Censorship

A Political Hit on Steve Bannon

The misuse of our government institutions to go after political enemies is incredibly disturbing. The swamp, despite a few years of draining is still very deep. It is obvious that these actions are attempts to silence Steve Bannon and conservatives through intimidation. Using the legal process to try and take away an opponent’s liberty and right to Free Speech is shameful. Conservatives must fight back.

Sign The Philadelphia Statement: Stand for Free Speech and Stop Cancel Culture

One of the key points the Philadelphia Statement makes that prompted us to lend our name and wholehearted support is this: "...we must be willing to trust that bad ideas will be corrected not through censorship but through better arguments.” Our job at CHQ is to make those “better arguments” on behalf of conservative principles and to boldly take to the public square to explain and argue on behalf of our conservative values, principles, and policy judgements.

The Trump Video Silicon Valley Is Trying To Censor

It appears that the Leftwing oligarchs who run Silicon Valley, and especially the social media monopolists at Twitter and Facebook, keep trying to censor this Trump video. Unlike the social media giants, we want Americans to view it and judge for themselves, so please watch it and forward it to your family, friends, fellow church members, clubs and social networks if you like it too - it would be a real shame if CHQ readers and friends helped spread it and keep it live through the election.

The Cancer of the Media

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

In the recent discussion about what ails the media, which has been prompted by a flurry of firings and resignations, the blind lead the blind. The diagnoses ignore the most obvious one: the media’s primary commitment to liberalism over real news. The media, for ideological reasons, routinely ignores stories that would generate good ratings. Take the American media’s complete lack of interest in the body-cam footage of the George Floyd arrest. Worried that it would complicate their preferred narrative, American journalists made no attempt to get their hands on it. It fell to the British media to get that story.

Election Interference: Twitter Just Censored a Doctor, Public Health Expert, and GOP Chairwoman

Dr. Kelli Ward, The American Spectator

Big tech social media companies have thrived because they have been allowed to function as communication “platforms” rather than “publishers” — a key distinction. If they are publishers making editorial decisions, then they can be sued for libel; however, if they are simply platforms, they cannot. This was the point of President Trump’s recent executive order that put the social media giants on notice that they cannot have it both ways. If they are censoring content, then they will be labeled as publishers and will face all the legal liabilities that accompanies that status. It's about time.

Silicon Valley Ramps Up Censorship Of Conservatives

We all know that America's Frontline Doctors weren’t deplatformed and censored for providing misleading information about COVID-19, they were deplatformed and censored for providing information that demonstrates President Trump was right, and that contradicts and undermines the Democrats’ plan to ramp up the misery to help them defeat Trump in the 2020 election.

Thoughts in General and Particular

Scott McKay, The American Spectator

Why is Big Tech so anti-American? The answer isn’t really the conspiratorial explanation you might be expecting. It’s fairly simple. The people who do all the work at Google, Facebook, Twitter, and all the other Big Tech companies in Silicon Valley are not Americans. It’s not that they’re leftists who hate this country, though they certainly could be. It’s that the people who do all the work for them come from God-knows-where and couldn’t give a damn about this country. When five out of seven employees at these companies are foreigners, it’s not a surprise that they don’t recognize American values of free speech.

The Media Suppresses Anyone Who Thinks Like You

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Where is the voice expressing what those of us who aren’t leftist weirdos think? Where’s the guy or gal or gender unspecified otherkin saying, “I want to give more money to the cops, and then have them aggressively confront and arrest criminals and send the people convicted of serious crimes to jail for a long, long time”? That’s what normal people think. That’s what the people you talk to in your daily life outside the corrupted and useless institutions the left has infiltrated think and say. That’s what people who aren’t idiots say. But you never hear that eminently reasonable view in the media.

Twitter as Prototype of the New High-Tech Totalitarianism

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

Social media giants have been shielded from such liability by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, legislation enacted in the salad days of the Internet when few anticipated how these companies would evolve into global monopolies and concerns were different. President Trump has stepped in with an executive order essentially attempting to rein in Section 230. Some Democrats, including Joe Biden, have wanted to do the same thing—at least until Trump supported it. Now we’ll see. Trump is obviously using his bully pulpit to convince Twitter to play fair, but ultimately, this is a job for Congress to address.

