By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 2-24-21

House Democrats said their Wednesday (Feb. 24) hearing in the Communications Subcommittee entitled “Fanning the Flames: Disinformation and Extremism in the Media” was not an assault of the First Amendment or speech freedoms of those media, but an attempt to open a dialog and debate on their role in disinformation toward the end of curbing it.

Republicans begged to differ, saying the hearing, in combination with a letter from House Democrats to distributors pressing them on carriage of Fox News, Newsmax TV and OANN, was clearly a threat to the First Amendment and a political effort to censor speech Democrats disagreed with.

The twain did not meet, at least during today’s hearing.  » Read More