All of the networks are bad, but NBC News has been going for the gold this month, outing Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee as a drag queen and implying Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had anything to do with that bill proposing that political bloggers be registered.
Now NBC News reporter Kevin Collier is fuming about FCC commissioner nominee Gigi Sohn withdrawing from consideration. Sohn had called Fox News “state-sponsored propaganda” and said she’d be fair, even after tweeting calls to ban conservative media. Sen. Ted Cruz blasted her last month:
Meet Biden’s FCC nominee Gigi Sohn. pic.twitter.com/YJHoLu2zd4
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) February 14, 2023
But it was outright homophobia that drove her to withdraw her name from consideration.
Confirming that consumer advocate Gigi Sohn has withdrawn her 20-month candidacy to join the FCC. She faced the most intense, bad-faith, and often outright homophobic campaign against a nominee in the agency’s history: https://t.co/OiUuZek1KS
— Kevin Collier (@kevincollier) March 7, 2023
— Mark The Shark (@MRaff57) March 7, 2023
— jimtreacher.substack.com (@jtLOL) March 7, 2023
Did she pay you to write that?
— Denise (@neeceetx) March 7, 2023
Wait you’re a news reporter with NBC?
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) March 7, 2023
That tweet isn’t reporting. This is partisan activism.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 7, 2023
You wonder why people hate your industry.
— Social Distance Champion (@realchrishynes) March 7, 2023
I’m sure it had nothing to do with qualifications or views
— Jonathon Snyder (@JonathonSnyder) March 7, 2023
Confirming that alleged journalist Kevin Collier is a partisan activist using Twitter to push an agenda.
— Dan Goldwasser (@dgoldwas) March 7, 2023
JFC dude. This is a bad take.
— Whatevs (@j035ich5pach) March 7, 2023
I’m sorry this has happened to you.
— Don Wolt (@tlowdon) March 7, 2023
Change your bio.
— Jon Awesome-Best Life (@RealStarMan) March 7, 2023
You should be wearing a government uniform when you write stuff like this.
— K T Cat (@ktcat) March 7, 2023
— Will Collier (@willcollier) March 7, 2023
It’s really hard to imagine why people say journalists have become political activists
— Jon Munce (@jonmunce) March 7, 2023
The article didn’t mention the homophobia. What part was that?
— 𝓂𝒶𝑔𝑔𝒾𝑒𝟢𝟦𝟢𝟧 (@maggie0405) March 7, 2023
Collier wrote the piece, we read it top to bottom and saw absolutely no evidence of an “outright homophobic campaign”:
Gigi Sohn, a consumer advocate who faced an unprecedented wave of personal attacks, has withdrawn her candidacy to join the Federal Communications Commission.
Sohn would have been both the first openly gay FCC commissioner and the rare commissioner who spent her career working in the nonprofit and advocacy realm, rather than the telecommunications industry that the FCC regulates.
Sohn announced her withdrawal Tuesday. The Washington Post first reported her withdrawal.
In a statement, Sohn said: “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.”
Does Collier really think being openly gay is keeping anyone out of the Biden administration?
Why isn’t any of that in the article?
— Chris Garber (@cgarber8) March 7, 2023
I’m so sorry this is happening to you and your activist group
— SeasamhO’Connor (@seasamhOconnor) March 7, 2023
Were you allowed in the hearing wearing a full cheerleader outfit?
— SimpleKindOfFan (@SimpleKindOfFan) March 7, 2023
How would this tweet read differently if you worked for the Biden administration?
— Brother Seamus (@WaynePelota) March 7, 2023
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This woman must be kept far, far away from any sort of actual power. Yikes.
Ted Cruz BLISTERS Biden’s FCC nominee, anti-free speech, anti-conservative nut job Gigi Sohn (watch)https://t.co/SgorXa5Ise
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 14, 2023