Liberals love to tout that they’re the biggest proponents of free speech.
We all know, however, that free speech for liberals only pertains to speech they deem acceptable.
Enter the far-left progressive group called “Free Press.”
The group has sent a 7-page letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), pleading for the government organization to censor the President’s COVID briefings.
According to the group, censoring the President is a matter of “life and death.”
The Federalist has this to say about the group’s call:
An influential far-left media group has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to develop a wide-ranging censorship plan of President Donald Trump’s press conferences. “Free Press,” the group calling for the censorship of broadcasts of the press conferences, says in its petition that it’s a “life and death” issue. They are asking the FCC to limit the public’s right to hear directly from the president about the federal government’s handling of the global pandemic, that any broadcasts of his press conferences come with a pronounced disclaimer, and that media figures with different political views than the progressive organization be further censored.
“This is a sweeping and dangerous attempt by the far left to weaponize the FCC against conservative media outlets and elected officials. They want to turn the FCC into a roving speech police empowered to go after the left’s political opponents,” says FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr.
While the requests are extreme, Free Press has previously taken far-left views about government control of the media and turned them into orthodox Democratic Party positions. The group successfully lobbied the FCC under President Obama to regulate the internet via Title II “net neutrality” rules, later repealed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who has described Free Press as “a spectacularly misnamed Beltway lobbying group.”
FCC rules regulating the broadcast of intentional hoaxes could be used to limit media coverage of President Trump, Free Press argues. The Commission’s previous ruling that the government has a “compelling interest in preventing substantial public harm,” could be interpreted to prevent unregulated media coverage of the president, Free Press argues. The group posits no limit to its theory, setting up a system where the FCC could shut down any group pushing ideas it doesn’t like.
To make their case, they cite President Trump’s discussion of an anti-malarial treatment that some doctors had been using to treat COVID-19. He specifically said that even if it didn’t work as treatment, it had been used for so long in humans, that the risk was low. “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,” he said.
The progressive group's letter caused quite the outrage on Twitter:
While some may dismiss Free Press as a fringe group, the mainstream media hasn't been quiet about it's disdain for Trump's COVID briefings.
In fact, last week CNN anchor Don Lemon explicity stated the network shouldn't air the President's briefings.
Fox News reported on Lemon's comments:
CNN anchor Don Lemon suggested on Monday night that his network shouldn't carry President Trump's daily coronavirus briefings because they've become his "new rallies."
"I have said I don't think that you should really listen to what he says, you should listen to what the experts say," Lemon told his colleague Chris Cuomo during their nightly handoff. "I'm not actually sure, if you want to be honest, that we should carry that live. I think we should run snippets. I think we should do it afterwards and get the pertinent points to the American people because he's never, ever going to tell you the truth."
He continued, "And guess what he's gonna do. If you ask a question that is a legitimate question- and if he doesn't like the question, he's gonna say whether you're being mean or not or whatever he wants to call it, he's gonna say, 'That is a mean, nasty question.' Why? Because he wants his base to think that the media is being mean to him and they're attacking him. It is all a plot! It is all orchestrated. And if you can't see it, I don't know what you're looking at. It's obvious, it's transparent to me. This has become- those press briefings have become his new 'Apprentice.' They've become his new rallies. And he treats the press and the media as if he's talking to the people at his rallies. It's the same thing. It's no different except the audience isn't there."
Cuomo told Lemon that he "understands the frustration" but expressed that the press briefings should be carried live because there are "too many dead people" and "too much of a need for information."
Lemon pushed back, saying he's not "frustrated" but just "pointing out the obvious."
"Pointing out the obvious, especially as a journalist, is not being political. If we don't do that, then we are not doing our duty as journalists to point that out," Lemon said. "That's our job to point that out. That's exactly what he's doing."
The anti-Trump host mockingly impersonated Trump, telling Cuomo to ask a "real question" and responded what he later called a "stock answer."
"What does the American people get out of that? Not much," Lemon exclaimed. "Run it afterwards, put it context. That's all I'm saying."