The First Amendment guarantees our right to free speech. The government cannot prohibit or take away our speech, according to the Constitution.
But is that always the case?
Republican Congressman Thomas Massie recently noted that a government-funded group used Americans’ tax dollars to censor conservatives.
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‘A Far Greater Threat to Our Representative Democracy Than Any Foreign Nation’
The US government-funded Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO) claims that its 2020 Election Integrity Project (EIP) and its 2021 Virality Project (VP) were “non-partisan research coalitions.” They did not discriminate against Republicans or conservatives, SIO insists.
But a new tranche of SIO files requested by the House Homeland Security Committee Chairman, Mark Green (R-TN), and Homeland Security Subcommittee for Oversight Chairman Dan Bishop (R-SC) reveal that SIO singled out Republicans for censorship, even though Democrats engaged in similar kinds of inaccurate or misleading speech.
One member of Congress singled out for censorship was alarmed to learn of the pattern. “In striving to silence duly elected Congressmen and prevent them from communicating with constituents,” Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) told Public, “this government-funded censorship network has shown itself to be a far greater threat to our representative democracy than any foreign nation.”
This “government-funded” censorship is a serious threat, one that the political establishment has seemed increasingly comfortable with as revealed by the Twitter Files. Published later last year, the Twitter Files was a series of reports written by independent journalists, including Shellenberger, that demonstrated how the the US government pressured and compelled social media companies to regulate and censor news and speech according to government dictates.
The Stanford group apparently thought censoring Republicans for claiming election fraud was justifiable but Democrats who claimed the same thing were off limits.
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Censor Republicans, But Not Democrats
The Substack report continued:
Using our tax dollars to censor Americans’ speech – whether it’s true, untrue, ‘misinformation’ or otherwise – is a direct violation of our Constitution.
That the government now sees fit to only censor one political party is not only an insult, but a grave threat, to everything America has ever stood for.
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