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Social Media ‘Pogromming’ — An Opinion Piece on Silicon Valley Giants & Big Tech

That’s not America…

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It was just a couple of months ago that representatives of the social media cartels – Facebook, Google/YouTube and Twitter – swore with doe eyes before Congress that they don’t suppress, blacklist or blackball anyone save those who overtly advocate violence or other illegal things.

“Anyone can Tweet” – excluding links to the New York Post stories about Hunter Biden that Twitter and the members of the cartel pogrommed from view –  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had the audacity to say.

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook has made similarly audacious claims. “We try very hard to give people a voice,” he said earlier this year.

Two months hence and we can see how truthful they were in the form of their un-personing of the president of the United States and anyone who dares to defend him – or question the recent election. We can literally see it in the form of screen shots advising the Wrongthinkful that “this video has been removed for violating terms of service” and blank screens and blackouts generally – as just happened most obviously to Parler, which has been pogrommed out of existence via the suspension of its ability to publish.

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This is quite something given it was encouraged to publish by the Tech Oligarchs as an alternative to their platforms. Don’t like it here? Well, go found your own outlets, they said. Which is just what Parler did but when that became a threat to their platforms – in the form of people in droves Parlering rather than Tweeting and Facebook Liking – down came the hammer.

Amazon Web Services – controlled by Amazon, which is controlled by Leftist tech billionaire Jeff Bezos – simply pulled the plug on Parler, which made the mistake of contracting with AWS for its web hosting. AWS claims Parler was pogrommed because of user posts that advocated “insurrection” and violence but the real reason was inadequate “moderation” of all posts – including those merely Wrongthinkful – which must be “moderated” (i.e., suppressed) according to Big Tech’s “standards” and “community guidelines.”

These “standards” and “guidelines” are as opaque as they are authoritarian in that the “violation” is almost never specified – except in the vaguest, most general terms – and because there is no appealing an algorithm. Especially when the algorithm’s programming is a Big Tech secret.

No human being can be called or emailed to find out why, exactly, something was “flagged” – that is to say, purged – and there is no recourse but to accept it and understand that they can purge anything they like anytime they like for any reason they like – and there’s nothing little old you can do about it.

Of course, everyone knows exactly what the “guidelines” and “standards” are. They are the “guidelines” and “standards” of the rabid Left, which no longer makes any bones about its determination – as expressed by its actions – to shut down anyone who disagrees with anything the Left says everyone must agree with.

The list is as endless as the Left’s grievances and as rancid as its hypocrisy. Just after AWS pogrommed Parler – claiming that AWS is a private company and privately owned companies have every right to not do business with those with whom they disagree – other adjuncts of the cartel, Facebook and Twitter, ululated in outrage when a North Idaho Internet Service Provider (ISP) blocked access to FB and Twitter, citing the same arguments used by Facebook and Twitter (and AWS) to pogrom out of the public space any who dare to disagree.

The ISP – YourT1WIFI – acted in a far less totalitarian manner than the Pogrommers. YourT1WIFI didn’t simply cancel FB or Twitter but instead gave customers the option of being on a “no-block” list that would allow them to access FB and Twitter if they wished to.

Imagine that. The freedom to choose. To decide for oneself what is worth reading and seeing as opposed to being told what you’re allowed to read and see.

YourT1WIFI says it was trying to make this point by doing what it did. “The decision to do so wasn’t of a partisan nature but meant to represent a ‘moral high ground’ of fair and decent communication.”

We can’t have that anymore – but will, if the Left is allowed to become the moderator of “acceptable” speech.  
 
Because the Left will not brook disagreement. Anywhere.

Retired baseball legend Curt Schilling just reported his insurance has been cancelled because of his views. “It was a management decision that was made collectively between underwriting and marketing teams that could not be overturned,” his insurer – AIG – told him. 

Schilling says it was because of his Wrongthinkful support of President Trump.  Will you be debarred from banking – and grocery shopping – because you are Wrongthinkful? 

The pogromming will not stop with social media – unless it’s stopped by decent people who’ve had enough of economic and social violence being visited upon them by people who posture as defenders of “openness” and “diversity.” Which is only “open” if you’re mind is closed – and as “diverse” as agreeing with everything the Left says you must amen – and never daring to disagree with anything the Left says you must amen and awoman to. 

That’s not America – and Americans shouldn’t tolerate it.

A.J. Rice is CEO of Publius PR, a premier communications firm in Washington D.C. Rice is a brand manager, star-whisperer and auteur media influencer, who has produced or promoted Laura Ingraham, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Monica Crowley, Charles Krauthammer, Alan Dershowitz, Roger L. Simon, Steve Hilton, Victor Davis Hanson, and many others. Find out more at publiuspr.com.

