Sarbanes Slams House Republicans’ Sham Hearing [Video]


Sep 5, 2018
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a partisan House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing convened by House Republicans today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) slammed the Republican Majority for wasting taxpayer resources on political charades, rather than pursuing serious inquiries and investigations on behalf of the American people.

“What worries me is that this is all part of a campaign by the GOP and the right wing to ‘work the refs’ – complaining of non-existent bias to force an overcorrection which then can result in some actual bias going in the other direction,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “And we saw this, actually, with Facebook. Conservatives cried bias because Facebook was seeking to make information available using reputable news sources instead of far-right-wing outlets or conspiracy platforms. So Facebook got pushed into this ‘correction’ and it got rid of its human editors and the result was immediately it was overrun with hoaxes that were posing as news.”

Sarbanes continued: “… I don’t really have confidence that this hearing was convened for a serious purpose, to be candid.... What is really frustrating to me about today’s inquiry is that my Republican colleagues know there are plenty of other kinds of investigations that we should be undertaking in this Congress, but they don’t have any interest in pursuing them. And that’s not just conjecture, there’s actually a list that’s been circulating that Republicans put together of all the investigations that they’ve been blocking – sweeping under the rug because they want to hide the truth from the American people.”

See below for full video of the Congressman’s remarks.