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#Twitterfiles show “things that perhaps we suspected were going on but now we know were going on”

#Twitterfiles show “things that perhaps we suspected were going on but now we know were going on”

My appearance on Sinclair’s The National File: “When you stifle one part of the debate, you don’t really have a debate and that’s not what we’re supposed to be about as a society. The media is supposed to be a check on the government. It’s supposed to expose the government, not be a tool of the government.”

“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean people aren’t out to get you.”

That phrase, or variations on it, came to mind when I was interviewed by Sinclair Broadcasting, which owns or operates over one hundred local TV stations, for which it provides content. So a segment may run on dozens of local stations, with the presentation on air by local anchors the same. Sinclair’s The National Desk reached out to me for comment on the the #Twitterfiles, particularly the latest release related to Covid.

Here is an excerpt from the story as run on CBS Austin, but clearly attributted to reporter Kayla Gaskins at The National Desk, New Twitter Files show White House pushed for censorship of dissenting voices on COVID:

The White House and COVID-19 management are at the center of another batch of Twitter’s internal company documents. Journalist David Zweig released the documents Monday in the same style as the previous document dumps: through a Twitter thread.

The tweets show pressure from the White House on Twitter to control dissenting viewpoints on the pandemic.

Google, Facebook and Microsoft were also reportedly targeted by top government officials to censor dissent.

“This sheds a dramatic light on things that perhaps we suspected were going on but now we know were going on,” said William Jacobson, a professor at Cornell Law School.

According to Zweig, attempts to control pandemic-related online content began with the Trump White House’s attempts to mitigate panic buying. The pressure continued when President Joe Biden took office with the focus shifting to suppressing “anti-vaxxers.”

“These were political issues that they were intervening on and they were preventing the debate from taking place on the single most influential platform for political discussion, which is Twitter,” Jacobson said….

In the thread, Zweig tweeted that “the United States government pressured Twitter and other social media platforms to elevate certain content and suppress other content about COVID-19.” …

“When you stifle one part of the debate, you don’t really have a debate and that’s not what we’re supposed to be about as a society,” Jacobson pointed out. “The media is supposed to be a check on the government. It’s supposed to expose the government, not be a tool of the government.”

There’s a meme running in various forms on Twitter, it goes something like this:

“What’s the difference between a conspiracy theory and proven fact? About 6 months.”

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If it was up to me, Professor J. and his team would receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It is richly deserved.

Being a former employee of one of the companies mentioned above, I assure you the government beat them with a feather to make them comply with censoring content that wasn’t aligned to the “message.”

Remember Mark Penn…. WTF qualifies him to be a VP at a tech company? His key deliverable was a ghost written monthly (sometimes not even that) newsletter. Jesus- it’s about as transparent has Chelsea Clinton managing a hedge fund.

More than anything else its demonstrating just how little the GOPe RINOs CARE about the fact that the left openly censored contrary opinions and conservatives.

This is one of the easiest political layups imaginable for conservative political figures – Elon already did the work for you!

And yet not a SINGLE ONE in any position of authority is calling for any consequences for the FBI or the CDC or any of the others involved.

    I suspect they’re all compromised and being blackmailed by the three letter agencies.

    gonzotx in reply to Olinser. | December 28, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    They just gave them 600 million….

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to Olinser. | December 28, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    One can be sure that if there is any call for consequences, that the GOPe will be standing alongside the Democrats fighting against any sanctions.

    The State controlled Media acts as a Ministry of Propaganda.
    The electoral system has been corrupted and cannot be trusted in any way.
    The Legal/Judicial system will not do anything to enforce the law or the Constitution.
    We have a functional one-Party Congress.

    Sounds like a typical totalitarian state to me.

    Subotai Bahadur

Can the new legislature do anything to withhold the monies voted on, I mean most of them?
Somehow Dems always find a way to do it
With a lot of rino help

The duty of the press is to comfort the comfortable, and afflict the afflicted. At least when their side is in charge.

