AMAC Exclusive – By Aaron Flanigan
Few events have triggered left-wing outrage recently quite like Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter and subsequent release of the so-called “Twitter Files,” which prove, among other things, that Big Tech and left-wing bureaucrats have been colluding to censor American citizens. But through their hysteria, the left has unintentionally laid bare their own deep sense of guilt about their role in attacking free speech.
When Twitter Files journalists Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger testified before Congress this month, House Democrats treated them like political enemies, trying in vain to cast doubt on their reporting. Yet at the same time, Democrats defend Twitter’s censorship efforts as necessary to fight against so-called “misinformation.”
This obvious disconnect begs the question: if Democrats truly believe what they say about the need to fight “disinformation,” why don’t they simply acknowledge the findings of the Twitter Files, rather than working tirelessly to discredit them? If censorship of conservatives is truly an acceptable practice, why should they be ashamed?
For years, the left has openly and enthusiastically called for censorship of right-of-center voices, dismissing conservatives as dangerous and unworthy of having a public platform. In 2021, for instance, troves of Democrat officeholders and left-wing influencers took to Twitter to celebrate Donald Trump’s removal from the platform, hailing the brazen act of political censorship as “great” and “long overdue.” Liberal pundits celebrated Twitter’s censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal as necessary for the preservation of democracy. In 2019, Facebook famously blacklisted a handful of prominent conservative figures, insisting they are “dangerous.”
More recently, former Twitter censorship czar Yoel Roth praised Twitter’s decision to ban conservative satire account The Babylon Bee, claiming its satirical “misgendering” of a transgender person was “dangerous.” Last November, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez likened Fox News personality Tucker Carlson to a “stochastic terrorist,” stating that he has misused his “platform” and implying that he must lose it. Earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer took it a step further, insisting that Rupert Murdoch “has a special obligation to stop Tucker Carlson from going on tonight [and] from letting him go on again and again and again [because] our democracy depends on it.”
The list goes on.
But despite claiming for years that political censorship is justified and even necessary, the left is enraged that their record of silencing their political opponents is now being revealed. Watching their unhinged reaction to the revelations, one wonders if they aren’t keenly aware that their crusade against “disinformation” is not so virtuous after all.
As journalist Glenn Greenwald aptly observed, “The whole sleazy, in-group liberal gang from NBC, Daily Beast, etc.—all the censorship advocates who think censorship advocacy is somehow compatible with journalism—are furious that the… acts of their [Democrat] Party allies in getting the Biden story censored are being exposed.”
The Daily Beast puzzlingly claimed that the “Twitter Files” were nothing more than a Republican “weaponiz[ation] against the Biden administration”.
Additionally, a slew of left-wing journalists have condemned Musk and Taibbi for what they have revealed. “Matt Taibbi…what [a] sad, disgraceful downfall,” wrote New York Times contributor Wajahat Ali. “Matt Taibbi always was, and still remains, a fraud,” posted Democrat strategist Matt McDermott. Former Twitter employee Yoel Roth decried the release of the Twitter Files as a “fundamentally unacceptable thing to do”—even after he himself admitted the tech giant had “interfered in elections” when he worked for the platform.
Some on the left have also bizarrely claimed that Musk and Taibbi have deliberately hidden reports of widespread social media censorship of political leftists—a baseless assertion clearly meant to muddy the waters and elide the left’s near-unilateral control of the censorship regime. (It’s worth noting here as well that Taibbi, who previously wrote for Rolling Stone, can hardly be considered a conservative.)
The left also devolved into fits of rage following Musk’s suspension of the accounts of some journalists who had publicly shared the location of his private jet—a serious safety concern for Musk and a clear violation of Twitter rules. Axios criticized Musk’s suspensions as “unprecedented,” falsely asserting, “There’s never been an attempt by a major social media platform to suspend so many journalists all at once.”
Clearly, Axios must have forgotten that just two years prior, Twitter suspended the account of a major newspaper—The New York Post, one of the most widely circulated publications in the nation—for its reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, which posed a threat to the mainstream media’s overriding commitment to protecting Biden’s presidential campaign any cost.
As conservative commentator Michael Anton observed several years ago, the left’s gaslighting campaign on censorship (and other issues) can be reliably reduced to the following expression: “That’s not happening, and it’s good that it is.” Thus is the reaction to the Twitter Files we are seeing among Democrats and the media.
