The Thin Line Of Censorship

A friend of mine who is in radio advertising tells me that radio stations do not have the ability to refuse political ads. During an election season, a station must air all ads that a political campaign pays for. Evidently this is the result of the fact that radio stations are controlled by the Federal Communications Commission. Unfortunately the new media is very loosely controlled by anything. This is a very mixed blessing. I don’t want the government telling me that I have to accept political ads on my blog whether or not I agree with the ads. However, the censorship of conservative speech that is going on at YouTube, Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc., is not acceptable.

Breitbart is reporting today that according to a report by 60 minutes more than 300 of President Donald Trump’s political ads have taken down by Google and its video platform YouTube, mostly over the summer.

The article reports:

The CBS reporters were unable to find specific reasons for the mass takedowns of Trump ads, a common problem with social media companies, which are often reluctant to explain precisely why a ban or other act of censorship has happened. “We found very little transparency in the transparency report,” concluded 60 Minutes.

The article includes the following quote from CBS News:

60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl asked Wojcicki, “Have you taken down any of President Trump’s ads at all?” YouTube’s CEO responded, “There are ads of President Trump that were not approved to run on Google or YouTube.” When pressed for an example, Wojcicki added, “Well, they’re available in our transparency report.”

In response to concerns raised after the 2016 election cycle, Google and YouTube, like Facebook, keep a searchable archive of political ads that have run on the site.

60 Minutes reviewed the archive to learn more about President Trump’s problematic political ads. We found that over 300 video ads were taken down by Google and YouTube, mostly over the summer, for violating company policy. But the archive doesn’t detail what policy was violated. Was it copyright violation? A lie or extreme inaccuracy? Faulty grammar? Bad punctuation? It’s unclear. The ads determined to be offending are not available to be screened. We found very little transparency in the transparency report. 

We are coming into a very important election season. American voters need to hear both sides of every campaign. We already know that the mainstream media is extremely biased. How are people supposed to get information when free speech is being suppressed?

We Have Forgotten Our Manners

It is an election season (it has been for about three years now). People have strong feelings–that’s fine, but we need to remember that we all live in the same country. As I have stated previously numerous times, I am not a Trump supporter, but I will vote for him. There are two things that I can honestly say I like about Donald Trump–he has enough money invested in America to want to protect it, and because he is outside of the normal political stream, he may actually be able to clean up the elitism in our political system. Congress (or the Presidency) should not be a way to increase your personal wealth. When you look at the net worth of people entering Congress and their net worth six to eight years later, you wonder what in the world is going on. At any rate, we are in an election season, and we need to be kind to one another. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

WTVR Channel 6 posted a story on Monday about some Trump supporters who stopped at Cook Out in Richmond, Virginia, for a bite to eat on the way home from a Trump rally.

This is the story:

“As soon as we got to the window, someone inside said ‘Hell no! I’m not serving them,'” Riggs (Shannon Riggs) recalled.

After a few minutes of discussion behind the window, their orders were eventually taken.

“Everyone was laughing and giggling,” Riggs said about the uncomfortable situation.

She said at one point, an employee yelled out an order was ready, but when her cousin went to the window to claim the food, she was told, “Oh not for you!”

The girls called the corporate headquarters of Cook Out. The corporation released the following statement:

Cook Out is, and always has been, a politically neutral company. We welcome all customers regardless of political affiliation.
Regarding the refusal of service at our Colonial Heights location, the situation has been resolved and was resolved that night per Cook Out policy.

I hope the employees were severely reprimanded.