‘Reject cancel culture’: House Republicans push back on Dems’ attacks on conservative news outlets

In February, a pair of U.S. representatives from California stirred controversy with a concerted effort to pressure cable television providers into removing conservative outlets like Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News Network (OANN) from their airwaves.

Now, the Washington Examiner reports that two Republicans in Congress’s lower chamber are looking to ensure the House’s internal TV system continues to carry these stations, despite efforts to block them by members of the Democratic caucus.

“Reject cancel culture”

In a letter to House Administration Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) said the right-leaning outlets are being “targeted,” but that the House “can fight back against cancel culture” by refusing to bow to the pressure.

“The House of Representatives can fight back against cancel culture by ensuring that Members and staff have access to these targeted news networks on the House’s internal television system,” the Republicans wrote, according to the Examiner.

“We therefore ask you, as chair of the committee responsible for internal House operations, to reject cancel culture and ensure that the House’s television system carries Fox News, OANN, and Newsmax,” they added.

The trio of networks were explicitly named by California Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney in letters sent last month to at least a dozen cable companies, including Verizon, Roku, Amazon, Comcast, and Hulu, as Politico reported.

In their letters, the Democrat lawmakers accused Fox et al. of functioning as “misinformation rumor mills and conspiracy theory hotbeds that produce content that leads to real harm.”

“Nearly half of Americans get their news primarily from TV,” Eshoo and McNerney pointed out, according to Politico. “However, not all TV news sources are the same,” they argued.

“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,” the Democrats alleged. They went on:

Right-wing media outlets, like Newsmax, One America News Network (OANN), and Fox News all aired misinformation about the November 2020 elections. These same networks also have been key vectors of spreading misinformation related to the pandemic. […]

Yet, 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.

“Attempt to stifle political speech”

According to Politico, Fox responded to the Democrats’ letters by arguing that it “sets a terrible precedent” for the pair “to highlight political speech they do not like and demand cable distributors engage in viewpoint discrimination.” Newsmax, meanwhile, called the letters an “attack on free speech and basic First Amendment rights” that “should send chills down the spines of all Americans.”

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commission Brendan Carr expressed a similar sentiment, slamming Eshoo and McNerney over their “troubling” message in a statement of his own.

“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,” Carr said, according to Mediaite. “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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  1. Good for the FCC to pretty much tell them to shove their official letterhead demand to drop these networks. The democrats don’t like them because they tell the truth to Americans on how dirty the democrats are, what they are doing or plan on doing. They just want obedient networks like CNN, MSNBC, etc that just reports lies about Republicans and lies about democrats by not telling the people the whole story or truth. They are afraid the rest of America is going to find out just how the democrats are destroying America piece by piece.

    1. RIGHT ON TOMA. the US is going DOWN and the LIBERALS are HAPPY ABOUT THAT. Maybe someday, some of these LIBERALS will WAKE UP and begin caring about the country again.

    2. Those two rep need to be voted out. They are nothing but communists. Let them go live in Russia or china where the news is censored like they want ours to be

  2. Doesn’t surprise me after all you are talking about Democrats. They have lost their way a long time ago now thanks to Piglosy and Schumer . both of them should be impeached and then just maybe the Dems will wake up and see what is good for America.

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  4. CNN, MSNBC, and most of the brain dead media are the misinformation. When President Trump and others stand up to their idiotic agenda, it’s like a spoiled brat in the school yard. I can’t have my way. Wah! Wah! So they continue to backstab people. Like criminals that justify their crimes.

  5. Many years ago when the Trump family first appeared in the national news I happened to be watching MSNBC when Rachel Maddow stated Melania Trump was obviously not well educated because she spoke English with an accent.
    I have never had any trouble understanding Melania when she spoke.
    Melania actually speaks five languages.
    That was the last time I ever watched MSNBC. Any network that would employ a person as ignorant, biased, and mis-informed as R. Maddow cannot be trusted for any thing important.
    Dave

  6. I know Fox has its faults but CNN and MSNBC don’t seem to have even a clue about what’s going on in our country .or can it be they are just outright liars acting as reporters till they can fullfill there real lifelong dreams of being Hollywood actors Oh ! and actresses

  7. Agree with all posts! As far as Rachel” madcow” Maddow goes, she is dumber than a bag of hammers! Melania Trump is very well educated, speaks six languages, is an elegant gracious lady. So she has an accent. Big deal, a lot of people do, that does NOT make them ignorant or uneducated! I think they are jealous of melania because she is beautiful, a REAL lady, whereas they are dumpy clumps!

  8. I couldn’t agree more with all the comments made here. CNN, WSNBC ETC are all puppets of the Democratic party and ONLY was to report what the Dems tell them to. They DON’T want the American people to know what the Dems have in store for us!!! God Bless America and Heaven forbid the Dems get their way!!!

  9. ONE OF THE FIRST MOVES BY ADOLF HITLER AND HIS NAZI PARTY WAS TO TAKE OVER ALL NEWS OUTLETS. CAN ANYONE NOT SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THIS COUNTRY UNDER JOE BIDEN AND HIS DEMOCRATIC REGIME??????????????

    1. The MSM was under the control of the Left Wing a long time. Joe Biden or the Democrat Party, didn’t have to take over the MSM, they were theirs all along.

  10. CNN and MSNBC are complaining about these Networks airing election fraud as causing a lot of trouble, this is like calling the Pot black, like a Frying Pan, except they do not admit they are the dirty frying pan. I remember them for 4 years claiming that the 2016 election was crooked because of Russian Collusion. This was investigated thoroughly and found to be untrue. However the election fraud which took place in 2020, was not investigated at all, even though there was a lot of evidence that it was true. Of course that’s why the phony Bill Barr never did any investigating. That’s because he was a Deep State Mole.

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