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Digital Journalism Prof at Columbia U. Calls for Censorship of Conservative Media

Digital Journalism Prof at Columbia U. Calls for Censorship of Conservative Media

“called for some center-right news outlets to be censored in the name of cracking down on misinformation”

Should calling for censorship be a disqualifying quality for someone who teaches journalism?

The College Fix reports:

Top digital journalism professor at Columbia calls for censorship of conservative media

The top digital journalism professor at Columbia University recently called for some center-right news outlets to be censored in the name of cracking down on misinformation.

Professor Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Media, said it is not an infringement of the First Amendment to audit and vet some news outlets to promote a “truthful news environment.”

She made the comments in response to concerns among U.S. Reps. Jerry McNerney and Anna Eshoo, who sent letters to a multitude of streaming companies, including AT&T, Verizon, Roku, Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Charter, Dish, Cox and Hulu, asking them about censoring “misinformation” in the conservative media.

The Democratic senior members expressed that “right-wing media ecosystem[s]” like “Newsmax, One America News Network (OANN), and Fox News” must be held accountable for supposed fallacies on their networks and suggested they be booted from these venues.

“Have you taken any adverse actions against a channel, including Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN, for using your platform to disseminate disinformation related directly or indirectly to the November 3, 2020 elections, the January 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection, or COVID-19 misinformation,” the letter asks.

The justification for this, according to these lawmakers, is that the media “radicalizes individuals to commit seditious acts and rejects public health best practices, among other issues in our public discourse.”

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Comments

Democrats never wanted to censor “misinformation” when it came out of the Soviet Union. Just sayin’

    CorkyAgain in reply to irv. | March 10, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Of course not, since “misinformation” is defined as anything which contradicts the party line.

    George_Kaplan in reply to irv. | March 10, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    Democrats haven’t called for their propaganda outlets to be censored for promoting the Russia hoax. Nor are they concerned by the misinformation their side espouses. This is all about power and control, not a genuine bid for the truth.

“Public health best practices” have been completely proven false by this pandemic. The governments exhausted every old customary practice including the “burnout” protocols, masking, etc. Shutting people in didn’t cut the rates of infection, and the government grossly and irresponsibly managed those at highest risk resulting in death. Professorette Bell should be fired for such stupidity. She is spreading more disinformation than the whole of the KGB during the Cold War.

We should just shut down journalism schools–you’d be better off reading the news put out by 10 random people out of the phone book.

nordic_prince | March 12, 2021 at 9:36 am

A “truthful news environment” – like “Pravda,” right?

How these totalitarian Leftists can be so self unaware is beyond me.

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