Hawley tears into media's goal as 'gatekeepers' of free speech: They'll regret their 'bargain' with Big Tech

“The liberal media want to be the gatekeepers for speech in this country, what you can or cannot say that’s acceptable speech. And what we found is the American people don’t want them to be the gatekeepers,” Hawley said. “They want them, the media, just to report on the facts. Tell us what is actually happening and let the American people draw their own conclusions. So that’s not what the left-wing media wants.”

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“And the media doesn’t like the power that the American people have now to choose among different media outlets. They don’t like the proliferation of different voices. They want to control it all themselves. This is why they love the power of Big Tech because it centralizes control again. So, I ignore all of those media folks who tell me, you know, what I can and cannot say or tell me … what the right answer is or not. You know, they shouldn’t have that kind of power,” Hawley said. 

Senator Josh Hawley, R-Missouri., speaks during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled "Texas Unconstitutional Abortion Ban and the Role of the Shadow Docket", in Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, U.S., September 29, 2021. Tom Williams/Pool via REUTERS

Senator Josh Hawley, R-Missouri., speaks during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled “Texas Unconstitutional Abortion Ban and the Role of the Shadow Docket”, in Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, U.S., September 29, 2021. Tom Williams/Pool via REUTERS

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