Censorship: Twitter Takeover Totally Panics Political Regime of LeftLibDemSocMediaTechPol

grarpamp grarpamp at gmail.com
Tue Nov 29 00:19:01 PST 2022

Greenwald: The Media's Deranged Hysteria Over Elon Musk's Promised
Restoration Of Free Speech


It was easy to predict that there would be an all-out war from Western
power centers if Musk sought to mildly reduce censorship on Twitter.
Still, the media outdid itself...

It is hard to overstate how manic, primal and unhinged is the reaction
of corporate media employees to the mere prospect that new Twitter
owner Elon Musk may restore a modicum of greater free speech to that
platform. It was easy to predict — back when Musk was merely toying
with the idea of buying Twitter and loosening some of its censorship
restrictions — that there would be an all-out attack from Western
power centers if he tried. Online censorship has become one of the
most potent propaganda weapons they possess, and there is no way they
will allow anyone to dilute it even mildly without attempting to
destroy them. Even with that expectation in place of what was to come,
the liberal sector of the corporate media (by far the most dominant
media sector) really outdid itself when it came to group-think panic,
rhetorical excess, and reckless and shrill accusations.

In unison, these media outlets decreed that not only would greater
free speech on Twitter usher in the usual parade of horribles they
trot out when demanding censorship — disinformation, hate speech,
attacks on the “marginalized,” etc. etc. — but this time they severely
escalated their rhetorical hysteria by claiming that Musk would
literally cause mass murder by permitting a broader range of political
opinion to be aired. The Washington Post's Taylor Lorenz even warned
of supernatural demons that would be unleashed by these new free
speech policies, as she talked to a handful of obviously neurotic
pro-censorship “experts” and then wrote about these thinly disguised
therapy sessions with those neurotics under this headline: “‘Opening
the gates of hell’: Musk says he will revive banned accounts.”

But the self-evident absurdity of this laughable meltdown and the ease
of mocking it should not obscure that there are lurking within these
episodes some genuinely insidious and serious dangers. These
preposterous media employees are just the sideshow. But what they are
doing, unwittingly or otherwise, is laying the groundwork for far less
frivolous and more serious people to use the attacks on Musk to
further fortify the regime of censorship they have been constructing:
the limitlessly demonizing language heaped on him, the success they
have already had in driving away many if not most corporate
advertisers from Twitter, the threats to once again abuse the monopoly
power of Google and Apple to destroy Twitter or at least cripple it if
Musk does not comply with their censorship orders (as they succeeded
in doing last year to the free speech site Parler when it became the
most-downloaded app in the country and refused to censor on demand).

To examine the media tactics being invoked, and to highlight the
underlying conflicts among power centers at stake in this battle, we
devoted our monologue to this topic as part of Friday night's episode
of the pre-launch test-runs we are airing of our new live SYSTEM
UPDATE program, soon to debut nightly on Rumble. As we explained last
week, these test-run episodes are designed to air for now solely on
the Locals platform, and are available for now exclusively to our
Substack and Locals subscribers, in order to elicit feedback and help
us perfect the show as we prepare for our debut on Rumble. The
audience feedback we received after our first episode and the first
interactive after-show we did was genuinely helpful, and we spent the
week incorporating many of our audience's suggestions in order to
elevate the quality of our program as we head toward our launch.

But given the timeliness of our latest monologue to these
still-unfolding events, as well as the fact that we were able to keep
the test-run glitches to a minimum, we have posted this new full
thirty-minute monologue on Rumble, for anyone to watch here.
Reflecting the success we believe we can achieve in reaching a large
new audience with our program, the number of viewers we attracted to
that test-run show before the first full day has already exceeded
100,000: on a Saturday, over Thanksgiving weekend.

As we always have done and will continue to do with all video
broadcasts and video reporting we do, we have created and are posting
a full transcript of the monologue for subscribers only, available
below, for those who prefer to read rather than watch (though we do
believe that the video component of the show allows us to use another
dimension in conveying our reporting, one of the main reasons we
committed to produce this new live program on Rumble). But for those
who prefer to read, the transcript of our Musk analysis is below;
those wishing to watch our new SYSTEM UPDATE monologue can do so by
clicking this link and then watch the video on Rumble.

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