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Twitter Censors Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene; Greene Fires Back

Twitter censored another member of the U.S. government, but she quickly fired back, calling out Twitter’s hypocrisy.

Twitter suspended Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) for twelve hours Sunday evening, citing “‘multiple violations’ of the company’s civic integrity policy,” according to The New York Times.

The suspension reportedly came after Greene tweeted: “The 1/5 disaster in Georgia lays solely in the hands of state leadership who failed voters in our state. @GaSecofState and @GabrielSterling were begged by Republicans to fix our elections. They did nothing. They are to blame, not me, not @realDonaldTrump, not @CollinsforGA,” according to the Washington Examiner. The tweet included a label that said, “This claim of election fraud is disputed, and this Tweet can’t be replied to, Retweeted, or liked due to a risk of violence.”

Twitter updated its policies in January to say “Any attempts to undermine the integrity of our service is antithetical to our fundamental rights and undermines the core tenets of freedom of expression.” The platform, ironically, called free expression “the value upon which our company is based.”

On Monday morning, Greene fired back at Twitter in a thread. She called out the platform for allowing things like: “Porn,” “Iran’s Ayatollah, who declares his intent to destroy Israel, who is our great ally” and “Hashtags on tweets like #killtrump.” 

She continued: “Yet you continuously abuse conservative’s opinions and free speech by canceling us. You see suspending and banning people every time one of the self appointed twitter police cries “@twittersafety!” when their feelings… are terribly hurt by reading a tweet they disagree with does not make it the right thing to do.”

Twitter banned President Donald Trump from the website following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S Capitol building. Meanwhile, Twitter did not put a label on Iran’s Supreme Leader Imam Sayyid Ali Khamenei’s comments when he advocated for the destruction of Israel. The ayatollah said in a tweet: “The elimination of the Zionist regime does not mean the massacre of the Jewish ppl. The ppl of Palestine should hold a referendum. Any political sys they vote for should govern in all of Palestine. The only remedy until the removal of the Zionist regime is firm, armed resistance.”  

Twitter also allowed Lijian Zhao, the spokesperson for the Information Department of China’s Foreign Ministry to scapegoat the U.S. military as the source of COVID-19. The platform even allowed a video from the Chinese embassy in France entitled “Once Upon a Virus” to be posted on the platform. The video contained several myths and suggested that the Chinese government and the World Health Organization were forthcoming about the virus. They were not.

Conservatives are under attack. Contact Twitter at (415) 222-9670 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency and protections for exploited individuals abroad. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

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Hollywood Fact Check! This Netflix Drama Abandons Truth and Reality

Liberals are constantly telling conservatives they are living in an “alternate reality” whenever they want to shut down discussion of the facts. The hilarious aspect of this is that it is usually the liberals who live in an alternate reality, or reel-ality, since they often rely on movies for their information which turns out to be misinformation.

A recent example of this is the Netflix movie Mank about Hollywood screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz which has been cited over and over again as a realistic portrayal, especially his support of 1934 California gubernatorial candidate of socialist leanings, Upton Sinclair. 

The basic plot of Mank is about the efforts of the heavy drinking Mankiewicz to write the script for “Citizen Kane.” An important subplot and primary reason for the antipathy of Mankiewicz towards William Randolph Hearst upon whom Kane is based is the opposition of the newspaper mogul to Sinclair. 

The problem is that there is no evidence that the real (not “reel”) life Mankiewicz supported Sinclair and in all likelihood didn’t even think about him much one way or the other. Here is a fact check on this from History vs Hollywood:

 

Was Herman Mankiewicz influenced by Upton Sinclair’s run for the governorship of California?

No. The movie’s attempt to tie Herman Mankiewicz to Democrat Upton Sinclair’s loss in the 1934 California gubernatorial race is almost entirely fictional. Sinclair, who was a well-known author and prominent socialist, ran a campaign that challenged the state’s business leaders. He had even written a book outlining his plan, titled I, Governor of California, and How I Ended Poverty: A True Story of the Future. Ultimately, Sinclair lost the race to Republican incumbent Frank Merriam. The movie somewhat downplays the fact that Mankiewicz was an outspoken conservative who staunchly opposed fascism. There’s no evidence that he was a supporter of Upton Sinclair, nor does it make much sense that he would have backed him as a candidate.

