Two Republican Congressmen have sent a letter to oppose removing conservative news outlets Fox News, OANN and Newsmax from the House’s internal television system.
Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) sent a letter on Tuesday to House Administration Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren, urging her to make sure the House continues to carry the conservative television networks.
“The House of Representatives can fight back against cancel culture by ensuring that Members and staff have access to these targeted news networks on the House’s internal television system,” Jordan and Davis wrote in the letter. “We therefore ask you, as chair of the committee responsible for internal House operations, to reject cancel culture and ensure that the House’s television system carries Fox News, OANN, and Newsmax.”
The letter comes in response to Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Jerry McNerney (D-CA) who sent letters sent in February to cable and streaming providers to urge them to remove the three conservative outlets.
Jordan and Davis criticized the Democrat effort as another “cancel culture” attempt against conservative viewpoints. Despite Democrat claims the networks spread “misinformation,” the letters appear to target only conservative outlets.
The Democrat-backed letter followed widespread free speech limits following the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots. Then-President Donald Trump’s social media accounts were suspended or shut down indefinitely.
Free speech social media platform Parler was targeted as well. Its website and apps were removed from operation within 72 hours.
Twitter claimed to shut down more than 72,000 accounts that spread misinformation following the Jan. 6 riot. These accounts included many conservative leaders, leading to claims of targeted viewpoint censorship.
Americans may not be too concerned whether the House continues airing Fox News and other conservative outlets. Yet many citizens do care deeply about conservative content and keeping free speech free for all.