Prior to Musk’s takeover of Twitter, many on the left claimed to have been united in their opposition to political censorship. Liberal publication The Daily Beast, for instance, warned last May that censorship initiatives would only serve to hurt the left and “backfire on marginalized communities.”
The left-wing American Civil Liberties Union similarly insisted in a June 2021 analysis that “online platforms should be cautious when censoring” political speech. They continued: “the largest platforms’ central role in online speech also means they should err on the side of preserving political speech”—which includes offering “clarity upfront, at a minimum stick[ing] to their own rules, and offer[ing] opportunities for appeals when they (inevitably) get things wrong.”
Deep down, left-wing censors know that they’re on the wrong side of the free speech battle. Their furious efforts to discredit Musk and Taibbi make that very clear. Sadly, however, free speech proponents shouldn’t count on the left to change their approach anytime soon.
Aaron Flanigan is the pen name of a writer in Washington, D.C.
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Government never anticipated that a private person ( Musk) would be willing to lose $22 billion to
prove that the govt is controlling communication (Twitter). Thats what Musk has done as Twitter is now worth half of what Musk paid for it. Why ? Because Musk proved that Twitter is a govt .operated left wing mouthpiece. Heros do things like that. Thank God. I only hope that Musk makes a trillion on his investment in the long run and I think he will. He deserves it. I am on no social media platform (thank goodness) but when I am convinced that twitter is clean , I will join.
He showed he has guts The Dem party hates him for what he has done but I think he is great for what he did and is a much better person then the other owner who hide so much for the Dem party we need more to expose the truth about so much what is going on in this country.
Elon Musk should be awarded *Man of the Year* for his exposing the progressive influence they used on Twitter. He is certainly more deserving of the honor than a former man who spoiled swimming for biological women.
Musk dared to step out of the box That took courage Was it his conscience that led him or some other motive I don’t know I can’t see into his soul By challenging the established order he committed an unpardonable sin of heresy and now anointed ones are having a cow I wish him all the success
The left always plays the victim card when they are caught with their hands in the cookie jar! Look up hypocrite and see pages of leftist pictures!
They are corrupt hypocrites; awful people. Useful idiots. Scary!
Twitter became a propaganda outlet for the dems to prevent freedom of speech. You cannot have freedom of ideas under communist rule. And Musk buying Twitter put a monkey wrench in their plan. They were caught red handed. Typical communist behavior. They made the reporters who researched the Twitter Files out to be money grabbing racists.
That is the MO of the dems. No dialogue just name calling and repeating lies over and over again. Confusion, division and spreading lies and screaming at their opposition is all they know what to do. Their only goal is to destroy America and the people who are against them. They don’t want democracy. They don’t want patriots. They want sheep to follow them blindly. They use circular logic to brainwash you.
The COVID was the beginning. This was the greatest conspiracy since Hitler’s plan to eliminate the Jews.
If we don’t learn from the past we are bound to repeat it.
They have had the public on a ‘merry-go-round’… First, fear, then lies, then control, then more fear, then more control. How many people bought gas masks in 2001 and NEVER received them? People will never admit to that one. The game continues…
Just wait for the fake alien attacks and saucers shooting down our fighter jets. All fake so they can declare marshal law.
Must suck to be liberal! Constantly outraged and mad about everything. Poor excuse for an existence. When liberals don’t have a valid point to make, they always resort to screaming, name calling, and pitching a fit. Sound like any liberals you know? They really hate getting caught cheating and getting called out on it. As Chucky Schumer said it is un-american and threatens democracy to resort to telling the truth . . .
Yet another article perpetuating the myth that the Democrats actually believe what they routinely say to the public in terms of “fighting disinformation” or talking about “transparency” and other matters. They don’t. It would be nice if some of these authors actually acknowledged reality and continued the conversation from that point forward. Then we could discuss how to actually correct a deteriorating situation. Absent that, we are just going around in circles accomplishing nothing.
Democrat politicians and their mouthpieces routinely use the language they do to mask their real intent. Which is to stifle the truth or deflect from an issue when it goes against the narrative they are trying to sell the public. Obfuscation, deflection and projection are all involved in your typical Democrat messaging on issues they speak about. The entire point of most Democrat messaging is to completely suppress any other points of view or the actual truth of the matter. What the Democrats want to achieve is their voice being the ONLY voice. Their version of “the truth” being the ONLY truth echoed by the masses in robotic unison. These are ALL traits of authoritarian regimes around the world.
