Nikki Halley, who previously served as the Ambassador to the UN, had strong criticism for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), popularly known as AOC, after the congresswoman suggested the First Amendment should be subject to compromise. AOC insisted that certain media outlets should be restricted in order to fight against “misinformation and disinformation.” In addition, AOC also suggested for Congress to create a commission in order to do so.
AOC herself discussed the commission directly, noting that “there is absolutely a commission being discussed”, though at this point the discussion is “more investigatory” in nature. AOC also added that a Truth and Reconciliation-style commission is “an interesting concept for us to explore,” one in which several other Congressional members have presumably expressed interest.
AOC also added that various members of Congress “have brought up media literacy” as an important component of such a commission, which will purportedly ensure that media outlets “can’t just spew disinformation and misinformation.”
Intriguingly, AOC insisted that such a commission would not be partisan, but aimed towards targeting “misinformation.”
“It’s one thing to have differentiating opinions, but [it is] another thing entirely to just say [falsehoods],” AOC added.
Haley retorted that AOC’s suggestion is completely contrary to the most basic freedoms, including freedom of the press, provided in the First Amendment,
Haley also drily remarked that the federal government is not in charge of “[reining] in” media organizations.