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Bloggers Have Free Speech Protection Too

Social media graphic concept. (Photo: AdobeStock)
Social media graphic concept. (Photo: AdobeStock)

Social media graphic concept. (Photo: AdobeStock)

The mainstream media and social media giants once again have been banging the drum to silence the free speech of bloggers on the Internet, by suggesting they are the only “legitimate press.” A number of blogger and podcasters have been “de-platformed” recently, including the well-known Alex Jones Show.

Most people pay little attention to what is being said on this issue, but I can tell you, that the message of censorship is probably the most serious threat to American liberties in many years and would do far more damage to this country than even the much-lamented Affordable Care Act.

People who blog as a hobby, or write for a living, have come under the scrutiny from the left for a variety of reasons. But the primary reason is that it threatens their political agenda, and acts as a counterweight against their attempt to seize power in government.

For years, the media has always acted as the watchdog of government. Who can forget the actions of Woodward and Bernstein? Or the tirades of columnists against Ronald Reagan. Even Bill Clinton, who was a media darling, was torn apart by many magazines and columnists for the salacious details of Lewinsky affair and his attempt to deny justice to Paula Jones.

However, in the last 8 years, the media has not just moved to the left, it has become a tool and pawn of the left.

In fact the ABC chief news correspondent, George Stephanopoulos , is a former Clinton adviser. NBC sells Obama ‘action figures’ in its own gift shop, and CBS is so comfortable with its own liberalism that if often steps on journalistic ethics in order to slant its stories (remember Dan Rather and the Bush affair?).

And should one of them point a finger of accusation at a corrupt Obama White House, as the now deceased Helen Thomas did, they quickly find themselves on the pavement. No one who understands politics was fooled by that whole affair. Right wingers didn’t get rid of Helen Thomas, the left did. The man that filmed that tape of her complaining about Israel was a Clinton crony, not a conservative.

So when bloggers write stories and columns and take a different approach, it threatens to shine a light on the dirty dealings of the left and threatens their ability to push an unpopular and socialist agenda through Congress.

The left is very aware that Congress is highly sensitive to public pressure and the will of the American people, and is also sensitive to the effect that outlets they can’t control, such a radio and the Internet (at least not yet) can have on Congressional votes.

I dare say, if not for the voice in the dark of internet radio and the bloggers, we would be looking at a much different America than we do now. It also takes away from their readership of their failing newspapers, and undermines the ability to generate revenues from its state sponsored propaganda machine.

It was Hillary Clinton herself that blamed the Benghazi attack on a YouTube video, and her election loss on the voice of alternative media. The mainstream media and the leftists that control social media are trying to paint bloggers and free writers as hate mongers and racists.

Why?

Because it is probably the most hateful thing short of child molestation that you can accuse another person of. The left wants to break right wing radio and right wing bloggers. They don’t see them as people who are exercising their rights of free speech, they see them as an impediment to their radical agenda to reinvent America as a socialized state.

They will try to do this through eventual expansion of the FCC’s powers and block the transmission of free speech through their legislation of the Internet. They will make loud speeches about ‘hate speech’ and blame things like the Alex Jones show, or others that speak up, rather than on their own fearful boobery.

Bloggers who write columns today are similar to those patriots who wrote pamphlets on freedom some 250 years ago. They are the same individuals whose pamphlets inspired a nation to rise up against unjust laws from a tyrant king. They are not hate mongers, they are ordinary citizens expressing their right to question the acts of its leaders.

This is fundamental to what America is — the right of freedom of speech.

Since the clowns on the left have no real understanding of what truly makes America great, it is no wonder they attempt to paint e-writers as something less than savory.

The left also makes no mention of the vast amount of left wing blogs and radio programs. Why? Because they make little impact in the ratings or American political thought.

The left doesn’t want to let you in on a little secret- that the majority of Americans are fairly conservative in their thought, and are, as Nixon put it, a “silent majority.” How many ordinary people are beginning to become involved in the political process these days?

How many ordinary citizens and business leaders have suddenly woken up to what is going on, and have started to run for office, or become active in politics at their local level?

A lot more — and that’s thanks to the very outlets that the left is trying to limit, and thus limit who and what runs this country.

They equate a blogger who dares to question the supremacy of the White House as someone who yells “fire” in a crowded theatre. Well, it’s not wrong to yell “fire” in a crowded theatre.

Not if the building is on fire.

Listen to “Liberty Never Sleeps 08/02/18 Show” on Spreaker.

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Thomas Purcell is a syndicated columnist, author and host of the popular radio show Liberty Never Sleeps.

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