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"If one sides voice is silenced, or a half of the argument is not even considered...that should be troubling for everybody." 
 

 

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Florida state GOP wants State to divest all shares it owns from Big Tech 

“ We want to show they have made a mistake “

'When you tell half of your customers you don't want them, it turns out not very well for you,' Randy Fine tells  Outnumbered Overtime

A Republican state legislator from Florida told "Outnumbered Overtime" Friday that he is preparing legislation that would force the state government to divest any shares it holds in Big Tech giants like Twitter, Facebook, and Apple.

Rep. Randy Fine told host Harris Faulkner his legislation stems from the ongoing restrictions preventing conservative and Republican leaders from using prominent social media platforms. 

REP. RANDY FINE: I don’t like a world in which half of my constituents are being told that they can’t voice their views, because in a world where you can’t talk with your words, you are going to talk in other ways. I have asked the governor and our Cabinet to consider divesting from all of these companies, because I also think that they have made a terrible business decision. When you tell half of your customers you don’t want them, it turns out not very well for you.

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Big Tech censorship – the Left should be most worried about this conservative purge

Democrats celebrating censorship, and social media companies flaunting their decisions, should be wary

It took just about 24 hours for Big Tech’s conservative purge to commence and it sure seemed coordinated.  

Twitter banned President Donald Trump and associated accounts. Facebook did the same, though perhaps not permanently. Their conservative competitor Parler was suspended from Apple and Google web services, effectively taking it offline.  

The reason? Trump’s tweet announcing he would skip the inauguration was interpreted by some as an invitation for another riot in D.C.  

REBECCA GRANT: TRUMP VS TWITTER & FACEBOOK: WHAT'S REALLY BEHIND FEUD THAT BANNED TRUMP FROM SITES?

But Democrats celebrating censorship, and social media companies flaunting their decisions with specious justifications, should be wary. The very same desire to silence a political opponent will come for them. And the tech giants trying to please the party in charge just backed a move that puts their political future in jeopardy. How do you think Republicans will respond when they retain power? 

Violence, threats or otherwise, should always be condemned swiftly, of course. Usually, though, you remove the offending responses, not the nondescript announcement about skipping an event Democrats hoped Trump wouldn’t attend to begin with.  

It was a confusing move to many, given Twitter never seemed very interested in removing even explicit calls to violence.  

Following the death of George Floyd, Colin Kaepernick told his legion of followers that "revolting is the only option" and that they "have the right to fight back." Then-congressional candidate Cori Bush asked activists to show up to protests to "disrupt peace" because if they’re "peaceful … it’s NOT a protest."  
 

We know what happened next. Those tweets remain online, by the way, along with those from dictators, terrorists, anti-Semites and Antifa members organizing online. Somehow they don’t violate Twitter’s terms of service. Team Trump’s? Or the legions of conservative accounts using Parler to connect with their community? Purged and taken down. 

Democrat politicians cheered on the conservative Big Tech purge. 

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., congratulated Twitter for the ban, while Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., called it "long overdue." Sen. Mazzie Hirono, D-Hawaii, with the only cultural reference she could muster nearly 20 years old, mocked Trump by tweeting, "Gollum has lost his precious." Guess tweets inciting violence aren’t all that serious to the senator. 

Members of the media were pleased too, with some even calling for more censorship. 

CNN’s Abby Phillip snarkily tweeted the president could always release statements through the press pool. Yahoo! News national correspondent Alexander Nazaryan encouraged Twitter to ban other conservative voices.

In the long term, Big Tech has created a political nightmare for Democrats.  

The Left should be more worried than conservatives.  

In the short term, Big Tech fed into the worst instincts of the activist base. They showed that you can, in fact, silence your worst enemies on their biggest platforms. While screaming about the threats of fascism, left-wing mobs have "canceled" those who hold mainstream views that progressives simply dislike.  

It won’t take long before the base turns on its own party. Democrats will never be left-wing enough to satisfy activists because they set both their enemies and allies up to fail. Progressives say not only are mere words violence, but silence is violence, too. Even Democrats are destined to fail in the progressive reality unless you kowtow to their worldview by saying the words they want you to say, when they want you to say it.  

