Big govt, Media, Politics

Silicon Valley Morphing Into the Morality Police

Silicon Valley used to be technology companies. But it has become the “morality police,” controlling free speech on its platforms. What could go wrong?

In a speech Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “Hate tries to make its headquarters in the digital world. At Apple, we believe that technology needs to have a clear point of view on this challenge. There is no time to get tied up in knots. That’s why we only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division and violence: You have no place on our platforms.”

Here’s the goliath problem: Who gets to define what words and phrases protected under the First Amendment constitute hate — a catchall word that is often ascribed to any offensive speech someone simply doesn’t like? Will Christians who don’t support abortion rights or having their tax dollars go toward Planned Parenthood be considered purveyors of hate for denying women the right to choose? Will millions of Americans who support legal immigration, as opposed to illegal immigration, be labeled xenophobes or racists and be banned from the digital world?

Yes and yes. How do we know? It’s already happening, as scores of conservatives nationwide are being shadow banned and/or censored on social media, YouTube, Google and beyond. Their crime? Running afoul of leftist Silicon Valley executives who demand conformity of thought and simply won’t tolerate any viewpoint that strays from their rigid political orthodoxy.

For context, consider that in oppressive Islamist regimes throughout the Middle East, the “morality police” take it upon themselves to judge women’s appearance, and if a woman doesn’t conform with their mandatory and highly restrictive dress code — e.g., wearing an identity-cloaking burqa — she could be publicly shamed, arrested or even stoned in the town square.

In modern-day America, powerful technology companies are actively taking the role of the de facto morality police — not when it comes to dress but when it comes to speech — affecting millions. Yes, to date, those affected are not getting stoned, but they are being blocked in the digital town square, where billions around the globe do their business, cultivate their livelihoods, connect with others and get news.

That is a powerful cudgel to levy against individuals and groups of people. Wouldn’t you say?

Right now, unelected tech billionaires living in a bubble in Palo Alto — when they’re not flying private to cushy climate summits in Davos — are deciding who gets to enjoy the freedom of speech enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and who does not based on whether they agree with people’s political views and opinions or not.

You see how dangerous this can get — real fast — as partisan liberal elites running Twitter, Facebook, Google (including YouTube), Apple and the like are now dictating to Americans what they can and cannot say online.

In communist regimes, these types of folks are known as central planners. The election of Donald Trump was supposed to safeguard our freedoms, especially regarding speech — a foundational pillar of a democracy. It’s disappointing that hasn’t happened, as the censorship of conservative thought online has gotten so extreme and out of control many are simply logging off for good.

A failure to address this mammoth issue could cost Trump in 2020. If his supporters are blocked online — where most voters get their news — he’ll be a one-term president.

It’s time for Congress to act before the morality police use political correctness as a Trojan horse to decide our next election.

Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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CNN Panel Trashes Trump During Bush 41 Coverage

During a CNN panel discussion covering the death of Bush 41, they made sure to use the opportunity to trash President Trump even before he and first lady Melania Trump appeared in the rotunda to pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush. “Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, two Democrats – they called Bush 41 a gentleman, total class. This is the embodiment of just how different it can be,” CNN special correspondent Jamie Gangel told anchor Anderson Cooper. “And that’s a message to Trump.” Read more.

Here’s more from Fox News…

A CNN panel blasted President Donald Trump on Monday immediately following his visit to the U.S. Capitol where he paid his respects to former President George H.W. Bush.

Before President Trump and first lady Melania Trump appeared in the rotunda, CNN special correspondent Jamie Gangel began by insisting that the celebration of Bush’s life “sends a message” to Trump that “this is how it’s done.”

“Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, two Democrats- they called Bush 41 a gentleman, total class. This is the embodiment of just how different it can be,” Gangel told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. “And that’s a message to Trump.”

Gangel criticized the current president moments after he stepped out of the rotunda, saying he doesn’t “mend fences” in the wake of the open hostility that took place between Trump and the Bush family.

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Media, Politics

Conservative Late-Night Network Comedy?

No, it’s not a joke. A new late-night comedy show premiering in 2019 will be hosted by a conservative, and not only is he on the opposite side of the spectrum of his established leftist competition, he’s also an experienced firefighter. Host Victor Dweck (“Dweck”) explains the show’s politics: “We created the show because we couldn’t watch late night anymore. It’s just too hateful and insulting to people who like our president. However, with our show, we put comedy above all else, and we’re careful not to label ourselves ‘conservative comedy.’ That being said, we are both proud conservatives by today’s definition, and you will definitely see that come out in what we choose to satirize.” Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Late-night comedy shows are now one-trick ponies: They bash President Trump every night — sometimes in the most profane way possible (like when Samantha Bee called Ivanka Trump a “feckless c**t.”).

