Amidst a week of media attention for being a proponent of tech censorship, “reporters” at Vox walked out of work Thursday, striking in order receive a contract from Vox’s parent company, Vox Media.
“Our unit members are taking their sites dark today to show management how important these issues are to us. Contract now,” Vox’s official union Twitter account said. “The Vox Media Union has walked out today. Here’s what it looks like in the New York office.”
The Vox Media Union has walked out today. Here’s what it looks like in the New York office. pic.twitter.com/erPp4fW1nw
— Vox Media Union (@vox_union) June 6, 2019
The group is bargaining for competitive wage scales, strong guaranteed raises, better severance, and subcontracting work according to an earlier Tweet. Union members promised not to show up to work until their contract issues are resolved.
The strike is not going so well for some. Reporter Dylan Matthews became enraged when Vox published a story that he wrote, despite the walkout.
“I did not schedule this tweet of my article. Please do not click links from the tweets management is forcing folks out of unit to do while we walk out,” he said.
I did not schedule this tweet of my article. Please do not click links from the tweets management is forcing folks out of unit to do while we walk out https://t.co/NhkyeJLLAB
— Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt) June 6, 2019
Vox has been in the news this week primarily for its “reporter” Carlos Maza’s attempt to get right-wing YouTuber Steven Crowder banned from the platform.
Big League Politics reported:
After five days of whining about right-wing YouTuber Steven Crowder’s “offensive” T-shirts, a Vox journalist has goaded the video platform giant into de-monetizing Crowder’s channel until he removes the link for his store.
It started on May 29, when Carloz Maza, a gay Vox “journalist” who runs a newsletter called “Strikethrough” began whining about Crowder’s videos aimed at debunking his newsletters.
The next day, he complained that Crowder was making “overt attacks” against him for his sexual orientation and race. He posted a clearly – in the parlance of our times – doctored video mashup of Crowder using a high-pitched voice to mock him.
“So, I have pretty thick skin when it comes to online harassment, but something has been really bothering me,” he said. Since I started working at Vox, Steven Crowder has been making video after video ‘debunking’ Strikethrough. Every single video has included repeated, overt attacks on my sexual orientation and ethnicity.”
“You’re being given a free pass as a crappy writer because you’re gay,” Crowder said in one of the videos. He also uses the word “queer” in reference to Maza several times.
Maza began lobbying YouTube to remove Crowder’s videos, based on the fact that Crowder is mean and that he sells a shirt which says “Socialism is for F*gs.” (I did not add the asterisk. That is what the shirt says).
Six days of solely focusing on Crowder, and whipping up a mob of left-wingers – including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) – into a frenzy over Crowder’s content, YouTube finally responded.
Tuesday, YouTube said that Crowder’s videos did not violate their policies.
“Our teams spent the last few days conducting an in-depth review of the videos flagged to us, and while we found language that was clearly hurtful, the videos as posted don’t violate our policies,” the tech giant said in response to Maza.
That message enraged Maza and his supporters, who doubled down on their indignation.
“I don’t know what to say. [YouTube] has decided not to punish Crowder, after he spent two years harassing me for being gay and Latino. I don’t know what to say,” Maza said.
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More than 40 College and Young Republican Groups Sign Letter Demanding Action on Big Tech Censorship from Senate GOP
Calling out Silicon Valley’s election interference.
Almost 50 youth conservative organizations, ranging from Young to College Republican Chapters and America First student groups, signed onto an open letter on Friday demanding action from Senate Republicans on Big Tech censorship and political authoritarianism.
The young conservatives and nationalists cited the recent suppression of the Hunter Biden email scandal, with platforms such as Twitter implementing an unprecedented level of political censorship to squelch a New York Post report detailing insider foreign business dealings and Joe Biden’s knowledge of them.
Read the letter in its entirely here.
In a statement provided to Big League Politics, College Republicans United at Arizona State University emphasized the need for conservatives to unite against the authoritarian alliance of the Democratic Party and Silicon Valley tech monopolies.
“Democrats use to be the loudest critics of ‘Corporate America’ trampling on the rights of average Americans. These days they are nothing more then corporate apologists who protect crony capitalism.”
Populist Senator Josh Hawley has taken point in the drive to hold Silicon Valley oligarchs to account for their censorship of the American people, but the anti-Big Tech movement has been hamstrung by malcontents within the Senate GOP caucus unwilling to do little more than whine about censorship, while actively undermining a policy solution.
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