The next several years will be miserable for Democrats if they do not give in to every progressive demand. But giving in to fringe ideas makes midterm defeat inevitable. 
 

There was near-universal condemnation of the Capitol siege, but a very loyal and large Trump base became antagonistic toward Republicans who blamed the president for both the riot and the losses in Georgia. The factions were growing. But they very quickly found a new enemy.

Fundamentally, Americans don’t like censorship and conservatives are generally wary of Big Tech. Conservatives were told there’s no social media bias. But they ban conservatives on social media. They said to create your own platform. Then they took that platform down.  

After a weekend of conservative social media purging, suddenly conservatives found themselves reuniting as a community. They were, yet again, the target of the Left and they turned to each other to gripe, to comfort, and to start to strategize.  

Now they just need a leader. Whomever it is now has the perfect issue that plays to a crucial constituency: rural voters. With the right candidates, rural voters can keep a party in power for generations.  

Rural voters do not want coastal elites, particularly from Silicon Valley, telling them what or how to think. They have such disdain for elites that they loyally flocked to a brash, wealthy, braggadocious New Yorker in Trump simply because he spoke directly to them. Liberal elites? They talk at rural voters. 

The GOP needs to find someone to connect with them, minus the Trump baggage, and Democrats may rue the day Big Tech decided to give in to their calls to de-platform the president and his followers.  

 

When Democrats face the political consequences of this unwise decision, they may very well find themselves on the receiving end of the very same mistreatment. Indeed, as a mentor once said to me, "imagine the power to censor in the hands of your worst enemy."  

Democrats may face vindictive calls for de-platforming, and social media companies could lose their Section 230 protections. Both actions would have serious implications. They may find themselves frustrated that few folks across the aisle are willing to come to their defense when issues like free speech are on the line. It’s kind of like what conservatives are feeling right now. 
 

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A Twitter insider gave secretly recorded audio of the social media executive's comments to Project Veritas

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https://www.foxnews.com/media/twitter-leaked-video-jack-dorsey-bigger-than-trump-ban

 

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"America is being turned into a college campus where if you don’t adhere to the proper political orthodoxy you can be banned and silenced."

On "America's Newsroom" Friday, Ari Fleischer slammed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who was caught on leaked audio saying the company's enforcement actions will "be much bigger than just one account."

 


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Parler CEO John Matze, family forced into hiding over death threats, security breaches: court filing

The social media app favored by conservatives launched an antitrust lawsuit against Amazon

 

The filing from Parler's lawyers obtained by Fox News acknowledges the disturbing claims made by Amazon but note that the Jeff Bezos-run company is not the one receiving threats. 

PARLER CEO BLASTS AOC, ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO CALLED TO BAN HIS APP

"Although AWS’s motion to seal focuses only on its own employees, Parler’s employees have been similarly harassed and threatened," the filing read. "Parler’s CEO, John Matze, Jr., reports in his declaration in support of Parler’s TRO motion that many Parler employees are suffering harassment and hostility, fear for their safety and that of their families, and in some cases have fled their home state to escape persecution. 

"Matze himself, as the CEO of the company AWS continues to vilify, has had to leave his home and go into hiding with his family after receiving death threats and invasive personal security breaches," the filing continued

 

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I've been following this guy for a few years and I do have a de-googled phone.  If anybody wants to hear more about - let me know.

 

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Censored by Twitter or Facebook? This state's bill would let you sue

'I drafted it in December and things have only gotten worse,' 

 

After being shocked by Big Tech censoring President Trump and other conservatives in recent months, Republican state lawmakers introduced a bill that would put social media giants like Twitter and Facebook in legal trouble for restricting political posts in North Dakota.

"I drafted it in December and things have only gotten worse," State Rep. Tom Kading, R-N.D., the lead sponsor of the bill, told "Fox & Friends" Saturday.

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"I'm frankly shocked at what's happening to our country and censoring does not create unity, it does not help the situation of division in our country, and it does not de-escalate the situation," Kading said. "All it really does is make those who have been silenced dig in deeper and be more suspicious of what's going on."

The bill states that social media sites would be liable in a civil lawsuit for damages to a North Dakota resident "whose speech is restricted, censored, or suppressed," as long as it is not "obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable."