The modern late-night host is a pathetic imitation of the best ever, Johnny Carson. To the longtime host of “The Tonight Show,” all politics was hilarious, and he’d mock Democrats right alongside Republicans. In fact, no one was ever even sure just where “The King of Late Night” stood personally on political issues.

Today’s late night hosts, though, are now more activist than comedian, from Jimmy Kimmel to Jimmy Fallon to Seth Meyers to Stephen Colbert. They push for far-left policies, defend Democrats at every turn and rip Republicans nightly.

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Big govt, Elections, Media, Politics

No One Really Cares What Celebrities Think

On a rather reassuring note in the wake of losing the U.S. House of Representatives to Nancy Pelosi, it appears that by and large voters couldn’t care less what Hollywood and elite athletes have to say about politics. “Last night the American voters — once again — told Hollywood that they simply don’t care what they think. All across the country Hollywood darlings were rejected by the voters,” conservative strategist Chris Barron told Fox News. For example, Taylor Swift could not help defeat Senator Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee nor were LeBron James or Beyonce able to fuel a Blue Wave big enough to propel Beto O’Rourke to victory over Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas. Read more…

Here’s more from Fox News…

Hollywood heartthrobs, pop stars and athletes went all in on the 2018 midterm elections, using their platform to advocate for their candidates of choice – but when ballots were counted it became clear that celebrity endorsements don’t seem to matter to voters.

“Last night, the American voters — once again — told Hollywood that they simply don’t care what they think. All across the country, Hollywood darlings were rejected by the voters,” conservative strategist Chris Barron told Fox News.

Barron previously told Fox News that “Hillary Clinton would be president” if celebrities had a net positive impact on elections. Tuesday’s results echo that theory:

Taylor Swift made headlines by endorsing former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen in Tennessee’s Senate race, but he lost to incumbent Rep. Marsha Blackburn.
Dave Chappelle campaigned for his longtime friend Ben Jealous, who lost a bid to be the governor of Maryland.

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Big govt, Elections, Media, Politics

MSM Midterms Closer: Trump is Hitler

Looks like all the media talking heads on CNN and MSNBC got the memo with the left’s closing argument: Trump is Hitler, and Republican counterarguments are “Neo-Nazi propaganda.” Such figures as Chris Cuomo, Steve Schmidt, Mika Brzezinski, and Ana Navarro all participated in the high-profile hyperbole in an attempt to dehumanize the President of the United States.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Trump is the same thing as Hitler and the Nazis, say Democrats like CNN’s Chris Cuomo, MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, CNN’s Ana Navarro… oh hey wait, are those all media people on cable news? Weird.

One thing Democrats/journalists want you to believe is…

It’s time to cool down the rhetoric, they say. Trump may murder 6 million people, they also say.

But while they are busy decrying the mean and divisive rhetoric of literally the Hitler party, the media is also very concerned about fear-mongering. Over the last few weeks, CNN and MSNBC, not to mention a slew of Democrats and journalists on Twitter — and newspapers and magazines and activist groups — have been uber concerned about the politics of fear, and fear-mongering, in Republican campaign ads.

Grabien’s Tom Elliott noticed that, too.

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Big govt, Media, Politics

Why Trump’s “Enemy of the People” Attacks on the Media Work

In a nutshell, the media attacks President Trump but get the blowback from these attacks in addition to whatever he is directing them for in turn. The Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein connects the dots in a clip from an upcoming Axios special on HBO, where POTUS Trump says his “enemy” description and media attacks got him elected: “I wouldn’t be [in the White House] if I didn’t do that.” This comes in the context of a new Morning Consult/Politico poll following the mail bombs to anti-Trumpers in which 56 percent of registered voters saw President Trump as being divisive, while 64 percent believe the media is being even more divisive.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

President Trump said in a newly released interview that his attacks on the media played a decisive role in getting him elected, and a new poll provides insight into why the “enemy of the people” rhetoric (which he insists is only meant for “fake news”) actually works to his political advantage.

