The media did some serious navel-gazing after Jim Acosta was treated to a chant of “CNN sucks” at a Trump rally, but it seems they never quite reached the conclusion that the news isn’t supposed to be about the people reporting the news.
As Twitchy has reported, Infowars’ Alex Jones has been “de-platformed” by a ton of tech companies, including Facebook, YouTube, Apple, and Spotify. Heck, even YouPorn put out a statement saying Jones’ videos weren’t welcome on its site … and CNN’s Oliver Darcy seems to think the media deserve more credit for making it happen.
Important to note that tech platforms did not enforce their own rules and take action against Alex Jones / InfoWars on their own accord.
It took media outlets to point out for weeks that InfoWars was skirting the rules on these tech platforms for them to enforce own standards.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) August 6, 2018
So … CNN and its colleagues are crediting their pressure campaign for Alex Jones’ banning? We kind of thought the media were champions of free speech, even speech they didn’t like. Guess not.
It's *really* telling members of the media want credit for this. https://t.co/IHD85Fe8iQ
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) August 6, 2018
Why? Why is that an important note? https://t.co/u89LpShofk
— Andy Lancaster (@andylancaster) August 6, 2018
CNN admits they were the ones pushing for the censorship of another media company. https://t.co/nW0XQF19bQ
— Ryan Saavedra ?? (@RealSaavedra) August 6, 2018
Like those T-Shirts. https://t.co/eS6saZG8E8
— WhiteHousePressCorps (@whpresscorps) August 6, 2018
Outside pressure campaigns to stifle speech are a dangerous precedent. And it's always easiest to give them a dry run with a disreputable target like Alex Jones. https://t.co/ogMNME5Wtt
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) August 6, 2018
I don't think is a good look for the media. There are now dozens and dozens of stories of journalists engaging in activism to cost people jobs and access. I think it undermines the media's own requests for respect and emboldens bad faith claims they're the enemy. https://t.co/BL8SpymEDX
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) August 6, 2018
CNN is taking credit for helping to censor media outlet info wars. https://t.co/I6MagC1Bs1
— Saving America ? (@SavingAmerica4U) August 6, 2018
— ??HiCaliberLi'lGal❌ (@HiCaliberLilGal) August 6, 2018
Now do Louis Farrakhan. https://t.co/N6rseyutnr
— Aaron Bandler (@bandlersbanter) August 6, 2018
OK, we do have to give credit to CNN’s Jake Tapper — and only Jake Tapper — for keeping the heat on Farrakhan, who eventually did lose his blue check on Twitter, though he’s still free to post, despite whatever rules Twitter has against anti-Semitic speech.
A free press is vital to getting things censored. https://t.co/C8MYl5nxyo
— BWH (@BWH85) August 6, 2018
So… if I understand you correctly, you’re saying that the media is now dictating what speech is acceptable?
Hello Orwell! Meet Oliver. https://t.co/k2SxlkbZr2
— Frosty (@SemprFrosty) August 6, 2018
*selectively enforced their own standards https://t.co/AU05F8Cqku
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) August 6, 2018
I'm old enough to remember when the media advocated for free speech. https://t.co/eFo2ITXSuT
— Dylan Gwinn (@themightygwinn) August 6, 2018
We are so lucky the media is here to protect us https://t.co/DcVc7ge31Y
— Airborne Heel ?? (@abnheel) August 6, 2018
Without our heroes who doxx nobodies over gifs and harass grandmothers on their porch and policing content on the internet, can we really truly consider ourselves free?
Thank you, you heroic firefighter https://t.co/cxpmEjotEz
— Mujahed (@kebejay) August 6, 2018
That Darcy is celebrating media companies begging for censorship, rather than being creeped out by it, says a lot about the real ideology of the Left.
They will gladly get rid of the First Amendment for political opponents if they can. https://t.co/JBwOvDCWW7
— Ted Underhill (@alternativeRNC) August 6, 2018
Important to note that our media has no problems with corporate censorship as long as it doesn't impact their team. https://t.co/QXyLqk6bpu
— Rev. Ducati ⚠️ (@Reverend_Ducati) August 6, 2018
— Bama McCall ❌ (@Bama_McCall_) August 6, 2018
"We're the press. Stop calling us the enemy of the people!"
"We shut down Alex Jones!"
While I think Alex Jones is a dangerous joke, either you stand by the 1A or you dont. And apparantly, you dont.
This isnt the victory you think it is. https://t.co/LoREQrSoAZ
— Lone Ranger Danger Zone (@mecantyping) August 6, 2018
— LibertyBelle❌ (@LibertyAllDAY) August 6, 2018
so it was another liberal media scalp taken. https://t.co/s0TZdmKaD5
— AlexJonsin (@PollySpin) August 6, 2018
— ?? Cato Sinclair??? (@Catoclysmos) August 6, 2018
Yeah, CNN, could you get on The New York Times about their hiring of a racist to its editorial board? Hold ’em to their own standards. And maybe look into your own contributors while you’re at it. You put some real wackos on your panels at night.
CNN is ok but Infowars isn't?! For REAL? Ben Shapiro goes to bat for Infowars (even if they DON'T appreciate it) https://t.co/iQtLl5k6FR
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 6, 2018