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Surprising virtually nobody on earth, on Tuesday one of Fox News’ resident liberals, Juan Williams, seemed to admit he vociferously supports cancel culture — so long as it’s applied against his ideological enemies, that is.
His colleague, Greg Gutfeld, began a discussion that afternoon on Fox News’ “The Five” by railing against the left’s growing authoritarian push to silence all dissenting thought.
However, the points he made flew right over Williams’ head.
Watch the full segment below:
“Leftists try to ban books, muzzle conservatives and protest the inclusion of non-liberal voices. They silence businesses, drop entire media platforms, trash careers and toss folks off social networks,” Gutfeld began.
And, he added, leftists defend this behavior by claiming, “Oh, these are private companies” that are performing the censorship, thus meaning it’s perfectly OK.
But it’s not OK.
“It’s really about a new fascist mob out to silence all dissent using the private business as another excuse. And it’s genius. The First Amendment can’t protect you when tech is in business with Uncle Sam, and that’s the system the left now embraces because they can use it against you,” he argued.
Against anyone, really, with a dissenting idea — such as the idea championed by Sen. Rand Paul that the alleged irregularities and fraud seen in the 2020 presidential election still deserve to be scrutinized.
Paul has faced public tarring and feathering from the mainstream press this week for the crime of having reiterated this point during an ABC News appearance over the weekend.
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“It’s cute when [media figures] dismiss investigating our vulnerable election system when they’re still 100 certain Russians took advantage of our vulnerable election system for four years. That was their truth, along with the ‘Trump is Hitler‘ refrain,” Gutfeld continued.
His point was that the left’s ostensible motivation for silencing people — that they need to root out so-called “misinformation” and “disinformation” — is complete bullschiff, because they themselves are the number one purveyors of garbage information.
“Yet no one cancels them. Why is that?” he then asked.
Now cue Williams. Once his turn to speak arrived, he replied not by answering Gutfeld’s question in good faith but rather by playing games.
“I just want to congratulate you for finally coming out against cancel culture, Greg, because as I recall for the last few years, somebody was saying, oh let’s have a boycott of Macy’s, let’s have a boycott of HBO, let’s boycott Goodyear, right?” he said.
“Who, me!?” Gutfeld asked in complete confusion.
“No, that was Donald Trump,” Williams responded.
“That’s not me! Do I look like Donald Trump? Do all white people look alike? He’s orange, and I’m white,” Gutfeld pointed out.
“I’m just saying — Donald Trump, Donald Trump, ‘Let’s boycott Apple!'” Williams said.
“How pathetic,” Gutfeld replied.
Williams then conveniently ignored Gutfeld’s point and instead jumped into the crux of his argument, which was that cancel culture is OK when his side perpetrates it — which, FYI, it does incessantly.
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“Here’s the thing. That’s cancel culture. It’s not cancel culture when you stand up for American democracy,” he said.
“It’s not cancel culture when you say to the 120-plus House Republicans who voted not to certify a free and fair election, to undermine American democracy, when you say to the seven Senate Republicans who did the same, you have damaged American democracy, and you will be held accountable, that’s not cancel culture,” he added.
FYI, it’s perfectly legal and constitutional to challenge the results of an election. Second, it is without a doubt a form of cancel culture to target congressional Republicans for taking advantage of their legal right to challenge an election.
Plus, it’s clear that Williams doesn’t practice this standard fairly and evenly.
“Now do Adam Schiff who lied about having proof of Russian collusion. I don’t want to embarrass you two days in a row,” Gutfeld noted.
“He obviously lied, so we’re going to have to go down the list and impeach everybody or silence them based on your criteria.”
But again, instead of acknowledging Gutfeld’s point about his uneven standards, Williams continued to play games — this time by pointing out how he has a “whole list” of former President Donald Trump’s lies.
In response, fellow show host Jesse Watters jumped in to play some games of his own.
“I’ll see your list, and I’ll raise you one here. I can play this game all day where I pin deaths on Democrats just to shut them up,” he said.
He wasn’t kidding.
See his list below:
- “Fauci lied about masks, and then people died. You want to shut him up?”
- “Nancy said come party in Chinatown, and then people died. You want to shut her up?”
- “How about Joe Biden says there were WMDs in Iraq, people died. You want to shut him up?”
- “How about all the lies that were told about police departments? Thirty fatalities resulted in that. Do we want to have Democrats raise their hand and swear before they get on TV?”
- “Juan, a communist assassinated JFK. What did the Democrats do the next 30 years? They appeased communists. I mean, you’re telling me they want to go to war now against people that have doubts about the elections? What killed more people — the people at the Capitol or communists? Think about that.”
“You want to put the power to the federal government to tell you what a dangerous idea was. If that had happened, you wouldn’t have the civil rights movement, you wouldn’t have the anti-war movement, you wouldn’t have the pro-gay marriage movement. This pendulum, Juan, can swing the other way,” Watters continued.
“Do you want to put a conservative in charge of what dangerous speech is? They can say abortion kills, and then they can shut down and cancel any pro-choice Democrat. You don’t want to go down that road. Have a little integrity, my man.”
A leftist having integrity? In the words of President Joe Biden, “Come on, man!”