A bill to oppose fake news

In the US House of Representatives a Democrat resolution aimed at combatting fake news and alternative facts has been introduced.

Resolution 191, Opposing fake news and alternative facts lauds the First Amendment’s part in assuring freedom of speech and press freedom and calls out President Trump for blocking some news outlets’ access to question-and-answer sessions and for being the source of fake news.

“Whereas the United States has historically and proudly enjoyed freedom of the press; Whereas the United States is a democracy, not an autocracy; Whereas on February 24, 2017, the White House blocked a number of news outlets from attending a question-and- answer session; Whereas the news organizations blocked have reported on President Trump’s collaboration with Russia; Whereas the most recent ‘‘fake news’’ the American people are receiving have come from the President himself and his spokespersons;”

The resolution makes calls stating: “the president must immediately acknowledge his support of the First Amendment and express his support for United States democracy” and “White House spokespersons should not issue fake news,” and “White House spokespersons who offer alternative or inaccurate facts should retract their statements immediately.”

Update (13/03/2017) The Hill, a political-focussed news service, has covered the bill in its story.