1984 Orwellian censorship that once plagued the Soviet Union has arrived in America.
Already, President Trump and other prominent as well as rank-and-file conservatives have been booted from social media — Twitter, Facebook, ouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapcheck and Redditt — a censorship that is denounced by political leaders of Germany, France, Norway, the EU, Russia, Australia and Mexico.
Not content with that, Big Tech even shut down Parler, the popular conservative version of Twitter. Amazon suspended Parler from its server hosting service over alleged violent and threatening content; Google Play and Apple both removed Parler from its app stores.
We had thought talk radio would be our last redoubt from the totalitarian Left.
Cumulus Media is the second largest (behind iHeartMedia) owner and operator of AM and FM radio stations in the United States, with 416 stations. Cumulus runs Westwood One, one of the largest U.S. radio syndication companies, which employs some of the most popular conservative and Trump-supporting talk-radio hosts, including Mark Levin, Ben Shapiro and Dan Bongino.
On January 6, 2021, reacting to the “storming” of the Capitol building, Cumulus Media executives issued a threat to its on-air personalities that they would be fired if they continue to spread false information about a stolen election.
Rodney Ho reports for The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Jan. 11, 2021, citing the subscription-based Inside Music Media, that Brian Philips, executive vice president of content for Cumulus, sent a memo telling its talk show hosts to stop spreading rhetoric about a stolen election or face termination.
Philips wrote in an internal memo that “We need to help induce national calm NOW,” and that Cumulus Media “will not tolerate any suggestion that the election has not ended. The election has been resolved, and there are no alternate acceptable ‘paths’. If you transgress this policy, you can expect to separate from the company immediately.”
“Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law aimed at banning the sale of “hate symbols” such as the Confederate Flag or the Swastika on state property — even while admitting the new edict might clash with the First Amendment and be struck down as unconstitutional.
The new law — effective immediately — prohibits the sale of hate symbols on public grounds including state and local fairs, and also severely limits their display unless deemed relevant to serving an educational or historical purpose.
But Cuomo said the rule likely needs “certain technical changes” so the Empire State doesn’t get caught treading upon free speech protections codified in the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.
“This country faces a pervasive, growing attitude of intolerance and hate — what I have referred to in the body politic as an American cancer,” Cuomo wrote in his approval message.
“By limiting the display and sale of the confederate flag, Nazi swastika and other symbols of hatred from being displayed or sold on state property, including the state fairgrounds, this will help safeguard New Yorkers from the fear-installing effects of these abhorrent symbols.”
He continued: “While I fully support the spirit of this legislation, certain technical changes are necessary to balance the State’s interests in preventing the use of hate symbols on state land with free speech protections embodied in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.”
Abortion is not only harmful, those who oppose it are apparently a HATE GROUP. Watch and weep:
It’s just amazing listening to these college students. The intolerance for any differing opinion is labeled as “hate.”
And they’ve all been indoctrinated with the narrative that “abortion is a human right.”
Good news though:
UPDATE: The university has released a statement to YAF, noting that the student government “violated UNI policy by rendering a decision that was not content neutral.” The school will support the @StudentsforLife chapter’s appeal. pic.twitter.com/FJd86MDcnE
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Nowhere does the Services Agreement even remotely define what “hate speech” or what “help others break these rules” means.
As an example, if I call Microsoft “tyrannical,” is that “hate speech”? If I, as I had, point out that Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates had said on four occasions that vaccines would reduce world population, is that “hate speech”? And if, having read this post, a reader post a comment criticizing Microsoft, am I “helping” others to “communicate hate speech”?
Not defining these critical terms, the violation of which can trigger Microsoft’s termination of its services, means that Microsoft can call “hate speech” and “helping others break these rules” whatever they want.
Given the vagueness of its Services Agreement, how are we to conduct ourselves so as not to violate the terms of the agreement?
H/t Vivien Lee
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NOTE: I’m not suggesting you donate to the NRA or this student’s GoFundMe. I have included them as sources to the story since the demorat-run media is silent about the harassment of this student.
Fordham University is a private research university in New York City. It is is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the northeastern United States. It is also a place where free speech and thought is not allowed.
Meet Austin Tong, a senior at Fordham. Austin posted this “offensive” picture with his “automatic” weapon on Instagram:
He’s now being punished for daring to exercise his Second Amendment right.
“On July 14th, I was officially punished by Fordham University in the name of probation suspension for the alleged crimes of “Violation of University Regulations relating to Bias and/or Hate Crimes”; “Threats/Intimidation,” an explicit attack on my freedom of expression for two Instagram posts I posted in June. I am no longer permitted on campus, with public safety coming to my home at midnight to question me on the day of the post, and face forced political reeducation through mandatory courses and to write an apology letter, or will face full suspension or expulsion – is this happening in America, or is this a Soviet nightmare?”
This is @realAustinTong. He was charged with a hate crime by his school, @FordhamNYC, for posting a photo of his new AR-15.@FordhamNYC accused him of owning an “automatic weapon” and they’re trying to silence him, but this @NRA member is not backing down.
Churches across the country are being threatened with fines (and their parishioners) for holding services in their parking lots. People can attend church in their own cars with their windows rolled up (such as they do when they go do a drive-through restaurant) and listen to service via loudspeakers or radio.
Bureaucrats aren’t having any of that. It violates “stay at home” orders and helps save lives.
But Americans are fighting back.
On Saturday, a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order filed by a church against Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, Kentucky, to allow drive-in services on Easter Sunday. Read that whole story here.
On Easter, parishioners gathered to hear service in a parking lot at Marysville Baptist Church in Kentucky. As reported by Sarah Ladd of the Courier Journal, they encountered nails thrown all over the entrances. Kentucky State Police showed up on church property and were putting notices on every car. NONE OF THE STATE PATROL OFFICERS WERE WEARING MASKS.
Guess the only way a church is allowed to hold a drive-in service right now would be to do this: