By Daniel John Sobieski
Fascism has arrived in America, that insidious and pernicious combination of privately-owned companies operating in conjunction with and at the direction of a government that has no interest in free elections, only in the means of expanding its power over every aspect of our daily lives, while making these companies rich as they help enslave us to the Deep State.
Jen Psaki, who lied for Hillary Clinton as State Department spokesperson and now lies for the cognitively disabled Joe Biden as White House Press Secretary, has, in a series of pronouncements, admitted the lie that tech tyrants like Facebook, Google, and Twitter are private companies that can do what they want, protected from liability lawsuits by Section 230, confessing that they are state actors directed by the Biden administration to suppress free expression and any opinion deemed hurtful to Team Biden to influence, manipulate, and steal elections. That might as well be agencies in Biden’s cabinet, judging from their submission to the administration’s will on the control and suppression of information necessary for voters to make informed decisions in a functioning democracy. As Fox News reported:
On Thursday, Psaki was asked a question regarding the Biden administration’s request for tech companies to be more “aggressive” when policing what they referred to as “misinformation.” Psaki revealed that the White House is “in regular touch with social media platforms” to handle it.
“We are in regular touch with the social media platforms and those engagements typically happen through members of our senior staff and also members of our COVID-19 team — given, as Dr. Murthy conveyed, this is a big issue, of misinformation, specifically on the pandemic,” Psaki explained.
While referencing the team’s actions, Psaki also revealed that they are “flagging” posts on Facebook as part of their efforts.
“Within the Surgeon General’s Office, we’re flagging posts for Facebook that spread disinformation,” Psaki said. “We’re working with doctors and medical professionals to connect medical experts with people, who are popular with their audiences with accurate information and boost trusted content. So, we’re helping get trusted content out there. We also created the COVID Community Corps to get factual information into the hands of local messengers.”
Psaki’s comments were met with fierce pushback online with some calling the actions as infringing on the First Amendment.
“Psaki says the White House has been flagging ‘problematic posts’ on Facebook they believe are misinformation about Wuhan coronavirus. Reminder: Fauci worked with Facebook to ban the lab leak theory, which is factual, for more than a year,” Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich tweeted.
Remember when we were harangued that Trump was a dictator intimidating the press? Imagine if you will a government that through HR 1 and SR 1 has nationalized elections with baked-in cheating through ballot harvesting, no voter ID, and no absentee ballot security and has also sanitized news and opinion on social and legacy media for its own benefit, controlling what you can read, what you can say, even who you can talk to. This is a dictatorship.
Of course, Jen Psaki wants to go beyond just a single media platform like Facebook. Like the name of Moses being struck from all the monuments of Egypt by Pharoah, she wants anyone found guilty of disinformation, meaning any factoid or opinion not approved by an all-knowing government, to be banned from all communications on all platforms. As Legal Insurrection reports:
Psaki said all social media platforms should ban you if you spread misinformation on one outlet:
PSAKI: “You shouldn’t be banned from one platform and not others if you — for providing misinformation out there, taking faster action against harmful posts. As you all know, information travels quite quickly. If it’s up there for days and days and days when people see it, you know there’s — it’s hard to put that back in a box. And of course, promoting algorithms. I don’t know how they work but they all do know how they work. So, those are some of the steps that we think could be constructive for public health, for public information, for public — you know, the right of the public to know.”
To know only what the government wants you to know. Who determines what is misinformation? People who ask “are you now or have you ever been a Trump supporter or a conservative,” will control our elections, our health decisions, our flow of information and our freedom of speech. Clearly, they do not warrant Section 230 protection and any rationale for its retention is gone. All government contracts with these tech tyrants should be rendered null and void.
Those who say Trump’s class-action lawsuit against Big Tech is doomed have been dealt a death blow. They said these are private companies and the First Amendment only covers government actions. But Psaki has admitted that Big Tech is acting as a government agent and doing its bidding. Psaki just may have won Trump’s lawsuit for him.
What is the COVID Community Corps? Do they wear brown shirts? Who determines what “trusted content” is? Someone at the Ministry of Truth. Someone should tell Biden, Psaki, and their unindicted co-conspirators at Facebook, Google, and Twitter that Orwell’s “1984” was a warning, not an instruction manual.
The other day I signed on to Facebook, where I wage combat behind enemy lines, and received a pop-up window, as many others are now receiving, saying I had been exposed to dangerous extremism and that I should seek help immediately. I am not sure what form this extremism took, since Facebook did not say. They only offered me links to their reeducation experts who would free me from the cult I had become trapped in. The message read: Daniel, you may have been exposed to harmful extremist content recently. Violent extremist groups try to manipulate your anger and disappointment. You can take action now to protect yourself and others.
I have never read more condescending and sinister verbiage in my life. Here is Facebook treating us, not as thinking and reasoning adult customers, but rather as the mind-numbed robots once said to be following the late great Rush Limbaugh. candidates for the deprogramming of Trump cultists advocated by Katie Couric, and a host of so-called liberals and progressives. It is part of a pattern of control and censorship. And as in the ritual humiliation typified by the excesses of Red China. Facebook’s “community standards” have simply replaced Mao’s Little Red Book.
Protect myself from what exactly?
I can manage my own anger and disappointment, thank you, usually directed at the Big Tech tyrants, normal human emotions provoked by the malevolence and incompetence of the Biden administration, and the censorship imposed by its media and Big Tech defenders, the suffocating tyrannical arrogance of Facebook, and a few other things.
How about the manipulation of information and expression by leftist extremist groups like Facebook, Google, and Twitter, which ignore and actually aid and abet Chinese tyranny, concentration camps, and genocide?
