Lawmakers Work to Protect Conservative News Networks

Lawmaker Works to Protect Conservative News Networks

( – Cancel culture has taken on a new dimension in the wake of the highly disputed 2020 presidential election and the January 6 riot at the nation’s capital. In addition to attempting to silence President Trump and other conservatives, Big Tech turned their sites on conservative news outlets as well.

There have been some efforts to push back against Big Tech’s ongoing war against free speech. In 2020, Donald Trump issued an executive order aimed at preventing online censorship and the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google late last year.

At the same time, a couple of Democrats initiated a new push to use cancel culture against conservative voices on a wider scale. That’s encouraged other lawmakers to step up and defend conservative networks.

Democratic Lawmakers Target Conservative News

Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) sent letters to 12 cable, streaming television, and satellite companies urging them to combat the spread of false information.

Their letter specifically targeted “right-wing” media companies for airing “misinformation about the November 2020 elections” and the January 6 riots. It named Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News Network (OANN) by name, adding that Fox News “spent years spewing misinformation” surrounding American politics.

Republicans Move to Protect Conservative News Outlets

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) are pushing back against those efforts. On March 9, they sent a letter to Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), the House Administration Committee chair who oversees the chamber’s internal television system.

The letter advised Lofgren of Eshoo and McNerney’s recent attempt to force cable companies to drop Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN. It called on him to “reject” any calls to remove Fox News and OANN from the House’s internal system. The letter also asked Lofgren to add Newsmax to the current lineup as a demonstration of the “House’s commitment to rejecting cancel culture.”

Republicans have already asked House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler to hold hearings to “examine the dangers of cancel culture.” In the meantime, it’s good to see them pushing back at Democratic-led efforts to control the availability of conservative television networks at home and in the House of Representatives.

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