The Washington Post reports:
Michigan state Rep. Matt Maddock and his wife, Michigan Republican Party co-chair Meshawn Maddock, have repeatedly been called out by fact-checking journalists for promoting baseless claims of widespread voter fraud and falsely suggesting that covid-19 is comparable to the flu. Now, the Republican lawmaker wants to create new obstacles for fact-checkers who might challenge politicians over unsubstantiated claims.
Maddock’s bill, the Fact Checker Registration Act, was introduced Tuesday and would require fact-checkers to register with the state and insure themselves with $1 million fidelity bonds. Any fact-checker who did not register with the state could face a $1,000 per day fine. The proposed legislation would also allow anyone to sue a fact-checker over “any wrongful conduct that is a violation of the laws of this state.”
Read the full article. Meshawn Maddock last appeared on JMG when she successfully blocked LGBT protections from being part of the state GOP platform.
Michigan state Rep. Matt Maddock has repeatedly been called out by fact-checking journalists for promoting baseless claims of widespread voter fraud and falsely suggesting covid-19 is comparable to the flu.
Now he wants to register and fine fact-checkers: https://t.co/kUmHEW5JXD
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 12, 2021