"If a website comes out and selectively publishes information," Kading explained, citing case law from state supreme courts, "or manipulates true information in order to create a certain desired narrative, this restrictive action can essentially amount to defamation."

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Republicans have questioned whether social media giants should still be afforded liability protections under Section 230 -- a rule dating to 1996 that shields social media companies from being held liable for third-party posts on their platforms while allowing them to moderate that content.

The North Dakota state representative believes his bill is in compliance with Section 230, adding: "If Big Tech doesn't follow their terms of service and they are banning one particular political party ... and they censor outside the scope of Section 230, then there's this civil liability."

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Fox News' Tucker Carlson had very scathing commentary directed at Steven Guilbeault, Canada's minister of culture for his announcement that Canada plans to censor social media. 

Our inglorious ?? Minister of Heritage makes the news... pic.twitter.com/IVNTvAAnqs

— Debbi Teplitz (@DTeplitzer) January 16, 2021

Tucker says in the above clip:

"Well, this is all moving pretty fast, it always does move pretty fast, but don't you worry; it's for your safety." 

"Up in Canada, the Heritage Minister just announced this week that that country will introduce new regulations to ban social media posts that are deemed 'hurtful' or 'offensive'. 'We want to protect Canadians online,' the Minister explained."

"Of course, they want to protect themselves, sorry, protect you by protecting themselves from criticism  from you. See how that works? Right. You're protected when you can't speak."

The Heritage Ministry has actually apparently been in the public light before with proposed sweeping regulations very similar to the above back in February,so this appears to be something brewing for a while now.

The bill is formally called Bill C-10, and was introduced back on Nov. 3 by the Ministry. Parliament still hasn't approved it as of this writing, however, according to the Globe and Mail.

 

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20 minutes ago, Jaydee said:

Fox News' Tucker Carlson had very scathing commentary directed at Steven Guilbeault, Canada's minister of culture for his announcement that Canada plans to censor social media. 

Our inglorious ?? Minister of Heritage makes the news... pic.twitter.com/IVNTvAAnqs

— Debbi Teplitz (@DTeplitzer) January 16, 2021

Tucker says in the above clip:

"Well, this is all moving pretty fast, it always does move pretty fast, but don't you worry; it's for your safety." 

"Up in Canada, the Heritage Minister just announced this week that that country will introduce new regulations to ban social media posts that are deemed 'hurtful' or 'offensive'. 'We want to protect Canadians online,' the Minister explained."

"Of course, they want to protect themselves, sorry, protect you by protecting themselves from criticism  from you. See how that works? Right. You're protected when you can't speak."

The Heritage Ministry has actually apparently been in the public light before with proposed sweeping regulations very similar to the above back in February,so this appears to be something brewing for a while now.

The bill is formally called Bill C-10, and was introduced back on Nov. 3 by the Ministry. Parliament still hasn't approved it as of this writing, however, according to the Globe and Mail.

 

Video in link

https://thepostmillennial.com/tucker-tears-into-canadian-heritage-minister-on-air-for-censorship?fbclid=IwAR3wncdioQJMuv4h61Uv1ZW2Owrw2D4IAkwwiBMDtEixEtccYv3Wig2fatI

 

Interesting  that fox news is paying attention to Canada but Crap news continues to be CRAP news.  Surely there is enough going on in the US to keep Tucker busy?☹️

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Interesting  that fox news is paying attention to Canada but Crap news continues to be CRAP news.  Surely there is enough going on in the US to keep Tucker busy?☹️

Canada is just a microcosm of North America. It’s not the first time Carlson has focused on the stupidity happening here and it probably won’t be the last. **bleep** usually flows downhill, and we are above them :biggrin1:.... so I think his references are aptly suited as a cause for concern below the border. 

