Biden FCC Commissioner-designate faces grilling from Senate GOP, asked about previous comments on Fox News

President Biden’s election to head the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday faced a fierce round of questions from Republican senators over her alleged party-political bias.

Gigi Sohn, who was an FCC official under the Obama administration, was nominated by President Biden in late October. Her nomination has caused concern among Republican lawmakers because of her previous comments to conservative media as well as an openness to renewing the doctrine of justice.

FILE: Georgetown University Law Institute for Technology Law and Policy Fellow Gigi Sohn Witnesses for House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee in Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill M (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

In October 2020, for example, Sohn tweeted his belief that “Fox News has had the most negative impact on our democracy.” She likened it to “state-sponsored propaganda, with few if any conflicting views.”

Speaking to the Senate Trade, Science and Transport Committee on Wednesday, Sohn insisted her personal views would have no bearing on how she behaved as a politician.

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“I’ve been in government before, and the values ‚Äč‚Äčthat are important to being a politician: responsiveness, transparency, integrity – that’s what you’ll get from me if I am confirmed,” Sohn said. “So, yes, I did say something that might have been too sharp, but it will definitely not be decisive for how I will settle a case with any of these companies.”

FILE: The seal of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seen before an FCC meeting to vote on net neutrality in Washington. ((AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

Late. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, also blamed Sohn for her comments against the Republicans, saying that having some “ugly tweets against the Republicans” is a good way to get into the Biden administration.

“Is MSNBC state-sponsored propaganda too?” asked Sullivan. “This goes straight to the power you want. This is not a random tweet. Millions of Americans watch that news station.”

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Sohn said her comments were in the public interest, and just her opinions. She reiterated that her personal opinions “will have no bearing on how I would act if I were confirmed as FCC Commissioner.”

Still, it remains to be seen whether Sohn’s insistence on bipartisanship will reassure her critics.

FILE: Gigi Sohn, President of Public Knowledge, speaks at a hearing in the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Last month, Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., said Sohn’s administration of the FCC would be a “complete nightmare.”

“While I have been reverent towards all presidents when it comes to choosing their team, I have also pushed back on unqualified nominees and hacks,” Graham said in a statement.

“Gigi Sohn is a complete political ideologue who has contempt for conservatives. She would be a complete nightmare for the country when it comes to regulating the public ether,” Graham continued.

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In an editorial in the Wall Street Journal published Tuesday, author Matthew Whitaker wrote that Biden’s decision to nominate Sohn for the FCC “provides fresh evidence of the Democratic Party’s left-wing swing.”

Fox Business’ Jon Brown contributed to this report.

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