Two Democratic representatives sent a letter on Monday, Feb. 22 to four major U.S. cable providers pressuring them to stop offering Newsmax, Media, OANN, and Fox News programming.
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote to cable providers AT&T, Roku, Comcast, and Verizon, which according to The Gateway Pundit, states, “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.”
“Are you planning to continue carrying Fox News, OANN, and Newsmax on your platform both now and beyond the renewal date?” the letter questions. “If so, why?”
Brendan Carr, a Republican and commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, reacted to the news and posted a statement on his Twitter account.
— Brendan Carr (@BrendanCarrFCC) February 22, 2021
“Democrats are sending a message that is as clear as it is troubling—these regulated entities will pay a price if the targeted newsrooms do not conform to Democrats’ preferred political narratives,” Carr said.
He added, “This is a chilling transgression of the free speech rights that every outlet in this country enjoys.”
The Gateway Pundit reported that in 2019, Media Matters for America (MMFA), a progressive Democrat-owned NGO launched an aggressive campaign to take away Fox News’s platform at a time when former President Trump was frequently appearing on Fox programming.
The CEO of MMFA is Angelo Carusone and the organization monitors a divergence of dissenting thought.
“We can’t impeach Fox or put Carlson or Sean Hannity on trial in the Senate, but there are steps we can take … to create accountability not only for Trump but also for fellow travelers at Fox, OANN, Newsmax, and so on,” wrote Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times Op-Ed columnist.
Carusone explains that Fox News is not so much dependent on advertising money as it is on subscription fees paid for the entire cable package and that one measure to take the platform away from Fox is for cable providers to stop offering its programming.
“Fox News uses your money to fund a right-wing political propaganda operation,” MMFA claims, disregarding the fact that it is the people who decide whether or not to watch programming on certain channels.
Democrats also sent letters to content providers such as Apple, Amazon, Charter, DISH, Cox, Altice, Hulu, and Google’s parent company, Alphabet.
Advancing this measure is unlikely to succeed since transactions between cable providers and news networks are not regulated by the government.
However, the political persecution by the Democrats does put pressure on their targets, generates division and resentment in people toward these news networks or its hosts.
It seems as if in the end their goal is to be the only ruling party, eliminating and suppressing differing opinions … like a communist regime.