When I clicked on a link to a tweet criticizing the Xiden Administration for restricting access to monoclonal antibody treatments for Covid, I found the tweet had been tagged with this notice—I suppose that’s better than flat out censorship.
I saw this on Gab this morning.
Ms. Attkisson’s post is about being temporarily suspended on Facebook because she posted an accurate quote from an historical figure. She notes that she is being punished while certain Facebook users are routinely allowed post false information without any consequences.
Facebook is indeed an Orwellian operation—it follows the principle that all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
It’s being rumored that Jack Dorsey will step down from the CEO job at Twitter. Twitter stock was up 11 % in the premarket this morning.
Politico reports that early polling gives Donald Trump the edge over Joe Xiden in a 2024 rematch.
Well, duh, Xiden’s approval is almost as low as it deserves to be. Buyer’s remorse has surely set in. Indeed, I’d be surprised by any polling that showed Xiden ahead of any of the potential candidates now on the radar. No, strike that. Xiden might poll better than Kamala Harris. Baring a miracle, he’s toast. No polling is required to see that.
However, there’s almost a year to go before the mid term elections. I concentrate on them for now.
Congressman Devin Nunes has filed a defamation lawsuit against Ryan Lizza and Hearst Magazine Media for publishing an allegedly false story about a farm operated by his family. The district court dismissed the suit, but the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has reinstated two of the claims—one related to Lizza’s republishing the story on Twitter and the other about an alleged conspiracy between Lizza and Hearst.
This one should be worth watching.
UPDATE—”[H]e was acting on behalf of specific clients, namely, Tech Executive-1 and the Clinton Campaign.”
Too many of the wrong people have been caught up in the Afghanistan fiasco for The Media to quietly go along with the Xiden Administration’s attempts to edit the news. During the long war, reporters who spent time in Afghanistan made friends among the Afghan people. Other reporters have college friends or family members working with NGOs in the country. These personal connections to real people in real distress are The Media them to challenge Xiden’s spin.
Here are a couple of examples.
The Guardian has reported in a significant difference between the American and French governments’ version of the minutes of a phone call between Joe Xiden and French President Macron. A British newspaper is reporting on the French lecturing us on moral behavior.
The White House’s readout of a call between Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron on the crisis in Afghanistan leaves out an impassioned plea from the French president that the US and its allies have a “moral responsibility” to evacuate Afghan allies.
ABC has now published the entire transcript of the Xiden interview conducted by George Stephanopoulos, including about 1,000 words that were edited from the broadcast version. The full version simply makes Xiden look even less prepared to handle the crisis.
People who haven’t been to Room 101 yet tend to be supportive of friends and family, even over the demands of the Inner Party.
YouTiube cited the same alleged reason when they banned my account, and they blew off my appeal as well.
It is my firm belief, and I say this as a dictum, that all these tools now at our disposal, these things part of this explosive evolution of means of communication, mean we are now heading for an era of solitude. Along with this rapid growth of forms of communication at our disposal—be it fax, phone, email, internet or whatever—human solitude will increase in direct proportion.
Bye, bye. Rebekah!
When I checked on Rebekah Jones’ media accounts today—Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
UPDATE—Her campaign account is gone too.
Reuters reports that the Government of India has issued an ultimatum to Twitter—the platform has one last chance to comply, or face “unintended consequences.”
Everything isn’t with the program yet, but some things are beginning to proceed as I have foreseen.
The Government of Nigeria has suspended Twitter because of “persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”
Perhaps @jack should have checked his spam folder of Nigerian emails.
Facebook has been blocking links to Hogewash! for a bout a year. Recently, they stated that the reason someone could not post a link to Hogewash! was because of spam. I contacted Facebook demanding that they either provide evidence of a connection between this site and spam by close of business Eastern Time yesterday or that they cease and desist from blocking links to Hogewash!.
I received no response from Facebook. However, when one of the Gentle Readers attempted to link to a post yesterday evening, he received this notice—I am not amused.
Susan Crabtree has an article over at RCP titled Group of Tech Execs Takes On Social Media Censorship. It takes a look at what may be going on behind the scenes in Silicon Valley related to Facebook’s recent uncensoring of discussion about the possibility of a lab leak being the source of the recent pandemic from the point of view of Mike Matthys, a venture capital executive. She also cites Matthys’ criticism of Facebook’s censorship relating to a Wall Street Journal review of a book on climate change, YouTube’s suppression of a video about the efficacy of masks and lockdowns by Gov. DeSantis and physicians from Stanford and Harvard, and an attempt by Reps. Eshoo (D-CA) and McNerney (D-CA) to pressure media companies.
[P]olitically biased censorship only further fuels widespread mistrust in the media writ large – especially when they suddenly reverse course and lift bans on certain narratives that subsequent evidence shows weren’t crackpot ideas at all.
Many of the Titans of Tech have become intoxicated with their success to date. They’ve become legends in their own minds, and that has led them to overreach. Hubris invariably attracts Nemesis.