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Worth repeating...

https://www.businessinsider.com/fox-news-karen-mcdougal-case-tucker-carlson-2020-9

Fox News won a court case by 'persuasively' arguing that no 'reasonable viewer' takes Tucker Carlson seriously

  • A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit against Fox News after lawyers for the network argued that no "reasonable viewer" would take the network's primetime star Tucker Carlson seriously.
  • The network asked a judge to dismiss the case, arguing that "Carlson's statements were not statements of fact and that she failed adequately to allege actual malice."
  • The judge agreed with Fox's premise, adding that the network "persuasively argues" that "given Mr. Carlson's reputation, any reasonable viewer 'arrive[s] with an appropriate amount of skepticism' about the statements he makes."
  • Carlson has long made racist and controversial statements as a primetime host on Fox News and has lost several advertisers because of it.
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6 minutes ago, deicer said:

Worth repeating...

 

September 26, 2020

November 11, 2020

November 22, 2020

January 17, 2021

You sure are getting a lot of mileage out of that article Deicer - time for some new material!  😉

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8 minutes ago, seeker said:

You sure are getting a lot of mileage out of that article Deicer - time for some new material!  😉

Ratings in that business go up and down daily....yet......as recent as Dec 16 2020

 

Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson Set Records As Fox News Makes History In 2020 Cable News Ratings

Fox News Channel is closing the year with the highest prime time and total day ratings in cable news history, averaging 1.9 million viewers in total day and 3.6 million viewers in prime time. “This ratings milestone is a testament to the incredible work of the Fox News Channel team during a pivotal year,” said Fox News Media chief executive Suzanne Scott. “We are immensely proud and honored to once again serve as the destination for news and opinion in America.”

Hannity was the most-watched cable news program for the fourth consecutive year, delivering an average audience of 4.397 million viewers—which represents the highest-rated program average in cable news history. Tucker Carlson Tonight finished second overall, with 4.368 million viewers, and led in the key demo with 798,000 viewers. Hannity and Carlson are the first programs in cable news history to finish a full year with an average total audience in excess of four million viewers.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/markjoyella/2020/12/16/fox-news-shatters-record-for-most-watched-year-in-cable-news-history/?sh=20f2c81e1643

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7 minutes ago, Jaydee said:

Fox News Channel is closing the year with the highest prime time and total day ratings in cable news history, averaging 1.9 million viewers in total day and 3.6 million viewers in prime time.

Pretty good - Keeping Up With the Kardasians has them beat though - 10 million viewers/episode.

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20 minutes ago, seeker said:

September 26, 2020

November 11, 2020

November 22, 2020

January 17, 2021

You sure are getting a lot of mileage out of that article Deicer - time for some new material!  😉

I hope this version of the same is an update...

https://www.sprawlcalgary.com/whats-happened-to-michelle-rempel-dd85733b2f0e

What’s Happened To Michelle Rempel?

Calgary MP’s online rants veer into conspiracy theory

What in the world has happened to Calgary MP Michelle Rempel this summer?

 
 

Rempel, who described herself as a “centrist” as recently as last year, has been on about what she calls “Trudeau’s border crisis,” the influx of asylum-seekers who have fled to Canada from the U.S. in recent years. And lately when Rempel sees something she doesn’t like in the press—most recently, a challenge to her dubiously exaggerated “crisis” narrative—she mimics the worst of American politics and attacks the media’s credibility.

 
 

In June she let fly in response to a Toronto Star story critical of the Conservative party (her observations about the changing nature of journalism, admittedly, contained grains of truth). But this week her anti-media rants veered into full-on conspiracy theory. It’s all disturbingly familiar.

 
 

Even Rempel’s YouTube channel description throws shade: “The REAL news from Parliament Hill from Canadian Member of Parliament Michelle Rempel.”

 
 

This week she slagged The Canadian Press (CP) — a respected organization whose reporting is published by news organizations throughout the country — as a “spin tool” of the Prime Minister’s Office, suggesting the two are in cahoots. Why? Because a CP reporter dared fact-check Rempel’s and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s oft-repeated “border crisis” claim, and found that it was “full of baloney” and “completely inaccurate.”

 
 

The “baloney meter” is a semi-regular CP feature. They describe it as “a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of ‘no baloney’ to ‘full of baloney.’” Basically it’s a fun way of packaging meaty journalism. (Sorry. Couldn’t resist the dad pun.)

 
 

CP found more baloney this time around than in June, when they fact-checked one of Rempel’s news releases on asylum-seekers and deemed it “a lot of baloney” (but not fully!).

 
 

But in its latest work, CP apparently did not contact Rempel, the Conservative immigration critic, for an interview. Indignant at not having this platform, she accused CP of being somehow “deployed” by the Prime Minister’s Office.

 
 

What did CP reporter Joan Bryden do that was so offside?

 
 

She cited migration data, put the recent migration numbers in context and called three experts for insight: UNHCR rep Jean-Nicolas Beuze; Jennifer Hyndman, director of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University; and Harald Bauder, program director of Immigration and Settlement Studies at Ryerson University.

 
 

Bryden did her damn job, in other words.

 
 
Politicians prefer the dial-a-quote method in which journalists quote one side, quote the other, and then more or less throw up their hands and say to the reader, “I dunno — you figure it out!”
 
 
 
 

“Absolutely no crisis,” said Beuze.

 
 

“I don’t think there is a crisis,” said Hyndman.

 
 

“The numbers don’t suggest that this is a crisis,” said Bauder.

 
 

As a reporter, you don’t need to phone Michelle Rempel to determine whether or not there is a border crisis in Canada. Politicians often prefer the dial-a-quote method in which journalists quote one side, quote the other, and then more or less throw up their hands and say to the reader, “I dunno—you figure it out! I’m just presenting both sides. I’m impartial, after all!”

 
 

This is the journalistic method that Trump has easily manipulated to grotesque effect in the U.S.

 
 

Rempel’s rant brings to mind the meme that recently went around about the role of a journalist: “If someone says it’s raining, and another person says it’s dry, it’s not your job to quote them both. Your job is to look out the **bleep** window and find out which is true.”

 
 

That’s exactly what Bryden did by pulling data and interviewing credible experts. She looked out the window.

 
 

As politicians like Rempel malign the press, others feel increasingly comfortable doing the same. Conservative MP Maxime Bernier, who is apparently denying interview requests after a series of baldly xenophobic tweets, denounced veteran CBC host Rosemary Barton as “biased and unprofessional” this week. Rempel likewise slagged CBC’s show Power and Politics as “biased” earlier this summer because she didn’t get enough air time.

 
 

In our unhinged times, these tactics work in undermining public trust in journalism. They’ve certainly worked south of the border—so why not here?

 
 

All of this puts journalists in a predicament. In America Trump thrives on attacking the press, his followers love him for it, journalists protest in vain and the entire demented cycle persists.

 
 

It doesn’t help that social media is rigged to reward and amplify these antics, no matter the veracity or detriment to society.

 
 

Rempel’s followers are likewise thrilled when she attacks the media’s credibility, in turn encouraging her to do it more.

 
 

This week some 350 American newspapers published editorials decrying Trump’s assault on a free press. We’re nowhere close to that point yet in Canada, but Rempel should abandon her insidious demonization of the press before we get anywhere close.

 
 

In the meantime, reporters should boldly do what Joan Bryden and CP did this week. It’s called journalism. And we need more of it, not less.

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1 hour ago, deicer said:

The problem with this is that if you don't trust the source, you won't trust the content.  I have no idea if "Sprawl Calgary" is reliable, has an agenda, a bias, etc.  (Don't bother trying to find the info and/or convince me either - don't care).

There are many problems with the article you linked to;

One of the hot-linked references takes the reader to a Huffington Post article as if that's proof of anything.

Another goes to a CBC article.  This one: 

Why? Because a CP reporter dared fact-check Rempel’s and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s oft-repeated “border crisis” claim, and found that it was “full of baloney” and “completely inaccurate.”

So, full of baloney is it?  The article (from 2018) talks about Rempel's claim of the situation being a border crisis - 30,000 "irregular" immigrants, Ontario begging for Federal help having spent $200 million, every shelter space taken and 600 refugees being housed in hotel rooms. 

Now, here's the interesting bit;  

Sprawl Calgary's article refers to a CBC article about a Canadian Press reporter who interviewed a UN commissioner on immigration and he say's it's not a crisis because other countries have it worse.   Therefore Scheer and Remple  are completely inaccurate and full of baloney. 

After all that you want that I should accept the CP, the CBC, the Huffington Post or Sprawl Calgary's assessment of Remple?

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