Tennessee legislators advanced an effort Wednesday to officially recognize both The Washington Post and CNN as being “fake news and part of the media wing of the Democratic Party.”
Members of the Republican-controlled Judiciary Committee of the Tennessee state House of Representatives voted 13-5 to pass the joint resolution, with four lawmakers abstaining.
Introduced last month by Tennessee state Rep. Micah Van Huss, Jonesborough Republican, the measure is now set to be heard at a later date by the House Calendar and Rules Committee.
Mr. Van Huss, a former member of the U.S. Marine Corp, reasoned his proposal was a response to reporting by The Post and CNN that negatively depicted supporters of President Trump.
Specifically, Mr. Van Huss singled out a book review printed by The Post in October and a CNN segment aired the following month that he said implied Trump supporters are cultists.