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Congressional Democrats are demanding to know what communications giants such as Comcast and AT&T are going to do about “the spread of dangerous misinformation.” How quickly this country is descending into an authoritarian regime where the government controls speech and the flow of information.

Ahead of a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday, California Democratic Reps. Anna G. Eshoo and Jerry McNerney wrote a letter to Comcast, AT&T, Spectrum, Dish, Verizon, Cox, Altice, Roku, Amazon, Apple, Google, and Hulu. According to the New York Times, which says it has reviewed the correspondence, the pair is not pleased that “the cable, satellite and over-the-top companies that disseminate these media outlets” – likely referring to Fox News, One America News Network, and Newsmax – “have done nothing in response to the misinformation aired by these outlets.”

The hearing was called to focus on “disinformation and extremism in the media.” In practice it’s a stage for peacock strutting, spin, and projection (a diversionary tactic Democrats are well-practiced in) with the ultimate goal of gaining full control of the flow of information.

The Democrats telegraphed their intentions when Eshoo and McNerney assumed the role of prosecutors to ask the companies what steps they took “prior to, on and following the Nov. 3, 2020, elections and the Jan. 6, 2021, attacks to monitor, respond to and reduce the spread of disinformation, including encouragement or incitement of violence by channels your company disseminates to millions of Americans?”

Eshoo and McNerney further exposed their repressive intentions when they asked the companies if they are “planning to continue carrying Fox News, OANN and Newsmax” on their platforms “both now and beyond the renewal date?” and “if so, why?”

Is this not chilling? The Democrats care nothing about misinformation and disinformation, nor freedom of speech. Their objective is to use the Jan. 6 Capitol trespass-and-vandalize ruckus, as well as legitimate questions about the 2020 election, to shut down the speech of their political opponents. They lust for raw political and social power, to rule, not govern under constitutional limits, forever. It is that simple.

Before it’s incinerated by the furnaces of the Orwellian memory hole operated by the legacy media, we remind readers here that the press has been involved in its own disinformation campaign regarding the Capitol incident. It has repeatedly lied about the events of that day in an effort to portray Trump supporters, Republicans, conservatives, and small-government advocates as domestic terrorists.

Government censorship must be abhorred in a free society, and the fact we’re watching a political party in power attempt to suppress speech is clear evidence we’ve entered an era in which freedom is only for the card-carrying members of the ruling class. A federal judge shouldn’t have to say, as one did a few years back, that “we do not want the government … deciding what is political truth – for fear that the government might persecute those who criticize it. Instead, in a democracy, the voters should decide.”

But this is where we are in an America no previous generation would recognize. And the downward spiral is accelerating. Unless our decline is turned around hard and soon, it won’t be long before we’re burning books, because we’re already symbolically burning anyone who dares express a view that dissents from the Democrat-media narrative.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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  • …. The news media have been involved in their own disinformation campaign regarding the Capitol incident and: in their efforts to portray Trump supporters, Republicans, conservatives and small-government advocates, as domestic terrorists; have repeatedly lied about that day’s events ….

    Including by never mentioning that four of the five deaths that have been attributed to that day’s events occurred to alleged “Trump supporters” and that the policeman allegedly “beaten to death by armed attackers,” in fact, suffered no injury whatsoever and, according to his mother, went home safely and according to his Mum, much later on, suffered a stroke.

  • The number one purveyor of fake news is ABCCBSNBCPMSNBCCNNPBSNPRWASHCOMPOSTNYSLIMESLATIMES, et al. Four years of lies, distortions and fake news culminating in the stolen elections. But, Democrats are masters of projection. Like Henry Potter, they are not happy until they control everything. Can’t have ONE dissenting voice.

    • @George: Not if Democrats get their way – with legislation and punitive regulations to silence all criticism and speech they disagree with.

      But thanks for the usual dose of left-wing authoritarianism that proves the article’s point.

      • Migosh, Marc, I asked a question, not put you into a Trump Cage.
        You are here, airing your grievances, the heart of this site which allows you to use it.
        Keep doing it.

  • Splendid piece. And sadly, too true. Our federal government is becoming a tool of oppression in the hands of the statists. Hypocritical of them that they do not call themselves fascists.

  • The mint-mark of totalitarian rule is censorship. If the Democrats get away with this, we can kiss the America that was goodbye — permanently.

    Someone should ask Noam Chomsky to comment on this. He once defined “fascism” as the assumption of authority to define what constitutes truth and punish those who deviate from it. Now his ideological allies are doing exactly that. So where do you stand, Dr. Chomsky?

      • Suuuurrrre he did. If your side were so certain it’s beyond question, they wouldn’t be putting so much effort into trying to intimidate anyone who wants the evidence examined.

        Have a nice life.

      • My life is very nice, thank you. We examined the evidence. It was not there.
        Trump lost 60 court cases which required evidence.
        Why are you trying to cancel the election?

      • No court has yet ruled on the evidence.
        Biden is a senile corruptocrat in the pay of the Communist Chinese.
        History will judge him and those who stole the presidency for him harshly.
        That will include all of you who’ve strained to cover up the crime or silence us who protest.
        I can only hope I’m alive to see justice done.

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