- House Democrats are holding a hearing on the media’s role in promoting “
- The hearing, by the Energy and Commerce Committee, will be held remotely on February 24.
- It will feature testimony from as-yet-unnamed “media experts.”
“The prolonged severity of the
Palone, a Democrat from New Jersey, chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee while Doyle, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, leads the Communications and Technology subcommittee. On February 24, the two lawmakers will host a remote hearing, featuring unnamed “media experts,” examining the issue.
“Some broadcasters’ and cable networks’ increasing reliance on conspiracy theories and misleading or patently false information raises questions about their devotion to journalistic integrity,” the lawmakers said.
Though not stated, it’s possible that lawmakers will be discussing Fox News, which until this year has long been the top-rated cable news network. In January, host Steve Hilton promoted a claim that Dr. Anthony Fauci played a direct role in creating the coronavirus. Many of the network’s anchors and commentators also promoted false claims about election fraud, assertions that were challenged by some of its more fact-oriented, straight-news personalities.
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