It’s true that Mankiewicz was also anti-union and refused to join the Screen Writers Guild. In speaking of joining the union in the film, he tells his brother Joseph (Tom Pelphrey), “You have nothing to lose but your brains.” This dialogue comes almost straight from a full-page ad he took out in Variety opposing the guild (Slate). So, again, it makes little sense that he would sympathize with Upton Sinclair’s viewpoints, or be angry for years over Sinclair’s election loss. The Mank movie uses this as a fabricated explanation as to why his Citizen Kane script presented such negative characterizations of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and his mistress/actress Marion Davies.

As to the “Mank” claim that Mankiewicz was forced to donate to Sinclair’s opponent, again History vs Hollywood sets the record straight:

Did Herman Mankiewicz donate to the campaign of Upton Sinclair’s rival, Frank Merriam?

Yes. Unlike in the Mank movie, there’s no evidence he was unwilling to donate and had to be talked into it by Irving Thalberg as the film implies. Rather, it seems that he made a willing donation in support of Republican Frank Merriam’s campaign.

Finally, did Mankiewicz accidentally influence Irving Thalberg to produce anti-Sinclair newsreels? Again, more sad news fact check for the alternate reel-ality liberals.

Did Herman Mankiewicz indirectly influence Irving Thalberg to produce a series of staged newsreels against Upton Sinclair?

No. This is perhaps the movie’s biggest deviation from reality. While Irving Thalberg did produce three newsreels that were created to crush Upton Sinclair in his campaign against incumbent Frank Merriam for the governorship of California, an offhand comment by Mankiewicz never gave Thalberg the inspiration to make the faked newsreels. Mankiewicz never made such a comment, which in the film he later regrets. The movie also has him finding out that newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst helped fund the newsreels. Mankiewicz is broken up when Upton Sinclair loses the election, and the film implies he’s distraught over it for years. It becomes the driving force behind him writing Citizen Kane and creating the movie’s negative characterization of Hearst. This is complete fiction.

We know that in reality (as opposed to reel-ality) the invitations to Hearst’s San Simeon parties most likely started drying up due to the drunken antics of Mankiewicz including making disgusting smelly messes on the floor which  “Mank” showed yet emphasized the non-existent motivation of support for Sinclair for his anger at Hearst. 

Among the worst purveyors of the Mankiewicz as Upton Sinclair sympathizer myth has been Variety magazine which for months has been slobbering over both “Mank” and the Herman Mankiewicz who did not exist. The last example was by Tim Gray on Friday in “David Fincher on ‘Mank’: ‘ I Don’t Want Sympathy for Mankiewicz, I Want Empathy’”

In September 1934, Variety said a KNX radio poll showed Sinclair leading 2-to-1 over Republican candidate Frank Merriam. On the same page, Mayer in Paris said if Sinclair is elected, “it would plunge the state’s industries into chaos.” So Mayer used MGM talent to create propaganda films to undermine Sinclair.

The “Mank” script shows how Mankiewicz was affected by that turnaround, but director Fincher didn’t want to overexplain.

He probably didn’t want to “overexplain” because Mankiewicz was not motivated at all by the candidacy of Upton Sinclair.

“Upton Sinclair was a big deal,” says Fincher. “He was like Bernie Sanders and Studs Terkel, a formidable person. But we didn’t want to stop and give the audience a history lesson of who he was. We needed to give audiences the brushstrokes and move on.”

Upton Sinclair might have been a big deal for the producers of “Mank” but for the real life Mankiewicz he was insignificant. An inconvenient fact that alternate reality liberals such as those at Variety prefer to overlook by somehow believing that “Mank” represents the truth.

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Hollywood Fact Check! This Netflix Drama Abandons Truth and Reality

Liberals are constantly telling conservatives they are living in an “alternate reality” whenever they want to shut down discussion of the facts. The hilarious aspect of this is that it is usually the liberals who live in an alternate reality, or reel-ality, since they often rely on movies for their information which turns out to be misinformation.

A recent example of this is the Netflix movie Mank about Hollywood screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz which has been cited over and over again as a realistic portrayal, especially his support of 1934 California gubernatorial candidate of socialist leanings, Upton Sinclair. 

The basic plot of Mank is about the efforts of the heavy drinking Mankiewicz to write the script for “Citizen Kane.” An important subplot and primary reason for the antipathy of Mankiewicz towards William Randolph Hearst upon whom Kane is based is the opposition of the newspaper mogul to Sinclair. 

