TODD: Apple reversed its ban on Parler. This is from The Verge. Parler is a competitor to the hate machine of Jack Dorsey called Twitter, the censorship machine of Mark Zuckerberg called Facebook. And if you doubt that — if you think that’s, you know, an exaggeration — there’s audio I play in my show in Seattle. I love to play Mark Zuckerberg speaking privately with his staff talking about the mRNA injections and saying…
He says, Mark Zuckerberg, “I’m concerned about what this effect will have on our DNA.” You will be banned from Facebook for saying that; Zuckerberg says it in private. And these platforms are so powerful. It’s great that there is a competitor, Parler, and what’s happened… There’s a timing issue to this.
The interim CEO of Parler, Mark Meckler, said in a statement, “We worked to put in place systems that will better detect unlawful speech and allow users to filter content undesirable to them while maintaining our strict prohibition against content moderation based on viewpoint.” So Apple reversed its ban. It’s back in the Apple store.
However, there’s something else. There’s a timing issue. It was a couple of days before a hearing in Congress about Apple’s behavior, ’cause in my judgment, they clearly banned Parler because people were discussing election integrity. Most of the planning for January 6th went on at Facebook and Twitter, just like the planning for the riots to come go on Facebook and Twitter.
So it’s great to see them win this victory — and I’ve got lots to say about tech because I worked in it for so long. I want to get to this. Rush Limbaugh was too powerful and too beloved to ever be effectively banned. It wouldn’t work. But Rush knew full well the efforts the leftists put into destroying any platform they don’t control, he was very, very happy with Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, who understands the technocrats and their attempts to rule us.
RUSH: Ron DeSantis. This guy has got what we call an iron-enforced spine, the governor of Florida. “In a 45-minute speech, the governor [of Florida, Ron DeSantis] identified Big Tech companies as the leading threat to American democracy and freedom of expression today, and pledged that Florida Republicans would take action.
“[He] accused the tech giants of ‘clear viewpoint discrimination,’ highlighting the censorship of Donald Trump and the removal of Parler from the internet and Apple and Google-controlled app stores. ‘The core issue here is this: are consumers going to have the choice to consume the information they choose, or are oligarchs in Silicon Valley going to make those choices for us?
“No group of people should exercise such power, especially not tech billionaires in Northern California,'” and, man, oh, man is that right. Tell me: Where else do you hear anybody speaking out like this — in government? Yeah, you have some op-ed writers, some other people speaking out on this, but this? You don’t hear elected officials so much. Some members of Congress do.
This is when Democrats control Washington. The propaganda arm of the Democrat Party has never been more powerful than today, and don’t forget that they’ve got Antifa and Black Lives Matter soldiers as their military arm. Republicans who do not cave to the extraordinary pressure exerted on them in Washington today… Do you know who they are?
They’re tomorrow’s leaders. Republicans who do not cave to all of this are tomorrow’s leaders. Trump is the model going forward. Yes siree, my friends. Donald Trump is the model. You find something interesting? They’re gonna continue whatever they think they have to do to destroy the guy, to impugn the guy, to ruin the guy, his family, supporters. They’re not gonna let up on the gas. Just amazing. So here’s Miranda Devine, and “Facebook’s Squad of Thought Police” is her piece. She says, “When you see him speak, it’s hard to believe that such a gormless geek as Mark Zuckerberg may be the most powerful person in the free world.
“But socially inept tech oligarchs now wield unprecedented power to censor political thought and speech and are transforming America into an authoritarian surveillance state. For now,” and that’s the key in that sentence. “For now, it is conservatives they are silencing and demonizing, in partnership with the Democratic Party.” For now.
But after a while when they think they think that they’ve finished that, they’re gonna move on to whoever else is insolent, and they’re gonna begin to demonize and silence that group. Who will it be? We don’t know. But they’re not going to stop exercising this power they have simply by vanquishing conservatives. This kind of power, you have fun using, and they’re gonna be doing it day in and day out.
