Have you ever heard of Vox, the media company? It’s painfully liberal, and it really has this social justice warrior affectation. It really feels like it’s written not just by millennials, but by really irritating know-nothings who just Google things twenty minutes before they write it, then call themselves experts — and get it wrong.
But what they lack in knowledge or wisdom or understand, they make up for in partisanship and politics. They really hate people with different opinions. Let me give you an example:
They hired Carlos Maza, who goes by the Twitter nickname @gaywonk. A wonk is basically what a non-expert calls himself to pretend he’s an expert. And he wants you to know he’s gay, because — well, why, actually? He uses it as an identity icon, as a trump card.
He attacks his enemies relentlessly — not just his enemies in that YouTube video I showed you, but on Twitter, cheering on the "milkshaking" of "right wingers" he doesn't like, for example.
Maza doesn’t need to be good a debating, because if he can personally or financially destroy his enemies; "Deplatforming works and we should use it way more aggressively”, he says, tweeting news that Milo Yiannopoulos is in debt because of being banned from many platforms.
This bully decided to take aim at a leading conservative political comedian, Steven Crowder, who has about 3.8 million YouTube subscribers.
And obviously Crowder started making fun of Maza. Which is what comedians do.
And of course, if you don’t like it — block it. Ignore it. Heckle back, whatever. If you can dish it out, you should take it.
But Maza didn’t want to take it, so he started to pout online.
So, I have pretty thick skin when it comes to online harassment, but something has been really bothering me.
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...
And YouTube — well, at first, they held the line. The company replied to him directly and publicly:
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 [Steven Crowder] videos as posted don’t violate our policies...
That’s what they said on June 4. Pretty free speechy, to me.
.@TeamYouTube made the right decision. If they banned us, they'd have to ban.. and then he linked to this video of other political comedians saying rude or mean things...
I was skeptical...
Now, I wonder if there were some moves behind the scenes — I wonder if Barack Obama made a phone call, or Hillary Clinton made a phone call, to YouTube’s owners, Google — because the very next day, they wrote this:
Update on our continued review–we have suspended this channel’s monetization. We came to this decision because a pattern of egregious actions has harmed the broader community and is against our YouTube Partner Program policies.
Oh. Wow. That was quick.
So Steven Crowder’s site was demonetized — that means his ability to make any money off of it was just cancelled. I’m guessing that’s half a million bucks a year at least — enough to pay for a staff.
By the way, thousands of other YouTube pages were swept up in this too.
And that’s how our story ends. Except, not quite. Because Carlos Maza isn't a nobody. Until Trump was elected, Maza worked for a Democratic Party war room called Media Matters. It was a privately funded anti-Republican, anti-Conservatives SuperPAC.
And as soon as the campaign ended, Maza went to work for Vox — doing the same thing, but calling himself a journalist.
And Vox? They’re owned by a company called Comcast. They own NBC, and cell phone companies, cable companies, movie companies, internet companies. Their market capitalization — what they’re worth on the stock market — is $185 billion. Nearly 200,000 employees. They’re one of the largest media companies in the world.
Comcast is a competitor — to whom? To thousands of independent citizen entertainers, citizen journalists, home-made comedians and reporters and commentators, like Steven Crowder. They’re eating Comcast’s lunch.
Comcast does well — they made US$12 billion in profit last year. But they’re not stupid. The Internet killed the VCR business. The Internet killed the CD business. The Internet is killing TV stations. They are not going to stand by and let the Internet kill them. They’ll kill it first.
So don’t see Carlos Maza as just an ideological bully and a bigot. See him as a tool of one of the largest media companies in the world. Using a fake social justice warrior to flatten thousands — literally thousands — of Youtube competitors. Just wipe them out.
That’s what you just saw. And I’m guessing we won’t be far behind on the enemies list...
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