The problem is that there is no evidence that the real (not “reel”) life Mankiewicz supported Sinclair and in all likelihood didn’t even think about him much one way or the other. Here is a fact check on this from History vs Hollywood:

 

Was Herman Mankiewicz influenced by Upton Sinclair’s run for the governorship of California?

No. The movie’s attempt to tie Herman Mankiewicz to Democrat Upton Sinclair’s loss in the 1934 California gubernatorial race is almost entirely fictional. Sinclair, who was a well-known author and prominent socialist, ran a campaign that challenged the state’s business leaders. He had even written a book outlining his plan, titled I, Governor of California, and How I Ended Poverty: A True Story of the Future. Ultimately, Sinclair lost the race to Republican incumbent Frank Merriam. The movie somewhat downplays the fact that Mankiewicz was an outspoken conservative who staunchly opposed fascism. There’s no evidence that he was a supporter of Upton Sinclair, nor does it make much sense that he would have backed him as a candidate.

It’s true that Mankiewicz was also anti-union and refused to join the Screen Writers Guild. In speaking of joining the union in the film, he tells his brother Joseph (Tom Pelphrey), “You have nothing to lose but your brains.” This dialogue comes almost straight from a full-page ad he took out in Variety opposing the guild (Slate). So, again, it makes little sense that he would sympathize with Upton Sinclair’s viewpoints, or be angry for years over Sinclair’s election loss. The Mank movie uses this as a fabricated explanation as to why his Citizen Kane script presented such negative characterizations of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and his mistress/actress Marion Davies.

As to the “Mank” claim that Mankiewicz was forced to donate to Sinclair’s opponent, again History vs Hollywood sets the record straight:

Did Herman Mankiewicz donate to the campaign of Upton Sinclair’s rival, Frank Merriam?

Yes. Unlike in the Mank movie, there’s no evidence he was unwilling to donate and had to be talked into it by Irving Thalberg as the film implies. Rather, it seems that he made a willing donation in support of Republican Frank Merriam’s campaign.

Finally, did Mankiewicz accidentally influence Irving Thalberg to produce anti-Sinclair newsreels? Again, more sad news fact check for the alternate reel-ality liberals.

Did Herman Mankiewicz indirectly influence Irving Thalberg to produce a series of staged newsreels against Upton Sinclair?

No. This is perhaps the movie’s biggest deviation from reality. While Irving Thalberg did produce three newsreels that were created to crush Upton Sinclair in his campaign against incumbent Frank Merriam for the governorship of California, an offhand comment by Mankiewicz never gave Thalberg the inspiration to make the faked newsreels. Mankiewicz never made such a comment, which in the film he later regrets. The movie also has him finding out that newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst helped fund the newsreels. Mankiewicz is broken up when Upton Sinclair loses the election, and the film implies he’s distraught over it for years. It becomes the driving force behind him writing Citizen Kane and creating the movie’s negative characterization of Hearst. This is complete fiction.

We know that in reality (as opposed to reel-ality) the invitations to Hearst’s San Simeon parties most likely started drying up due to the drunken antics of Mankiewicz including making disgusting smelly messes on the floor which  “Mank” showed yet emphasized the non-existent motivation of support for Sinclair for his anger at Hearst. 

Among the worst purveyors of the Mankiewicz as Upton Sinclair sympathizer myth has been Variety magazine which for months has been slobbering over both “Mank” and the Herman Mankiewicz who did not exist. The last example was by Tim Gray on Friday in “David Fincher on ‘Mank’: ‘ I Don’t Want Sympathy for Mankiewicz, I Want Empathy’”

In September 1934, Variety said a KNX radio poll showed Sinclair leading 2-to-1 over Republican candidate Frank Merriam. On the same page, Mayer in Paris said if Sinclair is elected, “it would plunge the state’s industries into chaos.” So Mayer used MGM talent to create propaganda films to undermine Sinclair.

The “Mank” script shows how Mankiewicz was affected by that turnaround, but director Fincher didn’t want to overexplain.

He probably didn’t want to “overexplain” because Mankiewicz was not motivated at all by the candidacy of Upton Sinclair.

“Upton Sinclair was a big deal,” says Fincher. “He was like Bernie Sanders and Studs Terkel, a formidable person. But we didn’t want to stop and give the audience a history lesson of who he was. We needed to give audiences the brushstrokes and move on.”

Upton Sinclair might have been a big deal for the producers of “Mank” but for the real life Mankiewicz he was insignificant. An inconvenient fact that alternate reality liberals such as those at Variety prefer to overlook by somehow believing that “Mank” represents the truth.

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AP Decries Apple, Google and Others for Hosting Podcast ‘Extremism’

The left has apparently turned to podcasts as yet another source of “misinformation” with few social media platforms left for them to chastise. 

AP News called podcasts “a loophole in social moderation.” The wire service balked at the idea of allowing podcast listeners to “tune into the world of the QAnon conspiracy theory, wallow in President Donald Trump’s false claims of a stolen election and bask in other extremism.”

AP continued: “Major social platforms have been cracking down on the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories in the leadup to the presidential election, and expanded their efforts in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. But Apple and Google, among others, have left open a major loophole for this material: Podcasts.”

AP provided several examples of podcasts it deemed to be extremist. “Conspiracy theorists have peddled stolen-election fantasies, coronavirus conspiracies and violent rhetoric. One podcaster, RedPill78, called the Capitol siege a ‘staged event’ in a Jan. 11 episode of Red Pill News. The day before the Capitol riot, a more popular podcast, X22 Report, spoke confidently about a Trump second term, explained that Trump would need to ‘remove’ many members of Congress to further his plans, and said ‘We the people, we are the storm, and we’re coming to DC,’” AP reported. 

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, Reddit, TikTok and even Shopify have all censored President Donald Trump. Apple and Google’s app stores dumped the free speech-oriented Parler app, and Amazon went so far as to remove the app from its web hosting services. But, of course, all of this censorship has still not been enough for some in the liberal media. In fact, the hosts of CNN’s Morning Joe called for Facebook to be “shut down” for the “insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. 

Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

 

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CBS: ‘So Many’ Are So Proud of Kamala Harris: ‘How Will You Support Her?’

The abrupt switch from media attack dogs to stenographers for power was always going to be jarring. But get ready for “democracy dying in darkness” giving way to “everything is swell.” CBS This Morning on Monday cheered on Kamala Harris by talking to the Vice President-elect’s former sorority sisters. The full-on puff piece featured Gayle King insisting that “so many” are so proud of the Democrat. 

Of course, no mention was made of just how liberal Harris is. Instead, reporter Michelle Miller asked questions like this: “How are you going to support your line sister as she becomes vice president?”

 

 

One sorority sister gushed, “She’s an authentic person, and she works hard, and she’s an inspiration.” And all of this is fine — these women are justifiably excited their friend will be vice president — but such cheering has been noticeably absent for the last four years or whenever a Republican is president.  

King closed the segment by insisting everyone should laud the powerful Democrat: “This is the thing — I don’t think whether you went to AKA or weren’t in a sorority, so many people are proud of Kamala Harris.”

The Democratic propaganda on CBS was sponsored by Hyundai. Click in the link to let them know what you think. 

A partial transcript is below. Click “expand” to read more. 

CBS This Morning 
1/18/2021
8:44 AM ET 

KAMALA HARRIS: Family is my beloved alpha kappa alpha, our divine nine, and my HBCU brothers and sisters. 

GAYLE KING: She talks about the AKAs often. Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris has never been shy about sharing her love for her sorority and her alma mater. That’s Howard University. Harris is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, also known as AKAs, that’s why the graphic was pink and green, their colors. It was the country’s first black sorority. She graduated from the historically black university in 1986 with a degree in political science and economics. CBS this morning Saturday co-host Michelle Miller, who’s also a Howard graduate, went back there and talked to some of the women who joined the sorority with Harris about how those early years shaped her. 

MICHELLE MILLER: All were initiated with Kamala Harris back in 1986. There’s something distinctive about a sorority at an HBCU. 

Alpha kappa alpha sorority, inc., like all black fraternities and sororities, were formed to bring social change at a time when African-Americans were denied essential rights and privileges. 

KAMALA HARRIS: I’m home when I see you guys. 

MILLER: The Vice President-Elect reunited with her initiation class via zoom on founder’s day, AKA’s 113th anniversary. 

HARRIS: When people who are not us see us, they see the love and the sisterhood that is so enduring. 

