Freedom means being free from something — and the biggest something we have to be free from is the government.
That applies especially to the media, since while it’s important to hold corporations to account, and to hold individuals to account, and other organizations — unions, clubs, whatever — the most important political function of the media is to shine a light of public scrutiny on the government.
So when the government — especially the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau — declares that it’s World Free Press Day, that’s the moment to check to make sure your wallet is still in your pocket...
Today Justin Trudeau issued an official statement about it, a disingenuous one.
But yesterday, on the eve of World Press Freedom Day, Facebook deleted some of the biggest names in conservative punditry.
They deleted Tommy months ago; but now they deleted Laura Loomer, a Rebel alumna; they deleted Milo Yiannopoulos, a mischievous but harmless gay conservative provocateur. And they deleted one of the most influential journalists on the right, a commentator named Paul Joseph Watson, who we’ve had on the show before.
He’s harmless — never violent; always anti-violent, etc. But they just deleted him. No explanation. No reason.
All of these people were influential in getting Donald Trump elected, I might point out.
But my point from earlier stands:
There’s a merger between big government and big media.
As you know, the head of censorship at Facebook is Kevin Chan, who used to work in the Liberal Party’s leaders office. So, yeah. A merger.
Same with all the tech companies. Especially in the U.S. — they’re all jammed full of Obama former staff; Google’s senior vice president at the time, Eric Schmidt, was an actual Clinton campaign worker.
And look at this, today, from Google:
Google News Initiative partners with CJF to help tackle fake news
Looking to address concerns over Canadians’ capacity to identify authoritative information online, today the Google News Initiative announced a grant of $1 million to the Canadian Journalism Foundation to bring NewsWise to voting-age Canadians. The goal is simple: help all Canadians understand the difference between fact-based journalism and fake news in the digital world.
Is that the big threat to journalism? Other journalists?
So this isn’t a press freedom announcement. It’s an anti-press-freedom announcement.
It’s promoting the demonization of journalists that the official people don’t like. Official people getting huge money to comply with the official narrative.
But let me close with a gaffe. As you know, a gaffe is when a politician accidentally says what they mean. Justin Trudeau tweeted about World Press Freedom Day. And then this MP chimed in:
Ken Hardie is a Liberal from B.C. He used to be a journalist once. And he said:
On World Press Freedom Day, remember that a “free” press is’t free. And a lot of the free stuff you see online masquerading as news… is’t. To be honest, about the most trustworthy outlets these days are the CBC (especially radio), Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.
Well, at least we know who’s getting the $595 million in bail-out money, right?
But that’s the thing about World Press Freedom Day. It means the government doesn't get to choose which journalists are acceptable and which aren’t. It means big monopolies don’t get to choose.
It's actually the opposite of that.
Does anybody care?
Or has everybody else been bought off somehow?
NEXT: Joining me to talk more about Facebook's purge of conservative voices is Allum Bokhari, Senior Tech Editor at Breitbart.com.
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