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Fox News host Tucker Carlson assured viewers that although it may not feel like it, they are “not alone” even though many Americans are staying silent.
Carlson even noted the high ratings for Monday’s show, when he warned about the growing power of the Black Lives Matter movement in a lengthy monologue, as a reassuring sign to the audience that many viewers are in agreement. The host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” addressed the issue before going on to blast Google for an NBC News report about The Federalist.
(Source: Fox News)
“We never talk about ratings and we’re definitely not telling you this to brag about it, there’s already more than enough bragging and television, that’s for sure,” Carlson said Tuesday, referring to the audience of 4.2 million viewers who watched Monday’s show, with 832,000 in the 25-54 demographic.
“The point of telling you this is to remind you that you are not alone. You may feel like you are,” he said.
“Suddenly your opinions qualify as crimes. Dare to say what you think at work and you will be fired in the middle of a recession. Write what you think online and you will be silenced by the big tech companies so you keep your views to yourself. You have no choice,” he added.
“A lot of Americans are doing that right now, they’re staying quiet, and of course that’s the point of censorship, to keep people isolated and alone, to prevent a consensus from forming that challenges those in charge,” Carlson explained. “If you’re forced to shut up, they can do what they want to you and your country, that’s why they do it.”
However, he contended, the previous night’s show with its millions of viewers proved something.
“But last night’s show suggested they have not yet succeeded, though they are trying,” Carlson told viewers. “Millions and millions of Americans agree with you. You are not crazy. Your views are not evil. What is happening to this country right now is completely and totally wrong and that will be obvious to everyone someday when our French Revolution has ended.”
The Fox News host turned his attention to Google and how an NBC report claimed The Federalist had been banned from Google’s ad platform due to negative comments about protests and the Black Lives Matter movement. The tech giant responded, clarifying that The Federalist “was never demonetized,” and that they “worked with them to address issues on their site related to the comments section.”
Federalist co-founder Sean Davis spoke with Carlson after the monologue and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas also weighed in on the issue, accusing Google of leading the charge against free speech.
Senator Ted Cruz will be sending this letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai in the morning in response to the company’s ‘transparently politically motivated’ move to ‘demonetize’ The Federalist. #FoxNews pic.twitter.com/dDUsmApS70
— Mike Emanuel 🇺🇸 (@MikeEmanuelFox) June 17, 2020
“Most media companies are dependent on Google, who will control 70 percent of all online advertising,” Carlson said. “So if you’re in the news business, you obey Google. When Google tells you to do something, you do it. You have no choice.
“They can bankrupt you in a minute and they will. In all of human history, no single entity is ever had more control over information than Google does right now. So if you’re worried about the concentration of power in the hands of a few unaccountable actors, and you very much should be, nobody has more unchecked power than Google does,” he added.
Carlson noted the “irony” of Google now claiming to hold conservative websites responsible for readers’ comments.
“And yet, irony of ironies, thanks to a special carve-out Google has received from the United States Congress — something called Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, remember that — Google itself is not responsible for content on its platform because the Congress says it doesn’t have to be,” he explained.
“So if you’re slandered by someone, for example, and that slander passes through Google’s servers, you cannot sue Google over it. Google is immune from the consequences. Immunity is a very nice thing to have,” he added, calling on Congress to repeal Section 230.
“If Google will not extend [its] protections to others, Google should not enjoy those protections itself,” he said.
The Fox News host concluded by calling for lawmakers like Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Reps. Doug Collins, R-Ga., and Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis. to be voted out of office for failing to protect Americans from Big Tech.
“Whose side are they on? Again, let us hope for a vigorous primary challenge to these two and any who share this view year in and year out,” Carlson said. “We vote for these people in the fervent hope they will stand up for us when it matters. Now it matters. And now, like every time before they sell us out. Time is up.”
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