Explain to me what is the OANN and NewsMax PROBLEM? (see tweet, below)
Next on the agenda is censorship of conservative television and radio news outlets. There are even renewed calls for restoration and extension of the Fairness Doctrine which, in my opinion, is unconstitutional because it abridges free speech as protected in the First Amendment.
The video, from CNN (of course):
These guys think it is a bad thing that Americans can seek out differing views. Note that he considers left leaning news as “fact based”.
In my view, as long as nobody is inciting violence, riots, or overthrowing the government, public expression of opinion (radical views in the left’s opinion = anything they don’t agree with) is perfectly acceptable, whether or not I agree with what is being said. And, in opposition to what many people think, even lies are allowable under the Constitution. Yes, there are laws governing speech, such as lying under oath (perjury), defamation etc.
The Supreme Court explained its rationale a few years ago in U.S. v. Alvarez, 567 U.S. 709 (2012). That case dealt with a federal statute making it illegal to falsely claim that you had won any medal that Congress had authorized to be awarded to the armed forces.
The federal government argued that false speech had no value and therefore was not protected, pointing to cases upholding laws limiting false speech.
But the Supreme Court rejected that argument, noting that the cases where it has upheld laws limiting false speech dealt with “defamation, fraud, or some other legally cognizable harm associated with a false statement.”
“The Court has never endorsed the categorical rule the Government advances: that false statements receive no First Amendment protection.