- The Washington Times - Friday, December 14, 2018

Rep. Ted Lieu said “conservative media” such as Fox News host Tucker Carlson are “blatantly” mischaracterizing his comments this week about the First Amendment.

The California Democrat made headlines Wednesday after he said he would “love to be able to regulate the content of speech” and would “like to regulate Fox News” but that protections provided by the First Amendment prevented him from doing so. He also clarified in his initial comments that despite his own personal desires, he does agree it’s “better” that the government does not have the power to regulate the content of speech.

Mr. Lieu issued a statement Thursday criticizing conservative media for pouncing on his comments as evidence he doesn’t fully support the First Amendment.

“This week Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee held their fourth stupid hearing on regulating the search algorithms of internet companies, such as Google,” he said. “The hearing was stupid because the First Amendment prevents the government from regulating the speech of non-governmental entities. I made a forceful defense of the First Amendment during the hearing and stated my long-held view that the First Amendment prevents the government from regulating the content of speech.”

Mr. Lieu called himself “an ardent defender of the First Amendment” and said he showed as much during his earlier comments.



“Whether deliberately or out of ignorance, some conservative media outlets and entertainment shows like Tucker Carlson Tonight tried to mischaracterize my words to mean the exact opposite of what I was conveying,” the statement said. “This is my response: I served on active duty in the United States military to defend the right of anyone, including Mr. Carlson, to say stupid stuff, to criticize me, and to blatantly mischaracterize what I said.”

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