cable providers and other regulated entities that carry these news media outlets, the Democrats are sending a message that is as clear as it is troubling—these regulated entities will pay a price if the targeted newsrooms do not conform to Democrats’ preferred political narratives. This is a chilling transgression of the free speech rights that every media outlet in this country enjoys.

“Debate on matters of public interest should be robust, uninhibited, and wide open. More speech is better than less. Yet the concerted effort by Democrats to drive political dissent from the public square represents a marked departure from these First Amendment norms. A newsroom’s decision about what stories to cover and how to frame them should be beyond the reach of any government official, not targeted by them.

“To the House Democrats that used their official letterhead to launch this inquiry, I would say this: Your demand to know the ‘moral principles’ that guide a private entity’s decision about what news to carry cannot be reconciled with bedrock principles of free speech and journalistic freedom.

“I call on my FCC colleagues to join me in publicly denouncing this attempt to stifle political speech and independent news judgment.”


 

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Red Alert: Democrats take first steps to censor conservative TV channels OANN, Newsmax and Fox News


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?
:shocking:

That's Rich a democrat talking about MORALS And ETHICS


AH YES .... Disinformation = information not aligned with the Progressive / Media Narrative
 
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FCC Commissioner Blasts Democrats For Pressuring Providers To Drop Right-Wing News Orgs From Cable: ‘Chilling Transgression Of The Free Speech Rights’

Brandon Carr, one of four current FCC commissioners, slammed House Democrats in a statement on Monday afternoon for trying to crackdown on right-leaning television channels in response to the events that happened after the November elections, saying that Democrats were trying to stifle “political dissent.”

Democrat Reps. Anna G. Eshoo (CA) and Jerry McNerney (CA) wrote a letter to cable news providers and streaming platforms pressuring them on the issue of combatting “the spread of dangerous disinformation.” Companies that received the letter include Comcast, AT&T, Spectrum, Dish, Verizon, Cox, Altice, Roku, Amazon, Apple, Google and Hulu. The letter was sent in advance of a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing this Wednesday, dubbed “Fanning the Flames: Disinformation and Extremism in the Media.”

“To our knowledge, the cable, satellite and over-the-top companies that disseminate these media outlets to American viewers have done nothing in response to the misinformation aired by these outlets,” the letter said, according to The New York Times. The report specifically targeted right-leaning news networks ranging from mainstream companies like Fox News to more fringe networks like OAN.
 
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