In a recent debate featuring U.S. House candidates Sarah Palin, Nick Begich and Rep. Mary Peltola, the latter candidate suggested that certain media outlets should suffer consequences for printing or broadcasting information that she labels “misinformation.”

During the Oct. 26 debate, hosted by Alaska Public Media and KTOO, Peltola was asked if there was anything she would do differently if another health crisis were to hit the nation.

Unlike, Begich and Palin who said they would avoid lockdowns and mandates, Peltola suggested she would support these avenues.

“I do believe we are susceptible to pandemics, now,” she said, adding that one of the “critical issues” in the debate over Covid is misinformation.

“It’s disappointing that it is a debate,” she said. “The fact that across America people can go on television and radio and print media and online and tell lies, and there are no repercussions. I think that being able to broadcast lies has really caused a lot of division on things that should be an open and shut case, like whether or not we have a pandemic. And I think that it really does add to the level of partisanship that we are now seeing in our nation.”

Begich said political division is an “outgrowth” of healthy, robust debate over very different philosophies of government.

The push to censure, block or ban certain news outlets from social media and internet search engines has gained traction among Democratic and left-leaning circles in recent years. Many social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have banned or marginalized certain accounts based on claims that they were promoting “fake news” or undesirable content. In most cases, it has been conservative voices that have been most impacted.

Later in the Oct. 26 debate Peltola railed against the heated nature of political discourse and said she thought partisanship was a danger to America.

“I do believe that partisanship is the number one threat to our country, both in terms of foreign policy and domestic policy,” she said.

Palin said she would bring “common sense” to D.C. to “work with others.” She said American could get “crushed from within if the division gets any more rancorous.”

For Begich’s part, he welcomed robust debate.

“The reality is that you have two very different visions for this country,” he said. “You’ve got the Democrats who are about control: Control of your freedoms, control of your actions, centralized authority, the federal government telling you what to do. And you got the Republicans that are about decentralized control, local control, control with the states and giving you the authority to make the decisions that you want to in your life. This is the basis – this is the genesis of the political division that you see.”

He added that division is an “outgrowth” of robust debate over very different philosophies of government.

“We are having this conversation on social media, on mainstream media, on alternative media, over the dinner table, and it’s good to have these discussions,” he said. “It’s part of our freedom of speech and we need to exercise that speech, and I’m a full supporter of it.”

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Peltola wants ‘repercussions’ for certain media outlets, while Begich welcomes robust debate

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Steve Peterson says:

    This woman gets worse and worse! She wants to ignore the 1st Amendment and limit the 2nd. And she’s trying to Chanel Young by wearing that bolo tie. She is bad news! She may be fish and family but she ain’t freedom. Rank the red and send her to back to the delta.

    • Trained Observer says:

      She is a leftist politician through and through. Her radio ad says she wants to stop the government from infringing on our rights, but here she says she wants the government to infringe on the free speech of those exercising that right. She thinks that the 2A is about food security and I’ll take that further; the 2A ensures that a person can protect himself from being robbed of his treasure…so he can afford to eat. The 2A ensures that a person can pursue game…so he can eat. The 2A ensures that a person can protect his castle during mealtime – other times too, but mostly at mealtime…so he can eat. Need I continue? If her radio ad represents her priorities, they are misaligned. Fishing, Family and Freedom; If freedom is not first, the rest are a fool’s errand.

  • Steve says:

    Peltola doesn’t qualify for the House seat. She believes the Second Amendment is “All about putting food on the table”, her words. What a sly way of say you do, but for the wrong reasons support the Second Amendment. And when the government supplies all the food on your table you will not longer need the Second Amendment. Logical conclusion.

    She also, her words, is seeking Don Young’s seat. When did the Peoples seat become an individuals seat? Mary Peltola see’s this country and it’s Constitution is a completely different light than I do. Words mean something, the word crafting she speaks tells me she’s not completely honest about her stance.

    • Trained Observer says:

      She apparently participated in the slap in the face of our men and women in uniform recently by making sure they are fed and seeing that they get food stamps to feed their families. Puts a whole new twist on the 2A for food security.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    I agree Steve Peterson. Political minutes have gone by since Mary Peltola stepped into her temporary office and she is already trying to censure and shut down the “opposition.” Did not take her long at all to go full-on evil.

  • Akdale says:

    Covid was a major danger LIE, MRnA are vaccines LIE, They stop transmission LIE, Mask stop a virus, LIE, Social distancing decreases transmission LIE, Virus was natures creation LIE, Ivermectine is dangerous and off lable use will harm you LIE, HCQ is sMe LIE…Yep i say shut down every organization that spread all that disinformation Mary Peltola….

  • micah6v8 says:

    Against the 1st amendment protections of freedom of speech?
    For limiting the 2nd amendment?
    Full supporter of unlimited abortion?
    For violating the 1947 Nuremberg Code on forced medical experiments and arbitrary authoritarian limiting of civil rights ?
    Would be a constant vote for the minority party in the next Congress (and subsequent poor committee assignment with no power)?

  • Andy says:

    What’s illogical to me is that we debate the heinous practice of abortion, that is disappointing and must be abolished.

  • Crayons says:

    “Fish,Family,Deception,That’s Mary Petlola” Votevotevotevotevotevotevotevote.

  • Begich Fan says:

    Begich has it right. He won me over on that debate.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Begich has too many ties to the left: family and in business. He has voted for demorats in the past. I have no doubt that if he were to win that seat, he is going to sell us out just like the late Don Young, Murcowski and Peltola have done. Vote for Sarah Palin!

  • Donna Millwood says:

    Most of the misinformation came from the CDC and media and Congress who announced very clearly that if you take the vaccine you are protected and that masks worked, etc. The experts who claimed otherwise were SILENCED

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      I agree Donna Millwood! Alex Jones is getting sued millions for “misinformation.” Wonder when the lawsuits are going to start rolling for Fauci, Mat-Su’s Dr. Anne Zink and Elizabeth Ripley, Alaskan hospitals, and everyone else who have said that the jabs would keep them from getting covid, keep them from spreading covid, keep them from going to the hospital, keep them from having serious reactions to covid, keep them from dying?
      For anyone who has been hurt by the jabs or you know of someone who has been hurt or died from the jabs, check out Truth for Health for medical and legal help.

  • FreedomAK says:

    Mary apparently learned from some of the best in the propaganda business:
    It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion.

    Joseph Goebbels

    The press must grow day in and day out – it is our Party’s sharpest and most powerful weapon.

    Joseph Stalin

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    If Mary Peltola keeps pushing that everyone is spreading misinformation on the dangers of the jabs, people who have been injured or have loved ones that were injured by the jabs need to contact Truth for Health for assistance to sue Mary Peltola for her part in injuring and murdering Alaskans through the dangerous jab.