The FCC has rejected the request from progressive media group “Free Press” to investigate networks that have broadcasted the administration’s coronavirus task force briefings.
Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai tweeted:
Under my leadership, the @FCC has always defended Americans’ 1st Amendment freedoms, including freedom of the press. That’s why we’ve rejected a special interest’s demand that we investigate broadcasters for their editorial judgments. @FCC staff decision:
Under my leadership, the @FCC has always defended Americans’ 1st Amendment freedoms, including freedom of the press. That's why we've rejected a special interest's demand that we investigate broadcasters for their editorial judgments. @FCC staff decision: https://t.co/2DGUjwTw9P pic.twitter.com/MUCyLUj39R
— Ajit Pai (@AjitPaiFCC) April 6, 2020
OANN reports Chairman Ajit Pai of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a statement Monday, which rejected an investigation into television networks that have broadcasted the administration’s coronavirus task force briefings from the White House.
The complaint was filed by the group Free Press, which is a far-left activist group that has an avowed socialist on their board of advisors. Their proposed so-called investigation would have looked into broadcasters who have aired President Trump’s statements during briefings as well as related commentary regarding the pandemic by other on-air personalities.
The Washington Post had echoed the far-left groups ideas with columnist Margaret Sullivan demanded that news networks stop live broadcasting Trump’s daily coronavirus briefings after labeling them as dangerous and destructive. However, the president’s briefings provide necessary information to the American people from the White House task force and have received high ratings.
The FCC’s rejection was forceful, ruling on the side of freedom of the press under the First Amendment, that it’s not their role to become “roving arbiters of broadcasters editorial judgments” nor discourage them from airing breaking news events involving government officials in the midst of the current global pandemic.
“When the president tells dangerous lies about a public health emergency, broadcasters have a choice: don’t air them, or put those lies in context with disclaimers noting that they may be untrue and are unverified,” Free Press writes “and certainly the FCC has a duty to rein in radio broadcasters that seed confusion with lies and disinformation.”