House Democrats Browbeat Cable Providers in Hopes of Deplatforming Fox News, OANN
Two House Democrats are seeking to browbeat the primary cable providers in the United States, asking them to deplatform conservative news organizations such as Fox News and One America News Network in a tacit censorship gambit that arguably violates the First Amendment.
Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney, both Democrats from California, addressed the series of letters to companies such as AT&T, Amazon, Charter, and Comcast, aggressively questioning if they planned to continue offering cable packages that include OANN, Fox and Newsmax in the future, citing censorious claims of “misinformation.”
This is a violation of the First Amendment in all but name. At least in Europe censorship mechanisms are determined by democratically elected governments. In the United States, left-wing oligarchs and their servants instead make threatening backroom demands for corporate political prosecution of their opponents, with loyal operatives inside Fortune 500 corporations eager to acquiesce.
“Are you planning to continue carrying Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN on U-verse, DirecTV, and AT&T TV both now and beyond any contract renewal date? If so, why?” Reads the censorship demand to AT&T.
This may represent an actual First Amendment violation, with previous legal precedent outlawing governmental attempts to chill or influence speech without actually outlawing it. Eshoo and McNerney would face ramifications from the House Ethics Committee if free expression were still recognized, but free speech is the last concern of the authoritarian liberal Democratic Party.
Unfortunately, it’s likely only a matter of time until the global corporations establish a strict “no tolerance” policy for any and all conservative and right-wing content. In the meantime, the Right must work to build new institutions, new businesses, and new services distinct from the tyranny of global liberalism.