MINOT, N.D. — In 2016, in the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump‘s win in the national election, Kevin Cramer, today a senator but then a member of the House of Representatives, wrote a letter to the broadcast television networks threatening congressional hearings over biased election coverage.
Cramer’s (rather thin) justification for congressional involvement was that broadcast networks use airwaves regulated by the FCC.
I thought the move was foolish.
“Not only would the hearings be a waste of time and money, the government simply has no business dictating content standards to broadcasters, whether it’s regulations for language and nudity or mandated balance in political coverage,” I wrote at the time.
Nothing much came from that bad idea, thankfully.
But, by way of proving that authoritarian impulses are bipartisan, some House Democrats are casting a much wider net in their quest to put their foot on the neck of right-wing programming. They’re targeting online streaming as well.