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Jan 18 2021

CNN Tries to Deplatform Conservative Competition

In the aftermath of the Capitol Riot, the official narrative is that we must suppress free speech or succumb to terrorism. CNN, a bastion of the liberal establishment, leans on cable companies to stop carrying conservative channels.

From yesterday:

“Experts” like Alex Stamos, Director of the Stanford Internet Observatory, are brought on to lend credence to the viewpoint CNN wants to promote. Stamos used to be chief security officer at Facebook. His hostility toward open debate typifies the mentality that CNN shares with Big Tech.

CNN has come up before in the context of enlisting cable companies as censors of dissident thought. Unsurprisingly, it also wants its main competitor Fox News deplatformed.

From CNN Business:

We regularly discuss what the Big Tech companies have done to poison the public conversation by providing large platforms to bad-faith actors who lie, mislead, and promote conspiracy theories.

By CNN’s standards, not even Silicon Valley is repressive enough.

But what about TV companies that provide platforms to networks such as Newsmax, One America News — and, yes, Fox News? …

After [the January 6] incident of domestic terrorism on Capitol Hill, it is time TV carriers face questions for lending their platforms to dishonest companies that profit off of disinformation and conspiracy theories.

“Disinformation” is anything contrary to the party line.

[I]t was the very lies that Fox, Newsmax, and OAN spread that helped prime President Trump’s supporters into not believing the truth: that he lost an honest and fair election.

An honest and fair person would admit that the extent to which the 2020 election was honest and fair is debatable.

[W]hy do AT&T (which I should note is CNN’s parent company), CenturyLink, and Verizon carry OAN? Why do AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon, Comcast, Charter, and Dish carry Newsmax? And why do they all carry Fox — which is, frankly, at times just as irresponsible and dangerous with its platform as its smaller competitor networks?

CNN wants to deplatform conservatives on radio too:

It’s not a TV carrier, but its one of the biggest distributors of right-wing talk radio in the country — and yet you rarely hear about Premiere Networks. That’s despite hosts like Rush Limbaugh regularly misusing the platform to spread outright falsehoods or make grossly irresponsible comments.

Any fact or opinion not in compliance with the liberal narrative is likely to be denounced as “grossly irresponsible,” not to mention “white supremacist.”

Legal Insurrection asks of CNN,

Are they on the silencing of wrong think bandwagon with the Democrats and Big Tech or are they taking advantage of this current climate to eliminate their ratings and viewer competition?

The answer is both, but primarily the former. They won’t try to deplatform other leftist propaganda platforms like MSNBC and PBS.

If cable companies don’t yield to pressure from left-wing activists like those running CNN, Big Government may have to apply legal coercion to ensure ideological homogeneity.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair. Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.

Jan 16 2021

Pennsylvania Lt Gov: No Free Speech on Election Fraud

The First Amendment has been fundamental to the conception of American civilization since the 18th century. But it does have its limits. For example, according to John Fetterman, Democrat Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, it does not allow voters to raise the issue of election fraud.

“[T]his idea that saying that Pennsylvania was rigged or that we were trying to steal the election, unquote, that’s a lie. And you do not have the right, that is not protected speech,” Fetterman told anchor Poppy Harlow on Friday.

Fetterman also revealed that it is “not deplatforming someone” to delete their tweets if you feel that the tweets are not true.

The open scorn Democrats now show for free speech is particularly alarming as they consolidate total control over both the federal government and social media.

On a tip from Stormfax.

Jan 15 2021

Professors Call for Government Censorship

The merger of Big Government and Big Tech is not the only imminent threat to basic liberty. Equally alarming is the alliance of Big Government and the education establishment, which is the true driver of the current stampede into left-wing extremism.

The Blaze reports:

In an opinion piece published by the Hill on Tuesday, professors Bill Adair and Philip Napoli, both of whom are public policy instructors at Duke University, argued that the recent storming of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters proves the need for a government panel to decide what speech ought to be permitted.

The professors shout that the “attack on the U.S. Capitol was based on lies.” People used to understand that misinformation is best corrected by accurate information, not by censorship, if only because suppressing viewpoints only drives them underground, where there is a tendency for them to become more extreme. The professors disagree:

“The lies flourished despite an extraordinary amount of debunking by fact-checkers and Washington journalists. But that fact-checking didn’t persuade the mob that stormed the Capitol — nor did it dissuade millions of other supporters of the president. Fed a steady diet of repetitive falsehoods by elected officials and partisan outlets, they believed the lies so much that they were driven to violence.”