In a clip from an upcoming Axios special on HBO, Trump says this about his “enemy” description and fierce attacks on the media: ” I wouldn’t be [in the White House] if I didn’t do that.”

The comments come on the same day as the release of a new Morning Consult/Politico poll taken in the wake of mail bombs being sent to Trump critics and partially in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. In the days that followed the events, the media was dominated by stories, analysis, and commentary shining the light on Trump’s divisive rhetoric, while Trump himself put the spotlight on the media for pulling people apart.

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Hillary Makes Black Jokes, Audience Applauds

Hillary’s back at it again. She’s trying to get back to winning hearts and minds for 2020, and so far she seems to be striking the wrong notes with her recent comment that blacks “all look alike.” During an appearance with Recode’s Kara Swisher, Hillary was asked about Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) in which Hillary tried to bail Swisher out from her mistaking Booker for Eric Holder: “Yeah, I know they all look alike.”

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

After George W. Bush left office, I and former press secretary Dana Perino, now a Fox News host, used to play a little game. It was called, “Can You Imagine If Bush Had … ” and then we’d fill in that last part with whatever outrageous thing a liberal had done — and gotten off scot-free from the news media.

Here’s an example, but inserting the current Republican president for Bush: “President Trump on Sunday said black people ‘all look alike,’ then laughed and laughed as the audience applauded.”

Can you imagine?!

Of course, it wasn’t Trump who did that, but rather Hillary Clinton, a two-time loser in her races for the White House.

The moment came when Recode’s Kara Swisher, sitting down with Clinton for a question-and-answer session, asked her about Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

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Issues, Media, Politics

What’s Halloween Without Racism Charges?

It’s Halloween and time for another round of outrage over inappropriate costumes. Once upon a time, parents — most of them, anyway — were concerned with oversexualized costumes for little children, but how unenlightened was that? Today we’re focusing our energy on what’s really important. Now it’s all about “cultural appropriation.” White children need to “own their privilege” and not dress up and pretend to belong to a non-oppressive race.

Megyn Kelly ran afoul of NBC’s “diversity/inclusion” police, and as we write this, it looks like she’ll be canned for saying: “But what is racist? Because truly, you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person who puts on white face for Halloween.” Oops. The word “blackface” is loaded and should be avoided, since people immediately think of minstrel shows, and kids shouldn’t dress up as Al Jolson crooning “Mammy” in “The Jazz Singer.”

Kelly continued: “Back when I was a kid, that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.” Not only was she tongue-lashed on air by NBC’s black news stars; it seems like this gave NBC a reason to end her morning show, a cover story to nix the (cringe) Fox News woman.

It might have been a better starting point to ask if it’s offensive for a white boy to want to be Black Panther for a few hours. And if that’s wrong, can a Person of Color be Superman? Can a white comedian impersonate a black man? If not, then can a black man not poke fun at white people either? And what does it say about white people that when that happens, we … laugh? Oh, the intolerant preachings of the tolerant left.

CNN analyst Kirsten Powers is one of these obnoxious people. The other day, she tweeted: “Dear white people who are upset that you can’t dress up as another race or culture for Halloween: your feelings don’t matter. The only feelings that matter are of those who feel disrespected/mocked by you appropriating their culture for entertainment. Show some common decency.” This is the same Kirsten Powers who wrote a book in 2015 titled “The Silencing: How the Left Is Killing Free Speech.” Back then, she worked for Fox.

Back in 2015, after Powers’ book came out, then-Yale lecturer Erika Christakis sent an email around campus suggesting Halloween used to be a time for children to be a little naughty or subversive. She wrote about Disney princess costumes, saying: “it is hard for me to give credence to a claim that there is something objectionably ‘appropriative’ about a blonde-haired child’s wanting to be Mulan for a day. … I wonder what is the statute of limitations on dreaming of dressing as Tiana the Frog Princess if you aren’t a black girl from New Orleans? Is it okay if you are eight, but not 18?” She even concluded, “Whose business is it to control the forms of costumes of young people? It’s not mine, I know that.”

Nearly a thousand students, faculty members and deans called for both Christakis and her husband, Dr. Nicholas Christakis, a Yale professor, to be fired immediately for this alleged offense. She stopped lecturing, and her husband resigned some duties at the end of the school year in 2016.