That will still don’t choose to acknowledge what the Democrat Party and their mouthpieces actually are is why we make so little progress against the damage they continue to do. Too many people on our side are in denial. That is the best description that fits the situation. Thinking that if we just don’t acknowledge the real threat that is staring us in the face, that it will somehow just magically go away. Of course, it won’t.
The left in general has absolutely NO GUILT or remorse for how they have treated anyone in the past. When is the last time you heard any high-ranking Democrat say they were sorry for lying or distorting the truth for political gain? Hint: Never! When they are caught in a lie, they typically just pivot to another subject or try to deflect blame onto others.
This country owes Elon Musk a great deal for having the guts to stand up to the Democrat establishment and their many supporters in the MSM and the administrative state that is Washington, D.C. for the principle of free speech and open and honest discussions by disclosing what was going on at Twitter and likely every other social media organization in this country. He has made himself the second most hated man in the United States in the eyes of the left in this country and that takes immense courage and personal integrity.
You said it better than I ever could.
The Democratic Party, as now positioned, is on a quest to achieve a one party nation. They talk about abolishing the electoral college, packing the court, making DC a state and censuring free expression of ideas with which they disagree. They support Orwellian concepts, such as redefining the meaning of words or banning them outright, such as “mother” or “father.” They support changing great works of literature to make them more “currently acceptable” (to them). They are, in effect, supporting the trashing of the greatest democracy to have ever existed. To do that they try to censor the expression of ideas that refute their ideas. They are winning. The students of George Mason University are petitioning the school to pull the invitation to Governor Youngkin to speak at their graduation. I guess the idea is if you disagree with your Governor, you need to shut him up!
DenvilleSr – Correction the “Democrat” party. There is NOTHING democratic about them!
I 100% agree with you Vonniequirk. I see more and more often the words Democrat and Democratic being used interchangeably. They are two different things entirely. I think that’s done on purpose by the left media. I’m sure a person never goes around saying “I’m a Democratic”!!
they have been on this quest for decades! it’s just that they are now so close they can taste it and are pushing “hell bent for leather” to complete their takeover. in addition, the unexpected of Donald Trump in 2016 scared them absolutely out of their “collective” minds! they cannt let that happen again.
Good Article. Points out the twisted, obfuscated, and abuse of the First Amendment. Once Upon A Time From the ‘Get-Go’ In the Land of Equity & Reason were the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798,which made it a crime to: print, utter, or publish any false, scandalous writing. Its surprising that the Democrat Party didn’t reestablish this antique outmoded legislation solely for their benefit. However, they felt they could harass their way; without it. Meanwhile, in the background, demos trotted back and forth, forth and back; from companies like Amazon; and ‘encouraged’ manipulated certain books written by a certain doctor; calling his publications ‘misinformation’ about what should be the right of every citizen; determining what kind of medication and or vaccine they take. You probably remember ‘little miss goodie two shoes’ being sued by the doctor? No names as its probably not allowed to mention the name. Meanwhile, the mainstream media; censored this story so much; that its difficult to determine if this lawsuit by the doctor; was settled out of court? Not even who won the lawsuit? This individual was covered by the media; like a sweet little dove. Not a dove. Yes, other big name democrats have been busy stealthily trotting back and forth BREAKING the First Amendment; always covered by the MSM. Always Totally Censored by the mostly liberal media. Oh, the democrats/communists don’t have a single toe to stand on! May God Protect & Guide This United States of America!
On the first part of your article you forgot to add the word YET. CHRIS
Isn’t it great; Biden & Company is getting caught colluding with the media to censorship this and that! You’re right; I should have added the word YET! You see, the democrats are the ONLY ones who figure they have rights!
Thank you Elon. Even though I’m not on twitter, my comments are censord on AOL , news articles. Soon as i hit send , my name is ent to a comp. Then the circle with a slash across it. As usual not to there standards. Get this. I sent Nice dfay aint it aol . I got censord. Kyle L.
Look at who owns AOL Kyle and you’ll understand why virtually anything you’re likely to try and post there will be immediately flagged and censored.
Censorship seems to be the rule of the day. Fart too far to the left or right; and it is misinterpreted! In ten years, nobody will be talking or communicating; for fear of stepping on somebody’s toes. I always like your comments; because you are refreshingly honest!
BUT Not to all whove been censored by Big Tech since 2015
Anything the demoncrats don’t like it is either disinformation, misinformation, or your a racist since they can’t handle the Truth.
Just as anything that is true they call it conspiracy theory to hide their lies.