He said the CHC’s opposition to Dobbs does not infringe on the First Amendment.
“You still have freedom of speech, but you’ve got to put out the facts and information. He lavishes it in a negative connotation, and that goes beyond freedom of speech. He’s a news broadcaster and he should be fair and objective,” Baca said. “He oversteps his bounds on the freedom of speech.”
A CNN spokeswoman pointed to the network’s coverage of the immigration debate in a variety of formats other than Dobbs’ show.
This is not the first time the 20-member CHC has sought to inject itself into programming. Along with other Latino organizations, Hispanic lawmakers successfully lobbied PBS and filmmaker Ken Burns to add nearly a half-hour of footage to the World War II documentary “The War” last fall.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.