Hogewash! is very tiny slice of the overall media pie, but it has been the a victim of social media censorship. In 2015, my blog and I were banned from Twitter because truthful reporting was deemed to be targeted harassment. That was very early in Twitter’s campaign to control The Narrative, and the company wound up restoring one of my accounts. However, Twitter has applied some of the lessoned learned dealing with accounts like mine to refine their censorship methods and try to keep them within the Section 230 safe harbor.
About a year ago, I began receiving emails and comments saying that Facebook was not permitting users to post links to Hogewash! because this site violated Facebook’s “community standards.” Given Facebook’s behavior with regard to free speech, I took that as a badge of honor, and late in 2020, I closed my own Facebook account. Last month, I received an email from one of the Gentle Readers with a copy of a notice he received when he tried to link to a post at Hogewash!. This notice gave a more specific reason for banning links to Hogewash!—it claimed this site is a source of spam.
I have asked Facebook to provide me with any evidence they have connecting this site with spam by close of business today.
Ten are dead at the hand of a devout muslim immigrant from Syria who hates Trump and who was radicalized by mainstream media reporting.
The Narrative hardest hit.
Glenn Greenwald has a post up on his Substack account about How Big Media Outlets So Often “Independently Confirm” Each Other’s Falsehoods. It’s long, but its review of how the Main Stream Media have cooperated in selling false narratives in service of The Narrative is worth the read. Here’s the TL/DR—
But all of this highlights the real crisis in journalism, the reason public faith and trust in media institutions is in free fall. With liberal media outlets deliberately embracing a profit model of speaking overwhelmingly to partisan Democrats who use them as their primary source of news, there is zero cost to publishing false claims about people and groups hated by that liberal audience.
That audience does not care if these media outlets publish false stories as long as it is done for the Greater Good of harming their political enemies, and this ethos has contaminated newsrooms as well. Given human fallibility, reporting errors are normal and inevitable, but when they are all geared toward advancing one political agenda or faction and undermining the other, they cease to be errors and become a deliberate strategy or, at best, systemic recklessness.
But whatever else is true, it is vital to understand what news outlets mean when they claim they have “independently verified” the uncorroborated reports of other similar outlets. It means nothing of consequence. In many if not most cases — enough to make this formulation totally unreliable — it signifies nothing more than their willingness to serve as stenographers for the same anonymous political operatives who fed their competitors similar propaganda.
Yes, the folks play-acting as journalists will keep working as propagandists for The Party until it becomes too costly for them.
Нет известия в «Правдa» и нет правда в «Известия».
There is no news [izvestia] in Pravda and no truth [pravda] in Izvestia.
We’re already beginning to see some cracks in the foundation supporting of the current media structure, and two forces are acting to further destabilize the system. First, Orange Man Bad is gone from the news cycle, and the story lines built on railing against Trump no longer have traction. Viewers aren’t tuning in as the did, and the revenue that underpins many of the media operations is shrinking. Layoffs are occurring.
Second, after years in attack mode, they’ve been unable to find good news to report to sell the new Narrative. For example, years of ranting about kids in cages has made it hard to put a positive spin on a sudden surge in minor children being detained at the border. Masks still required after vaccination, no Fourth of July, and renewed bombing in the Middle East are not an easy sell as good news. Reality keeps interfering with The Narrative, and the public is beginning to suspect that the warm fluid on our legs isn’t rain.
Alternatives to the Main Stream Media and Main Stream Social Media are popping up and some are getting traction because the compete with The Narrative rather than colluding with it. There’s a market for news and truth, and I suspect that many of the legacy media companies will be replaced by new organizations.
You can see signs of panic in the calls for censorship that are beginning appear, some from media outlets beginning to sense they are at a disadvantage competing with truthful reporting. Given the level of control The Party has over the House, Senate, White House, and corporate media/social media, the next few years probably will be stressful for the First Amendment.
Andrea Mitchell (B.A., English Lit., Penn., 1967) had a bad day on Twitter yesterday after failing to recognize Macbeth as the original source of a quote. Speaking of Macbeth, here are a few more lines from the play that seem to fit the news of the day—
The Three Witches/Impeachment Managers: Fair is foul, and foul is fair …
Second Witch/Eric: I’ll give thee a wind.
The Three Witches/Impeachment Managers: A deed without a name.
Our revels now are ended …
A lot of the stuff in academic publications, the main stream media, main stream social media, and the like sure looks that way to me. But I’m a straight white male, so my opinion is now outside the Overton Window.
‘You are a slow learner, Winston,’ said O’Brien gently.
‘How can I help it?’ he blubbered. ‘How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.’
‘Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are 81,281,502. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.’
Void where prohibited.
You only silence critics when you have something to hide.
Parler is suing Amazon Web Services alleging violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, breach of contract, and tortuous interference with business. IANAL, but it seems to me that this is exactly the approach that is most likely to be successful against Big Tech. If I read the complaint correctly, Parler is alleging that AWS effectively conspired with Twitter to silence Parler because it would be mutually beneficial for Amazon and Twitter.
Here’s the complaint.
Parler is asking for an injunction requiring AWS to restore their service pending the outcome of the case and for treble damages under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.
I only lost two followers on Twitter overnight.
A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic. They make frantic efforts to bar our thoughts and words; they are afraid of the workings of the human mind.