Sohan calls Granthshala News ‘state-sponsored propaganda’
“While I’ve been respectful of all presidents when it comes to choosing my team, I’ve also emphasized unqualified nominees and hacks,” Graham said in a statement.
Graham continued, “Gigi Sohn is an absolute political thinker with a disdain for conservatives. When it comes to regulating public airwaves, she will be an absolute nightmare for the country.”
“I will do everything in my power to persuade colleagues on both sides of the aisle to decline this extreme nominee,” he said.
Graham’s tweets came in response to the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board Damnation of his selection. The Journal described Sohn as a “progressive partisan” who favors “deploying the agency’s regulatory power to clamp down on broadband providers and silence conservative voices.”
Sohn, who was an FCC official during the Obama administration, founded the liberal group Public Knowledge, which has supported greater government surveillance of the Internet.
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Sohn has personally indicated opposition to conservative media, as well as openness to reforming the fairness doctrine.
Sohan tweeted in October 2020, “For all my concerns about #Facebook, I believe Granthshala News has had the most negative impact on our democracy.”
The Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing for Sohn next week.
The Biden administration has made broadband access an important part of its agenda.
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“Broadband is a gateway to economic opportunity,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said during a briefing at the White House on Tuesday. And so, to open that gateway, we’re putting equity at the heart of everything we do. Huh.”