Earlier than a Home listening to Wednesday on “Fanning the Flames: Disinformation and Extremism in the Media,” Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy wrote a letter responding to “disinformation” and “intentionally deceptive” allegations by committee members.
“I wish to respectfully deal with some disinformation circulated by members of this committee in a current letter to pay-TV operators and streaming know-how corporations,” Ruddy wrote to the chairs and rating members of the Home Communications and Expertise and Vitality and Commerce committees. “Newsmax by no means referred to as the breach of the Capitol ‘a kind of romantic concept.'”
Ruddy was referencing the letter from Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., released Monday. That letter focused conservative-leaning retailers akin to Newsmax, Fox Information, and OANN, and claimed, “As a violent mob was breaching the doorways of the Capitol, Newsmax’s protection referred to as the scene a ‘kind of a romantic concept.'”
However the remark was made by a Newsmax visitor and never a number, Ruddy’s letter famous.
“The declare was made on Newsmax by a Touro Faculty legislation professor and distinguished liberal, Thane Rosenbaum, who was describing the rally earlier than any violence or criminal activity had taken place on the Capitol,” Ruddy wrote.
“The letter’s assertion on the contrary is intentionally deceptive and supposed to contribute to a false narrative about Newsmax’s balanced protection of the election and occasions Jan. 6.
“On the whole, Newsmax reported pretty and precisely on allegations and claims made by each side through the current election contest. Newsmax referred to as the election for President Joe Biden as quickly because the states had licensed their election outcomes. Additional, Newsmax forcefully and repeatedly used its airwaves to sentence the revolt on the Capitol on Jan. 6.”
Ruddy’s letter to the committees additionally offered myriad examples of Newsmax TV‘s Jan. 6 protection of the storming of the Capitol, by which on-air expertise stated, “We condemn the violence” (“Greg Kelly Reports“); “We definitely do not condone” violence (Tom Basile on “America Right Now“); and “That is un-American, this isn’t what we do. We’re higher than this and we should denounce this.” (Sean Spicer on “Spicer & Co.“)
”As this committee – the oldest in Congress – proceeds with the necessary work of the Nation, I’d respectfully ask that its Members recommit themselves to upholding the precept of freedom of the press embodied within the First Modification,” Ruddy’s letter concluded.
The letter was addressed to Home Vitality and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, D-N.J., and Rating Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. It additionally went to Home Communications and Expertise Chairman Michael Doyle, D-Pa., and Rating Member Robert Latta, R-Ohio.