Remarks Of Commissioner Rosenworcel, NAB, "First Things First: Is The Press Still Free?"
[Speech] We now regularly see the highest level of our government denouncing real news as false facts. We watch how this sentiment is used to stir up anger, and we see how those in power bestow favors on outlets with narratives that flatter rather than offer the hard-hitting assessments we need. What is happening now is what journalism Professor Jay Rosen has called “not just attacking the press but the conditions that make it possible for news reports to serve as any kind of check on power.” That’s not a state of affairs we should accept.
We need to stand up, speak out, and call out when government is being used as a tool to attack the conditions that make it possible for news to serve as a check on power. We cannot allow the cry of fake news to extinguish our inquiry into hard subjects, diminish our willingness to seek truth, or temper our support for the First Amendment.
Remarks Of Commissioner Rosenworcel, NAB, "First Things First: Is The Press Still Free?" NAB 2018: Rosenworcel Says FCC Dereg Threatens News As Check on Power (B&C)