Powers actually spoke to the Christakis incident (and others) when she was a Fox News analyst in November 2015. She said, “It is not actually that anybody is in any danger.” Bill O’Reilly added, “It is oppressive to hear somebody with an opposing point of view.” Powers replied, “Exactly. … They talk about it as if they’ve been actually physically attacked, because somebody has expressed an opinion different than theirs.”

Now re-read that tweet of hers. You have our permission to laugh — quietly. There’s nothing wrong with Halloween spurring a “teaching moment” for children, but what is being taught? Leftists want to use these costume controversies as just another grenade to destroy the careers of anyone asking them a single challenging question about how to negotiate their minefield.

L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org. To find out more about Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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Hollyweird: Being Transgender is the “Truest Form of America’s Freedom”

Hollywood celebrities are taking to social media to showcase their anti-Trump bias just ahead of the midterm election. General talking points have included labeling concern over the thousands-strong caravan of Central American migrants demanding entrance at our southern border as “racist,” with the emotional tagline that “no human beings are illegal.” But perhaps the best of all is this gem. According to the latest Hollywood pronouncements, transgenderism is the “truest form of America’s freedom.”

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Less than two weeks from the most expensive and, perhaps, consequential midterm election in a generation, some of Hollywood’s most influential stars have taken to social media to spew deranged and self-centered hot takes about President Donald Trump and the issues facing the nation.
Left-wing documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, among other Hollywood figures, said the thousands of migrants marching toward the U.S.-Mexico border are being used by President Trump as a “racist fear tactic to win the Midterms.”

Actor John Cusack declared that “no human beings are illegal.”

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How Dare Kanye West Think for Himself?

While Democrats continue to exploit identity politics for political gain and accuse President Donald Trump of unfounded racism, their collective condemnation of Kanye West’s recent visit to the White House while wearing a MAGA hat was a real reflection of racial oppression, as liberals made clear that they don’t support racial minorities thinking for themselves or backing politicians of their choice.
Is there anything more un-American or downright racist than signaling to a generation of black Americans that they have to do as they’re told and vote Democratic? The Democratic Party, which comprises a white majority, thinks it should be able to command them how to think and whom to vote for.

That’s ideological slavery — not to mention a suppression of black Americans’ protected right to free speech and freedom of association enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. For contrast, Republicans believe that all Americans should be free to think for themselves, wear whatever hat and clothing they’d like, and vote for the candidates of their own choosing without fear. Alarmingly, West’s refusal to fall in line as Democrats expect blacks to do every election cycle was met with unbridled bullying and all-out character assassination — blowing a seismic hole in the Democratic Party’s claim that it’s tolerant and pro-diversity.

On CNN, liberal host Don Lemon said, “Kanye, back away from the cameras. Go get some help. And then come back and make your case,” later adding, “We’re watching someone’s demise in front of our eyes.” On the same network, a panelist said, “Kanye West is what happens when Negroes don’t read.” Another CNN contributor called West a “token Negro,” while other liberal pundits across the media spectrum widely mocked and ridiculed the musician, with some even calling him a white supremacist for hugging Trump and for acknowledging that his administration has done more to uplift the black community than Barack Obama’s did.

Let’s look at jobs and overall prosperity. Under Obama, his hometown of Chicago was arguably as dangerous as Baghdad, and thousands of black Americans suffered through debilitating high unemployment, with a peak of 16.8 percent during the Great Recession — not to mention that nearly 50 million Americans were on food stamps. With Trump occupying the Oval Office, unemployment for blacks and other racial minorities has fallen to historic lows. The black unemployment rate dipped to 5.9 percent last spring. Add to it there are now over 7 million more job openings than workers available, allowing 3.5 million Americans to get off publicly funded nutrition assistance programs.
And the murder rate in Chicago continues to drop under the Trump administration. In 2016, Obama’s last full year, there were 762 homicides there. In 2017, there were 650 homicides, and there have been 435 this year.

Instead of recognizing these stark contrasts, liberals across the media echo chamber have chosen not to argue the policy differences between a Republican administration and a Democratic one. Instead, they went low and accused West, a mega-successful music mogul, of being mentally inferior, a token and a sellout.

But when white musicians and Hollywood celebrities supported Obama during his tenure on Pennsylvania Avenue, they were thunderously applauded by the left — despite the fact that in Chicago and other places, a black-on-black slaughter was taking place and the American dream was far out of reach for too many.

Voters know what’s going on. And come November, they, like West, may dare to do the unthinkable — think for themselves — no matter what media hacks or Hollywood has to say about it.

Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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