Who knew rocker Neil Younger was into censorship?
The one-time rock and roll man of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Younger, – he of such legendary hits as “Rockin’ within the Free World” – was typical of 60’s and 70’s rock and roll sorts, supposedly free and straightforward. He had no drawback with medication, promoting his use in memoirs. Now pretending there’s no drawback with drug use could be determined misinformation.
However out of the blue the opposite day, Younger abruptly activates Spotify, saying this to his managers:
I need you to let Spotify know instantly TODAY that I need all my music off their platform. They’ll have Rogan or Younger. Not each.
He went on to say this on his weblog:
I sincerely hope that different artists and document corporations will transfer off the SPOTIFY platform and cease supporting SPOTIFY’s lethal misinformation about COVID.
Joe Rogan’s sin on his well-liked podcast? To host an look by vaccine scientist Dr. Robert Malone to debate his views of the Biden-Fauci-led push for each American to be vaccinated.
This enraged rocker Younger, thus his tantrum and risk to Spotify, demanding they silence Rogan or he, Younger, would pull his music from Spotify.
To their credit score, Spotify responded by swiftly dumping – Younger. And the irony of an admitted open drug person, which Younger has repeatedly written about, complaining that Rogan is pushing misinformation on the vaccine is a hilarious case of not having any sense of self-awareness.
Then there’s Substack, the subscription publication that’s, as described right here by Fox News, “well-liked amongst impartial journalists and writers.”
The Substack sin additionally revolves round dissenting views on the vaccine, publishing what has been described within the Fox report as “anti-vaccine newsletters.” For that sin of permitting freedom of speech on its platform, Substack, as with Spotify, is underneath assault. Fox reviews the Substack response this manner:
“At Substack, we don’t make moderation choices based mostly on public stress or PR concerns,” Substack Vice President of Communication Lulu Cheng Meservey started a prolonged Twitter thread on Wednesday. “An necessary precept for us is defending free expression, even for stuff we personally dislike or disagree with. We perceive ideas come at a price.”
Meservey tweeted an inventory of the reason why she’s “proud” to “defend free expression, even when it is onerous,” starting with wanting a “thriving ecosystem filled with contemporary and numerous concepts,” which she pressured “can’t occur with out the liberty to experiment, and even to be improper.”
“Folks already distrust establishments, media, and one another. Understanding that dissenting views are being suppressed makes that distrust worse. Withstanding scrutiny makes truths stronger, not weaker,” Meservey wrote. “We made a promise to writers that it is a place they will pursue what they discover significant, with out coddling or controlling. We promised we wouldn’t come between them and their audiences. And we intend to maintain our facet of the settlement for each author that retains theirs.”
The error right here could be to imagine that these episodes with Spotify and Substack are about being or not being vaccinated. In actual fact, the vaccine is however the newest in an ongoing string of episodes that don’t have anything in any way to do with the vaccine – and every part to do with open left-wing threats to free speech.
Lengthy, lengthy earlier than the arrival of COVID, leftists have been on the market making an attempt to silence the late Rush Limbaugh by bullying and threatening his advertisers. Ditto with related assaults on Fox primetime hosts Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson.
As that is written, the conservative Newsmax cable channel informs that cable carriers Atlantic Broadband and Blue Ridge Cable are dropping the conservative community – simply as Newsmax prepares to hold former President Donald Trump’s newest rally.
Elsewhere it’s AT&T-owned Direct TV that has pulled the plug on the conservative One America Information Community.
All of which is in line from this information as headlined in The Washington Times by editor Kelly Sadler in February of final yr:
Congressional Democrats bully cable suppliers to drop Fox, Newsmax, OANN
The Occasions report mentioned:
Democrats, for the previous 4 years, have been completely horrified by President Donald J. Trump’s pending authoritarianism and assault on this nation’s First Modification rights.
The Washington Put up lamented: “Trump retains threatening the liberty of speech.” The Atlantic wrote of “Trump’s warped definition of free speech,” and USA At present opined: “Trump 2020 plan: New threats to press freedom and belief in media pillars of our democracy.”
Now, after successful full management of the legislative department and the White Home, Democrats are wielding their newfound energy to restrict free speech in methods the previous president by no means dreamed.
Two Democratic members of Congress wrote a letter Monday to the chief government officers of the nation’s largest tv suppliers, bullying them into purging Fox Information, Newsmax and One America Information Community from their cable lineups on the idea of them selling “misinformation and conspiracy theories.”
Democratic Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney need these cable suppliers to use some newfound “ethical or moral ideas … associated to journalistic integrity,” in figuring out what content material they need to permit to be disseminated on their platforms.
So within the wake of the assaults on Spotify and Substack (to not point out all the remainder) the place are all these liberals who have been fast to defend free speech and a free press when Trump’s decidedly imaginary assault on each have been supposedly getting underway?
They’ve all of a sudden gone surprisingly silent. And even joined in with the anti-free speech, anti-free press lynch mob. Right here, within the latter class, is that this latest headline in The Washington Post:
Conspiracy theorists, banned on main social networks, join with audiences on newsletters and podcasts
E-newsletter firm Substack is making hundreds of thousands off anti-vaccine content material, based on estimates
Bought that? When the topic is one The Put up objects to – on this case completely different views on the vaccine – all of a sudden free speech and a free press are harmful threats that should be silenced.
Make no mistake. America is concerned in a battle royal with leftist censors who’re decided to silence any and all views on any and all topics they don’t like.
Which is why Spotify and Substack must be applauded for having the braveness to face up for the core American precept of free speech and a free press.
Or to place it one other approach? To borrow from a well-known rock star, Spotify and Substack are “Rockin’ within the Free World.”