Democratic politicians like to say they are the defenders of free speech, that they want more openness, more dialogue.
But if California Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu had his choice, less, not more speech would be the case.
In an interview on CNN on Thursday, Lieu was on talking about the recent appearance by the CEO of Google, who appeared before Congress to discuss issues pertaining to free speech, censorship, fake news, algorithms and the like. Congressman Lieu was one of those members who sat in on that committee hearing.
The CNN host asked Lieu about a potential missed opportunity to ask Google’s Sundar Pichai about managing the perpetuation of conspiracy theories on search engines.
However, Lieu’s answer was incredibly chilling:
“So it’s a very good point you make. I would love, if I could have more than five minutes to question witnesses, unfortunately, I don’t get that opportunity. However, I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech. The First Amendment prevents me from doing so and that’s simply a function of the First Amendment, but I think over the long run, it’s better that government does not regulate the content of speech. I would urge these private sector companies to regulate it better themselves but it’s really nothing that I believe government can do, so that’s been my position all along.”
He actually says on television that he would love to “regulate the content of free speech.” This is an elected official who wants to control what you and I see, hear and say. It’s astounding that he actually uttered that phrase.
Thankfully, as Lieu states, the First Amendment does not allow him to regulate the content of speech.
I guess Democrats are beginning to be honest about their intentions.
WATCH Lieu’s startling admission: