CNN’s Oliver Darcy calls for sweeping Twitter censorship – starting with Trump
There is little dispute that liberals dominate the media landscape, including pop culture, the national news media as well as social media outlets that are increasingly important to conservative content producers seeking a way to inject information and ideas into the broader political discourse.
But for some, the left’s stranglehold can never be tight enough.
Consider CNN’s Oliver Darcy, taking aim at President Donald Trump’s Twitter account and its 89 million followers.
Darcy, who inexplicably once worked for Glenn Beck’s The Blaze network before becoming a CNN pundit and frequent contributor to the network’s laughably named “Reliable Sources” program, wrote in CNN’s newsletter on the media industry, “Nearly every tweet from the president at this point is labeled for misinfo. Which had me thinking, why doesn’t Twitter just take the step of labeling his entire account as a known source of election disinfo? And why stop there? Why not label accounts that repeatedly spread claims the platform has to fact-check?”
We previously discussed the unrelenting drumbeat of censorship in the U.S. Those calls are growing as anti-free speech advocates see an opportunity in the Biden Administration to crackdown on opposing views. One vocal advocate has been CNN's Oliver Darcy. https://t.co/nGvVzqHggn
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) November 30, 2020
Darcy’s comments raise a couple of questions: Why, for instance, doesn’t the “objective” media take more seriously concerns about voting irregularities? After all, we have seen allegations of votes (for Trump in Georgia) that were uncounted before the recounts, testimony about missing USB cards containing votes (Pennsylvania), allegations by poll workers who claimed to be first-hand witnesses of voter fraud (Michigan and Nevada), that at last one swing state accepted votes of people who no longer lived there (Nevada), that bribes were offered to Native Americans in exchange for votes for Joe Biden (Arizona and Nevada), and so on.
Writing at The Federalist, contributor J.B Shurk offered one area that might be ripe for deeper inspection – Biden’s actual vote tallies.
“While Biden underperformed Hillary Clinton’s 2016 totals in every urban county in the United States, he outperformed her in the metropolitan areas of Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Even more surprising, the former VP put up a record haul of votes, despite Democrats’ general failures in local House and state legislative seats across the nation,” he wrote. “He accomplished all this after receiving a record low share of the primary vote compared to his Republican opponent heading into the general election.”
Moreover, why is it that the rulings of so-called social media “fact checkers” or labeling by the Big Tech bros to control disinformation always break in one direction? That is, against conservatives.
At a Senate hearing in October, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, asked both Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey if they could name one liberal on their networks who had been censored or sanctioned for spreading falsehoods. Neither could offer a single name.
The problem is a lack of consistency. Twitter, for example, freely allows people to claim the 2016 election was tainted and handed to Trump by Russians who weeded their way into his campaign. That idea is thoroughly discredited, but the tech titans do nothing to stop it.
What Darcy seems to want, of course, is to shut down questions about curious election results to aid Biden’s claims of legitimacy – a courtesy never extended to Trump. But that’s just a first step. The next, naturally, would be to shutter accounts of Trump and anyone else’s who dare question how we got here, or where we’re going
As Dan Gainor, vice president of the conservative Media Research Center, told Fox News about Darcy’s argument: “CNN and the rest of the leftist media won’t be happy until they silence any voice that dares disagree with them. Labeling accounts won’t be considered strong enough by liberals in the press. Then they will want so-called ‘misinformation’ accounts limited and then shut down altogether.”