House Democrats, Targeting Right-Wing Cable Outlets, Are Assaulting Core Press Freedoms…
Just days after targeting social media CEOs to demand more online censorship of their adversaries, House Democrats are now coercing cable providers to remove disfavored cable outlets, including Fox News.

A clear priority of the new majority party is systemic censorship.
Democrats' justification for silencing their adversaries online and in media -- "they are spreading fake news and inciting extremism" -- is what despots everywhere say.

From Egypt and Jordan to Russia and China, these are the same accusations used to censor speech globally.
Just imagine if, during the Trump years, the GOP had abused its power to bully cable outlets into removing MSNBC from their platforms, or banning liberal journalists and activists from social media platforms, on the grounds they were spreading conspiracy theories and fake news.
What House Dems are doing -- abusing their power to remove all right-wing cable outlets including Fox from TV -- is a far more egregious assault on press freedom than anything Trump did (only the Assange indictment competes). Where are the denunciations?…




Ban my critics from using social media and remove all the cable outlets from television that oppose my Party!
Read @mtaibbi with more on the repressive and despotic attempt of House Democrats to coerce cable providers to censor conservative outlets, including Fox News, off the air.

As Matt lays out, liberal politics has long been building toward this mania:

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Hard to believe the Biden WH is really still trying to salvage her nomination instead of pretending to. Look at this idiotic messaging. To whom does this language appeal besides hardened Dem partisans? It addresses none of the valid concerns about Neera:

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See this thread for a perfect description of one of the defining attributes of the prevailing climate of left-liberal spaces: how inviting! Who wouldn’t want to be part of this?

You see it most vividly now in how opposition to ***Neera Tanden*** is being cast as sexism & racism:
No possible reason other than sexism or racism why one might find Neera Tanden reprehensible.
I also love how Neera’s most devoted defenders are (1) the most bloodthirsty, deceitful GOP-neocons of the War on Terror era and (2) someone who, like her, took millions of from the United Arab Emirates.

Shows not only what Neera is but, more importantly, the Democratic Party:
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For the third time in less than five months, Congress has summoned tech CEOs, with the explicit intent to coerce them to censor more content.

In their zeal to control online speech, House Dems are getting closer to the constitutional line, if they have not already crossed it.
In 2018, the ACLU defended the NRA when it sued Cuomo and NY State for something similar: implicitly threatening businesses with punishment if they kept doing business with the group.

This is what ACLU's @benwizner told me about these latest efforts with Dems & Silicon Valley:
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I know it's not obvious why the election in Ecuador matters but it does. The US, using its OAS facade, is eager to install a neoliberal masquerading as a leftist to do its bidding, preventing the popular leader from winning.

*This* is called "interfering in other countries."
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