Admittedly, I didn’t watch the Facebook whistleblower story on 60 Minutes the other night. I stopped watching the show after CBS news anchor Dan Rather exposed himself as a true fraud. Rather, and several 60 Minutes producers, were reprimanded after trying to pass off fraudulent documents saying President George W. Bush received preferential treatment while in the Texas Air National Guard. Of course, we later learned the typeface used in these documents hadn’t even been invented yet!
Many conservatives have suspected for decades that the mainstream media has a liberal bent or bias. Several surveys over the years have backed up these suspicions. And if you still had any doubts about the mainstream media’s objectivity, I point you to the 2020 presidential race.
A Media Research Center study showed that during the campaign, President Trump received 92% negative coverage on the three evening news broadcasts while Joe Biden received 66% positive coverage. The Facebook whistleblower has given us a behind-the-curtain peek at how Big Tech (specifically Facebook) censors — and outright cancels — speech or people they don’t agree with. We first learned in the Wall Street Journal’s expose, “The Facebook Files”, that Facebook has a clandestine program called “Cross Check” or “XCheck.” According to WSJ:
The program, known as “cross check” or “XCheck,” was initially intended as a quality-control measure for actions taken against high-profile accounts, including celebrities, politicians and journalists. Today, it shields millions of VIP users from the company’s normal enforcement process, the documents show. Some users are “whitelisted”—rendered immune from enforcement actions—while others are allowed to post rule-violating material pending Facebook employee reviews that often never come. At times, the documents show, XCheck has protected public figures whose posts contain harassment or incitement to violence, violations that would typically lead to sanctions for regular users.
I guess in an act of journalistic integrity, The Journal’s report does cite instances of where, I assume, the content of conservative “Whitelisters” was allowed on the platform:
“Whitelisted accounts shared inflammatory claims that Facebook’s fact checkers deemed false, including that vaccines are deadly, that Hillary Clinton had covered up “pedophile rings,” and that then-President Donald Trump had called all refugees seeking asylum “animals,” according to the documents.”
Out of the nearly 6 million so-called “White Lister” accounts Facebook has set aside for special protection, I would bet a negligible percentage of them are Republicans or conservatives. According to the report, “Most Facebook employees were able to add users into the XCheck system, the documents say, and a 2019 audit found that at least 45 teams around the company were involved in whitelisting…An internal guide to XCheck eligibility cites qualifications including being “newsworthy,” “influential or popular” or “PR risky.”
As we all know, President Trump was certainly no Facebook “White Lister,” in fact, he was black-listed from Facebook and all social media after the January 6th Capitol riots. Last Friday, the former president sued Twitter in Florida in order to have his account reinstated.
The President claimed in the suit that Twitter canceled his account because of pressure from his political rivals in Congress. The suit went on to say Twitter “exercises a degree of power and control over political discourse in this country that is immeasurable, historically unprecedented, and profoundly dangerous to open democratic debate”
The President’s suit will probably not prevail but he is absolutely correct in how he describes Twitter’s almost monopolistic power over the dissemination of news and information. The Hunter Biden laptop story that was suppressed last fall is exhibit number one.