The battle towards free speech has spilled over from Massive Tech and has now begun to rage in conventional media boards. The left has now sought to focus on conservative media in a congressional listening to in the present day, however Home Republicans weren’t having it.
The Home Subcommittee on Communications and Expertise held a hearing on Feb. 24 entitled “Fanning the Flames: Disinformation and Extremism within the Media,” which purported to look at the results that cable and broadcast information stations have in “disseminating disinformation and extremist content material to the American public,” in keeping with the memorandum.
The left has lengthy raged towards what it deems to be misinformation on social media. YouTube utterly removed LifeSiteNews’s channel, and even censored Senate testimony from docs about COVID-19. Twitter slapped a warning label on a Valentine’s Day meme from Indiana’s lawyer normal. YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Reddit, TikTok and even Shopify all banned former President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol constructing.
Now, nevertheless, they’ve begun to shift from social media to different media mediums.
“To be clear, combatting disinformation is a shared purpose, however we don’t need to observe the lead of authoritarian international locations, like China, not right here in america the place we cherish an unbiased press,” mentioned Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA).
Jonathan Turley, a witness within the listening to, testified that “The reliance on the Web and social media has additionally been enhanced by the decline of belief within the mainstream media. For years, media corporations have catered to viewpoint constituencies in what is commonly known as ‘echo journalism.’”
Sadly, the assault on conservative media shops began earlier than the listening to even started. The day earlier than the listening to, Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Jerry McNerney (D-CA) wrote letters to numerous cable, dish and Big Tech companies. The 2 representatives demanded solutions to questions comparable to “Have you ever ever taken any actions towards a channel for utilizing your platform to disseminate any disinformation?” and “Are you planning to proceed carrying Fox Information, Newsmax, and OANN?” Unsurprisingly, the letters made no point out of any liberal information group.
Home Republicans slammed the letters in the course of the listening to. “I’m upset and critically blown away by my Home Democrat colleagues’s letter to the broadcasters pressuring them to take away conservative information channels from their networks,” mentioned Congressman Bill Johnson (R-OH).
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