It’s beginning to sound downright Orwellian.
In a new Instagram stream this week, Alexandra Ocasio Cortez told her followers that her colleagues in Congress are discussing how we “rein in our media environment so that you cannot just spew disinformation and misinformation.”
Rein in? Apparently, Representative Cortez believes our government is supposed to determine what information we can or cannot consume?
AOC is highly misguided. She is indicating that she believes she and her friends in Congress have the right to decide what is news and what is not. It’s almost as if she thinks we live in North Korea.
Fortunately, we do not. This is the United States of America and we have a first amendment that should clear things up for Ms. Cortez. It reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
As a journalist and commentator, I cannot stress enough that the first amendment and our freedom of speech is critical to the foundation as a nation. And, yet? AOC apparently feels entitled to target those with whom she does not agree.
I will remind her that she is wrong. We have a constitution to protect our right to speak freely. She, too, is of course free to speak her mind. It is her constitutional right.
Nonetheless, it would be nice if our Congressional lawmakers were actually familiar with the Constitution given that they’re charged with helping to govern our country.
Don’t forget to catch today’s podcast where I dig into this issue further – chapter 2!