“What’s the difference between a conspiracy theory and proven fact? About 6 months.”

It’s too bad there’s no strip-mall-storefront market niche for political psychics. I could continue to earn income in my retirement.

Bitterlyclinging | December 29, 2022 at 9:38 am

HBO created a documentary film recreating the events of the Wannsee Conference. Carefully edited notes by Adolf Eichmann about the proceedings known as the Wannsee Protocol was likely the basis for the HBO documentary. In the film, “Conspiracy” Reinhard Heydrich notes that all the participants were “Bearers of secrets” then adds “Controlling information controls opinion”
Interesting that Americas FBI, the Democratic Party’s KGB/Stasi has adopted Nazi methods

Who has been reading/listening to Whitney Webb?
“One Nation Under Blackmail”
Eye opening, with receipts.

Instead of allowing many divergent voices the major social media companies have followed the path of legacy media towards creating a homogeneous, orthodox set of approved narratives. Anyone halfway paying attention has long since figured this out. The real problem is the number of voluntarily apathetic and disinterested people. They don’t want to have their comfortable, snug ideology upended. It’s much easier to be a cog in the machine, unknowing and ill informed by choice. When presented with uncomfortable facts then one must make decisions. Decisions have consequences which might not be pleasant so they avoid learning any facts.

Musk purchasing Twitter and providing a look under the hood about the lengths the prior management went to in order to suppress and censor heterodox views is a threat. Not just to the vested powerful interests but to the average person who rejected other views. They don’t want to lose their comfortable place on the couch by learning that portions of their beliefs were lies. More importantly they don’t want to be forced to make a decision to act or be passive. Either is suboptimal because to act reveals they were duped to remain passive reveals their cowardice.

    Tionico in reply to CommoChief. | December 30, 2022 at 1:07 am

    EggZackly. Far too many “AMericans” simply want someone else to make their decisions for them. This not only absolves them from any real responsibility it shifts the blame for “unpleasant” outcomes off to “them”. Prison used to be referred to as “three hots and a cot”. Today’s “education” system products are much like that. Unable to reason and make decisions based on fact, they simply want to be left alone.
    With the gummit responses to and cures for da covid forced upon folks, they are NOT responsibie for any outcome.

No, we knew these things were going on. Now we have the proof, which for those brainwashed to think so, forms the basis for a strong, hypothetical legal case that is necessary to know anything. Thank God my knowledge of things is not so limited, or else I would shudder in a dark closet all day nursing my ignorance.

Democrat party linked deep state operatives have been embedded in all audio, video, and print media companies for decades. Now we see these operatives embedded in social media, too. Now they are deployed to inflict pain and suffering on American citizens.

A hair off topic, but this article does pertain to media slanting the narrative…

A month or so ago, there was a post from “Tiki” claiming that archive.org “moved news articles questioning Biden’s competence to its [noindex] servers…. Essentially renditioning unapproved speech to unsearchable server clusters.”

If “Tiki” is viewing this, I’d appreciate a citation to this claim with more context, as archive.org denies such action. I can’t find anything on the web that seems to match this claim.

Thank you!

    This is the banned article link:

    https://archive.org/details/doesjoebidenhavedimentia

    The story is not on the wide web because ARK did it to MY account. I didn’t raise a ruckus about it.

    I did start calling ARK Archivist Jason Scott a fascist on archive.org and nearly got my account banned. Political operators within organization first banned most of my uploads – including public domain books. Then they unbanned all of my uploads.

    I posted the Forbes article from the capture made of the webpage stored on archive.org’s WAYBACKMACHINE. It occupies one capture from the morning Forbes posted the article – later that same day the article is unavailable on WBM captures. A seemingly very managed affair.

    https://web.archive.org/web/2020*/https://www.forbes.com/sites/ebauer/2020/03/11/does-joe-biden-have-dementia-does-it-matter/

    I posted this page with links to a webpage controlled by Fascist Jason Scott

    https://archive.org/details/woke-cancel-culture

    https://anarchivism.org/w/Jason_Scott_Talks

    Another archivist fascist here:

    https://archive.org/details/deemphasize

    The short story.

