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Who is really controlling what news you see?

By Mark Alexander
web posted December 5, 2022

You may not have an account with Twitter or that other social media giant, Facebook, which is maintaining its allegiance to Big Gov and Demo speech suppressors. But make no mistake: Those platforms are major influencers of public opinion and, by extension, elections. Thus, they have a major impact on the future of American Liberty if they are successful in suppressing those of us who support and defend it.

Yeah, I know. Before Musk took over, Twitter was the biggest of the Big Tech speech suppressors. That platform, in collusion with the Democrat Party and its Leftmedia propagandists, led the charge just ahead of the 2020 election to conceal the blockbuster Biden/ChiCom pay-to-play schemes that were detailed on Hunter Biden's laptop.

So, what changed? Musk announced his platform would no longer wantonly target conservative speech, declaring, "The world should know the truth of what has been happening at Twitter." Naturally, the enemies of free speech immediately decompensated in a fit of fear and rage.

That manifested in an effort to defund Twitter — an effort led by the same "invisible" influencers who are controlling the news you read: advertisers.

That's right, key advertisers are dropping Twitter. According to The Washington Post, "More than a third of Twitter's top 100 marketers have not advertised on the social media network in the past two weeks." Of course, WaPo is cheering and now lobbying Big Tech monopolies Apple and Google to drop Twitter's app from their respective stores.

The Post's "technology columnist/reporter," Taylor "Cyber Bully" Lorenz, is promoting the cancel culture aggression of Harvard Law's leftist "transgender" activist Alejandra Caraballo: "Apple and Google need to seriously start exploring booting Twitter off the app store. What Musk is doing is existentially dangerous. ... It's like opening the gates of hell in terms of the havoc it will cause. ... I can't even begin to state how dangerous this will be."

Actually, what is really "dangerous" is the Leftmedia/Big Tech assault on free speech, including their efforts to defund free speech platforms.

For a deeper dive into why big companies have pulled ads from conservative media platforms, I turned to my friend, researcher David Black, Ph.D. As founder of 2nd Vote, a national database exposing woke corporate agendas, he has devoted as much time as anyone to this issue. Dave noted that big corporations have aligned themselves with big government, and thus many believe, correctly, that advertising with organizations that express opposition to big government political agendas will result in unfavorable treatment. (Think "corporate cronyism.") For this reason, they are steering clear of media platforms, including Twitter, that dare allow objective conservative news and conservative opinion.

David lays out the reason why many companies appease the Left: "Radical leftists are well-organized and well-funded (Soros, Gates, Bloomberg, etc.), and they coordinate protests and boycotts well. Conservatives, who support free speech, don't gang up on those whose speech does not fit their political narrative." He adds: "The Left's objective is all about money, power, and elitism. These socialist radicals have six primary targets: 1) Protected 1st Amendment freedoms; 2) The protection of Liberty by the 2nd Amendment; 3) Sanctity of life; 4) Safe civil society protected by enforcement of laws and the integrity of borders; 5) Critical thinking and fact-based education; 6) American ingenuity, especially environmental problem solving as opposed to the Left's 'climate change' agenda."

So, how do these big corporate cancel culture cowards control what and how news is reported to you? They do it by strangling media outlets of their life's blood: advertising revenue.

Twitter is just the latest of the free speech platforms to lose advertising. The same thing has been happening with Fox News and every other commercial conservative-leaning news platform dependent on ad revenues. Some are self-censoring their reporting to avoid additional losses, and there's nothing "fair and balanced" about that little secret. ESR

Mark Alexander is the executive editor of the Patriot Post.

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