Death Threats Led Pai To Cancel CES Visit


FCC Chairman Ajit Pai canceled his scheduled appearance at the major upcoming tech industry trade show after receiving death threats, two agency sources told Recode on Thursday. It’s the second known incident in which Pai’s safety may have been at risk, after a bomb threat abruptly forced the chairman to halt his controversial vote to scrap the U.S. government’s net neutrality rules in December 2017.

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mrfixit Nickname posted 4 months ago
how would that stop him from attending the Trade show? does that mean everybody else going to the Trade show is at risk now? why do't they just call off the Trade show and save thousands of lives in the balance.... I don't doubt Pai received death threats - but that doesn't mean they have anything to do with the Trade show, sounds like an excuse not to answer questions at the Trade show or get Booed off the stage. Then again, maybe Pai is under Investigation and wants to avoid as many Public Appearances as possible. Jeez, everybody else in Washington is under Investigation - why not Pai? he sticks out like a sore thumb.
Curious Nickname posted 4 months ago
I'm no fan of the commission chair, but if he has received credible threats he is correct to cancel. Yes, that could put other attendees at risk and yes, Las Vegas is a little sensitive to the possibility of violence these days. There is no doubt in anybody's mind that aside from some politicians and some internet providers the rescinding of the net neutrality rules is widely and deeply unpopular. That part would not be news to Mr. Pai.
MediaBigData Nickname posted 4 months ago
Seriously, it's CES. Appear via video. Stunning 8K video on a 200 inch set.. .
RIDGELINETV Nickname posted 4 months ago
The FCC use modern technology?? Surely you jest...
SCOTT GILBERT posted 4 months ago
I think "death threats" is a lie, and that he just doesn't want to get harassed by everyone at the show who's pissed off at him for fucking up the internet for no reason other than to let corporate ISPs make more money.
RIDGELINETV Nickname posted 4 months ago
And we all thought Right Wingers were the party of personal responsibility (i.e.: you make a decision, you've got to lie with it.)
RIDGELINETV Nickname posted 4 months ago
Correction: LIVE with it.
mrfixit Nickname posted 4 months ago
Funny, the President of the United States get's death threats all the time and doesn't cancel anything. Has the FCC so little faith in multiple intelligence and security agencies that events gets canceled??? The FCC must let the interns leak false info out to bogus sources with names like RECODE..... NOT the NY Times & Washington Post who would have to at least attempt to verify the info before they print it.
Roger O. Thornhill Nickname posted 4 months ago
That argument is meaningless as the NYT and WaPo routinely fail to report news items, particularly if they cast a negative light on the Obama Administration or the Democrats. The news concerning the threats on Chairman Pai’s life first appeared yesterday evening on CNET.
mrfixit Nickname posted 4 months ago
wow, if it was on CNET it must be true. Roger O. clearly my comment about WaPo and NYT was facetious, evrybody knows their politics. But you are wrong, it's a good argument, Pai is simply avoiding crticism in a public forum. EagleEye should stop drinking the Kool-aid, every time a head of any dept. steps in public it's a risk and exactly why they have security to begin with - his presence does NOT put anybody else at risk. TVSPY, Pai's address was leaked? uh, that would be public information - anybody in washington can be found at the click of a mouse, any office they work at and their daily schedule - all public information. If you can't find Trump at Trump Tower or in New Jersey or Palm Beach etc. then I don't know what to tell you.
Eagleeye Nickname posted 4 months ago
People. Relax. I guy gets threats, he puts others at risk if he shows up. Same for the President. He gets threats, but if people want to see him or attend an event, they put themselves at risk. Most people would not think that the Chairman would get threats so could not choose to be there or not. As for Pai. I admire the man. Wheeler lived in the 70's, was a cable lobbyist before Chairman so he messed up broadcasting and the internet. Pai is living in the reality of the incredible world business competes in and he believes in free enterprise and letting the market decide. Makes sense to me.
OldSchool Nickname posted 4 months ago
Funny how free enterprise will get you death threats. Net neutrality appears to be understood differently depending on your political bias. Used to be you would follow the money but I am not so sure that would be the answer in this case.
tvspy Nickname posted 4 months ago
Well before the CES show, it was reported that Pai had to have security detail provided at his house due to his home address being leaked via social media and the death threats and visitors that followed.
mediarat Nickname posted 4 months ago
Could he be hated by the alt-left/Antifarts because he is a conservative person of color? and we know that the progressive left refuses to believe that a conservative could be a minority and not a White Racist, Bigot Nazi.......
RIDGELINETV Nickname posted 4 months ago
Nah, probably just someone who saw that cheesy music video he did on Net Neutrality (you know, the one where he stole someone's intellectual property). Could just be a gangsta rap war.

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