From the left’s standpoint, claims that the 2020 presidential election — which was marred by millions of unsolicited mail-in ballots sent out because of the pandemic — was stolen is a “big lie,” insisting there is “no evidence” to support the assertion.
Never mind that three out of four Republicans with eyes that can see believe it to be true — an anomaly dismissed as just a bunch of rubes being manipulated by former President Donald Trump.
This being the same cabal that insists conservatives are not being censored by Big Tech. No, it’s just more conspiracy-mongering on the right.
Just ask Mediaite founding editor Colby Hall, who said in op-ed that “there is a new dangerous conspiracy afoot, and it’s being amplified by arguably the most important person in all of political media: Fox Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch.”
“The new lie that is growing in size every day?” he wrote. “That conservative voices are being stifled, censored, or silenced by what Murdoch called, in rare public comments, an ‘angry woke orthodoxy.’ The truth of the matter is that conservative voices aren’t being stifled for their beliefs at all.”
Talk about a “big lie?”
With Trump now dispatched, Fox News is seen by the liberal media as the last sentry standing when it comes to opposition — which doesn’t say a lot about the chances on the right — and in not letting a crisis to go to waste, this cabal is exploiting the recent storming of the U.S. Capitol to take down the network.
In much the same way they did in doing away with Parler.
Murdoch received a lifetime achievement award from the Australia Day Foundation and Hall shared a quote from his pre-recorded acceptance speech.
“For those of us in media, there’s a real challenge to confront: a wave of censorship that seeks to silence conversation, to stifle debate, to ultimately stop individuals and societies from realizing their potential,” Murdoch explained in the video. “This rigidly enforced conformity, aided and abetted by so-called social media, is a straitjacket on sensibility. Too many people have fought too hard in too many places for freedom of speech to be suppressed by this awful woke orthodoxy.”
The intolerant left has made canceling people who disagree with their world view a cottage industry.
Hall pointed to what he described as Trump being “de-platformed” from the major social media platforms — aka canceling the sitting President of the United Sates — being used to support Murdoch’s claim.
Oddly, everyone conveniently forgets about what the New York Post endured when it broke the story about Hunter Biden’s dubious business dealings in China in the run-up to the election. If that isn’t censorship, the word has no meaning — the subsequent media black out of the story was remarkable in and of itself.
Eager to dispute Murdoch’s “angry woke orthodoxy” assertion, Hall used the assault on the Capitol to justify the action taken by Big Tech beforehand.
“The executives at these privately held companies determined that Trump’s promotion of the lie that the election was stolen was dangerous,” he wrote. “They had good reason for that belief, best evidenced by the ransacking of the Capitol Building — by Trump followers who believed his repeated lies of a stolen election — that killed five people.”
Hall justified the shut down of Twitter’s chief competitor, Parler, saying “the lack of moderation allowed a staggering quantity of death threats to fester on its platform.”
Capitalizing on the actions of a few violent extremists, Big Tech has clamped down on free speech like never before, which is not to say there wasn’t a more subtle campaign already afoot. It is a verifiable fact that conservative websites often watch in real time as content that fails to adhere to the given political narrative of the day is muzzled on Facebook.
Accounts were locked down for little more than sharing a video message from then-President Trump urging protestors to go home, because he expressed his belief that the election was indeed stolen.
But it goes well beyond that, as Democrats and their media allies go about purging Trump supporters by conflating a peaceful rally held before the Capitol riot with the violence that followed.
In casting a wide net, former CIA director John Brennan recently spoke of the Biden administration moving against “an unholy alliance” of alleged insurgents, including “religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 27, 2021
For four long years, Trump supporters — see Republicans — have been called fascists, bigots and racists.
But Hall insists there is no purge.
“Let’s be clear,” he wrote. “Despite the repeated claim, there simply isn’t much evidence conservatives are being censored or stifled for their beliefs. People have been kicked off of platforms for pushing dangerous misinformation. If Murdoch wants to argue that conspiracy theories about the election are “conservative,” that’s another problem. The rule is simple: abide by a basic social contract of not calling for people to be executed or amplifying a dangerous lie that sparks violent riots and yeah, you can keep on keeping on.”
Hyperbole aside, this is a standard that doesn’t apply to the left — as Sen. Rand Paul noted this week in citing the rhetoric of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.
Conservative actor James Woods, who has battled with Twitter for several years, may also disagree with Hall.
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