Maryland lawmakers are weighing in on the controversial “fake news” controversy that erupted following President Donald Trump’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch (R-Prince George’s County) told Politico on Thursday that he thinks the “fake information” that emerged over the weekend was “disinformation,” not a news story.
“This is not a real news story,” Busch said.
“I do not know who started this or what their motivation is.”
Busch added that he was “deeply disturbed” by the fake news, and that he would be “working with our allies to help fight against it.”
“We are going to work with all of our allies in the Capitol to help us fight this fake news that’s out there,” he said.
Marylanders are not the only ones taking a stance on the issue.
The Maryland Senate, which is controlled by Republicans, voted on Thursday to send a resolution to the governor’s desk.
The measure would instruct the governor to designate a task force to address fake news.
Marylands Senate President Kevin McCarty (R) said in a statement that he believes the fake information is “disinfo,” and he intends to push for legislation to “make sure we fight back against it with more resources.”
“It is my view that fake news has a negative impact on the people of our state and our nation,” he added.
“This is why I intend to work to ensure that all of the information that we receive is real.”
Maryland is one of only a handful of states that has passed legislation to require state government agencies to use state resources to counter fake news and propaganda.
A similar bill passed the House last year, but it never made it out of the House.