On this episode of “Try to Control Your Shock and Amazement”…
Big Tech’s censorship, restriction, and finally a “lifetime” ban of President Donald Trump was an unprecedented step into censorship infamy — on par with the heady days of TASS and the Cold War with the Soviet Union. But it wasn’t just Trump, according to a new Media Research Center study.
Turns out, as reported by NewsBusters, social media giants have overwhelmingly censored Republican members of Congress by a rate of 54-to-1, compared to congressional Democrats. Shocked? Me, neither.
A new MRC study finds that Big Tech overwhelmingly censors Republican members of Congress by a rate of 54-to-1 compared to Democrats. https://t.co/oMzvNGF7xl
— MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) October 12, 2021
Here’s more, via NewsBusters:
That censorship was aimed at Republicans in both the House and Senate and was especially prevalent in stories about COVID-19 or the 2020 election. Twitter just underscored that point when it censored Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) for a tweet about natural immunity and vaccine mandates.
These results were based on analysis by the MRC’s CensorTrack.org database team of the last two congressional delegations.
YouTube deleted content posted by both Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Rand Paul (R-KY), and suspended both their accounts.
The video site also used COVID-19 as its excuse for the restrictions.
In addition, the Federalist reported on Monday that Sen. Johnson’s YouTube account was suspended for a week, and the video — a speech Johnson gave about “bureaucrats in the Trump and Biden administrations […] ‘not only ignoring but working against robust research [on] the use of cheap, generic drugs to be repurposed for early treatment of COVID'” — was deleted.
YouTube’s arrogant Covid censorship continues. How many lives will be lost as a result? How many lives could have been saved with a free exchange of medical ideas? This suppression of speech should concern every American. @FDRLST https://t.co/PbrGkwI5vj
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) June 11, 2021
Johnson was right. As has been the case with angry parents in droves showing up at school board meetings to protest the racist indoctrination of so-called “Critical Race Theory,” it is past time for every concerned American to actively fight against censorship of conservative content.
Johnson noted that he held two hearings on early treatment for COVID-19. He said one of the people testifying at one of the hearings talked about “the four pillars of pandemic response,” those being [the] prevention of the spread of the virus, early treatment, treatment in the hospital, and vaccines.
Johnson said in the now-deleted video:
“It always baffled me that there was such a concerted effort to deny the American public the type of robust exploration research into early treatment early in this pandemic. Both hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin [are] incredibly safe drugs.”
The Federalist noted that both drugs have been on the market for decades and are recommended for various uses, such as Lupus and scabies, but also that the National Institutes of Health recommends against the use of hydroxychloroquine for treatment of COVID-19 after a study showed it did no harm but did not provide benefit. NIH is currently neutral on the use of ivermectin for COVID-19, a shift from a previous recommendation against its use.
So, why was Johnson’s YouTube video deleted? Because it goes against Biden and the liberal media’s vaccination narrative.
In Rand Paul’s case, the Kentucky senator posted a video of an interview he did with Newsmax where he criticized the contradictions pushed by the Keebler Elf — the Democrat Party’s COVID mascot. chief medical advisor to the president, Dr. Anthony Fauci. YouTube took it down, noted Newsbusters. Paul then created a response video, which YouTube not only took down — it suspended his account for seven days.
Did I mention Google owns YouTube?
And, incidentally, as I reported last weekend in Noted Climatologist Sundar Pichai’s Google to ‘Crack Down’ on ‘False Climate Change Claims’:
Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiary Google, is again using his playground to “crack down” on digital ads promoting “false climate change claims” — particularly accounts being used to make money from “such content,” hoping to limit revenue for climate “change deniers” and stop “the spread of misinformation on its platforms.”
Nice. Sundar Pichai, Google, and YouTube are equal-opportunity censors of conservative content.
The list of blatant examples of hypocrisy goes on, as noted by NewsBusters:
Facebook and Twitter used their censorship mechanisms at least 30 separate times against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), including five Twitter suspensions and the flagging of at least 24 tweets with some type of warning label.
Only one Democrat member from the last two U.S. congressional delegations was censored. Facebook briefly removed a post by Rep. Marie Newman (D-IL) about the transgender flag outside her office. “Facebook took down our video of me putting up the Transgender flag outside my office and labeled it ‘hate speech,’” she tweeted.
That didn’t last long. Facebook communications director Andy Stone, who had a long career as a Democratic Party spokesman, quickly apologized. He tweeted in response: “Congresswoman, this plainly should not have happened. We’ve restored this content and you have our sincere apologies.”
Author, lawyer and candidate for U.S. Senate J.D. Vance (R) was just one example. He became a household name among conservatives after his book Hillbilly Elegy sold millions of copies. Vance experienced Big Tech’s wrath firsthand when Twitter suspended his campaign’s press account:
“No warning. No explanation of what rules I allegedly broke. But this is what happens when we allow five companies to control what we’re allowed to say,” [Vance] tweeted.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, AOC, CNN, MSNBC, et al. continue to
lie their “forget” to tell the truth on a regular basis — and I’ll be damned if Sundar Pichai, Jack Dorsey, and Mark Zuckerberg don’t miss those “forgetful moments” every time.