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WINNING: FCC Slaps Down Request To Investigate Networks That Air Trump’s Coronavirus Briefings

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai dismissed a petition for the agency to investigate news networks that air President Donald Trump’s press briefings on coronavirus.

The independent government agency slapped down a request from advocacy group Free Press because press freedoms are too important, Pai said in a tweet Monday announcing the decision. The tweet included screenshot of a press statement addressing the petition.

“The federal government will not — and never should — investigate broadcasters for their editorial judgments,” Pai said in the statement. “We leave it to broadcasters to determine for themselves how to cover this national emergency, including live events involving our nation’s leaders.”

He added: “Under my leadership, the FCC has always stood firmly in defense of Americans’ First Amendment freedoms, including freedom of the press. And so long as I am Chairman of this agency, we always will.”

Pai’s tweet and press statement comes after Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan demanded Saturday that news networks stop live-broadcasting Trump’s near-daily coronavirus briefings.

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“The media must stop live-broadcasting Trump’s dangerous, destructive coronavirus briefings,” Sullivan tweeted along with her column explaining why.

Sullivan said that when Trump’s statements on the spread of coronavirus are aired without any delay or fact-checking, then it makes it difficult if not impossible for reporters “to counter the serious damage” already done.

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2 comments

  1. Wow, talk about the ‘Pot calling the Kettle Black’ (i.e. Sullivan from the Washington Post). Never in recent history or memory has the Media in the form of; The Washington Post (Post), New York Times (Times), CNN et al been more responsible for the complete disinformation and propaganda against America and We The People.

    That the Post, Times and CNN have the temerity to call anyone else …. guilty of misinformation / disinformation, when they have willingly, knowingly and intentionally lied to the American People and continue to do so daily.

    The Post, Times, CNN et al are reminiscent of Nazi Germany and their propaganda machine against the Allies in WWII, only now the Post, Times and CNN et al are against America and We The People. But The People are rising up and standing against the malevolent media and their masters of the Socialist Democratic Party….so do your worst, it will only bring out the best in We The People.

  2. They should investigate those networks that do not air President Trump’s Coronavirus Briefings. This is a national crisis, and there are networks that refuse to air briefings that may save thousands of lives. Where do their freedom to refuse end and their job and duty as responsible Journalists begin? Sounds like their refusal to air the briefings are treasonous acts against this country and a crime against humanity.

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