Similarly, Black Lives Matter rioters have been inspired by provable lies regarding systemic police racism. Any professors up for having the federal government ban critical race theory?

The main reason it is difficult to dissuade people from false beliefs is that the liberal establishment, including both the mainstream media and Big Tech, have no credibility, having become thoroughly politicized by leftists.

Big Tech often hides behind “fact checkers” when censoring viewpoints and information. To get an idea of how unbiased these fact checkers are, consider that Adair is the founding editor of PolitiFact.

Adair & Napoli admit that censorship by Big Tech has failed to suppress incorrect views. That’s why they demand the still heavier fist of Big Government. Biden/Harris must establish a commission that dictates what is and is not true:

“The commission should take a broad approach and consider all possible solutions: incentives, voluntary industry reforms, education, regulations and new laws.”

They add that Biden has a unique opportunity to “seize the moment” given the fertility of the landscape now that Democrats are in power and Republican Party has been “weakened.”

Leftists do not let crises go to waste. Every unfortunate event is an opportunity to crank the ratchet toward authoritarianism.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Jan 14 2021

AOC: Let’s Exploit Riot to Exert Control Over Media

It isn’t only Silicon Valley technoweenies who see the January 6 insurrection as an opportunity to crack down on free speech. During a Tuesday night livestream on Instagram, Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was asked if the Democrat-controlled Congress is considering “truth and reconciliation or media literacy initiatives” in the wake of the riot.

This recalls the Truth and Reconciliation Commission featured in South Africa as leftists transitioned it from a First-World to a Third-World country. “Literacy” is liberalese for political indoctrination.

AOC’s response will alarm advocates of free speech:

“I can say, there is absolutely a commission being discussed but it seems to be more investigatory, in style rather than truth and reconciliation, so I think that’s an interesting concept for us to explore, and I do think that several members of Congress, in some of my discussions, have brought up media literacy because that is a part of what happened here and we’re going to have to figure out how we rein in our media environment so that you can’t just spew disinformation and misinformation.”

As we have been reminded repeatedly over the past year, the overwhelming majority of the media is effectively a propaganda service for the Democrat Party. But information and opinion that conflict with the party line is still disseminated by Fox News, the New York Post, and a few other outlets. Democrats want these outlets controlled, so that every public source of information will speak with a single voice.

On a tip from Henry.

Jan 13 2021

Big Tech Censors Censored

The left-wing apparatchiks at Twitter and Facebook adore censorship, so long as they are the ones doing the censoring. The shoe is less comfortable when it’s on the other foot.

The Federalist reports:

The president of Uganda temporarily banned Facebook and Twitter from the country this week in the final hours leading up to elections on Thursday, arguing the platforms engaged in unfair censorship to prop up the opposition candidate.

Museveni must have seen what happened in the USA last November. Heavy-handed interference by Silicon Valley was likely the deciding factor in the outcome.

Swallow whatever you might be drinking before reading the following tweet, or it will end up across your screen:

This was sent during a massive purge, during which Twitter has shut down thousands upon thousands of conservative accounts. The Moonbattery Twitter page has lost over 11,000 followers over the past week.

Here’s another gem:

True enough. Twitter locked the account of the New York Post right before the 2020 election, so as to prevent people from reading a bombshell story related to Biden’s influence peddling to our communist Chinese enemies. Facebook also limited sharing this crucially important story.

After arrogance, intolerance, and sanctimoniousness, absolute lack of self-awareness may be the most conspicuous characteristic of our moonbat ruling class.

On tips from Lyle and Henry.

Jan 13 2021

Open Thread

Let us be clear: censorship is cowardice. ... It masks corruption. It is a school of torture: it teaches, and accustoms one to the use of force against an idea, to submit thought to an alien
Jan 12 2021

The Purge Continues

Dark times have begun. Progressives are so certain that total power is within reach that they don’t even pretend to be the good guys anymore. They are launching total war against anyone suspected of not conforming to their ideology, using tyrannical means to marginalize and silence dissidents.

Facebook and Twitter continue to escalate the repression. Airbnb, Forbes magazine, and even banks are piling on. The liberal establishment wants to make it infeasible not to be a moonbat.

Mark Dice brings us up to date on the alarming state of free speech:

As Dice observes, “As bad as you think things are going to get, they are going to get even worse.”

