It's become commonplace to poke fun at the silly hypocrisy of media and Big Tech 'fact checkers.' The situation is actually far more dire than people realize.

Here's my own experience. /1
On Jan 20, I read Biden's EO on Gender Identity and tweeted my legal opinion: it would force public high schools to allow bio boys onto girls' teams, beginning the end of girls' sports.

I was proven right faster than I imagined. On Feb 2, the Administration confirmed this. /2 Image
Nonetheless, within *days*, two news organizations (@USATODAY and @Newsweek) 'fact checked' my legal opinion & branded it 'false' or 'missing context.' That is absurd, not only bc it was an opinion (and correct!) but bc it takes time to know how the EO will be enforced. /3
But why was the media suddenly fact-checking my opinions? Today, a reader sent me screenshots of her efforts to post my Tweet. Instagram had slapped a warning on it that it was "missing context" and citing... the USAToday 'fact check.'

Here's the thing:

/4 ImageImageImage
Facebook (parent of Insta) *pays* USAToday for
'fact checks,' which Insta then uses to justify censorship of disfavored ideas. Big Tech, which has endless reserves, pays the mainstream media to bless its censorship. The paid-for media happily obliges.
In this case, the 'warning' was slapped on criticism of @WhiteHouse. So, on one side, we now have Silicon Valley, the bought-off media (comically referred to as 'independent, third-party fact checkers'), and the current administration. /6
On the other side, you have a few journalists, praying they won't be kicked off of Twitter for doing their job. /7

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16 Apr
What's at stake in America right now is much larger than the liberal vs conservative agendas we know so well.

What's at stake right now is the rule of law, free speech, equal protection and the integrity of our branches of government. Some examples: /1
Facebook has a messenger service. It pretends to allow people to talk to each other privately. It's not supposed to be reading their mail and putting it through some sort of ideological purity test.…
Officers are being charged with manslaughter - criminal homicide - in order to appease a mob.
As @AlanDersh has pointed out, Minnesota's manslaughter statute doesn't remotely apply in the Kim Potter case. /3…
Read 7 tweets
26 Feb
We're really not making a big enough deal of the fact that @amazon has begun deleting books.


Amazon now claims the right to bar all books that are "inappropriate or offensive."…

Of course, nearly *every book* worth reading could be characterized as 'inappropriate' or 'offensive' to someone. /2
But also, Amazon is manifestly dishonest about censoring books that are "offensive" or "inappropriate."

They continue to sell books like this, which discusses very young children performing fellatio.…

And I don't believe they should stop selling it! /3
Read 10 tweets
21 Feb
What difference will the Equality Act make? In every single state, overnight, all of the following will become illegal.


A devout Muslim woman enters a U.S. airport, dressed in a burka. She's randomly selected for a pat-down & requests a female.

As long as a male TSA agent has announced he is a woman, he does the pat down. /2
An employer creates a lactation room for breastfeeding mothers, which only women may enter. Some enter alone and others enter accompanied by female coworkers.

Now, a bio male wants entry. All he needs is to claim female identity. Now, employer cannot exclude him. /3
Read 7 tweets
14 Jan
So, before a non-leftist can be published in MSM, they will now review everything he/she has ever written or said to see if that *person* is worth ‘platforming.’ This is passing stupid. /1
First, it forces us to score *people* and not just an idea (as if we’re in any position to sum up each other’s entire work/worth). Second, it discourages ever expressing an opinion that would deviate from your ideological tribe (risking estrangement from both camps) /2
Third, it fortifies the walls around ideological camps — so readers can never come across opinions they don’t already hold. Fourth, it encourages the childish and impossible standard that there are the ‘pristine,’ who never express things they might regret, and the cancelled. /3
Read 4 tweets
17 Dec 20
The burgeoning medical scandal that goes by "teen transgender medicine," which I've been investigating for the last year, has changed my view on American exceptionalism. I am, and will always be, extremely proud to be an American. /1
But the UK press has been willing to take a hard look at the evidence of an epidemic of teen girls suddenly transitioning for reasons other than gender dysphoria. The US legacy media has not. /2…
The High Court's decision was a scathing indictment of system of transgender medicine that pushes teens through hasty protocols and highly risky treatments - protocols & treatments identical to our own. Who cares? We're American, we know right from wrong... /3
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29 Oct 20
Think we don't have a serious problem w censorship in America?

Here's what it's like to write a book that takes the entirely common sense view - supported by dozens of experts & most Americans - that gender transition among teen girls is risky & should only proceed w caution. 1/
Amazon blocked my publisher from sponsoring ads for my book, while allowing ads for books that pushed the contrary view -- that is, books that argue that gender transition for teens is without serious risk.… /2
All of the legacy media outlets refused journalists' requests to review my book. Even Kirkus, which reviews 10,000 titles per year, declined to review it - even though it was the #1 book in several Amazon categories based on sales.… /3
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