Once I would have headlined this post with “Stop Making Me Defend Donald Trump!” But this is no longer about Donald Trump, and readers who can’t figure this out, frankly, are too dense and gullible to read here.
Earlier this week, former President Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump posted on Instagram: “BIG SHOW TONIGHT – I will be joined by President Donald Trump on The Right View!!”
Then, when she posted her “big show,” Facebook took down the video of her interview with the ex-President after sending her an email stating that content with the voice of former President Trump “is not currently allowed on our platforms (including new posts with President Trump speaking).” The Facebook spokesman said the video was not permitted on Facebook and Instagram because of the former president’s indefinite suspension. Facebook also warned that any future posts featuring Trump would also be removed “resulting in additional limitations on accounts that posted it.”
I wouldn’t walk down my stairs to watch Trump be interviewed by Eric Trump’s wife, or just about any interviewer, frankly. Nonetheless, he is a recent President, a former President, a political leader, and an important historical, cultural and political figure in the United States of America, which is allegedly a free country. Millions of members of the public are interested in his words, beliefs and activities, and access to information about those should not be impeded by powerful private companies.
The news media’s embargo on facts and events for its partisan objectives created this slippery slope, and this slide is accelerating. Tech companies and communications corporations are actively controlling what Americans can see, hear, think about, and think. An entire political party and its corrupted “base” are perfectly satisfied with this distortion of democracy. Others are just quietly being misled, and are now the apocryphal slowly boiling frogs, doomed to have teeth ripping at the flesh of their legs before they understand what has happened to them.
Meanwhile, anyone–like me—seeing something ominous in this is a “conspiracy theorist”—you know, liars and wackos. Why would anyone see a conspiracy at work when a major political figure approximately half the nation voted for to be President less than four months ago is erased from the public eye and ear by a joint campaign stretching across the airwaves and the internet? Crazy!
This mass Jumbo is being helped immensely by news media dishonesty and social media propaganda. When Trump was first banned by Facebook—while still a sitting President!—Facebook’s Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs, wrote that the decision was made in “extraordinary circumstances” in which a sitting President was “actively fomenting a violent insurrection designed to thwart the peaceful transition of power; five people killed; legislators fleeing the seat of democracy.”
That was a lie, however. There was no evidence that the riot at the Capitol was an “insurrection” nor that President Trump had actively fomented it. This was a calculated anti-Trump, pro-impeachment narrative that the subsequent evidence decisively disproved. Yet in its article about the new interview being pulled, USA Today quoted the lie again without elaboration.
As of now, President Trump is being silenced while Joe Biden spread disinformation—he said again last night, for example, that the Georgia voting law reduced the hours for voting. Meanwhile, all major social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Google’s YouTube, now censor Trump. YouTube says it will lift Trump’s ban when the “risk of incitement to violence” is gone. There is no risk of incitement to violence. The perception that Big Tech is aiding an abetting the shackling of democracy is a more dangerous incitement that anything Donald Trump is likely to say.
Yet here’s USA Today (risibly rated as “non partisan” by one bias “watchdog”), writing yesterday,
“The decision to block Trump’s access to the major social media platforms following the Capitol riots was praised by Trump critics and had the support of most Americans, but was condemned by Trump supporters and free speech advocates who warned it set a dangerous precedent.”
The paper’s own link does not support the statement that “most Americans” supported Trump’s banning across social media. The link refers to the Twitter ban, based on a poll in the midst of the post-Capitol riot disinformation and hysteria (“A Capitol police officer was killed by the rioters!”), and I presume inflated by Trump supporters who have wanted him to stop tweeting for four long years.
The effort to use the private sector to eliminate Donald Trump from the public square is an existentialist threat to our nation, its values, and civic peace. It we permit this to be done to him, it will be done to others, whole organizations, parties.
As Rosemary memorably said while being raped by Satan,”This is no dream! This is really happening!”
Indeed it is.