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Fox News host Tucker Carlson torched YouTube censorship of dissenting opinions about the one-size-fits-all lockdowns, saying the site’s ban on videos contradicting the World Health Organization is a blatant violation of free speech.
Carlson sounded the alarm on Big Tech censorship after YouTube removed a viral video featuring California emergency-room physicians Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi.
The doctors have a combined 40 years of experience treating viruses and respiratory infections. They urged the United States to reopen its economy, calling the nationwide shutdowns overly restrictive and not backed by science.
YouTube reacted by removing the video of Drs. Erickson and Massihi, saying it violated their policy, which is to parrot the WHO’s talking points about the coronavirus.
Multiple users have since reposted the video on YouTube — only to have those get deleted again (see below).
Last week, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said the site would censor any video that contradicts “World Health Organization recommendations as a violation of our policy.”
Keep in mind that the inept WHO (a branch of the United Nations) has repeatedly given false information about the coronavirus. In January, the WHO claimed that the coronavirus could not be transmitted through human-to-human contact. Shortly afterward, the WHO insisted that face masks are useless.
After President Trump imposed a travel ban on China in January, the World Health Organization slammed the move as xenophobic. Medical experts now agree that Trump did the right thing.
“More informed debate is exactly what we need to make wise decisions going forward,” Carlson said. “Unfortunately, informed debate is exactly what the authorities don’t want. They want unquestioned obedience so they are cracking down on free expression.”
Carlson continued: “Viewers of Erickson’s video were shocked and transfixed by it. Last night, the doctor’s video was pulled off of YouTube. It wasn’t an accident. YouTube admitted doing it. The company cited a violation of company guidelines and didn’t apologize.”
Tucker was astonished by YouTube’s flagrant censorship and its casual admission that it trampled free speech simply because it disagreed with a user’s views.
“The doctor’s video was produced by a local television channel. It was a mainstream news story.
The video was not pornographic and didn’t violate copyright or incite violence. The only justification for taking it down was that the physicians had reached different conclusions than the people currently in charge.”
Carlson added: “YouTube and its parent company Google have now officially banned dissent. The CEO of YouTube admitted that openly. When this is all over, it’s likely we’ll look back on this moment — on what YouTube did — as a turning point in the way we live in this country, a sharp break with 250 years of law and custom.”
(Source: Tucker Carlson Tonight)
“Like everyone else involved in global pandemic policy, the WHO has been wrong in its recommendations. In January, WHO told us that coronavirus could not spread from person-to-person. In March, they told us that face masks didn’t work. Those are lies and they were welcome on Google’s platforms.
Doctors who were treating patients with the virus, meanwhile, have just been banned. This is not about science. Censorship never is about science, it’s about power. Big technology companies are using this tragedy to increase their power over the population.”
Carlson added: “Our free press exists to push back against abuses of power like this one. That’s the only reason we have a First Amendment.”
Tucker Carlson noted with alarm that the United States is now becoming more like communist China in its censorship of dissent and open embrace of authoritarianism.
“Suddenly, our media are not concerned about freedom of speech. Our media are no longer challenging power, they are colluding with power. And that may be why there is so little critical coverage of the massive expansion of our surveillance state currently in process.
In the name of fighting the coronavirus, tech companies are now following you through your cell phone. They are watching you from above with drones. Those sound like paranoid fantasies, but they are not. It’s happening as we speak.
Big companies are partnering with the government to spy on you without your knowledge. Americans are locked in their homes, banned from going to church. Anyone who speaks up is silenced. Political demonstrations are illegal. Organizers are arrested.
Only opinions approved by leaders — many of them unelected — are allowed on information platforms. It sounds a lot like China.”
Carlson remarked: “Over the weekend, The Atlantic magazine published an article by two academics calling for an end to freedom of speech in America. Their model for an ideal system? The totalitarian government of China. [The article says] “In the debate over freedom versus control of the Internet, China was largely correct and the U.S. was wrong.”
Carlson continued: “You ought to read the whole thing. It’s the future. [They wrote] Significant monitoring of speech control are inevitable components of a mature and flourishing Internet and governments must play a large role in these practices to ensure that the Internet is compatible with the society’s norms and values.'”
Tucker asked: “Whose norms and values? Well, our leaders, of course. But mostly their interests. Those in power are the ones our professional class seeks to protect — not the rest of the country.”
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