MILLER: But members of AKAhad been on the campaign trail all along. When people started seeing on the trail, online, 1908, 1908, pink and green this, pink and green that, they were like, where did all these women come from? 

MONIQUE POYDRAS: We were a secret weapon. We were a collective that nobody knew about because our sorority, we have close to 300,000 members. We have 1,000 chapters. 

MILLER: Did she ever say “I want to be president of the United States one day?” 

POYDRAS: No. She had characteristics that —  of a leader. Kamala’s tended to kind of stand out. 

DR. ELAINE WITTER: She was the person who would come into the room and say “What needs to be done,” and would get down to it. 

MILLER: How are you going to support your line sister as she becomes vice president? 

WITTER: Same way we’ve supported her through this entire journey as she has risen from San Francisco, district attorney, to attorney general of California. 

POYDRAS: She’s an authentic person, and she works hard, and she’s an inspiration. 

WITTER: I think that young women today looking at Kamala Harris have to have an immense sense of overwhelming pride. I think it gives them a sense that there’s nothing they can’t do. 

MILLER: : Full disclosure, I’m an honorary member of AK, and was just a few years behind Kamala Harris at Howard university. Didn’t know her personally. But her figure loomed large on the yard as we say. We should note that Howard will recognize the swearing-in on Wednesday by ringing the bells of the clock tower atop Founders Library 49 times to honor the 49th vice president of the United States. Tony? 

TONY DOKOUPIL: I’m glad you had that full disclosure, Michelle. We were going to call you out on that. 

KING: I like that you’re an honorary member — 

MILLER: I’m wearing my pink. 

KING: I noticed. We noticed, Michelle Miller. This is the thing — I don’t think whether you went to AKA or weren’t in a sorority, so many people are proud of Kamala Harris. I love the interview she did yesterday with Jane Pauley on Sunday morning. At one point she was running for student government and they were saying, “Not your time, not your time.” and she says whenever people tell her no she eats no for breakfast. I like that way of thinking. Eats no for breakfast. 

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CBS: ‘So Many’ Are So Proud of Kamala Harris: ‘How Will You Support Her?’

The abrupt switch from media attack dogs to stenographers for power was always going to be jarring. But get ready for “democracy dying in darkness” giving way to “everything is swell.” CBS This Morning on Monday cheered on Kamala Harris by talking to the Vice President-elect’s former sorority sisters. The full-on puff piece featured Gayle King insisting that “so many” are so proud of the Democrat. 

Of course, no mention was made of just how liberal Harris is. Instead, reporter Michelle Miller asked questions like this: “How are you going to support your line sister as she becomes vice president?”

 

 

One sorority sister gushed, “She’s an authentic person, and she works hard, and she’s an inspiration.” And all of this is fine — these women are justifiably excited their friend will be vice president — but such cheering has been noticeably absent for the last four years or whenever a Republican is president.  

King closed the segment by insisting everyone should laud the powerful Democrat: “This is the thing — I don’t think whether you went to AKA or weren’t in a sorority, so many people are proud of Kamala Harris.”

The Democratic propaganda on CBS was sponsored by Hyundai. Click in the link to let them know what you think. 

A partial transcript is below. Click “expand” to read more. 

CBS This Morning 
1/18/2021
8:44 AM ET 

KAMALA HARRIS: Family is my beloved alpha kappa alpha, our divine nine, and my HBCU brothers and sisters. 

GAYLE KING: She talks about the AKAs often. Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris has never been shy about sharing her love for her sorority and her alma mater. That’s Howard University. Harris is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, also known as AKAs, that’s why the graphic was pink and green, their colors. It was the country’s first black sorority. She graduated from the historically black university in 1986 with a degree in political science and economics. CBS this morning Saturday co-host Michelle Miller, who’s also a Howard graduate, went back there and talked to some of the women who joined the sorority with Harris about how those early years shaped her. 

MICHELLE MILLER: All were initiated with Kamala Harris back in 1986. There’s something distinctive about a sorority at an HBCU. 

Alpha kappa alpha sorority, inc., like all black fraternities and sororities, were formed to bring social change at a time when African-Americans were denied essential rights and privileges. 

KAMALA HARRIS: I’m home when I see you guys. 

MILLER: The Vice President-Elect reunited with her initiation class via zoom on founder’s day, AKA’s 113th anniversary. 

