A new proposal would empower the feds to scour the Internet, TV and more for so-called hate speech.
Democratic Sen. Ed Markey is pushing a bill to have a federal agency monitor anything that it suspects may encourage hate crimes. He wants the agency to work in connection with the Department of Justice and U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, then file a report to Congress on what’s hateful and could lead to hate crimes.
So, who gets to decide what’s hateful and what will they then do about it?
“Those are the two big questions, and we don’t have the answers to those questions, which I think is the root of what’s troubling about this,” TownHall.com political editor Guy Benson told Megyn Kelly.
He questioned who would hold the agency accountable if abuses occur?
Benson said the chances of this proposal seeing the light of day in a Republican-controlled House are slim.
In a statement, Markey said that the bill makes “crystal clear that any recommendations must be consistent with the First Amendment’s free speech protections.”