Liberals and the mainstream media have hardly made a secret of the fact that they think conservatives should be silenced.
However, they seem to be willing to take that desire to new (and potentially illegal) lengths now that it appears former Vice President and Democrat puppet Joe Biden will occupy the Oval Office.
Despite the plethora of misinformation spread by the mainstream media, they appear to be attempting to trade on what shreds of credibility they have left to try and convince the American people that smaller networks, such as Newsmax and One American News, should be silenced, thanks to their dissenting opinions and disagreement with the Democratic party platform.
That desire was displayed clearly on CNN’s Bryan Stelter’s Sunday show when one of his guests focused the attention on de-platforming the more conservative networks.
“We are going to have to figure out the OANN and Newsmax problem,” Alex Stamos, a former Facebook chief security officer, told CNN’s Stelter. “These companies have freedom of speech, but I’m not sure we need Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, and such bringing them into tens of millions of homes.”
Stamos’ comments are disturbing on a number of levels. Not only is the concept that someone who disagrees should be silenced problematic, taking it to the point of putting pressure on internet and television providers to remove a product that so many want to consume seems in and of itself too much.
Some might say that his comments are no more than what a conservative Christian might say about something they consider damning, such as some sadistic form of pornography.
People would consume it, why not let it play freely on primetime where for all to see. However, morality and common decency demand that we don’t allow children to be accidentally corrupted by something that has been proven to be bad for them.
There’s a strong argument to be made that CNN and those who propose the depression of information must be one of two things: manipulative and controlling, or they want to impose their own form of morality.
If the second is true, one has to ask what form of morality they might be trying to impose. Is someone pulling the strings that are causing them to try and push us toward a moral end? Why else would they object to people being told a different story then?
Well, the other answer is that if they need the people to believe something for their own political ends.
If the purpose of news is not to inform, but rather to prop up a political agenda that is undercut by anyone thinking critically about the facts provided by one set of ideas, then yes, oppression of information distribution would be a crucial part of making sure people are properly manipulated.
This possible reason would be supported by CNN’s brazen call for censorship of news, asking for voices and news networks to be blacklisted from cable TV and even internet providers.
“We have to turn down the capability of these conservative influencers to reach these huge audiences,” Stamos said. “There are people on YouTube that have larger daytime audiences than CNN.”
To be fair to their plan, it’s one that already worked on President Donald Trump. Any network that can work to get the president of the United States silenced on social media and live to tell the tale must be feeling pretty invincible.
Worthy of note is that CNN is owned by parent company AT&T, something pointed out by Oliver Darcy, CNN’s leftwing media critic who also asked that carriers shut down OAN and Newsmax:
Just a reminder that neither @Verizon, @ATT, nor @comcast have answered any questions about why they beam channels like OAN & Newsmax into millions of homes. Do they have any second thoughts about distributing these channels given their election denialism content? They won't say.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) January 17, 2021
“Just a reminder that neither @Verizon, @ATT, nor @comcast have answered any questions about why they beam channels like OAN [sic] & Newsmax into millions of homes,” Darcy tweeted “Do they have any second thoughts about distributing these channels given their election denialism content? They won’t say.”