Trump Executive Order Strikes At The Heart Of Social Media’s Leftist Censorship

President Trump’s Executive Order puts the Trump administration squarely behind our interpretation of Section 230 platform immunity: By making itself an editor of content, such a provider forfeits any protections from being deemed a "publisher or speaker" under subsection 230 (c) (1), which properly applies only to a provider that merely provides a platform for content supplied by others.

Censoring Social Media for 'Promoting Crime'

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Eric Ciaramella's name is well-recognized as that of the alleged whistleblower. Liberal censorship is happening on YouTube and on Facebook. Journalist Tim Pool says he was suspended from Facebook for having used the name and linking to a Politico column by media critic Jack Shafer, who made the obvious point: "Journalists are supposed to report the news, not suppress it." Facebook told Pool, "Your post goes against our Community Standards on coordinating harm and promoting crime." Coordinating harm?! Promoting crime?! By this transparently political standard of protecting one party's (or country's) backstage operatives, the entire media are guilty — on one story after another, daily.

Learn From The ‘Funding Father’ Of The Conservative Movement How To Massively Grow Your Conservative Organization

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
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The Only Media The Left Can’t Control

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
The news that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has decided “his” platform will not accept political advertising for the 2020 election cycle may be the final signal to conservatives that the internet is no longer a space where liberty reigns supreme, but there is one media that the Left doesn't control and can't censor.

NPR vs. Breitbart

On October 1, 2019, without proof, NPR attacked Hungary for allegedly suppressing free speech. The hypocrisy of this was stunning, as NPR itself appears to be participating in a scheme to shut down an independent voice in the media: Breitbart News.

Maybe Now Congress Will Rein In The Tech Lords

It's good and long overdue that the GOP leadership finally figured out that you don’t feed your enemies – but the advertising money they are withholding from Twitter is a rounding error to these giant tech companies. What is really needed is serious, sustained and vigorously executed litigation and enforcement of anti-trust laws and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Conservative Principles Do Not Require Us To Roll Over For Big Tech

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Why not bar political discrimination in social media, internet infrastructure (like search engines) and in business in general? We correctly bar racial discrimination because it is unJudeo-Christian and unAmerican to create a caste of second-class citizens by denying some people the ability to equally participate in society. The political discrimination we see today bars citizens from full participation in society and in their own governance. A citizen who cannot express his ideas is crippled; a citizen who loses a bank account or can’t buy a gun to protect his family because some software maker doesn’t like the idea of peasants having pitchforks is no longer a citizen but a serf.

Brian Lamb Retires: How C-SPAN Started the Revolution Against TV’s Liberal Gatekeepers

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Brian Lamb’s idea that, “We’re better off listening to everyone, no matter what they say, rather than us being the gatekeeper,” looks even more revolutionary today, in the era of social media censorship of conservatives, than it did in 1979 when he started C-SPAN.

Conservatives face a tough fight as Big Tech's censorship expands

Donald Trump Jr., The Hill

The logical endpoint of Big Tech’s free rein is far more troubling than conservative meme warriors losing their Twitter accounts. There is no conservative principle that even remotely suggests we are obligated to adopt a laissez-faire attitude while the richest companies on earth abuse the power we give them to put a thumb on the scale for our political enemies. If anything, our love of the free market dictates that we must do whatever is necessary to ensure that the free marketplace of ideas remains open to all.

The “Enemy Of The People” Media Were On The Wrong Side In The Revolution

It’s not their criticism of Donald Trump that has made many in the establishment media “the enemy of the people.” They earned the title by embracing progressive narratives on lopsided trade policies, open borders, the admission to our country of millions of unvetted “refugees," big government subsidies for special interests and other policies rejected in the 2016 Trump revolution.

Don't let Big Tech become Big Brother

Mark Penn, The Hill

Congress should remove the content liability exemption from companies exercising too much power over user content. Or, better yet, the industry should adopt a uniform published code with clear standards mirroring the Supreme Court and have tough cases judged by a panel that genuinely has equal numbers of liberals, moderates, and conservatives. Maybe we should have an internet freedom amendment to the Constitution.