Top Democrats Pressure Private Companies to Censor on Their Behalf (UPDATE: Fox News Responds)
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Two Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, Representative Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.), have written a letter to cable and str...
eaming services to question the networks and shows they carry. Of course, the Democrats' primary targets are Fox News, OANN, and Newsmax, the three channels that do not push the preferred narrative of Democrats and the rest of the corporate media. The companies contacted include AT&T, Verizon, Roku, Amazon, Apple, Hulu, Comcast, and Dish. Here is the essence of their inquiry:

Nearly half of Americans get their news primarily from TV. However, not all TV news sources are the same. Some purported news outlets have long been misinformation rumor mills and conspiracy theory hotbeds that produce content that leads to real harm. Misinformation on TV has led to our current polluted information environment that radicalizes individuals to commit seditious acts and rejects public health best practices, among other issues in our public discourse. Experts have noted that the right-wing media ecosystem is "much more susceptible…to disinformation, lies, and half-truths." Right-wing media outlets, like Newsmax, One America News Network (OANN), and Fox News all aired misinformation about the November 2020 elections. For example, both Newsmax and OANN "ran incendiary reports" of false information following the elections and continue to support "an angry and dangerous subculture [that] will continue to operate semi-openly." As a violent mob was breaching the doors of the Capitol, Newsmax's coverage called the scene a "sort of a romantic idea."7 Fox News, meanwhile, has spent years spewing misinformation about American politics.

Hilariously, the sources for these claims include Vox, USA Today, and The Washington Post. It is entirely on-brand that these two Democrats fail to mention MSNBC, CNN, and the host of other networks that spent three years being utterly wrong about the Steele dossier,…
Stacey Lennox
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