Someone sent me a clip of an influential Democrat claiming that Republicans were behind the “Defund the Police” movement. For those in the know, it was a HUGE lie that should have been reported on ad nauseum and debunked by fact checkers. However, the tepid rebuke was slow in coming. It made me wonder, who are the fact checkers that the public relies on to verify media stories? Can they be trusted? More often than not, no.
If no one wants to buy your product, you have a few options.
Option A: Improve your product.
Option B: Stop selling your product and sell something else.
Option C: Cancel your competition so there is no other choice.
I think most sober minded individuals would choose options A or B. However, there are those who see Option C as the most logical step and more often than not, they lean left on the political spectrum. To see this illustrated to the fullest, watch the war on conservative content. Check out the video in the tweet below:
Former Facebook insider Alex Stamos tells @brianstelter: “We have to turn down the capability of these Conservative influencers to reach these huge audiences… There are people on YouTube for example that have a larger audience than daytime CNN.” pic.twitter.com/gP0XtnjhCQ
Stamos: One of the places you can see this is the fact that you know have competitors to Fox News on their Right — OANN, Newsmax — which are carried by all the major cable networks, who are trying to now outflank Fox on the right because the moment Fox introduced any kind of realism into their reporting, immediately a bunch of people chose to put themselves into a sealed ecosystem. And they can do that both on cable, they can do it online, and that becomes a huge challenge in figuring out, how do you bring those people back into the mainstream of fact-based reporting and try to get us all back into the same consensual reality.
Here we see Stamos ominously mention that OANN and Newsmax are carried by all major cable television providers (he erroneously refers to “providers” as “networks”). Despite his verbal slip, his intention is clear. CNN has been actively campaigning for weeks to have rival news networks deplatformed by cable providers. CNN would like Fox News banned in addition to OANN and Newsmax. Stamos is somewhat more conciliatory and thinks Fox News should be allowed to stay on the air, as long as they remain anti-Trump.
There is a lot more to the article and I would recommend you check it out. In a nutshell, these are reasons why they say the conservative outlets FOX, Newsmax and OANN should be deplatformed.
They (Conservatives on YouTube) have the ability to reach audiences bigger than CNN.
People have too much choice and that freedom is being abused by bad actors.
Conservative outlets do not carry the same messaging as CNN and thus, operating outside of reality.
Trump supporters are akin to Isis terrorists. As such, their communications should be limited in order to suppress radicalization.
Although admitting that Americans have freedom of speech, they debated whether or not Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and the like should be enabling said speech.
It is this kind of thinking that makes me so concerned for our country. Why ban ideas? Why not bring all ideas into the sun, debate them and let the bad ideas fall away? When big tech bans Conservative content it does not do their side any favors. It places them in the uniform of a totalitarian dictator who is not content until the only dancing is to the music they play. When that happens, bigger rebellions are inevitable.