By J. D. Heyes
As loudly as the establishment press complains when POTUS Donald Trump criticizes them and as adamant as they all are that they are the protectors of our republic, it is sickening to see how many so-called journalists are all-in with censoring those with whom they disagree.
Our founding fathers were convinced that the only way to maintain a long-standing, functional, democratic republic was to ensure that America always had a trulyÂ freeÂ press. They were so convinced, in fact, that they enshrined protection of the press within the First Amendment.
But today, outlets likeÂ CBSÂ and social media behemoths like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are run by authoritarian Leftists who believeÂ in shutting down any rival mediaÂ that rises to challenge their political, cultural, or societal orthodoxies.
Under the bogus rubric of â€œcombating disinformationâ€ and â€œfake newsâ€ â€” which, in the age of Trump has become a major problem for the establishment media â€”Â CBS NewsÂ aired a segment featuring aÂ New York TimesÂ reporter in recent days who suggested an end-run around the Constitution to implement New Zealand-style censorship with oppressive â€œregulationsâ€ to suppress â€œhate speechâ€ and â€œmisinformationâ€ online.
And, of course, government Leftists, with mainstream media assistance, would be empowered to decide what is and is not â€œhate speechâ€ and â€œmisinformation.â€
As reported byÂ Information Liberation:
Both the CBS News host and NYT reporter Cecilia Kang said the U.S. should look to countries like Australia, New Zealand, Germany and India â€” which do not have free speech â€” as models for suppressing free speech on the internet.Â
Just look at how these authoritarian wannabes dance around what theyÂ reallyÂ want to say, which is, â€œWe want to censor people and information we donâ€™t likeâ€:Â
AsÂ Information Liberationâ€™s Chris MenahanÂ noted earlier this year,Â The New York TimesÂ published an â€˜opinionâ€™ piece which advocates Cuba- or China-style censorship to stamp out â€œtoxic ideas.â€ In August, theÂ TimesÂ hired Libtard racist Sara Jeong to write for them and be on the paperâ€™s editorial board. Within a few months, Internet sleuths dug up some of her tweets from 2014 in which she spewed the exact same kind of hatred her paper claims to want to suppress.
â€œDumba** f**king white people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants,â€ she tweeted in November of that year. In July 2014, she wrote, â€œoh man itâ€™s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men.â€
â€˜Kind ofâ€™ sick? Only people who truly haveÂ hatredÂ in their hearts and souls would even think such things, let alone write them. But then again, thatâ€™s exactly the kind of speech the First Amendment is supposed to protect; you donâ€™t have to like everything everyone says, but per our Constitution, we have to let them say it.
At least, thatâ€™s the way conservatives feel; the Left, not so much. They are the ones into censorship, shadow banning and legal intervention to keep people from speaking and writing things they disagree with.
Even the Times said it felt that way. Menahan noted that the paperâ€™s editors were aware of Jeongâ€™s nasty tweets before she was hired,Â but that they were justifiedÂ because someone called her mean names online.
But werenâ€™t her texts â€œhate speech?â€ Didnâ€™t they qualify as such under the Leftâ€™s own definition?Â Or, more correctly, doesn’t the Left assume they can decide what is and isn’t ‘improper’ speech?
â€œWhile journos love to act as though theyâ€™re crusaders for free speech and a free press, as we saw over the weekend during the White House Correspondentsâ€™ Dinner, theyâ€™re actually the biggest crusaders against free speech and the free press in America and throughout the West,â€ Menahan wrote.Â
No question about it.Â
Our founders never imagined that American journalists would become the biggest champions of censorship and one-party rule.
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.