One of the greatest travesties of the 20th and 21st centuries thus far has been the mainstream media’s complete ransacking of journalism for their own profit.
What we see today is infotainment, whether it be on CNN’s cable news network, online at places like Infowars, and even on social media, where the concept of a publicly-curated newsfeed is just an illusion backed by sleek algorithms.
And, what’s worse still, is it appears as though our politicians continue to have a hand in this new non-journalistic glut of informative smothering.
According to new files released by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry via his multi-state censorship lawsuit against the Biden administration, the White House requested that Facebook censor Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for expressing criticism of COVID-19 vaccines.
In an email sent to a Facebook employee on April 14, 2021, White House Director of Digital Strategy Rob Flaherty wrote, “Since we’ve been on the phone – the top post about vaccines today is Tucker Carlson saying they don’t work. Yesterday it was Tomi Lahren saying she won’t take one.”
The emails are the latest in a string of revelations about the extent of collusion between the Biden Administration and tech companies to suppress coronavirus debate.
Facebook appeared quite amenable to the suggestion as well.
The emails show Flaherty stating, “This is exactly why I want to know what ‘Reduction’ actually looks like — if ‘reduction’ means ‘pumping our most vaccine hesitant audience with Tucker Carlson saying it doesn’t work, then… I’m not sure it’s reduction!”
Facebook speedily responded, with an employee assuring Flaherty that the company was “running this down.”
In a follow-up email, Facebook also assured the White House that it would censor Robert Kennedy Jr., a vocal vaccine skeptic.
The revelations came shortly before a new release of the Twitter Files, released via journalist and critic of coronavirus policy Alex Berenson, which revealed Pfizer used the same lobbyist as the White House to pressure the platform to suppress debate on coronavirus vaccines.
This sort of behind-the-scenes racketeering of information is itself a form of censorship, where the powerful will always win, and in ways that will keep them from losing their power. It’s a dangerous new media world, that’s for certain, and these sort of emails make the trouble nigh undeniable.