HARRIS: When people who are not us see us, they see the love and the sisterhood that is so enduring. 

MILLER: But members of AKAhad been on the campaign trail all along. When people started seeing on the trail, online, 1908, 1908, pink and green this, pink and green that, they were like, where did all these women come from? 

MONIQUE POYDRAS: We were a secret weapon. We were a collective that nobody knew about because our sorority, we have close to 300,000 members. We have 1,000 chapters. 

MILLER: Did she ever say “I want to be president of the United States one day?” 

POYDRAS: No. She had characteristics that —  of a leader. Kamala’s tended to kind of stand out. 

DR. ELAINE WITTER: She was the person who would come into the room and say “What needs to be done,” and would get down to it. 

MILLER: How are you going to support your line sister as she becomes vice president? 

WITTER: Same way we’ve supported her through this entire journey as she has risen from San Francisco, district attorney, to attorney general of California. 

POYDRAS: She’s an authentic person, and she works hard, and she’s an inspiration. 

WITTER: I think that young women today looking at Kamala Harris have to have an immense sense of overwhelming pride. I think it gives them a sense that there’s nothing they can’t do. 

MILLER: : Full disclosure, I’m an honorary member of AK, and was just a few years behind Kamala Harris at Howard university. Didn’t know her personally. But her figure loomed large on the yard as we say. We should note that Howard will recognize the swearing-in on Wednesday by ringing the bells of the clock tower atop Founders Library 49 times to honor the 49th vice president of the United States. Tony? 

TONY DOKOUPIL: I’m glad you had that full disclosure, Michelle. We were going to call you out on that. 

KING: I like that you’re an honorary member — 

MILLER: I’m wearing my pink. 

KING: I noticed. We noticed, Michelle Miller. This is the thing — I don’t think whether you went to AKA or weren’t in a sorority, so many people are proud of Kamala Harris. I love the interview she did yesterday with Jane Pauley on Sunday morning. At one point she was running for student government and they were saying, “Not your time, not your time.” and she says whenever people tell her no she eats no for breakfast. I like that way of thinking. Eats no for breakfast. 

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Liberal Tech Journos Declare War on Apps for Free Speech and Privacy

Despite months of fiery riots from the far-left, private communication app Signal and free speech app Telegram have come under fire after a single day of rioting in the U.S. Capitol building. 

Big Tech companies are censorious enough, but far left groups are pressuring them to be even worse. “A Washington nonprofit group sued Apple in federal court Sunday, demanding that it remove Telegram, a chat and social media app, from its app store for failing to crack down on violent, extremist conversation in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol,” The Washington Post reported Jan. 17. The Post explained further that the nonprofit Coalition for a Safer Web’s suit “amounts to a pressure tactic to get Apple to act against Telegram as it already has against Parler.” Big Tech companies crippled Parler by both removing it from the app store (meaning it could no longer downloaded or used via phones), then denied hosting services so it couldn’t be a viable website.

The coalition’s leader, President of Coalition for a Safer Web Marc Ginsberg, suggested “his ownership of an iPhone gives him standing to sue Apple in federal court to require that the company enforce its terms of service barring hate speech and incitement to violence on apps carried by the App Store,” The Post summarized.

The suit “alleges negligent infliction of emotional distress and violation of the California business code, and seeks unspecified compensatory damages and an injunction requiring Apple to remove Telegram from its app store,” The Post summarized.

Liberal journalist and free speech advocate Glenn Greenwald tweeted his frustration that journalists, particularly tech journalists, rather than serving as the vanguard of spree speech and privacy advocacy, are instead firmly on the side of the censors:

“The 3 journalistic units most devoted to demanding online censorship are CNN’s media reporters, NBC’s ‘disinformation team,’ and NYT’s tech reporters.”

Greenwald linked to an article by The New York Times explaining how “The rise of Telegram and Signal could inflame the debate over encryption, which helps protect the privacy of people’s digital communications but can stymie the authorities in crime investigations because conversations are hidden.” The article engaged in typical pearl-clutching over the fact that censored conservatives are now flocking to alternative platforms:

“Telegram has been particularly popular for those on the far right because it mimics social media. So after Facebook and Twitter limited Mr. Trump on their services last week and other companies began pulling their support from Parler, far-right groups on Parler and other fringe social networks posted links to new Telegram channels and urged people to join them there.”

