A former Obama administration official tasked with leading governmental media agencies in Joe Biden’s shadow transition has called for criminalizing what he defines as “hate speech,” calling for “guardrails” against legally protected free speech he finds inconvenient.
Richard Stengel made a comprehensive argument in favor of government-enforced censorship in a 2019 Washington Post op-ed, citing European-style restrictions on speech.
“Since World War II, many nations have passed laws to curb the incitement of racial and religious hatred. These laws started out as protections against the kinds of anti-Semitic bigotry that gave rise to the Holocaust. We call them hate speech laws, but there’s no agreed-upon definition of what hate speech actually is. In general, hate speech is speech that attacks and insults people on the basis of race, religion, ethnic origin and sexual orientation.”
“I think it’s time to consider these statutes.“
Stengel appears on MSNBC and is on the staff of the globalist Atlantic Council. He has been tasked as the “Team Lead” for the US Agency for Global Media, an oversight agency for government-controlled news entities such as Voice for America and Radio Liberty. The outcome of the presidential election is still unclear, with President Trump filing litigation alleging voter fraud and recounts pending.
“Yes, the First Amendment protects the “thought that we hate,” but it should not protect hateful speech that can cause violence by one group against another. In an age when everyone has a megaphone, that seems like a design flaw,” argued Stengel in a Washington Post op-ed.
In an ironic twist, Stengel worked for the National Constitution Center from 2004 to 2006. He must not have paid much attention to the First Amendment of the organization’s namesake when he worked there.
In another irony, Stengel advertises that he’s appearing at a “Journalism Under Fire” conference in New Mexico on Saturday on his personal website. Potentially, he’ll have the opportunity to hear from actual journalists distinct from MSNBC’s “Corporate/Government” media model who value the right of free expression.
House Democrats Browbeat Cable Providers in Hopes of Deplatforming Fox News, OANN
Government censorship in all but name.
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.
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