Two House Democrats from California (natch), Reps. Jerry McNerny and Anna Eshoo, sent a letter to major TV carriers such as AT&T, Hulu and Dish Network, trying to bully them into taking conservative news channels such as Fox News, Newsmax and OANN off their platforms.
This transparently fascistic move is, of course, presented under the guise of deep concern for all that “misinformation” and “disinformation” spread by journalists who report facts that conflict with the fantasy world in which leftists live these days. It’s stunning that their entire justification for trying to censor what they brand as propaganda and disinformation is based on propaganda and disinformation, like the rapidly unraveling narrative that the January 6th assault on the Capitol by a small group of extremist nutjobs was some sort of serious “insurrection” to overthrow the government on the level of 9/11, that the people behind it were “white supremacists” (there’s no evidence of that being a motivation for the vast majority of them) or that they in any way represent the tens of millions of conservative Americans who watch outlets like Fox or who voted for Trump, virtually all of whom have condemned the Capitol violence.
I suppose they also believe that Officer Brian Sicknick was killed by a flying fire extinguisher hurled by a Trump supporter, since we heard that story so many times from "reliable," Democrat-approved news outlets, even though it turned out not to be true.
If I were going to argue that sources of dangerous, partisan disinformation be removed from TV, I’d be pushing for CNN and MSNBC to be dropped. But I would never do that because I believe in free speech rights as the Founders intended them: a free marketplace of ideas where all voices are heard, and the people are expected to have enough sense to tell good ideas and worthy speech from ludicrous, totalitarian garbage. That’s why I even defend these two Congress members’ right to free speech. It helps us to identify dangerous authoritarians who have violated their oath of office to support and defend the Constitution and who need to be impeached or voted out as soon as possible.