Gigi Sohn, one of President Joe Biden’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) nominees, said Wednesday that his Fox News labeling “state-sponsored propaganda” would not influence his policies as a potential commissioner of the FCC.
Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) asked Sohn about his criticism of the conservative media. Sohn, if confirmed to become an FCC commissioner, would have wide influence in the conservative and other media.
Sohn co-founded Public Knowledge, a left-wing nonprofit that called on cable and satellite providers to censor One America News. Sohn also demanded that the Sinclair Broadcasting Group, a network of local broadcasters owned by conservatives, be stripped of its license.
The FCC candidate also called Fox News “dangerous to our democracy” and “state sponsored propaganda”.
Wicker asked Sohn if she harbored any bias against Fox News and the conservative media.
Sohn said his comments were made in the context of “hearings” and “media reports” and admitted his tone “was a little sharper” than it should be.
She went on to claim that her comments as an advocate for progressive technology would not influence her work as a commissioner of the FCC.
“My views as an advocate for the public interest will not affect how I behave as a policy maker,” she said.
Sohn admitted his comment against Fox News “was too sharp.”
Senate Republicans lined up against Biden’s FCC candidate, lambasting his criticism of the conservative media.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said: “Gigi Sohn is a complete political ideologue who has contempt for the Conservatives. It would be a real nightmare for the country when it comes to regulating public airwaves.
Senator John Thune (R-SD) said: “She is [Sohn] far to the left, it will be a heavyweight in regulation.
Sean Moran is congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on twitter @ SeanMoran3.