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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
The media’s silence on the ‘Twitter Files’ is shameful
Whatever happened to “All the news that’s fit to print,” and “Democracy dies in darkness,” the respective mottos of the two most influential newspapers in the country, the New York Times and the Washington Post?
Every morning, these august organs set the narrative for newsrooms across the country, and yet, time and again, we see them ignore stories that don’t suit their own agenda as propaganda purveyors for the Democratic Party and the security state.
We see evidence of what we long suspected, despite Twitter former CEO Jack Dorsey’s lies to Congress: Conservatives and medical professionals were silenced, as part of a crackdown on effective dissent against the government. From The Post’s Hunter Biden laptop stories and criticism of the Biden administration’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal to Dr. Anthony Fauci’s bogus edicts on masks, lockdowns and the origins of COVID, censorship has been the order of the day. That should be a story of interest to journalists at the Times and WaPo.
Threat to democracy
If anything is an existential threat to democracy, it is Big Tech’s assault on free speech, in service to one side of politics and under the instruction of intelligence operatives determined to rig elections against recalcitrant Republicans. In fact, the lead agency tasked with election security, the FBI, is revealed as a prime culprit.
The best description for what the Times and WaPo are doing is “totschweigetaktik,” a great German word for “death by silence,” a tactic to kill ideas or news stories by ignoring them.
Apart from defending Twitter’s 2020 decision to censor The Post, the Times has not covered the revelations of the last 10 days, save a couple of stories smearing Twitter’s freedom-minded new owner, Elon Musk.
He “sounds a lot like a Republican — and, sometimes, a lot like Mr. [Donald] Trump,” the Times opined, delivering the worst possible insult in the eyes of its 6.3 million subscribers.
While it studiously ignores the Twitter Files, the Times has given ample space to Musk’s critics, including amplifying laughably bogus data from the propagandists at the Anti-Defamation League, of an “unprecedented rise in hate speech” on the platform, promptly scotched by Musk.
The so-called “paper of record” also talked up attempts by still-in-favor Facebook to build a rival platform to Twitter.
Catch up on Twitter’s censorship of The Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story
Over at the Washington Post, resident disinformation expert Taylor Lorenz went on TV to falsely claim that Elon Musk had laid off the staff who monitored child sexual exploitation material. The opposite is the case. On taking over Twitter, Musk declared his “priority #1” was to remove such material and, in two weeks, did more to cleanse Twitter of child abuse content than previous management had done in a decade.
“Old news” was how The Atlantic dismissed the Twitter Files.
NBC, CBS and ABC devoted a total of zero minutes to the Twitter Files, according to Fox News.
NBC’s “disinformation” reporter Ben Collins’ contribution was to tweet a “yawn” emoji.
Yes, it’s a big yawn that so many former FBI and CIA officials were embedded in senior management roles at Twitter and Facebook. And not just the FBI’s top lawyer and Russiagate quarterback, James Baker, who was hired by Twitter five months before the 2020 election; at least a dozen others joined after Trump won the 2016 election.
Musk, a longtime Democratic voter, at least is getting a crash course in media malfeasance. Sunday morning, he threw another cat among the pigeons: “My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci.”
The incendiary tweet amassed almost 800,000 likes in the next 10 hours.
When YouTuber Viva Frei, aka Canadian lawyer David Freiheit, elaborated on the point — “Fauci lied under oath, engaged in gain of function research in a Chinese lab, jeopardized the entire planet, and arguably contributed to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people” — Musk replied, “Correct.”
His Fauci diss drew immediate condemnation from deep-state characters like former CIA Director John Brennan, a proven liar and confessed Communist.
Twitter censored The Post’s article about Hunter Biden’s laptop in 2020.
“Dr. Fauci is a national hero who will be remembered for generations to come for his innate goodness & many contributions to public health,” tweeted Brennan, accusing Musk of “fueling public hate & divisions.”
Considering Brennan, along with 50 fellow dishonest former intel officials, signed the lying letter that candidate Joe Biden used to get off the hook in the final 2020 presidential debate, falsely claiming Hunter Biden’s laptop was Russian disinformation, his imprimatur is not exactly helpful to Fauci the beagle-killer.But Brennan and the rest of the Dirty 51 will find themselves in front of the new Republican-controlled House soon enough, having to account under oath for their interference in the 2020 election.
This time, you can bet they won’t get away with lying.
He describes Twitter as having been “Wormtongue to the world,” referring to the sly, snakelike character in “Lord of the Rings.”
“Twitter is both a social media company and a crime scene,” he says.
But it’s not just Twitter, of course. Musk has shown us a glimpse behind the curtain of a massive psychological warfare operation across Big Tech to control our thoughts and to manipulate the news and views we can see.
Google is probably the worst offender.
As California data scientist Dr Robert Epstein, incidentally a Democrat, told the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2019, Google is a “serious threat to democracy and human autonomy.”
Google makes its $257 billion pot of gold a year from being an intrusive surveillance platform, he says. He has shown how search results are manipulated before elections to favor one side of politics — Democrats, who, in turn, defend the growing power of Big Tech against legislative restraint, assisted by former US intel officials who lobby for the global firms.
More recently, the First Amendment warriors at MRC Free Speech America demonstrated that Google manipulated search results in last week’s Senate runoff in Georgia, to elevate victorious Democrat Raphael Warnock and bury mention of Republican Herschel Walker.
The incoming House GOP has a lot on its plate, but tackling election interference by Big Tech should be a top priority.