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Democratic representatives write to cable companies including AT&T and Comcast and streamers Amazon and Hulu demanding they drop Fox News, OAN and Newsmax over 'misinformation'

 Two Democratic lawmakers sent letters Monday to a dozen cable, satellite and video streaming companies, including Amazon and Hulu, urging them to drop right-leaning news networks they claim pushed 'misinformation' in the 2020 election.

Representatives Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerny, both of whom represent California and sit on the Energy and Commerce Committee, claim it's the responsibility of these companies to address media outlets 'disseminating misinformation to millions' through their airwaves.

In the letters, Eshoo and McNerny accuse the right-leaning outlets Fox News, One America News Network (OANN) and Newsmax of serving as 'misinformation rumor mills and conspiracy theory hotbeds that produce content that leads to real harm.'


Recipients of the letter include Alphabet – the parent company of Google – AT&T, Verizon, Roku, Hulu, Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Charter Communications, DISH and Altice.

In the text of the letter, the California lawmakers claim these cable, streaming and satellite companies played 'a major role in the spread of dangerous misinformation that enabled the insurrection of January 6th and hinders our public health response to the current pandemic.'

Rep. Anna Eshoo
Rep. Jerry McNerny

Energy and Commerce Committee members Anna Eshoo (left) and Jerry McNerny (right) – both California representatives – are demanding cable, satellite and streaming companies drop the right-wing trifecta Fox News, One America News Network (OANN) and Newsmax

The letter was sent to a dozen cable, satellite and streaming service, including Amazon (founder Jeff Bezos shown above), Hulu, Roku, AT&T, Comcast, DISH and Alphabet – the parent company of Google

The letter was sent to a dozen cable, satellite and streaming service, including Amazon (founder Jeff Bezos shown above), Hulu, Roku, AT&T, Comcast, DISH and Alphabet – the parent company of Google

The companies have so-far declined to comment or did not respond to messages seeking comment.

Specifically, the letter states that the three aforementioned outlets 'aired misinformation about the November 2020 elections.'

The district Eshoo represents includes the U.S. tech capital of Silicon Valley and McNerny's district includes part of Sacramento County – where the California capital is located.

Fox News Media, a unit of Fox Corp said in a statement on Monday that for 'individual members of Congress to highlight political speech they do not like and demand cable distributors engage in viewpoint discrimination sets a terrible precedent.'

Fox News came under criticism from then-President Donald Trump and many of his supporters after the network first projected Arizona's 11 electoral votes would go to challenger Joe Biden before other networks made the call.

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The letter alleges the three networks served as 'misinformation rumor mills and conspiracy theory hotbeds that produce content that leads to real harm.' In an interview with Newmax, MyPillow Founder and CEO Mike Lindell pushed claims rigged voting machines were responsible for voter fraud

The letter alleges the three networks served as 'misinformation rumor mills and conspiracy theory hotbeds that produce content that leads to real harm.' In an interview with Newmax, MyPillow Founder and CEO Mike Lindell pushed claims rigged voting machines were responsible for voter fraud


The letters asked companies if they are planning to continue carrying Fox News, Newsmax and OANN as part of their packages.

OANN did not immediately comment.

Newsmax said in a statement 'the House Democrats' attack on free speech and basic First Amendment rights should send chills down the spines of all Americans.'

Newsmax said it 'reported fairly and accurately on allegations and claims made by both sides during the recent election contest.'

The letters also asked companies 'what moral or ethical principles (including those related to journalistic integrity, violence, medical information, and public health) do you apply in deciding which channels to carry or when to take adverse actions against a channel?' 

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