FCC Rejects Petition By Far-Left Media Group To Censor Trump Press Briefings

April 7, 2020   |   by James G. Dalton

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rejected a request by the far-left media group “Free Press” to censor President Donald Trump’s press conferences on Monday. Last week, the liberal media group had filed a petition with the FCC to constrain public access to updates on the federal response to the ongoing public health pandemic by mandating television disclaimers to the president and media figures who possess opposing political views from Free Press.

“At best,” the FCC wrote in a letter announcing its decision, “the Petition rests on a fundamental misunderstanding of the Commission’s limited role in regulating broadcast journalism. And at worst, the Petition is a brazen attempt to pressure broadcasters to squelch their coverage of a President that Free Press dislikes and silence other commentators with whom Free Press disagrees.”

Given Free Press’ leadership and history, it is almost certainly the latter. The group had previously lobbied under the Obama administration to institute “net neutrality” rules later repealed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. The progressive group’s founder and board member Robert W. McChesney is a professed socialist who fantasizes about the destruction of the free market.

“In the end, there is no real answer but to remove brick by brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles,” McChesney once said. “[w]e need to do whatever we can to limit capitalist propaganda, regulate it, minimize it, and perhaps even eliminate it.”

The recent failed attempt to censor what McChesney describes as “capitalist propaganda” is based on Trump’s recent reference to the anti-malarial drug hyroxychloroquine which doctors have been using to treat the novel Wuhan coronavirus during a press conference. Trump noted that even if it wasn’t effective, the risk was low in humans. “It’s been around for a long time, so we know if things don’t go as planned, it’s not going to kill anybody,” Trump said.

Free Press and anti-Trumpers seized on the president’s remarks to pin the death of an uninfected man who had ingested fish tank cleaner without any medical guidance at home on Trump. Despite the fact that Trump issued nowhere close to such a recommendation, Free Press charged the president with spreading “deadly misinformation” which therefore justified the proposed censorship in its petition to the FCC.

The Food and Drug Administration meanwhile, has recently approved the use of hydroxychloroquine for patients infected with the Wuhan virus, and the New York Times eported that the medicine has “helped to speed the recovery” of sick patients.

“Tellingly, the single concrete example provided by Free Press of alleged substantial public harm from broadcasters airing the President’s remarks highlights the weakness of its argument,” the FCC said, explaining the absurdity of the group’s claim. “It was not reasonably foreseeable that a broadcaster’s decision to air this statement would result in viewers or listeners ingesting cleaning products as a preventative measure to protect themselves from COVID-19.”

via thefederalist

Recent Comments

  1. PlumHunter

    April 7, 2020 @ 2:21 pm

    Fantastic … what other untested drugs do you have to recommend? I am taking a lot of rye whiskey laced with THC and have not gotten the virus. I recommend at least a pint a day to ward off any viral infection – Wuhan included. You might need additional THC to achieve the desired results.

    • francine

      April 16, 2020 @ 12:03 am

      Plum tree Hunter. You in fact are one stupid moron idiot as usual. You should take an overdose of thc. Get your sorry ass out of your lonesome misery. Put a nipple on your bottle of rye you pathetic baby and drink away. Well moron don’t have a nice day.

  2. Chloe

    April 7, 2020 @ 2:25 pm

    With people like the above described ones that filed this complaint, it is absurd. They want to take away our freedom. May God help us all.

  3. Evonne

    April 7, 2020 @ 2:52 pm

    I was raised in a generation where freedom of speech meant you could make a statement that was true in public and in newspapers but could be held responsible for FAKE news which is fabricating (lying) news to make a newspaper/reporter look as if they have inside information. The THRUTH is always the best way as you never have to cover your lies. I really wanted to say cover your a_s. Sorry for language as in my generation we never would have said that. GOD BLESS AMERICA and our great President, Vice President and the Task Force working to save American lives at this time!!!!!!

  4. Vetteman

    April 7, 2020 @ 3:07 pm

    Plumhunter, I’m going to try recommendation. LOL

  5. Richard Morton

    April 7, 2020 @ 3:21 pm

    The left can take their viewpoints and shove them up their asses. Then they can see them.


