‘Consistent from the Start’: Bozell Says TikTok Must Divest from Communist Chinese Gov’t

March 12th, 2024 12:38 PM

MRC President Brent Bozell pulled no punches in addressing where his organization stands regarding the recently introduced TikTok ban: It must “divest” from communist Chinese government control.

Bozell, denoting that the Media Research Center has been “consistent from the start,” emphatically said Tuesday that “TikTok is a company controlled by the communist Chinese government [and] as such, it ought not to enjoy any First Amendment rights in the United States.”

The staunch conservative leader’s assessment came in response to legislation authored by Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and reported out of committee that calls for TikTok to divest from Chinese government control or face a ban in the United States.

“It is absolutely correct and necessary for TikTok to divest itself of any control from the communist Chinese government in China if it wants to do business in the United States,” said Bozell. “I support this bill. I support reining in TikTok. I support stopping the communist Chinese from influencing the United States subversively.”

The bipartisan bill would give President Joe Biden the authority to effectively block TikTok from doing business in the U.S. if it does not divest from ByteDance. Surprisingly, Biden, despite actively using TikTok for his re-election campaign, pledged to sign the bill if it passes Congress.

In response, TikTok has been working overnight in a desperate attempt to persuade lawmakers against backing the bill. Slamming TikTok’s influence-peddling, Bozell emphatically said: “In this town, money talks — at the MRC, it doesn’t.”

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