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.
“Are you planning to continue carrying Fox News, OANN and Newsmax on your platform both now and beyond the renewal date?” the letter says. “If so, why?”
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