This was a remarkable victory for conservatives, the Fraternal Order of Police, the WSJ editorial page, the new top Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee Ted Cruz, and (humbly) your friendly HOTLINE writers.
There was nearly zero industry opposition, contrary to today’s lazy media narrative.
Nonetheless, Sohn’s history as a radical liberal activist, her advocacy of censorship, her clear conflict of interest from receiving a sweetheart settlement from broadcasters for the piracy company she served, and finally her “defund the police” tweets ignited broad grassroots opposition.
Ted Cruz dealt the final blow in a brilliantly managed hearing that moved Joe Manchin – long on the fence – into the no column.
Sohn was defiant in defeat: “The unrelenting, dishonest and cruel attacks on my character and my career as an advocate for the public interest have taken an enormous toll on me and my family. Unfortunately, the American people are the real losers here.”
Cry us a river.
Our view: Let’s just get rid of the FCC.