Biden’s handlers have not taken power yet. When they do, the merger of Big Tech and Big Government can properly commence. The result will be a new form of totalitarianism, unprecedented in its intrusiveness.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Jan 12 2021

National Association of Realtors Bans Free Speech

Under a totalitarian system, the repression comes at you from everywhere. Even the National Association of Realtors takes part:

Based in Chicago, the board of directors of the NAR – which claims to be the world’s largest trade organization, with 1.4 million members – declared in a press statement it would be “making it a violation for Realtors to use harassing or hate speech toward any of the protected classes under Article 10 of NAR’s Code of Ethics.”

The “protected classes” include “race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation and gender identity.”

As reported at RealClearInvestigations,

The sweeping prohibition applies to association members 24/7, covering all communication, private and professional, written and spoken, online and off. Punishment could top out at a maximum fine of $15,000 and expulsion from the organization.

But at least no gulags for now.

Don’t agree that cross-dressing men should be allowed to compete in women’s sports? Don’t approve of Black Lives Matter burning down the local grocery store? Better keep your mouth shut if you’re a realtor.

Biden’s handlers have not even taken power yet and already we cannot speak freely. Soon restrictions on speech — vague enough to make us watch every word — will be codified in federal law.

On a tip from Hillman.

Jan 12 2021

Sports Announcer Mike Milbury Canceled for Offhand Remark

Progressives relish the death of free speech because it allows them to silence opposing arguments that are difficult to refute and facts that undermine their narrative. However, the monster they have unleashed will devour all and sundry, them eventually included. We now live in a country where anyone can be destroyed at any time for saying anything deemed afterward to be politically incorrect. Since political correctness is a totalitarian ideology, this applies to every corner of society. For example, an offhand remark by a sports announcer can result in cancelation:

Nearly five months after drawing criticism for making a sexist comment while broadcasting a game, Mike Milbury is out at NBC Sports, the network confirmed.

Prior to his cancelation, Milbury announced hockey games.

Presenting the thought crime that wrecked his career:

After play-by-play man John Forslund said, “If you think about it, [the bubble is] a terrific environment with regard to — if you enjoy playing and enjoy being with your teammates for long periods of time, it’s a perfect place,” Milbury replied, “Not even any women here to disrupt your concentration.’’

That’s all it takes.

The next day, the NHL issued a statement criticizing Milbury’s remark, saying the league “condemns the insensitive and insulting comment that Mike Milbury made during last night’s broadcast and we have communicated our feelings to NBC. The comment did not reflect the NHL’s values and commitment to making our game more inclusive and welcoming to all.” …

As we learned while watching ballplayers kneel to Black Lives Matter rioters as they looted stores, set fire to police stations, and tore down statues of the Founding Fathers, no bastion of the liberal establishment is more militant than professional sports.

Milbury promptly issued an apology, but this was futile, as usual.

If you enjoy old movies, get them on DVD. Half the dialog in anything made early enough to be worth watching would now qualify as wrongthink. It is only a matter of time before everything from the unwoke past is erased.

Soon even liberals will realize that they don’t like living in a country where you constantly have to walk on eggshells and can never speak naturally. By then it will be too late — if it isn’t too late already. Repression has a mind of its own.

On a tip from Wiggins.

Jan 12 2021

Open Thread

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. - Benjamin Franklin
Jan 11 2021

Free Speech Crackdown Extended to Talk Radio

The awful occurrence at the Capitol on January 6 was possible because people no longer trust the integrity of our elections, or of the liberal-dominated system in general. More censorship will not help:

Cumulus Media, which employs some of the most popular right-leaning talk-radio hosts in the United States, has told its on-air personalities to stop suggesting that the election was stolen from President Donald Trump – or else face termination. …

“We need to help induce national calm NOW,” Brian Philips, executive vice president of content for Cumulus, wrote in an internal memo, which was first reported by Inside Music Media. Cumulus and its program syndication arm, Westwood One, “will not tolerate any suggestion that the election has not ended. The election has been resolved and there are no alternate acceptable ‘paths.’ ”

The memo adds: “If you transgress this policy, you can expect to separate from the company immediately.”

Cumulus owns 416 radio stations, many based on the conservative-dominated talk format. Hosts include heavy hitters Mark Levin, Ben Shapiro, and Dan Bongino.

Michael Harrison publishes Talkers magazine…

Asked how hosts who have repeatedly promoted Trump’s claims of fraud can now credibly flip to acceptance, Harrison said: “I would hope they put their personal feelings aside and come clean with their listeners.”