Conservatives are under attack. Contact your local representative and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form and help us hold Big Tech accountable

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Liberal Tech Journos Declare War on Apps for Free Speech and Privacy

Despite months of fiery riots from the far-left, private communication app Signal and free speech app Telegram have come under fire after a single day of rioting in the U.S. Capitol building. 

Big Tech companies are censorious enough, but far left groups are pressuring them to be even worse. “A Washington nonprofit group sued Apple in federal court Sunday, demanding that it remove Telegram, a chat and social media app, from its app store for failing to crack down on violent, extremist conversation in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol,” The Washington Post reported Jan. 17. The Post explained further that the nonprofit Coalition for a Safer Web’s suit “amounts to a pressure tactic to get Apple to act against Telegram as it already has against Parler.” Big Tech companies crippled Parler by both removing it from the app store (meaning it could no longer downloaded or used via phones), then denied hosting services so it couldn’t be a viable website.

The coalition’s leader, President of Coalition for a Safer Web Marc Ginsberg, suggested “his ownership of an iPhone gives him standing to sue Apple in federal court to require that the company enforce its terms of service barring hate speech and incitement to violence on apps carried by the App Store,” The Post summarized.

The suit “alleges negligent infliction of emotional distress and violation of the California business code, and seeks unspecified compensatory damages and an injunction requiring Apple to remove Telegram from its app store,” The Post summarized.

Liberal journalist and free speech advocate Glenn Greenwald tweeted his frustration that journalists, particularly tech journalists, rather than serving as the vanguard of spree speech and privacy advocacy, are instead firmly on the side of the censors:

“The 3 journalistic units most devoted to demanding online censorship are CNN’s media reporters, NBC’s ‘disinformation team,’ and NYT’s tech reporters.”

Greenwald linked to an article by The New York Times explaining how “The rise of Telegram and Signal could inflame the debate over encryption, which helps protect the privacy of people’s digital communications but can stymie the authorities in crime investigations because conversations are hidden.” The article engaged in typical pearl-clutching over the fact that censored conservatives are now flocking to alternative platforms:

“Telegram has been particularly popular for those on the far right because it mimics social media. So after Facebook and Twitter limited Mr. Trump on their services last week and other companies began pulling their support from Parler, far-right groups on Parler and other fringe social networks posted links to new Telegram channels and urged people to join them there.”

Conservatives are under attack. Contact your local representative and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form and help us hold Big Tech accountable

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Oh Please! NY Times Gushes Over Kamala’s Family: ‘Madam V.P. Auntie’

Sunday’s big news story: Kamala Harris’s family? Yes. During this evidently slow news period, the lead National section story in Sunday’s New York Times is “Meet the Groundbreaking New Second Family.

This “news” story is by Jessica Bennett, described as “a Times editor at large covering women and culture. She writes about personalities, politics, social trends and the workplace — through a gender lens.” (Does she ever: Bennett has also defended, in nauseating fashion, disgraced Democratic Rep. Katie Hill, polyamorous sexual relationships involving a campaign staffer, and possibly her legislative director as well.)

When Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president, she will represent many firsts: First woman vice president. First Black woman. First woman of Indian descent. But there is another milestone that will be on display: that of her family.

As Ms. Harris ascends to this barrier-breaking role, with her loved ones looking on, millions of Americans will see a more expansive version of the American family staring back at them — one that could broaden rigid ideas of politically palatable family dynamics or gender roles.

Her family is ready for the moment. Ms. Harris’s niece, Meena Harris, has been sporting a “Vice President Aunty” T-shirt in the lead-up. Her stepdaughter, Ella Emhoff, an art student in New York, planned to knit a suit for the occasion (she opted for a dress). Kerstin Emhoff, the mother of Ms. Harris’s stepchildren — yes, Ms. Harris and her husband’s ex are friends — may tuck a sprig of sage in her purse; she is quite sure the Capitol could use a smudging.

The hard-bidden journalism didn’t stop there, as Harris is patted on the back for having relatives:

For his part, Mr. Emhoff — who, during much of the Democratic primary, had a sticker on his phone case that read “A Woman’s Place is in the White House” — seems to have no problem playing the role of supportive husband. When asked by a 9-year-old last fall what he would do if his wife became vice president, he replied, “I’m just gonna do what I always do … I’m going to support her.”

….

