To stop the flow of information they disagree with many on the left and the right are begging to be forced into silence by tech giants and government.
By Matt Agorist
August 9, 2018
America is embarking down a deeply troubling path in regard to publishing, sharing, and consuming information. The end of this path is something that tyrannical regimes throughout history have fought vigorously for as it allows them to control the public narrative and ensure ideas that challenge their rule are stomped out of existence forever in a brutal campaign of censorship.
Because we all know what censorship is and the darkness to which it leads, one would think that all free societies would oppose it. However, one would be wrong.
This week, we watched tech giants like Facebook, Google, Apple, and Spotify wipe the vitriolic Alex Jones from the face of their platforms. The power of these four companies wield to effectively wipe out an entire organization all within a 12 hour time frame is as immense as it is chilling. Sadly, because Jones was so vitriolic, this ominous precedent was carried out without resistance and with overwhelming support.
As TFTP reported earlier this week, Jones pushes anti-Muslim rhetoric, plays right along with the two-party paradigm, and serves as little more than a cheerleader for the current president, all while stoking divide all the way along. His words are often hateful and he sometimes spreads outrageous conspiracy theories.
If you don’t like what Alex Jones is saying, do what the majority of people in this country do—don’t listen to him. When you move to silence someone because you disagree with what they say—because it offends you or hurts your feelings—you become an enemy of free speech.
This is exactly what so many on the left are doing as they cheer on the silencing of Jones. But it’s not just the left, the right keeps getting their feelings hurt too, and, according to a new poll, they want the president to shut down entire media organizations.
According to a recent poll by Ipsos, a whopping 43% of Republicans want to give the president the power to shut down any media outlet they would like.
According to the poll, Republicans agree “the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior.” Ironically enough, 12 percent of Democrats agree, along with 21 percent of independents. This is no conspiracy theory either as both the left and the right—including the president—have pondered carrying this out.