The head of the Federal Communications Commission on Monday blasted two prominent House Democrats for suggesting that video providers should drop Fox News and other channels.
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr slammed the effort by California Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney as a “chilling transgression” of free speech, Mediate reported.
“The concerted effort by Democrats to drive political dissent from the public square represents a marked departure from these First Amendment norms,” Carr said in a statement.
The lawmakers on Monday sent letters to a dozen cable, satellite and streaming video companies pushing them to address their “disseminating misinformation to millions” of users from some networks.
The letters suggested that companies — including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Apple, and Amazon — played “a major role in the spread of dangerous misinformation that enabled” the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 and “hinders our public health response” to the coronavirus pandemic.
They charged that “right-wing media outlets, like Newsmax, One America News Network (OANN), and