Gigi Sohn Withdraws as Nominee for Federal Communications Commission


Category:  News & Politics

Via:  vic-eldred  •  3 weeks ago  •  12 comments

By:   Catherine Lucey (WSJ)

Gigi Sohn Withdraws as Nominee for Federal Communications Commission
Senate Republicans block President Biden's pick, call her too partisan

S E E D E D   C O N T E N T

Gigi Sohn has withdrawn her nomination to serve as a commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission after a stalled confirmation process.

Ms. Sohn informed the White House she would be withdrawing. The Washington Post reported about her decision earlier.

In a statement, Ms. Sohn said she was withdrawing because of attacks on her record as an advocate that she said came from “legions of cable and media industry lobbyists, their bought-and-paid-for surrogates, and dark money political groups.”

 “It is a sad day for our country and our democracy when dominant industries, with assistance from unlimited dark money, get to choose their regulators,” she said. 

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that Ms. Sohn would have “brought tremendous intellect and experience” and said the administration appreciated her candidacy. She said she had no updates on future candidates.

 Ms. Sohn, a consumer advocate, was nominated in late 2021. Republicans on the Senate Commerce Committee had blocked her nomination on the grounds she was too partisan. Sen. Joe Manchin, (D., W.Va.) said Tuesday that he would vote against her. 

Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz said Ms. Sohn’s withdrawal was “a major victory and represents a strong bipartisan agreement that we need a fair and impartial candidate who can receive the support needed for confirmation. The FCC isn’t a place for partisan activists; free speech is too important.”

Ms. Sohn served as counselor to former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and led Public Knowledge, a public-interest group that advocates for stronger antitrust enforcement.

The outspoken consumer advocate has drawn GOP fire for tweets on political topics that conservatives view as partisan—for example, tweeting that Fox News amounts to “state-sponsored propaganda” because of a lack of opposing viewpoints.

Fox News parent  Fox  Corp. and Wall Street Journal parent company  News Corp  share common ownership.


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Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1  seeder  Vic Eldred    3 weeks ago

It would have been hard to find a more far left radical than Ms. Gigi Sohn.

A victory for the nation.

Professor Quiet
2  Ronin2    3 weeks ago

Too bad, so sad. Brandon isn't getting his first choice for the position to fuck up this country further. However will he cope?

Sparty On
Professor Principal
2.1  Sparty On  replied to  Ronin2 @2    3 weeks ago
However will he cope?

One more scoop of ice cream and an extra diaper change .....

Just Jim NC TttH
Professor Principal
2.1.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Sparty On @2.1    3 weeks ago


dennis smith
Professor Silent
2.1.2  dennis smith  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1.1    3 weeks ago

Spot on especially about the vegetable

Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Ronin2 @2    3 weeks ago

He'll probably turn to Susan Rice and she'll suggest another leftist.

Sparty On
Professor Principal
3  Sparty On    3 weeks ago

Holy shit, is that Madcows sister?

Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Sparty On @3    3 weeks ago

Lol....Tough call!

Greg Jones
Professor Guide
3.2  Greg Jones  replied to  Sparty On @3    3 weeks ago

What boxes were checked for "her"?

Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Greg Jones @3.2    3 weeks ago

May I?

Any of these:

Transgender : Applies to a person whose gender is different from their "assigned" sex at birth

Cisgender : Applies to someone whose gender matches their "assigned" sex at birth (ie someone who is not transgender)

Non-binary : Applies to a person who does not identify as "male" or "female"

Genderqueer : Similar to "non-binary" - some people regard "queer" as offensive, others embrace it

Genderfluid : Applies to a person whose gender identity changes over time

Sparty On
Professor Principal
3.2.2  Sparty On  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.2.1    3 weeks ago

Lol ..... “other”

Sophomore Silent
3.2.3  gooseisback  replied to  Greg Jones @3.2    3 weeks ago
What boxes were checked for "her"?

The box that says "Must have a bone around her neck for the dog to play with her"


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