“Come clean” means stick to the official narrative. What they actually believe is irrelevant in the sort of country this is turning into.

Nothing fans the flames of paranoia like heavy-handed censorship. Unless the establishment is run by idiots, the objective is not to “induce national calm.” The solution to wrong information is right information. Gags are for suppressing wrongthink and marginalizing alternative points of view. Marginalization does not result in calm; it results in radicalization.

On a tip from Stormfax.

Jan 11 2021

Big Tech Merges With Big Government

The Big Tech cartel already owns the means of public discourse, and aggressively exploits this leverage to suppress alternative viewpoints. But we won’t see true tyranny until it merges with the federal government under Democrat rule.

The Daily Caller reports:

At least 14 people who President-elect Joe Biden has picked to serve either in his administration or to advise his transition have worked for the Big Tech firms that cracked down earlier this week on President Donald Trump and a social media site popular with conservatives.

The POTUS has been permanently banned from Twitter, his primary means of circumventing the vociferously hostile media to reach the public. Amazon has forced Parler off the Internet, after Apple and Google censored its app.

Apple’s top lobbyist was a chief adviser to the Biden transition team. A former Facebook executive will serve as staff director in the Biden White House, and a former Twitter executive will serve as chief spokesperson for the National Security Council under Biden.

Current and former executives at those firms and two others, Google and Amazon, fill out other positions in the incoming Biden administration, or his transition team. …

Executives from the big tech firms have also joined Biden’s transition to help review nominees to fill spots at federal agencies in the Biden administration, according to a database maintained by the Biden-Harris team.

Big Tech likely can veto important nominations. It has moved deliberately to solidify its de facto power over us by getting its hands on the coercive power of Big Government:

Reuters reported last month that major tech firms like Amazon, Facebook and Google were lobbying the Biden transition team to place executives in various administration roles.

According to Reuters, the executives were seeking positions in the Commerce, State and Defense Departments, as well as the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs.

The writing on the wall is as starkly threatening as BLM/Antifa graffiti:

While many Republicans have criticized Trump and his mob of supporters over the Capitol riots, the social media purge has stoked concerns that the major tech companies have too much control over communications platforms.

Don’t expect any more mercy than Parler got when the leftist ideologues who run Google/Amazon/Apple/Facebook/Twitter have the full force of the US government at their disposal.

Jan 11 2021

Google/Apple/Amazon Crush Parler

Twitter is a private company, they tell us. If you don’t like the way it suppresses opinion and information that undermine the progressive quest for power, then find an alternative. So people found an alternative: Parler. The Big Tech cartel promptly crushed Parler.

Via Legal Insurrection:

Google and Apple now have removed the Parler App from their stores, and in the coup de grace, Amazon Web Services, the largest corporate hosting service, gave Parler 24-hours notice that it was terminating hosting services, effectively removing Parler from the internet.

Parler is now offline.

Parler’s other vendors are afraid to help the company, including Parler’s law firm. This is part of a tactic we have seen develop for years where lawyers and law firms are pressured not to represent controversial conservative causes and people — but representing al-Qaeda members at Gitmo is just fine.

Only those who enjoy the sympathy of the liberal establishment are entitled to free speech and legal representation.

Collapses, it’s said, happen slowly, then very suddenly. And so it has happened with the collapse of internet freedom through the domination of a handful of companies that control the flow of information and whose platforms are indispensible for political discourse.

Big Tech is the government now. Biden/Harris are figureheads. This is no longer a free country.

Maria Bartiromo interviews Parler CEO John Matze on this horrifying development:

On a tip from Eddie_Valiant.

Jan 11 2021

Mexican President Lopez Obrador on Big Tech Bullying

Left-leaning Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is to the right of the moonbats dominating the USA from Silicon Valley. You might even say he is more American, because like many on this side of the border, he is alarmed that Big Tech’s politically driven bullying extends even to the POTUS:

Lopez Obrador slammed the blocking of President Trump online. He noted everyone has the right to free speech on social media.

Remarks AMLO,

“I don’t like anyone to be censored and for them to have their right taken away to send a message on Twitter or on Facebook.”

After all, Twitter and Facebook are provided legal protection as neutral platforms. Imagine if a cartel of private companies owned the roads, agreed to provide neutral access, but then banned people for political reasons.

On a tip from Bluto.

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