Rep. Ro Khanna backs The Post, says Twitter ‘wrong to censor newspapers’

The House Democrat, who tweeted about his concerns the company was stifling free speech after it blocked the Post’s blockbuster coverage of Hunter Biden, said Sunday he was open to hearings in Congress on press freedom.

“It is wrong to censor newspapers. It’s wrong to censor journalists,” California MP Ro Khanna said on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures.

“The New York Post hasn’t written a single word about me in my six years in Congress. They’re a newspaper with conservative stances,” he continued. “But that doesn’t mean you can stop publishing your plays or articles, or censor your journalists from sharing stories.”

Twitter’s suppression of The Post’s October 2020 disclosure about President Biden’s son “just goes against the fundamental principles on which our country is founded,” Khanna told host Maria Bartiromo.

Rep. Ro Khanna says in an interview with Fox News that Twitter wrongly censored the Post's coverage of Hunter Biden.
Rep. Ro Khanna says in an interview with Fox News that Twitter wrongly censored the Post’s coverage of Hunter Biden.
FOX

He said he was “open to hearings in Congress” on protecting the media’s publishing rights.

“There are two competing values. On the one hand, we don’t want censorship. We don’t want people to be censored, marginalized, shadow boxed and removed from Twitter because of their views,” Khanna said.

Twitter owner Elon Musk has released internal documents detailing how the company suppressed The Post's coverage of Hunter Biden.
Twitter owner Elon Musk has released internal documents detailing how the company suppressed The Post’s coverage of Hunter Biden.
AP

“On the other hand … we don’t want accounts that are filled with anti-Semitism or just spit racism or hate on those accounts,” Khanna added. “And I think Congress should have an honest, thoughtful conversation about how we uphold those two values.”

Elon Musk releases the "Twitter files" since early December.
Elon Musk has been publishing the “Twitter Files” since the beginning of December.
REUTERS

Twitter owner Elon Musk first released internal company documents — known as the “Twitter Files” — through a report by journalist Matt Taibbi on December 2.

This installment of documents detailed how a group of top executives decided to flag The Post’s October 2020 coverage of the first son as “hacked material” and then blocked distribution on the platform.

Taibbi’s report revealed that after the decision, Khanna wrote to the then-Chief Legal Counsel and confided in Vijaya Gadde to express his concerns about violations of the First Amendment.

Matt Taibbi's report reveals Rep. Ro Khanna's message to Twitter about the blocking of Hunter Biden's story in The Post.
Matt Taibbi’s report reveals Rep. Ro Khanna’s message to Twitter about the blocking of Hunter Biden’s story in The Post.

“Generating a huge backlash on the hill regarding freedom of expression,” Khanna said in an email to Gadde.

Gadde, who has since been fired by Musk, responded by explaining Twitter’s “hacked material” policy.

“A journalist should not be held responsible for the source’s illegal actions unless they actively supported the hack. So restricting the distribution of this material, particularly in relation to a presidential candidate, does not appear to be consistent with NYT v. Sullivan policy,” Khanna said, referring to the landmark 1964 Supreme Court case protecting press freedom.

The First Amendment guarantees freedom of the press.
The First Amendment guarantees freedom of the press.
Getty Images/iStockphoto

In his Sunday interview on Fox, Khanna said, “I just campaigned for our Constitution and our First Amendment.”

Since Musk first published the account of Twitter’s handling of The Post’s story about Hunter Biden, Musk has posted three more episodes of the “Twitter files.”

The most recent on Saturday detailed how Twitter employees were working behind the scenes to ban former President Donald Trump from the platform following the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot.

The others covered how the company secretly “blacklisted” conservative figures and how Twitter suppressed the views of right-wing users but stayed away from liberal users.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/11/rep-khanna-says-twitter-wrong-to-censor-newspapers/ Rep. Ro Khanna backs The Post, says Twitter ‘wrong to censor newspapers’

JACLYN DIAZ

USTimeToday is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@ustimetoday.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button