The White House yesterday withdrew its re-nomination of Federal Communications Commission member Michael O’Rielly, a Republican who has not supported President Trump’s attempt to punish social media websites for alleged anti-conservative bias. Trump had nominated O’Rielly to another five-year FCC term in March, and the nomination was awaiting Senate approval. But the White House unexpectedly withdrew O’Rielly’s nomination, “announc[ing] the action Monday in a notice sent to the Senate, which confirms nominees,” Bloomberg reported. “The notice didn’t provide a reason for the decision.” O’Rielly’s term technically expired in June 2019, but FCC rules allow him to stay through the end of 2020 even if he isn’t re-confirmed by the Senate. O’Rielly has been on the FCC since 2013. A White House spokesperson declined comment when contacted by Ars. A spokesperson for O’Rielly also declined comment today but said O’Rielly’s office plans to release a statement on the Trump action. O’Rielly: Constitution protects “editorial decisions” O’Rielly, a member of the FCC’s 3-2 Republican majority along with Chairman Ajit Pai and member Brendan Carr said in June that he has “deep reservations” that the FCC has the authority to limit social-media companies’ legal protections in the way Trump demanded in an executive order. O’Rielly… Read full this story
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