    Forbes mag. published a article “does joe biden have dementia? does it matter? A snap twitter mob (astroturfed) canceled the article as it was trending. Forbes pulled the article. I pulled the article from the waybackmachine and posted it on archive.org’s “community texts” That is the default location for texts, docs, public domain books. Software, audio and video go elsewhere. Time pased by. I don’t recall the exact date that I noticed the article was removed from community texts to “offcenter and not mainstream” and “de-emphasized” which is ark’s euphemistic way of saying censored [noindexed].

    So i screencapped Jason Scott’s ABOUT page, labeled him a fascist and posted it to the top of the freshly banned article. Someone with access to internal indexing noticed my new label and snap-banned my whole account sans a couple Public Domain books. At no time during the whole affairs was I warned by ARK via my email account. Then a few days later my account was restored. Everything. But the banned article remained sequested index-banned

      Tiki in reply to Tiki. | December 29, 2022 at 4:26 pm

      I then reposted the same article on a new page on community texts. It remains unbanned. The original page is still banned.

      I then set about to provoke the fascist Jason Scott and his fascist allies at archive.org. I posted books with titles like Ruth Sent Us or Progressive [in]Breeding. Those books are three or four page pamphlets. Ruth Sent Us describes Ginsberg as a moderate and peace loving woman co-opted by violent, militant leftwing fascists. I never finished it. Just a concept. I cut and pasted the supreme court’s website biography into the book.. No one could possibly cite it as anti-Semitic or anti anything.

      And then Musk bought Twitter. Eucatastrophe. The woke fascist Jason Scott wonders how exposed he is now. Funny how anarchists are always nasty Bolsheviks. See also Nestor Makhno of the Green Guards.

    archive.org/details/offcenter

    Jason Scott’s [noindex] archipelago at archive.org. This is were he sent Forbes’ reposted mainstream article.

    Be warned! lots of nasty porn is sequestered there.

      henrybowman in reply to Tiki. | December 29, 2022 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you for the complete and concise context.
      I found classics such as Edward Bernays’ “Propaganda,” Walter Block’s “A Libertarian Case for Free Immigration,” the Baltimore Catechism, and even Solzhenitsyn’s titanic classic “Gulag Archipelago” quarantined in this… digital gulag. This should not stand.

2nd Ammendment Mother | December 29, 2022 at 11:08 am

The major problem is the assumption is that the current kerfuffle with Twitter and Feds is something new. The prevailing mythology is “once upon a time” the media were champions of the little man and serious investigators and antagonists of the government. Exactly what evidence do we have that Woodward, Bernstein, Cronkite, Reasoner, etc were not also publishing what the government preferred.
We do know that coverage of the Korean and Vietnam wars and involvement in Cambodia and Laos were heavily controlled and edited “for security reasons”. It really is far fetched that after 50 years, there are any questions about the assassination of Kennedy. The more we learn about Ruby Ridge, Waco, Holder’s Fast & Furious scheme and the obviously illegal actions against the Bundy family in Nevada, the clearer it is how far the government is willing to go to advance it’s objectives.

The safer assumption is for the current Twitter revelations is the continuation of something that has always been happening, just bigger, more arrogant and much more obvious.

    “Exactly what evidence do we have that Woodward, Bernstein, Cronkite, Reasoner, etc were not also publishing what the government preferred.”

    Not just “the government,” but the left.

    As a young man, I was very heartened to see how hard W/B worked to take down Nixon for Watergate. When it came time to take down Clinton, all of a sudden, they were apologists. It was then that I realized that only Republican scandals got investigated. And anybody who still doesn’t realize that truth in our post-Hillary-bathroom-server world is on heavy drugs.