REP LIEU STATEMENT ON THE FIRST AMENDMENT
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement on the First Amendment.
"This week Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee held their fourth stupid hearing on regulating the search algorithms of internet companies, such as Google. The hearing was stupid because the First Amendment prevents the government from regulating the speech of non-governmental entities. I made a forceful defense of the First Amendment during the hearing and stated my long-held view that the First Amendment prevents the government from regulating the content of speech. Yesterday on CNN, I was asked if I missed an opportunity to question Google about some of their criticized practices given the immense amount of information they have. I would’ve loved to have had more than the five minutes I was allotted to ask about privacy and antitrust concerns. In the interview, I again stated the First Amendment prevents government from regulating the content of speech. I also made the point that it was the First Amendment that prevents me from regulating speech. I have been, and always will be, an ardent defender of the First Amendment.
Whether deliberately or out of ignorance, some conservative media outlets and entertainment shows like Tucker Carlson Tonight tried to mischaracterize my words to mean the exact opposite of what I was conveying. This is my response: I served on active duty in the United States military to defend the right of anyone, including Mr. Carlson, to say stupid stuff, to criticize me, and to blatantly mischaracterize what I said."