Claims made by former Minnesota governor and wrestler Jesse Ventura on his television show “Conspiracy Theory” have prompted Congressman Steve Cohen to write an article for a Capitol Hill newspaper calling for more media accountability.
In today’s Roll Call, Tennessee’s 9th district congressman writes that members of the press “serve a crucial role in our society and, for the most part, take their responsibilities seriously, providing truthful, frank, insightful reports on a wide range of topics. They know full well that their coverage can and will influence policymakers in Washington, D.C. and across the country.”
The democrat provides examples of what he considers irresponsible reporting that serves to propagate myths and intensify citizens’ mistrust of government. Cohen refers to on-air claims made by Ventura regarding legislation Cohen co-sponsored, and the congressman calls for truTV network owners TBS and Time Warner to be held responsible for Ventura’s statements.
Click here to read Cohen’s article in its entirety.