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Two House Democrats on Monday questioned 12 television and content providers about why they carry Fox News, One America News Network, and Newsmax, blaming the right-leaning outlets for spreading misinformation and conspiracy theories.

Democratic Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney, both from California, sent letters to television content providers such as AT&T, Roku, Comcast, and Verizon asking them why they carried the three "purported" news outlets that they say function as "misinformation rumor mills and conspiracy theory hotbeds that produce content that leads to real harm."

The Democrats asked the content carriers if they plan "to continue carrying Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN," and if so, why.

The letters represent Democrats' latest reactions to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump, many of whom, Democrats say, were influenced by Fox News, OANN, and Newsmax.:snip:

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The Government Censors Are Here

Congressional Democrats are demanding to know what communications giants such as Comcast and AT&T are going to do about “the spread of dangerous misinformation.” How quickly this country is descending into an authoritarian regime where the government controls speech and the flow of information.

Ahead of a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday, California Democratic Reps. Anna G. Eshoo and Jerry McNerney wrote a letter to Comcast, AT&T, Spectrum, Dish, Verizon, Cox, Altice, Roku, Amazon, Apple, Google, and Hulu. According to the New York Times, which says it has reviewed the correspondence, the pair is not pleased that “the cable, satellite and over-the-top companies that disseminate these media outlets” – likely referring to Fox News, One America News Network, and Newsmax – “have done nothing in response to the misinformation aired by these outlets.”

 

The hearing was called to focus on “disinformation and extremism in the media.” In practice it’s a stage for peacock strutting, spin, and projection (a diversionary tactic Democrats are well-practiced in) with the ultimate goal of gaining full control of the flow of information.

The Democrats telegraphed their intentions when Eshoo and McNerney assumed the role of prosecutors to ask the companies what steps they took “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?”

Eshoo and McNerney further exposed their repressive intentions when they asked the companies if they are “planning to continue carrying Fox News, OANN and Newsmax” on their platforms “both now and beyond the renewal date?” and “if so, why?”:snip:

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The Authoritarian Left Is on the March

Ben Shapiro

Feb. 24, 2021

This week, Democratic Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and Jerry McNerny, D-N.J., sent out a series of letters to America's largest communications corporations: AT&T, Alphabet Inc., Cox Communications, Dish Network, Comcast, Apple, Amazon and others.

Their letters demanded answers from these corporations on one simple topic: Why would these platforms continue to allow the dissemination of "misinformation" from conservative outlets?

(Snip)

And corporations are going along with all of this. This week, Amazon banned a book on transgender people, "When Harry Became Sally," presumably because it took a non-woke line on the subject. Coca-Cola is now apparently indoctrinating its employees into the cult of Robin DiAngelo "anti-racism." Facebook and Twitter and Google are all preparing new measures aimed at cracking down on "misinformation" — opaque guidelines and nonrigorous standards that will surely cut in favor of the same establishment media now pushing censorship, and the Democrats they support.

The establishment media are fond of saying that we're experiencing a crisis of authoritarianism in America; they point to the criminal acts of Jan. 6 and suggest that right-wing authoritarianism threatens democracy itself.

The far greater threat to democracy, however, lies with an authoritarian left that is now ascendant in virtually every powerful institution in America.

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What happens when they (The Authoritarian Left) some after, put pressure on ISP's, Browser companies? You get an E Mail saying your ISP believes the sites you go to frequently are providers of Hate Speech/Misinformation, and so we will no longer be able to provide you with the service we have in the past.

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3 hours ago, Valin said:

What happens when they (The Authoritarian Left) some after, put pressure on ISP's, Browser companies? You get an E Mail saying your ISP believes the sites you go to frequently are providers of Hate Speech/Misinformation, and so we will no longer be able to provide you with the service we have in the past.

Precisely my thinking.

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4 hours ago, Valin said:

What happens when they (The Authoritarian Left) some after, put pressure on ISP's, Browser companies? You get an E Mail saying your ISP believes the sites you go to frequently are providers of Hate Speech/Misinformation, and so we will no longer be able to provide you with the service we have in the past.

 

1 hour ago, Geee said:

Precisely my thinking.

I'm surprised it hasn't happened yet.

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FCC Chair Stays Mum on Efforts to Deplatform Conservative Networks

On Monday, the senior Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent out two letters: one urging cable and streaming providers to deplatform three conservative news networks, and another calling on President Joe Biden to make Jessica Rosenworcel the permanent chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Rosenworcel would seemingly have some say over the proposal from the first letter, sent out by California Rep. Anna Eshoo, but she has so far stayed silent on the issue. Brendan Carr, a Republican FCC commissioner, called Monday for his fellow commissioners to publicly denounce the letter.

 

Rosenworcel’s silence is a reversal of sorts from 2017 when the Democratic FCC commissioner criticized President Donald Trump for an “assault on free expression” for proposing a review of broadcast licenses for NBC News affiliates.

“I don’t think that the government should be in the business of substituting its judgment for programming licensees,” Rosenworcel said in a 2017 interview on CNN, according to The Federalist.

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“I think it’s essential for newsgathering that the government isn’t dictating what content should and shouldn’t be on the airwaves.”:snip:

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