If, last March, you encouraged people to wear masks against COVID, the WHO/CDC/Fauci cabal said that was "disinformation." If, throughout 2020, you said it seems possible COVID came from a lab leak, you were banned from social media. Who trusts them to be the Ministry of Truth?
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The people who lied repeatedly before the election, saying the authentic Biden documents were "Russian disinformation" - and censored reporting based on that lie - now want to anoint themselves the Ministry of Truth, empowered to censor "disinformation":
This person needs to be banned from all social media platforms for spreading misinformation. She might get people killed.
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Please read this smart @michaelbd article on vaccine skeptics. If you show people you think they're primitive imbeciles, then demand they obey your dictates, it's natural they will resist, not comply. Liberals always think their adversaries are stupid: nationalreview.com/2021/07/c…
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Every time I was on Fox to talk about COVID, I always said I would get the vaccine. Then when I got it, I said that, too. But I'm glad it was my choice, that I was able to inform myself and weigh risks and benefits by reading different sources. Demanding obedience backfires.
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There's good reason people distrust government (which lies constantly) and health experts (who also lied constantly along with getting much wrong and, worse, politicizing COVID advice: stay home! go to BLM protests!). People lost faith in institutions of authority. Ask why.
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But whatever else is true, having Jen Psaki boast about how the WH is dictating to social media companies who they should ban and what content they should remove -- as they exercise vast power over them and call them murderers -- should deeply disturb any rational person.
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Welcome to day 3 of the @ACLU's utter silence about the fact that the White House is openly boasting about their attempts to coerce social media companies -- which they can destroy through regulatory enforcement -- to ban people and content the WH unilaterally deems dangerous.
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Every censor throughout history, in every culture, has justified their censorship by claiming the suppressed information is dangerous and the censorship is for the public good. Liberals defending the Biden WH on this ground think they invented some novel, benevolent rationale.
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Here, by the way, is the portion of my discussion with Tucker last night about Cuba: where he lambasts the GOP in Congress for fixating on Cuba and trying to dictate its internal affairs instead of focusing on the US. What other outlet would allow this?
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Tucker: "[E]ven today idiot Republicans on the hill spent their whole day talking about the lack of freedom in Cuba, & it's not a free country that's true, but increasingly neither are we & they don't seem to notice what's going on in the country they're supposed to be running."
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As @mtracey documents, the notion that the US should be intervening in and "fixing" Cuba -- even as it supports and props up countless tyrannies that are far worse -- is not confined to the GOP but is fully bipartisan. How is this the role of the US Govt?
Democrats And Republicans Unite To Demand US Invasion Of Cuba mtracey.substack.com/p/democ…
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This is one of the key Supreme Court cases that held that when the government pressures private actors to censor, that is a violation of the First Amendment free speech guarantee because the state is doing indirectly what it can't do itself: supreme.justia.com/cases/fed…

3:08 PM · Jul 17, 2021

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I wrote about that Supreme Court case when I reported on how Dems in Congress were explicitly threatening tech CEOs with regulatory action if they didn't censor more. This is what ACLU's Ben Wizner told me about why that coercion can be unconstitutional: greenwald.substack.com/p/con…
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How come people don't trust the media? Why is it insane to trust authorities to censor? People were vilified by the corporate press as deranged conspiracy theorists -- and banned from social media -- for raising a theory the Biden Admin itself now says is highly plausible:
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Given human fallibility, seems like the best thing to do is allow people to debate, question and dissent from official pronouncements rather than empowering those authorities to decree what is True and False and forcibly silence anyone who doesn't agree?
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Replying to @ggreenwald
Do you ever read the constitution and be like damn how did they have so much wisdom and foresight? It honestly gives me chills sometimes
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What are the implicit threats for non-compliance in this case? What exactly is the government decreeing here?
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Where is the threat relative to Facebook?
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Replying to @ggreenwald
Thanks for the supporting material. Excellent dot connecting! It's true. It applies, but was/is/will be ignored. A #hypertribalist believes that unethical, immoral and even illegal acts must be done to counter the other tribe because defeating evil is always good. Insidious.
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Sounds like grounds for impeachment...
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