“We already know Silicon Valley leans left… But the partisan power of Big Tech was laid bare this month when they acted in concert to censor Donald Trump and many of his 74 million voters, and then crushed free speech competitor Parler.
Now Facebook has turbo-charged its woke corporate agenda with a new ‘vice president of civil rights’ — an Obama administration alumnus obsessed with systemic police racism — and a global ‘oversight board’ of retired politicians and human-rights activists paid to rubber-stamp [Facebook’s] crackdown on conservatives, a.k.a. ‘domestic terrorists.'”
TODD: From Rush’s words to now. Ron DeSantis — who he just praised. Ron DeSantis has set up an alternative video channel on Rumble.com, which is an alternative to YouTube. Why? Because YouTube disappeared a panel discussion — a series of panel discussions — between Ron DeSantis and world-renowned epidemiologists and immunologists who don’t hold to Google’s view that everybody should be forced to have a covid vaccine pass, the passports.
We’ve played Rush’s words warning us — and this was about the piece of paper we were supposed to carry. I can imagine what the Maha is thinking heaven about the literal vaccine passports now, the digital versions. And because they don’t agree with lockdowns, they disappeared a discussion between a governor of one of the most populous states in the country and legendary, credentialed, noncontroversial medical, scientific experts who point to 100 years (100 years!) of rigorous scientific examination of responses to upper-respiratory viruses like the Spanish flu, which is still in the air.
We all get that, right? That’s not gone. There’s no zero Spanish flu. We grew to have actual herd immunity to it because our bodies were allowed to work. I mentioned at the top of this segment of Rush’s program that we live in extraordinary times. I am so proud that I got to be with my young producer. My young producer’s 21-year-olds. His name is Alex Overall, my show in Seattle.
I am so proud that I got to be with Alex one morning as he and I were doing show prep and we were gathering video of doctors who objected to the lockdowns — the selective lockdowns of small businesses, churches, and schools — while pot stores and abortionists were allowed to run wild. I’m so proud I got to be with Alex that morning. That was almost a year ago, over that. As one after another of those videos got disappeared, Alex had to chase them down to YouTube and…
Well, here’s this doctor. Now it’s gone. And then the doctors were on Fox News and it got disappeared from YouTube and then disappeared from Facebook, and books are getting disappeared. In terms of Rush saying that they’re only going after conservatives now? No, no, no. They’re also going after so-called radical feminists who object to gender ideology.
And they’re going after radical mothers who object to the sexualization of their kids with these insane so-called sex-ed platforms. I got to be there as a young patriot watched the result of Big Government, the thing about which he was warned. We live in extraordinary times, extraordinary moments to say to young people, “Like that video game? Want to keep it? Vote conservative. If not, you’ll never have choices like that again.”
You’ll hear me use the phase “mockingbird media.” Mockingbird media means something to me. Here’s my definition of the mockingbird media. Tell me if this seems familiar to you or if this well describes what you see. The mockingbird media repeats and amplifies the words of technocrats like Mark Zuckerberg, statists like…
Well, name the Democrats and leftists without any skepticism. So if Tony Fauci one day says, “Well, the fact is, yellow shirts have been known for many years to be a protectant against sunburn.” And then the next day Tony Fauci says, “Well, I mean, wearing yellow shirts to protect yourself from a sunburn, that’s… I mean, that might make people feel better, but yellow shirts are not known to do that.” Whatever Fauci says that day is the truth.
“Well, it’s not really, you know, people should it be afraid of the covid. You know, if I were a young person, I’d probably take a cruise to Italy right now.” Shift gears. “Look. This disease, it doesn’t pick and choose. Everybody is at risk.” The truth is what he says. That’s the mockingbird media, and they shift without shame. The Media Research Center just did a report, a study: In the first hundred days in office, Biden enjoyed 56% positive message.
Trump was slammed with 89% negative press. The Media Research Center has put up NewsBusters.org, still unbelievably great resource if you want to understand the mockingbird media. Now, we heard earlier Rush praise Ron DeSantis for going after the technocrats, right? I just mentioned technocrats. America’s enduring anchorman also reminded us of how Google rigs the media game with search.
