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FCC chair silent on deplatforming conservative news, accused Trump of ‘assault on free expression’

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In 2017, Rosenworcel decried a tweet from President Trump suggesting that broadcasting licenses for NBC News be reviewed.

Anna Eshoo and Jim McNerny submitted letters to 12 cable and streaming pressuring them to stop airing Fox News, Newsmax and OANN.

Also on Monday, Eshoo urged the White House to nominate Rosenworcel the permanent FCC chair.

On Monday, the senior Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent out two letters: one urging cable and streaming providers to deplatform three conservative news networks, and another calling on President Joe Biden to make Jessica Rosenworcel the permanent chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Brendan Carr, a Republican FCC commissioner, called Monday for his fellow commissioners to publicly denounce the letter.

Rosenworcel’s silence is a reversal of sorts from 2017 when the Democratic FCC commissioner criticized President Donald Trump for an “assault on free expression” for proposing a review of broadcast licenses for NBC News affiliates.

Rosenworcel, who was first appointed to the FCC in 2012, called on her fellow commissioners in the CNN interview to “make clear that they support the First Amendment” by affirming that the agency would not revoke TV licenses at the whim of the president.

Rosenworcel has not commented publicly on Eshoo and McNerny’s efforts to deplatform Fox News, Newsmax and OANN.

“Are you planning to continue carrying Fox News, OANN, and Newsmax on your platform both now and beyond the renewal date?” they asked in the letter sent to companies like Cox Communications, AT&T, Dish, Apple and Comcast.

Carr and another FCC Republican, Nathan Simington, publicly condemned the letter on Monday.

“I call on my FCC colleagues to join me in publicly denouncing this attempt to stifle political speech and independent news judgment,” he said.

Simington said the letter was “particularly concerning” because the House Energy and Commerce Committee oversees the Communications Act.

Rosenworcel did not respond to an email seeking comment on the letter, or the request by Carr that she speak out publicly.

In her letter to the White House on Monday, Eshoo said that the FCC has “embarrassingly never had a woman” serve as permanent chair of the commission.

“We urge the Administration to rectify this track record by nominating Jessica Rosenworcel to the role of FCC Chairwoman,” reads the letter, which Eshoo signed with more than 30 female House Democrats.

Trump suggested twice during his presidency, in 2017 and 2018, that licenses for NBC stations be revoked.

He first suggested it in October 2017 after NBC News published what he called a “fake news” report about his nuclear strategy.

This story originally was published by the Daily Caller News Foundation.


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