For decades, it’s been no secret that liberal bias controls many American institutions. In 2016, the left-leaning bias of the mainstream media was on full display, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Liberal thought dominates many other areas of American life, from Hollywood to college campuses. In the current environment, it’s hard to find a platform for conservative opinions.
Of course, many believed the age of the internet would change this reality. To an extent, that promise has proved true. In recent years, conservative sources of news and information have thrived online, giving voters an alternative to the blatantly biased coverage of the mainstream media. For now, the internet gives conservatives a chance to even the playing field.
Predictably, liberals are not happy about this threat to their monopoly on information. In response to Trump’s victory, they started a campaign to label online conservative news sources as “fake news.” Ironically, the narrative backfired on the media. Many voters started to label mainstream outlets like CNN as fake news, turning the narrative on its head. With the free flow of information online, liberals were again losing the battle of ideas.
Sadly, the left’s response to losing the argument has always been to censor the opposition. In the fight to censor conservatives online, they unfortunately have a massive ally. Like Hollywood, the media, and college campuses, major American tech companies are also bastions of left-wing thought. Now, companies like Google are finding ways to shut down the debate online.
From PJ Media:
Google revealed in a blog post that it is now using machine learning to document “hate crimes and events” in America. They’ve partnered with liberal groups like ProPublica, BuzzFeed News, and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to make information about “hate events” easily accessible to journalists. And now, there are troubling signs that this tool could be used to ferret out writers and websites that run afoul of the progressive orthodoxy.
Immediately, you’ll notice the team Google assembled leans one way politically:
ProPublica poses as a middle-of-the-road non-profit journalistic operation, but in reality, it’s funded by a stable of uber-liberal donors, including George Soros’s Open Society Foundations and Herb and Marion Sandler, billionaire former mortgage bankers whose Golden West Financial Corp. allegedly targeted subprime borrowers with “pick-a-pay” mortgages that led to toxic assets that were blamed for the collapse of Wachovia. The Southern Poverty Law Center, of course, is infamous for targeting legitimate conservatives groups, branding them as “hate groups” because they refuse to walk in lockstep with the progressive agenda. And it goes with out saying that The New York Times and BuzzFeed News lean left.
Already, the database is targeting conservative sites:
A perusal of the raw data that’s been compiled thus far on hate stories shows articles from a wide array of center-right sites, including The Daily Caller, Breitbart News, The Washington Times, National Review, and the Washington Examiner.
It’s easy enough to figure out the direction of this project by taking it for a test drive. A search for “Scalise” returned four results, one of which didn’t even mention Steve Scalise, the congressman who was shot by a crazed leftist in June. A search for “Trump” during the same time period yielded more than 200 results. A search of the raw data resulted in 1178 hits for Trump and not a single mention of Scalise.
Even more scary, the threats to conservative writers have already started:
An email sent to several conservative writers by a ProPublica reporter may give us some indication. Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer along with some others received this from ProPublica “reporter” Lauren Kirchner:
I am a reporter at ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative newsroom in New York. I am contacting you to let you know that we are including your website in a list of sites that have been designated as hate or extremist by the American Defamation League or the Southern Poverty Law Center. We have identified all the tech platforms that are supporting websites on the ADL and SPLC lists.
We would like to ask you a few questions:
1) Do you disagree with the designation of your website as hate or extremist? Why?
2) We identified several tech companies on your website: PayPal, Amazon, Newsmax, and Revcontent. Can you confirm that you receive funds from your relationship with those tech companies? How would the loss of those funds affect your operations, and how would you be able to replace them?
3) Have you been shut down by other tech companies for being an alleged hate or extremist web site? Which companies?
4) Many people opposed to sites like yours are currently pressuring tech companies to cease their relationships with them – what is your view of this campaign? Why?
In other words, nice website you’ve got there. It would be a shame if anything happened to it.
In short, this unholy alliance plans to shut down conservative media by cutting off the platforms that support them. Of course, they cover this up by claiming they’re simply targeting “hate speech”. However, conservatives have been around long enough to know that what the left defines as hate speech tends to cover any speech that doesn’t align with liberal orthodoxy.
For a few years, conservatives have been able to use the internet as a platform for political thought. Sadly, those days could now be numbered.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]