RUSH: “Ninety-Six Percent of Google Search Results for ‘Trump’ News Are from Liberal Media Outlets.” This probably doesn’t come as a surprise, but it’s now been documented in a couple of different research projects. Social media companies are the new battleground for media bias. It is because of the reach they have. Facebook has 1.5 billion people. Twitter is not far behind. You throw Google with their search engine and YouTube in there and there is active suppression of conservatism and conservatives on all of these platforms.
There is not an engagement of ideas. There is an elimination of ideas. This is exactly what has been happening. You know, people from the McCain wing of the party say, “We need to cross the aisle! We need to debate. We need to show that we can work together and compromise. We need to prove that we can make Washington and government work.” I always said, “They’re not interested in compromising with us! They don’t want any debate. They don’t want a level playing field. They don’t want us on the playing field.”
Well, that is exactly what’s happening on social media. There isn’t this vibrant so-called beautiful, wonderful smorgasbord of ideas where people get to exchange and debate and expand their minds. There is an ongoing effort to eliminate anything that is not from the liberal order, which would mean eliminating conservatives, conservatism, conservative sites, conservative results and search engines. I know it’s not news to you that this has been going on.
But official research now has documented 96% of Google search results… Just put “Trump” in the search field; 96% of the results will be from liberal media outlets. Not find on the first one, two, three pages any conservative site. Now, you are sophisticated enough and aware enough to recognize that and see it. But how about the average, ordinary people that just are not policy wonks? They think whatever they see on the internet is true and whatever Google produces is accurate.
It is a massive effort being undertaken that has as its purpose the elimination of conservatism by simply pretending it doesn’t exist. Project Veritas, their secret videos at Twitter proving that they engage in shadow banning? Now if you mention that, if you bring that up, people start pooh-poohing you and laughing. “What do you mean, ‘shadow banning’? You’re crazy! You don’t know anything.” Shadow banning is very simple. You’re a conservative, you post something on Twitter, and nobody sees it. Twitter blocks it.
It does not go to the list of people you sent it to, doesn’t go to your followers. They just block it. Except you don’t know. You don’t know it hasn’t gone anywhere, and the people you sent it to never see it. It never arrives. It never shows up in their feed. Voila! They have shadow banned you — and this is a rising practice that’s taking place. It’s happening at Facebook. Shadow banning is specific to Twitter. This has caused a response. Trump sent a couple of tweets:
“Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96% of results on ‘Trump News’ are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!
What’s he gonna do about it? (interruption) No, no. I’m serious. How’s he gonna fix this? I mean, these people, you can’t go at ’em on First Amendment. They’re not government. They can do what they want. They can run their businesses however they want. If they want to engage in a mass sanctioning of conservatives and conservatism — I mean, in the general sense — they can do it. What would force their hand is public pressure, financial pressure, or what have you.
But they’re not gonna get any pressure from other leftists. Other leftists are applauding this. This is exactly what liberalism is. It’s not something that relishes the idea of debate. They want to eliminate any and all opposition. They don’t want to have to deal with it, period. There is no just opposition. There is nothing other than what they believe, and it’s a nuisance to have to put up with it and admit it. So we’ll see.
The president’s promising some kind of action on this. In fact, from the Washington Examiner: “Trump Threatens Action Against Google for Rigged Search Results.” So I guess because the president is using Twitter now as a bully pulpit to bring attention to an extremely important… And it is dangerous. Social media companies are censoring mainstream political thinkers and writers and elected officials. Conservatives. It’s just evidence, again, that the left cannot prevail, even in their own minds, without cheating. They cannot thrive, survive, or win without cheating.
They now have built up these social media platforms that are so huge that their opportunity to cheat is massive each and every day.
TODD: There it is. Once again, you see the tie-in. That’s why I tell you, it’s easy for me to do. It’s Team EIB that needs to dig through the archives. It’s 30 years of wisdom like this. And us, like the guide hosts, we just sit and talk about it with you.