Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif) just made one of the most half-witted statements we’ve heard in a long time. He wants to ban conservative news from being broadcast to U.S. troops but said that networks like CNN and MSNBC are A-OK.
Swalwell did this interview on MSNBC with host Katie Phang, and he said he had several concerns about the ongoing Dominion voting system lawsuit against Fox News. He is questioning whether Congress should get involved.
“Have there been any discussions in Congress about congressional oversight, regulations, and the FCC getting involved?” Phang asked. “I know we all respect the First Amendment, Congressman, but should there be some type of gatekeeping that happens so that this doesn’t happen again?”
Swalwell responded that banning Fox News from the military bases may happen in the future. He did acknowledge the plan might not go over well since the network is popular among service members.
“Nothing makes them feel more like home than their access to American television programming,” Swalwell said. “I don’t want to get in the business of telling troops what they can and cannot watch. But, if you have a news station that a court is going to rule is, in its evening hour, you know, perpetuating dis- and misinformation, I don’t know if I disagree with VoteVets, who was saying that we need to take a look at, you know, how this is being broadcast to our troops.”
Swalwell then referred to a recent call from the political action committee VoteVets seeking to ban Fox News on military installations.
He actually said that a threat from Congressional oversight could “scare” the network enough for Fox News to “clean up” their programming.
The Democrats are showing just how outraged they are that Fox News’s Tucker Carlson was given exclusive footage of the January 6 Capitol Hill protests.
But I really don’t think Fox is scared.
"Nothing makes [our troops] feel more like home than their access to American television programming, and a popular channel is Fox News," says Democrat Eric Swalwell.
"We need to take a look at how [Fox News] is being broadcast to our troops." pic.twitter.com/tzJeTfyEoU
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 11, 2023
FOX hosts' election lies and disinformation splits the ranks, hurts unit cohesion, and weakens America's national defense. They must be removed from all TVs on military installations NOW.
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— VoteVets (@votevets) March 6, 2023