The chairman smooths it over.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai is going against his boss, the president of the United States, by telling Congress that he doesn’t think the media are “the enemy of the people.” As a follow-up to his testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee a couple of weeks ago, the chairman sent a letter to 13 Senate Democrats to answer a question he dodged during the hearing—namely, whether he agreed with the president’s assessment of the media. In his letter, he noted that he would uphold free speech at all costs, even if the contrary were “requested by the administration.” He wrote, “A free media is vital to our democracy. That is why during my time at the commission, I have consistently opposed any effort to infringe upon the freedom of the press and have fought to eliminate regulations that impede the gathering and dissemination of news.”

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