Social media and Big Tech giants like Google, Twitter, whose Jack Dorsey is a worse threat to our democracy than Hitler or Vladimir Putin, and Facebook shadowbanned and “fact-checked” us to death, deleting our posts, hiding our posts, and even deleting our accounts altogether. Google’s search engine could make conservatives and their arguments simply disappear or become invisible. By manipulating information, thought, and opinion Facebook et al manipulated all of us. For example, they forced the Hunter Biden scandal down an Orwellian memory hole and virtually kicked the New York Post off the Internet. That is manipulation by left-wing extremists. They manipulated the election as many Biden voters said they would have voted differently had social media like Facebook and Twitter not suppressed the Hunter Biden scandal.
The power of social media to manipulate and sway election results is staggering. Twitter recently exercised its power to censor thought it doesn’t approve of by banning a pro-life ad from then-Tennessee GOP Rep. and Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn because it considered Blackburn’s pro-life rhetoric and denunciation of Planned Parenthood “inflammatory.” These are campaign contributions and Jack Dorsey’s and Mark Zuckerberg’s thumbs are on the election scale tilting it towards liberals and Democrats. Yet nobody is shouting “Twitter, Twitter, Twitter” or “Facebook, Facebook, Facebook” like they shouted “Russia, Russia, Russia.”
Jack Dorsey, who has lied to Congress about both his motives and intentions, is again not alone in trying to manipulate election results, He has helped Facebook’s duplicitous Zuckerberg. Facebook once famously censored and branded as “dangerous racists” the iconic Internet duo Diamond and Silk. And don’t forget the wonderful folks at Google who cried the night Hillary lost her inevitable victory. Together, they, not the Russians, pose a threat to our democracy by censoring and deleting information searches and exchanges. As Professor Robert Epstein. Senior Research Psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, former editor-in-chief of “Psychology Today,” Founder and Director Emeritus of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in Massachusetts stated, we quite literally won’t see it coming. As Epstein noted in an interview with Mark Levin on his Fox News show”
If Google’s search results for any reason, are biased to favor one candidate or one party for any reason; that will shift a lot of opinions about that candidate, and that will shift a lot of votes. And in fact, it can shift millions of votes.
It doesn’t matter whether an employee or an executive at Google did this deliberately. The algorithm alone, a computer program could be doing this and it will still affect the outcome of elections. …
In 2016, I set up the first-ever monitoring system that allowed me to look over the shoulders of a diverse group of American voters. There were 95 people in 24 states. I looked at politically oriented searches that these people were conducting on Google, Bing, and Yahoo. I was able to preserve more than 13,000 searches and 98,000 web pages.
And I found very dramatic bias in Google search results — not Bing or Yahoo, just Google’s — favoring Hillary Clinton whom I supported strongly. But the point is, I reported that. I reported what I found and that level of bias was sufficient, I calculated, to have shifted over time, somewhere between 2.6 and 10.4 million votes to Hillary without anyone knowing that this had occurred….
Hillary didn’t make it but basement Biden did and now they are coming for the rest of us. It wasn’t enough for Facebook to ban a duly elected President Donald J. Trump. It wasn’t enough to ban his followers, to restrict or suspend their activities. Now they must be constantly monitored lest they become infected with different ideas or contaminated with thoughts and opinions different from their own.
Extremism is in the eye of the beholder, Mr. Zuckerberg. Extremism is the suppression of truth, facts, and ideas not your own and inconvenient to your agenda. Extremism is that Dr. Fauci and the WHO were always right, that the Wuhan virus didn’t come from the Wuhan virology lab but from some yet unidentified or found bat. Extremism is suppressing debate on climate or om the evidence showing the 2020 election of basement Biden was s tolem and manipulated.
In the age before cable, there was an iconic sci-fi program called The Outer Limits whose opening featured a series of test patterns, flickering screens, and a narrator who solemnly intoned, “Do not attempt to adjust your television set. We will control all that you see and hear.” Today that is a chilling reality as social media giants like Facebook routinely censor what people can see and hear on their sites.
Facebook and the other social media giants need to know as well that George Orwell’s “1984” was a warning, not a technical manual. Its insidious form of censorship goes beyond what even Big Brother could have dreamt of, and constituted an in-kind political contribution to the Democrats and the Biden campaign. Meanwhile Joe Biden hid in his basement, knowing the fix was in.
Media and Big Tech controlled what we saw and heard. Now they want to control everything we say and who we can say it to. They ban President Trump from social media. They hide the Hunter Biden scandal. They shut down the social media account of the New York Post. They control who we can talk to, what we can say, and even to a certain extent what we are allowed to think and believe.
The vendetta, the purge, and the retribution have begun. People are being fired for wearing MAGA hats, for having been at a Trump rally or expressing support on social media. Liberals in and out of Congress have called for denying Trump supporters seats in Congress, business contracts, or jobs in government and the private sector. There have been calls for compiling lists of Trump supporters to isolate them, reeducate them, and punish them.
These are the 200,000 people who peacefully assembled in Washington D.C. to hear the president that 75 million of them voted for. They sought to document and condemn their disenfranchisement. Perhaps we should call them the silenced majority. Now voiceless and voteless, they have seen their constitutional rights stripped from them under the guise of fighting a virus that escaped from a China lab and was then allowed by China to spread worldwide. They have lost their freedom of religion, their freedom of speech, their freedom of assembly, and forget freedom of the press. They are the new huddled masses, yearning to breathe free.
Ronald Reagan once said we are only a generation away from losing our liberty and this might be that generation if we don’t rise up and march to the polls in 2022 in righteous anger. Section 230 must be repealed and Big Tech government contracts canceled. Or the government of the people, by the people, and for the people will have been shadowbanned from the face of the earth.
*Daniel John Sobieski is a former editorial writer for Investor’s Business Daily and freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.