This article contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today
SILICON VALLEY, CA- Google…Facebook…Twitter…LinkedIn…YouTube. Every single one of them is in the tank for the Democratic party. Every…single…one. Earlier this week, according to the Daily Wire, YouTube, which is owned by Google (no monopoly going on there) greeted people searching for Joe Biden’s comments on fracking with a “fact check” that termed the search “mostly false.” In other words, YouTube was trying to claim that Biden in fact never said it.
Taking it further, searches were made about the Steele dossier that was used as a basis for the three-year Russia collusion hoax. Miraculously, no such similar “fact check” appeared when searching for the videos about the collusion hoax. Isn’t that weird?
Biden and his running mate (or is it the other way around) have both made numerous, repeated claims that they would eliminate fracking if elected.
Fact check: Claim – Joe Biden introduced himself as the running mate of Kamala Harris.
Verdict: True – but he was "joking". Or was he? "My name is Joe Biden, I'm Jill Biden's husband, and I'm Kamala's running mate. Y'all think I'm kidding, don't you?" https://t.co/MRbqcyZf3Z
— LawEnforcementToday (@LawEnforceToday) October 29, 2020
The claim was brought up in the last presidential debate, where Biden claimed he never said it, and dared President Trump to put a video up on his website of Biden saying that. President Trump obliged and has been playing the video of Biden and Harris making the statement at his rallies.
In fact, the night of the debate, when Biden made that claim, we were able to find the video of Biden saying just that in literally five seconds.
The debate segment went like this:
Trump: We’re going to have the greatest economy in the world, but if you want to kill the economy, get rid of your oil industry, like you want. And what about fracking? Now we have to ask him about fracking.
Biden: I never said I oppose fracking.
Trump: You said it on tape.
Biden: Show the tape, put it on your website.
Trump: I’ll put it on.
Biden: “Put it on the website. The fact of the matter is he’s flat lying.
The president answered with the following video:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2020
That isn’t the only thing that Silicon Valley has done in order to coddle and baby Biden. Most egregiously, Twitter banned the New York Post’s account of Hunter Biden’s laptop and associated emails, literally removing the Post from its platform.
The account shows that Joe Biden’s claim that he didn’t know anything about Hunter Biden’s business dealings with Burisma and other shady dealings may not have been the truth. But Twitter buried it.
According to Fox Business, Twitter told them the Post’s access to their Twitter account will not be restored until the Post deletes a number of Tweets which reference the Biden coverage.
“Twitter confirmed to FOX Business that the Post ‘has been informed what is necessary to unlock their account,’” and that includes “six tweets about its reporting on 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden,” Fox said.
The Post said themselves that the announced policy changes don’t apply to their situation: “While we’ve updated the policy, we don’t change enforcement retroactively. You will still need to delete the tweets to regain access to your account.”
The Daily Wire reported on October 22:
“Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously on [last] Thursday to subpoena the testimonies of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg…
“Republican members want the two CEOs to testify about their handling of a recent series of articles by the New York Post, America’s fourth-largest newspaper, concerning former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s business dealings.
“Both social media sites suppressed the stories…The Judiciary Committee voted to compel the CEOs to testify about their ‘suppression and/or censorship’ of the Post articles, one that alleged Hunger Biden introduced his father to a top executive at Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company where he worked.”
When Biden was asked recently about Hunter and his laptop, he snapped at the reporter in a rare moment where he appeared to be lucid:
“Questions [and] controversy continue today about Hunter Biden, your son’s –” when he was suddenly cut off by Biden.
“There is no controversy about my son. It’s all a lie. It’s a flat lie because the president has nothing else to run on. If you noticed, while the American people are talking about what’s happening to their families; he has no plan [and] at the debate, he has no plan.”
Interviewer: "Questions and controversy continue today about Hunter Biden, your son-"
Biden: "There is no controversy about my son. That's a hell of a lie. That's a flat lie because the president has nothing to run on… it's classic Trump." pic.twitter.com/MQQGvddrHO
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) October 24, 2020
On Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) got his shot at Dorsey, slamming the Twitter CEO for the company’s censorship of the New York Post and for burying the Hunter Biden story. The confrontation took place at a Senate subcommittee hearing about social media’s exemption under Section 230 of FCC regulations.
Dorsey, looking like a reject from the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away who had been on a two-month marijuana bender was nonplussed.
“Mr. Dorsey, who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear?” Cruz asked. “Why do you persist in behaving as a Democratic super PAC, silencing views to the contrary of your political views?”
Twitter had previously been blocking both verified and unverified users who attempted to share the Post’s article. They were met with a message saying that the link “has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful.” (Yeah, to the Biden campaign).
In addition, Twitter locked the account of the New York Post, which is still unable to access their account a full two weeks after they published the story. The Post, 4th largest newspaper in the country and the oldest paper in the country is blocked from posting their content on one of the largest tech platforms in the country.
Dorsey tried to defend the company’s actions by saying the article violated their so-called hacked materials policy. He said that the Post could regain access to their account, they would just need to log in and delete their original content.
“Anyone can tweet, we are not blocking their post,” Dorsey claimed, sounding much like Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
Cruz was having none of it, while calling “Twitter’s conduct…by far the most egregious” of all the tech companies.
Ted Cruz absolutely BODIED him. pic.twitter.com/GLqV3fSoRZ
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 28, 2020
“The New York Post is not some random guy tweeting. It is the fourth-highest circulation of any newspaper in America. It is 200 years old and founded by Alexander Hamilton,” the Texas senator said. “And it is your position that you can sit in Silicon Valley and demand of the media that you can tell them what stories they can publish and the American people what reporting they can hear, is that right?”
Cruz wasn’t done, calling Twitter’s claim hypocritical, saying claims of “hacked material” were not applied to the New York Times story where they published President Trump’s tax returns, which were clearly obtained illegally.
“They purported to publish federally published material. It’s a federal felony to distribute someone’s tax returns against their knowledge. So that material was based on something distributed in violation of federal law, and yet Twitter gleefully allowed people to circulate that.”
“But when an article was critical of Joe Biden, Twitter engaged in rampant censorship and silencing,” Cruz said.
The Senate hearing was called among repeated calls for the so-called Section 230 in the FCC regulations to be removed from social media companies, who claim an exemption from litigation because they claim they “are not publishers.”
Clearly, that is not the case. This is one area where there does seem to be some bipartisan support to reform that section of the FCC regulations.
Aside from Dorsey, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai were called before the Senate committee.
“The three witnesses we have before this committee collectively pose, I believe, the single greatest threat to free speech in America and the greatest threat we have to free and fair elections,” Cruz stated.
Amen, Senator Cruz…amen.
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