New Twitter Files Reveal Troubling Effort to Censor Trump for Encouraging American People About COVID

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There was another Twitter files drop on Monday with a concentration on the suppression of information in regard to COVID including going after anyone who varied from the narrative, even if they were medical professionals with some standing.

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Among the surprising messages that were released was a message from Twitter deputy counsel James Baker to Twitter Trust and Saftey head Yoel Roth going after a tweet of President Donald Trump.

Baker, of course, figured prominently in the story that the Democrats were trying to push smearing President Donald Trump with Russia collusion when Baker was the FBI general counsel. He was the guy to whom Michael Sussmann passed the false allegations about the Alfa Bank that smeared Trump. More recently, Baker was fired from his Twitter job after he allegedly viewed the Twitter files without the permission of management. Twitter head Elon Musk even indicated that some of the files might have been deleted.

Baker wanted to go after a tweet from President Donald Trump that was trying to be encouraging to the American people about COVID, “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life,” Trump declared. This was right as he was getting out of the hospital from having COVID himself. Trump went on to say that they had developed some great drugs and knowledge to deal with the virus.

To Baker, Trump speaking out against fear and being encouraging to America was bad, and the equivalent of misinformation. They wanted us to be afraid.

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Was Baker objecting to being anti-fear and being optimistic? Think about how chilling that is — did he want the narrative to be fear? Without fear, there is no control. That’s pretty concerning when you think of his FBI role and involvement in the Russia collusion drama because this surely looks like he had more than a little bias against President Donald Trump.

Baker’s push against Trump was even too much for the very liberal Yoel Roth. Roth explained that under the rules there wasn’t anything they could hang their hat on to take down Trump’s tweet.

Roth also likely knew that if they did take down Trump’s tweet that would have come under withering review from the public and it would have opened up a lot of questions about censorship, perhaps questions he could ill afford to have or weather. So his response may also have been an effort to head off something they knew they would not be able to justify, even if they might want to do it.

But Baker’s effort shows the danger of trying to police “misinformation” to begin with — that it’s about someone’s opinion and that opinion can be incredibly bad and biased — like Baker’s opinion made to force compliance with a climate of fear. I wrote about this earlier in regard to the effort by Admiral Rachael Levine to pressure tech companies to deal with “misinformation” about gender issues. This kind of speech policing is axiomatically a slippery slope on the road to tyranny.

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