U.S. Senators Call for Hearing on Fake News, Trump Media Hostility

May 23, 2017  •  Post A Comment

As the treatment of reporters under the Trump administration continues to gain attention in Washington, two members of the Senate Commerce Committee have asked the panel to hold a hearing on the state of the media.

Multichannel News reports that the effort by Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) comes partly in response to an incident last week in which a reporter had a run-in with FCC security.

“Both are members of the committee and both sent a letter to the FCC seeking info on what happened May 18 when a reporter said he was pinned against the wall by security guards for trying to ask a question of a commissioner after a meeting,” the story reports.

The report adds: “The senators cited Trump administration hostility toward the press, plus the proliferation of ‘fake news,’ for wanting the committee to hold the hearing — they said the last committee hearing on the state of journalism was in 2009 and that a new look was needed to ‘refresh the record.'”


  1. Perhaps the hearing could also look into the media’s hostility and bias against Trump, and the media’s efforts to influence the electorate.

  2. The Democrats might try passing some laws to help their constituents instead of creating issues for their donors and the press.

  3. Fake News has been enabled by those who would rather accept another person’s or institution’s message instead of taking time to learn the facts. Furthermore Fake News is being accepted as the truth because the believers only expos themselves to news that supports their opinion and are unwilling to allow their position to be challenged.

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