No first amendment allowed at YouTube.
Persecution is now cool! One day prior to the July 3, 2021 Trump rally in Florida, YouTube unilaterally suspended Right Side Broadcasting, the channel most well known for live streaming such events.
The suspension was for seven days. YouTube also deleted the channel’s videos from several other Trump events. From Right Side Broadcasting blog announcement:
YouTube has suspended RSBN from live streaming and posting content to their YouTube channel on the eve of President Donald Trump’s Save America rally in Sarasota, Florida.
YouTube has also deleted all of RSBN’s coverage of Trump’s June 26 rally in Wellington, Ohio, along with his June 5 speech to the North Carolina GOP convention.
The videos deleted had several million views.
As is usual for these efforts at censorship, YouTube merely claimed that “The videos contain remarks from President Trump that violate the aforementioned policies and countervailing views on those remarks are not provided.” Of course, YouTube has never demanded any Democrat to provide “countervailing views” during their political rallies, and I am sure the Google-owned video broadcasting service never will.
Moreover, what exactly did Trump say that required censorship? YouTube of course doesn’t specify. They never do, because if they did they would have to defend their action, and it would be difficult because Trump might be coarse but he never says anything that justifies such censorship. Never.
Right Side Broadcasting fortunately has its own Rumble channel, and it was able to live stream the July 3rd rally as well as keep available for viewing the deleted videos (found here and here).
It is once again important to recognize that this blacklisting of Right Side Broadcasting to prevent it from doing what it best known for is not actually done by some giant corporation named YouTube. It is actually done by the people that work there, both their upper management and their hired hands, most of whom now very clearly do not believe in free speech or the first amendment. There is an oppressive culture in these big tech companies. hostile to conservative values and its American principles of free speech, individual responsibility, and fair treatment to all, no matter their race, color, or creed.
Secondly, I am very tired of hearing the brainless argument that YouTube is a private company and the first amendment doesn’t apply to it. This is surely true legally, but that has never been the point. And anyone who focuses on this irrelevancy is not only an accessory to blacklisting and censorship, they are burying their head in the sand.
The point is that we now have a sizeable portion of the population on the left side of the political spectrum who no longer recognizes free speech and tolerance for other points of view. The point is that these tyrants have decided that, because they now have the power to silence, blackball, and censor their opponents, they are going to do so, with abandon and even glee.
If we don’t call them on their intolerance, and instead make excuses or rationalizations, we let these bullies get away with it. And we all know that if you let bullies get away with bullying, they will merely up the ante and bully you even more. Mere suspensions will seem gentle in a few years if free Americans do not start responding to these thugs aggressively, without compromise.
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