It wasn’t long ago that Fox News host Tucker Carlson triggered a number of hosts at rival network CNN by accusing the network of attempting to “cancel” Fox News, even suggesting that the network had reached out to a number of carriers in order to pressure them into dropping the right-leaning cable news network.
According to the Post Millenial, CNN host Brian Stelter slammed Carlson and Fox News for the cancellation accusation, calling Carlson’s claims “patently false.” Just moments later, Stelter immediately contradicted himself by suggesting that Fox News should, in fact, be censored.
“Tucker Carlson is telling viewers that this network, CNN, is trying to force Fox News off the air, which is patently false,” Stelter said on Sunday while taking aim at Carlson and Fox News in general.
But just moments later, Stelter revealed that he had another way to censor the cable news giant — and CNN’s fiercest rival — by reducing Fox News’ reach, which is essentially the same idea as canceling it altogether.
“But while some cry cancel culture, let me suggest a different way to think about this,” Stelter said with regard to censoring Fox News. “A harm reduction model.”
Stelter went on to slam Fox News for what he claims are falsehoods that the network has spread with concern to the COVID-19 pandemic, the outcome of the 2020 election and other issues that the two networks typically have completely different narratives about.
He then argued that reducing a network’s reach could be an effective way to end the spreading of what he believes is misinformation and outright lies, claiming that such a move does not amount to trampling on the First Amendment.
“Reducing a liar’s reach is not the same as censoring his freedom of speech,” Stelter claimed. “Freedom of speech is different from freedom of reach, and algorithmic reach is part of the problem.”
According to The Hill, Journalist Zaid Jilani argued that Stelter is desperately trying to do whatever he can to censor his own political enemies, which would include a number of hosts on Fox News, while slamming Stelter’s idea that censoring a network as he suggested would amount to anything less than suppressing freedom of speech.
“I think that Stelter has constructed a very narrow definition [of free speech], primarily for the purpose of censoring his political opponents,” Jilani said.