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Republican FCC Commisioner Mike O’Rielly is out, for speaking out
Posted by: deckeda
Date: August 06, 2020 07:18AM
His renomination has been pulled, following an unflattering speech.

In March, Twitter had the nerve to fact-check content. Trump's response was to attack Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, set up to protect media from 3rd party lawsuits when they moderated content they published. Their freedom to censor is actually a expression of free speech.

In his executive order Trump complained Section 230 did the opposite, that it limited "free speech" for all, despite the fact that only governments can harm free speech universally. And so Monday at his request, the FCC said it will have public comments to "see" if they should indeed step in to disallow media to self-moderate content.

O’Rielly's mistake was first in expressing doubt that the FCC had the congressional authority to limit free speech (if media they regulated were no longer allowed to moderate content). Congress had no problem granting him another term this summer, because presumably they understand the 1st Amendment.

But then the other day he did something more, a direct refutation of Trump's March executive order.

- In a speech, he reminded everyone that the First Amendment protects against limits imposed by government, not by companies. What that means is that if government prevents companies from limiting speech ... government has in fact limited free speech.
The final straw:
" ... like it or not, the First Amendment’s protections apply to corporate entities, especially when they engage in editorial decision making. It is time to stop allowing purveyors of First Amendment gibberish to claim they support more speech, when their actions make clear that they would actually curtail it through government action.”

[www.reuters.com]
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Re: Republican FCC Commisioner Mike O’Rielly is out, for speaking out
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 06, 2020 09:44AM
Getting fired by this administration for insubordination may be the only way to wash off the stink and have a chance in the future. It gives you the ability to claim you resisted.



“No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.”
-- François de La Rochefoucauld
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