FCC Chairman Talks Trump's 'Media is the Enemy' Comment

FCC Chairman Talks Trump's 'Media is the Enemy' Comment

Pai's statement was a response to a series of questions from Senate Democrats after he testified earlier this month before the Commerce Committee.

On March 10, 13 Senate Democrats sent Pai a letter again demanding he answer, arguing his "silence on the matter and refusal to take a stand against threats levied at the media is troubling".

He also wrote, "I should note that at the hearing, I was asked if I agreed with the President that the media was the "enemy" of the people". "As I stated at the hearing, these comments are part of a larger political debate into which I will not be wading".

US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House in Washington, US, February 16, 2017. Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai went on to say that he would act independently of the White House on media-related matters. The other three guiding principles, said Pai, are (1) harnessing the power of IPbased technology to create new jobs and opportunities, (2) promoting free markets as the keys to investment and innovation, and (3) instilling a "healthy respect" for the workings of free markets.

Trump has clashed with media outlets on numerous occasions, especially cable networks like CNN.

The President has indeed taken aim at fake news, but the category has appeared to be a broad one, encompassing critical stories from mainstream media outlets.

During his election campaign, Trump said AT&T Inc's $85.4 billion bid to buy Time Warner Inc, owner of CNN and the Warner Bros movie studio, was an example of a "power structure" rigged against him and USA voters and should not be approved.

Since his election, Trump has not commented on the merits of the deal.

Mirroring the actions of House Communications Subcommittee chairwoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) unveiled a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution in the House last Thursday that would nullify broadband privacy rules adopted by the FCC last October.

In his letter, Pai reiterated his "strong support for the First Amendment rights of the media and all Americans" and said he has "consistently opposed any effort to infringe upon the freedom of the press and have fought to eliminate regulations that impede the gathering and dissemination of news".