They passed the time with games, karaoke, food — and waited, anxiously, for the official results of an election that would catapult this family unit to a greater level of visibility. “There was one night that just turned into a dance party,” Cole said.

In other words, just a family hanging out — hoping for history to be made.

….                                          

The life they knew before will cease to exist in just a few short days — but they will try to to maintain some normalcy. Doug and Kamala are the only members of the immediate family who will live in Washington full-time. Sunday dinners — a family tradition that now takes place over Zoom — will continue, though Ms. Harris may have slightly less time to make her famous chiles rellenos in her new role.

The warm, women’s magazine tone extended to the end. Well, at least some people won’t be condemned for mispronouncing the soon-to-be Veep’s first name:

Ms. Harris is still “Momala” to her stepchildren and “Auntie” to her nieces, nephews and godchildren. And Meena Harris has learned not to experiment with calling her aunt “Kamala.”

“She will whip her head around. She’s like, ‘My name is Auntie, and I will not have you calling me Kamala!’”

She’s got a new name, anyway, Meena said: Madam V.P. Auntie.

News you can use, truly. As a bonus, Bennett also conducted an interview with Harris’s step-children: “What’s It Like to Have Kamala Harris As ‘Momala’? We Asked Her Stepkids.”

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Oh Please! NY Times Gushes Over Kamala’s Family: ‘Madam V.P. Auntie’

Sunday’s big news story: Kamala Harris’s family? Yes. During this evidently slow news period, the lead National section story in Sunday’s New York Times is “Meet the Groundbreaking New Second Family.

This “news” story is by Jessica Bennett, described as “a Times editor at large covering women and culture. She writes about personalities, politics, social trends and the workplace — through a gender lens.” (Does she ever: Bennett has also defended, in nauseating fashion, disgraced Democratic Rep. Katie Hill, polyamorous sexual relationships involving a campaign staffer, and possibly her legislative director as well.)

When Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president, she will represent many firsts: First woman vice president. First Black woman. First woman of Indian descent. But there is another milestone that will be on display: that of her family.

As Ms. Harris ascends to this barrier-breaking role, with her loved ones looking on, millions of Americans will see a more expansive version of the American family staring back at them — one that could broaden rigid ideas of politically palatable family dynamics or gender roles.

Her family is ready for the moment. Ms. Harris’s niece, Meena Harris, has been sporting a “Vice President Aunty” T-shirt in the lead-up. Her stepdaughter, Ella Emhoff, an art student in New York, planned to knit a suit for the occasion (she opted for a dress). Kerstin Emhoff, the mother of Ms. Harris’s stepchildren — yes, Ms. Harris and her husband’s ex are friends — may tuck a sprig of sage in her purse; she is quite sure the Capitol could use a smudging.

The hard-bidden journalism didn’t stop there, as Harris is patted on the back for having relatives:

For his part, Mr. Emhoff — who, during much of the Democratic primary, had a sticker on his phone case that read “A Woman’s Place is in the White House” — seems to have no problem playing the role of supportive husband. When asked by a 9-year-old last fall what he would do if his wife became vice president, he replied, “I’m just gonna do what I always do … I’m going to support her.”

….

They passed the time with games, karaoke, food — and waited, anxiously, for the official results of an election that would catapult this family unit to a greater level of visibility. “There was one night that just turned into a dance party,” Cole said.

In other words, just a family hanging out — hoping for history to be made.

….                                          

The life they knew before will cease to exist in just a few short days — but they will try to to maintain some normalcy. Doug and Kamala are the only members of the immediate family who will live in Washington full-time. Sunday dinners — a family tradition that now takes place over Zoom — will continue, though Ms. Harris may have slightly less time to make her famous chiles rellenos in her new role.

The warm, women’s magazine tone extended to the end. Well, at least some people won’t be condemned for mispronouncing the soon-to-be Veep’s first name:

Ms. Harris is still “Momala” to her stepchildren and “Auntie” to her nieces, nephews and godchildren. And Meena Harris has learned not to experiment with calling her aunt “Kamala.”

“She will whip her head around. She’s like, ‘My name is Auntie, and I will not have you calling me Kamala!’”

She’s got a new name, anyway, Meena said: Madam V.P. Auntie.

News you can use, truly. As a bonus, Bennett also conducted an interview with Harris’s step-children: “What’s It Like to Have Kamala Harris As ‘Momala’? We Asked Her Stepkids.”