Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has called on the FCC to investigate a TV station she claims has distorted news coverage of her and her office, but one commissioner has already ripped the request as being a “chilling and direct attack on free speech and journalistic freedom.”
Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr, a Republican, issued a statement that said“The State’s Attorney’s Office complaint alleges that there is ‘troubling, abhorrent, and outright dangerous’ conduct going on here. They are correct in this respect — it is the conduct of the State’s Attorney’s Office that is troubling, abhorrent, and outright dangerous.”
In her complaint, filed Friday, Mosby alleges that WBFF “persistently follows a disconcerting and dangerous pattern: beginning with a slanted, rigged, misleading, or inflammatory headline; followed by a conspiracy theory; and supported with guest commentary from disgruntled ex-employees or political opponents that lend false credibility to their biased coverage or omission of facts.
“Utilizing this pattern of practice in their broadcasts, citizens are not only consistently misinformed about the basis and intent of prosecutorial policies, additionally the merit of criminal convictions are distorted to detract from the public good championed by prosecutors.”
Mosby attempted to tie the Fox affiliate’s coverage to Fox News Channel, despite the fact that WBFF is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group and Fox has no oversight of the station’s news coverage.
Her complaint also called into question a statement of a guest on a national program, assigning blame to WBFF for the statement being aired.
She also stated in the complaint that “WBFF deliberately broadcast the home address of State’s Attorney Mosby on live TV during one of its news segments” and “made a formal inquiry attempting to find out the schools the SA’s children attended.”
Mosby says those actions have prompted death threats and hate mail directed at her.
Executive director of the Radio Television Digital News Association, Dan Shelley, has also responded to the matter with a letter criticizing Mosby’s complaint being sent to the FCC.
Bill Melugin Details What He Saw at Robb Elementary School
Melugin left his regular assignment covering the crisis at the Southern Border to cover a mass school shooting
Fox News reporter Bill Melugin left his regular assignment covering the crisis at the Southern Border to cover a mass school shooting that left at least 21 people dead in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday.
Melugin spent hours appearing on the network’s primetime lineup reporting from the scene. The correspondent addressed rumors that the shooting at the school began as a border patrol chase.
“We’re not hearing anything about a chase, there were rumors flying around that this was a sort of border patrol chase, I have not heard anything of the sort, I have not confirmed any of that information and have no reason to believe any of those rumors are credible at this moment,” he said.
Melugin described what he saw at Robb Elementary School and the scene inside the school.
” We went in, there is a room full of parents, a private room where they are waiting on information for their loved ones, some are walking the hallways, some are crying, hugging, emotional, some have been given horrible news,” Melugin said. “There is a room full of parents necessary there waiting on information.”
Wolf Blitzer Slams the Availability of “Weapons of Mass Destruction”
Blitzer criticized the availability of what he termed “weapons of mass destruction.”
A shooter in Uvalde, Texas, walked into a school and opened fire, killing 21 people, including 19 children and two adults, on Tuesday. CNN host Wolf Blitzer reacted to the tragedy in “The Situation Room.”
According to a transcript published on Breitbart, Blitzer criticized the availability of what he termed “weapons of mass destruction.”
“Every time there is an incident like this, you hear about efforts to deal with mentally unstable people who can certainly go out there and buy a weapon of mass destruction, go out there and buy a gun or rifle or some sort of assault-type weapon and go to there and eventually start killing wonderful, wonderful, people.”
According to the Associated Press, Tuesday’s attack on Robb Elementary School was the deadliest shooting at a U.S. school since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Connecticut.
Lachlan Murdoch: Being In the News Business Brings A lot of Heat
The head of Fox News is speaking out about the narrative that his network is too divisive
The head of Fox News is speaking out about the narrative that his network is too divisive. CEO Lachlan Murdoch told Axios that the network gets a lot of heat because of its perpetual top-ranked status.
“I think when you’re in the news business, and you’re number one … you get a lot of heat and it just comes with the territory,” said Murdoch.
Left-leaning pundits have been strongly opposed to Tucker Carlson’s comments about illegal immigration. The New York Times published a report explaining how Carlson had “stoked white fear to conquer cable news.”
New York Senator Chuck Schumer recently sent a letter to Fox News demanding the network fire Carlson for sharing what some are calling “great replacement theory.” That letter was sent days after a white shooter walked into a Buffalo grocery store and murdered 10 people.
“You’ve got to kind of realize what it is and how some of it is a very organized kind of attack — very coordinated — but it is what it is,” Murdoch said.
Following the Buffalo shooting incident, protestors descended upon Fox News headquarters in New York City to protest the network’s primetime hosts.