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Lee Greenwood Booted from Arts Council by Biden Administration

What?!

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If there is one thing that the Biden administration is superb at, it’s putting its foot right in its mouth.

Maybe this was to be expected.  Biden is, after all, the most gaffe-prone President that our nation has ever seen.  But the sheer ignorance the team maintains for PR issues is still astounding, and this week was no exception.

President Joe Biden on Wednesday removed country music singer/songwriter Lee Greenwood from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Greenwood was first appointed by President George W Bush in 2008. Greenwood was reappointed to six-year terms by both Presidents Barack Obama and Donald J Trump.

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“You know, it’s a six-year appointment and I was appointed by George W. Bush 43,” Greenwood told Fox and Friends. “So I served under his term. Also, President Obama’s term. Of course, President Trump’s term.”

Greenwood was shocked by the move.

The singer’s most renowned hit was “God Bless The USA”, and was a feature of a great many of Donald Trump’s political rallies, making this move by the Biden administration appear terribly petty.

But, for a White House that appears to be completely unaware of their own image, why would we expect anything different?

If there is one thing that the Biden administration is superb at, it’s putting its foot right in its mouth. Maybe this was to be expected.  Biden is, after all, the most gaffe-prone President that our nation has ever seen.  But the sheer ignorance the team maintains for PR issues is still astounding, and this week was no exception. President Joe Biden on Wednesday removed country music singer/songwriter Lee Greenwood from the National Endowment for the Arts. Greenwood was first appointed by President George W Bush in 2008. Greenwood was reappointed to six-year terms by both Presidents Barack Obama and Donald J Trump. “You know, it’s a six-year appointment and I was appointed by George W. Bush 43,” Greenwood told Fox and Friends. “So I served under his term. Also, President Obama’s term. Of course, President Trump’s term.” Greenwood was shocked by the move. The singer’s most renowned hit was “God Bless The USA”, and was a feature of a great many of Donald Trump’s political rallies, making this move by the Biden administration appear terribly petty. But, for a White House that appears to be completely unaware of their own image, why would we expect anything different?

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Taliban Will Bring Back Amputations and Executions as Punishment

This is the Biden legacy in Afghanistan at work. 

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In a lame attempt to soften the blow of bungling the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the Biden White House began peddling a downright offensive storyline in which this new Taliban would operate in a much more benevolent way than they did during their first reign in the 1990’s.

This appeared to be some sort of consolation prize in the eyes of the administration.  Hey, we really screwed the pooch on this one…at least they said they’ll be nicer.

Of course, it only took a few weeks for this charade to go belly-up, and now the Taliban appears to be back to their old tricks.

One of the founders of the Taliban and the chief enforcer of its harsh interpretation of Islamic law when they last ruled Afghanistan said the hard-line movement will once again carry out executions and amputations of hands, though perhaps not in public.

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In an interview with The Associated Press, Mullah Nooruddin Turabi dismissed outrage over the Taliban’s executions in the past, which sometimes took place in front of crowds at a stadium, and he warned the world against interfering with Afghanistan’s new rulers.

There was no mistaking the intent.

“Everyone criticized us for the punishments in the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and their punishments,” Turabi told The Associated Press, speaking in Kabul. “No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam and we will make our laws on the Quran.”

The Taliban had previously suggested that women refrain from leaving their homes, as their own soldiers weren’t well enough trained to keep from assaulting them.

 

In a lame attempt to soften the blow of bungling the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the Biden White House began peddling a downright offensive storyline in which this new Taliban would operate in a much more benevolent way than they did during their first reign in the 1990’s. This appeared to be some sort of consolation prize in the eyes of the administration.  Hey, we really screwed the pooch on this one…at least they said they’ll be nicer. Of course, it only took a few weeks for this charade to go belly-up, and now the Taliban appears to be back to their old tricks. One of the founders of the Taliban and the chief enforcer of its harsh interpretation of Islamic law when they last ruled Afghanistan said the hard-line movement will once again carry out executions and amputations of hands, though perhaps not in public. In an interview with The Associated Press, Mullah Nooruddin Turabi dismissed outrage over the Taliban’s executions in the past, which sometimes took place in front of crowds at a stadium, and he warned the world against interfering with Afghanistan’s new rulers. There was no mistaking the intent. “Everyone criticized us for the punishments in the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and their punishments,” Turabi told The Associated Press, speaking in Kabul. “No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam and we will make our laws on the Quran.” The Taliban had previously suggested that women refrain from leaving their homes, as their own soldiers weren’t well enough trained to keep from assaulting them.  

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