Two House Democrats are seeking to browbeat the primary cable providers in the United States, asking them to deplatform conservative news organizations such as Fox News and One America News Network in a tacit censorship gambit that arguably violates the First Amendment.
Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney, both Democrats from California, addressed the series of letters to companies such as AT&T, Amazon, Charter, and Comcast, aggressively questioning if they planned to continue offering cable packages that include OANN, Fox and Newsmax in the future, citing censorious claims of “misinformation.”
This is a violation of the First Amendment in all but name. At least in Europe censorship mechanisms are determined by democratically elected governments. In the United States, left-wing oligarchs and their servants instead make threatening backroom demands for corporate political prosecution of their opponents, with loyal operatives inside Fortune 500 corporations eager to acquiesce.
“Are you planning to continue carrying Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN on U-verse, DirecTV, and AT&T TV both now and beyond any contract renewal date? If so, why?” Reads the censorship demand to AT&T.
This may represent an actual First Amendment violation, with previous legal precedent outlawing governmental attempts to chill or influence speech without actually outlawing it. Eshoo and McNerney would face ramifications from the House Ethics Committee if free expression were still recognized, but free speech is the last concern of the authoritarian liberal Democratic Party.
Unfortunately, it’s likely only a matter of time until the global corporations establish a strict “no tolerance” policy for any and all conservative and right-wing content. In the meantime, the Right must work to build new institutions, new businesses, and new services distinct from the tyranny of global liberalism.
UK Education and Culture Secretaries to Engage in “Twin Assault” on Academic Suppression and Cancel Culture
Two UK government ministers are planning to fine universities that suppress free speech and tell heritage groups and charities to defend British culture and history from leftist mobs.
The Sunday Telegraph reported that Gavin Williamson, the UK’s secretary of education, and Oliver Dowden, the secretary of culture, are leading a “twin assault” on cancel culture, academic suppression, and the rewriting of British history.
Williamson is expected to soon announce a “free speech champion” who will be given powers to defend academic freedom and freedom of speech on college campuses, and to fine universities who fire or demote people because of their beliefs. According to the Telegraph, these new measures will strengthen already existing legal protections.
Dowden, for his part, will instruct some of the UK’s largest heritage groups and charities in an upcoming conference to defend British culture and history “from the noisy minority of activists constantly trying to do Britain down.”
Sir John Hayes, chairman of the Common Sense Group, said he was glad to see the initiative of Williamson and Dowden.
“It is absolutely right that the Government steps in to defend free speech. Without the ability to speak freely soon we will not have the ability to think freely,” he said. “Protecting and promoting our heritage is about making people proud, not making them feel guilty about being British.”
Although the headlines you see out of the UK are often dystopian, especially those posted here at Big League Politics, it’s somewhat reassuring to see that there are still some good men willing to fight against the degradation and ultimate destruction of historic British society.
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