Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) appeared to suggest United States military serving overseas should be barred from watching Fox News. Swalwell made the comments speaking on MSNBC with host Katie Phang on Saturday.
Phang asked Rep. Swalwell if there should be any sort of “congressional oversight, regulations, some type of gatekeeping” regarding Fox News, after Tucker Carlson aired previously never-before-seen footage from the events of January 6, 2021.
“I’m wondering a lot about Americans and the disinformation and the misinformation that was pumped out of Fox News. Have there been any discussions in Congress about, maybe, congressional oversight, regulations, maybe the FCC getting involved,” Fang asked.
Swalwell responded by claiming he did not “want to get into the business of telling troops what they can and cannot watch” before suggesting exactly that.
“I don’t want to get into the business of telling troops what they can and cannot watch. But if you have a news station that a court is going to rule is, in its evening hour, perpetuating dis- and misinformation, I don’t know if I disagree with [those] saying that we need to take a look at how this is being broadcast to our troops.”
“So I don’t think we are without complete recourse,” the California Democrat added, suggesting Congress could move to ban overseas troops from viewing Fox.
Seemingly threatening Fox News hosts, Swalwell noted, “I hope that’s an incentive for Fox News to clean up its evening hour, starting with Tucker Carlson and going late into the evening with Laura Ingraham. They all spun and told these lies.”
WATCH: Eric Swalwell suggests banning Fox News from troops overseas
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