"And Why Stop There?": CNN Analyst Calls For Sweeping Regulation of Free Speech On The Internet
Added 11-30-20 02:55:02pm EST - “We? previously discussed the unrelenting drumbeat of censorship on the Internet from Democratic leaders, including President-elect Joe Biden. Those calls are growing as anti-free speech advocates se?” - Jonathanturley.org
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We previously discussed the unrelenting drumbeat of censorship on the Internet from Democratic leaders, including President-elect Joe Biden. Those calls are growing as anti-free speech advocates see an opportunity in the Biden Administration to crackdown on opposing views. One vocal advocate of censorship and speech controls has been CNN media analyst Oliver Darcy who just ratcheted up his call for de-platforming opposing views. Like many anti-free speech advocates, Darcy simply labels those with opposing views as spreading “disinformation” and demands that they be labeled or barred from social media. In a recent newsletter, Darcy calls for every tweet by Trump to be labeled as disinformation while asking “and why stop there?” Precisely. Once you cross the Rubicon of speech regulation, there is little reason or inclination to stop. Just look at Europe.
“Nearly every tweet from the president at this point is labeled for misinfo. Which had me thinking. Why doesn’t Twitter just take the step of labeling his entire account as a known source of election disinfo? And why stop there? Why not label accounts that repeatedly spread claims the platform has to fact-check?”
There was a time from the very touchstone of American journalism was the rejection of such calls for censorship, including at CNN.
What is chilling about Darcy’s writings is that they reflect the view of many now in Congress and in the Democratic Party. Indeed, they reflect many in the Biden campaign. Once a party that fought for free speech, it has become the party demanding Internet censorship and hate speech laws. President-Elect Joe Biden has called for speech controls and recently appointed a transition head for agency media issues that is one of the most pronounced anti-free speech figures in the United States. It is a trend that seems now to be find support in the media, which celebrated the speech of French President Emmanuel Macron before Congress where he called on the United States to follow the model of Europe on hate speech.
Darcy is calling for more active and extensive regulation of speech to protect users from thoughts or views that he considers false or dangerous: “Think of it as a version of NewsGuard for Twitter.”
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RT @InternetClean: Excellent piece from @c_blackhurst on how, if we get it right, systemic regulation of social media can be good for freed…
Applying these kinds of regulations to the internet would be a disaster and result in a chilling effect on free spe… https://t.co/D9Rnjg3QqX
@mcristo1844 @ggreenwald So punt it to the feds and let them fix it. The tweet’s about pining for the days of the W… https://t.co/SeTvQOe4YE
RT @glakier: Big day in the world of internet speech regulation! I for one am both intrigued to see where this goes and DEEPLY CONCERNED ab…
@mmasnick @DevinCow @syintist But it was a regulation of privately owned infrastructure as cable/internet is as wel… https://t.co/MRCo8Iyd23