    April 7, 2020 @ 3:54 pm

    This is a violation of the 1st amendment! The very first amendment to the constitution that our great fore-fathers knew was imperative for a society to exist!! Pelosi fed this attack on speech when she tore-up the State of the Union Speech! The inmates aren’t running the asylum…there is no authority left in congress! The dims are destroying the whole concept of a “country of laws” on a daily basis driven by their own TDS hatred! Since they can’t “impeach Trump forever” now their attempting to neuter our president forever! In their liberal mindless utopia way of thinking, how could a country exist if it were to be run by emotional PC unstable leaders?? November isn’t coming fast enough and Pelosi is the poster punk leading this suicide movement! If the dims want the country to jump off this cliff…just how many registered citizens are willing to follow?? When do us citizens get to vote if we want to turn over this country (and our tax-money) over to illegals?? Insane!!

    • Marsha Nielson

      April 7, 2020 @ 9:48 pm

      Talk about an oxymoron. Their name in and of itself “free press” would go against their own petition. These people are nuts.

  7. allan enkin

    April 7, 2020 @ 4:05 pm

    “Free Press” is sorrily fighting a losing battle to eliminate contrary views to their views, attempting to carry on the revolution to overthrow the elected President of the USA. The Age of Reason is slowly eliminating the “thought police.”

  8. Deborh

    April 7, 2020 @ 4:09 pm

    The ones who need to be censored are the press. If they would be banned from reporting any COVID-19 news or political news for 2 weeks, this country might begin to heal. I believe in fair news reporting, but the last 3 1/2 years we have seen the worst of biased and fake news. I am totally disgusted. They are to report the news not give their biased opinion.

  9. beckmaster

    April 7, 2020 @ 7:42 pm

    Not only do they want to take away our liberties, freedom of speech, our freedom totally eventually, they are like an
    army who stick together and fight until their last breath to win. The Democrats NEVER QUIT !! They lose and they come right back. They lose again and they come right back and on and on and on. This never stops until we put the Democrat Party on its knees. Hello. Open your eyes. Any light bulbs going off. The Press included. They are some of the worst just like Pelosi and Schumer, Schiff, Nadler etc. The Country and the Republican Party has to fight tooth and nail just to stay ahead of them. They are like rabid vultures. Schiff and Pelosi are starting up a new investigation into Trump if you can believe that. Like I said, they lose and they come right back. It never ends…..

  10. Kevin

    April 7, 2020 @ 7:43 pm

    If the libs get power get used to having your rights shat upon, as free speech and the 2nd amm. are tops on their list.

  11. Terry

    April 7, 2020 @ 8:03 pm

    Make your vote count vote Republicans in the majority in congress into control so we can get control of our government and our America we love and for all service men and women who have fought and died for American freedom and values God Bless the USA let’s also vote in term limit’s for Congress to keep all the Politician’s from full retirement after two term’s vote vote vote.

  12. Nate Paris

    April 8, 2020 @ 10:54 am

    President Trump should just give updates to inform the public! As for the reporters, they can watch and listen, although listening is not one of their best skills, but they can ask the same damn question over and over, hoping for a different answer, along with more stupid questions.

  13. Frank

    April 8, 2020 @ 12:06 pm

    The left is a virus on its own infecting our country. They have killed more humans through abortion than any virus ever has. A vaccine needs to be created to cure this disease.

  14. Gene

    April 8, 2020 @ 12:20 pm

    This is way we all most vote the dems out our freedom is at stake the new nazi party the dems are not hideing it anymore they have gone full nazi now we are the gov the pepole not them thats why we will end this we will vote them out that what we most do trump is giveing us back our gov we most back him everybody the nazi dems are fighting hard but when we the pepole come togather we will crush them vote red all the way

  15. Linda

    April 8, 2020 @ 12:36 pm

    .Its amazing to me that dems scream to have the right to kill babies, and at the same time scream to protect illegal immigrants . They have the morals of an alley cat

    They will face God one day.

  16. Lonnie

    April 8, 2020 @ 5:49 pm

    You’re right saying the have bade morals, but not those of an ally cat, more like those of Satan himself….PERIOD.

  17. Jeff

    April 9, 2020 @ 9:37 pm

    Ha Ha !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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