It didn’t take the Capitol riot to change anything; the election and inauguration of Donald Trump were all it took for media outlets to start questioning the value of free speech. In 2017, Howard Dean doubled down on his claim that “hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment.” The Washington Post in 2017 ran a piece entitled, “When ‘free speech’ becomes a political weapon” and noted that liberals were taking a fresh look at that whole “free speech” thing. A New York Times columnist wrote that the founders could never have foreseen free speech “so twisted to malevolent intent as it is now.”
Move over, Climate Change. pic.twitter.com/eJvhzoAhfK
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) October 4, 2019
And of course, we have cable news hall monitors Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy trying to protect us from Fox News.
Now HuffPost is wondering why a spokesperson for Donald Trump, who’s been banned from Twitter (and Facebook and YouTube) hasn’t been banned as well.
Trump has been banned on the platform since his attempt to overthrow American democracy on Jan. 6, but Twitter has taken no action against Liz Harrington. https://t.co/F2nHHyYfOt
— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) July 20, 2021
S. V. Date writes:
A paid spokesperson for former President Donald Trump is posting his same election lies on Twitter that incited the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol and got Trump permanently banned from the platform two days later.
“The Voter Fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election was monumental, and the facts are coming out daily!” Liz Harrington wrote on Monday, quoting from a false statement that had just been released by Trump through his Save America committee.
Twitter has not responded to multiple queries from HuffPost about why Harrington’s actions are permitted when similar activity by former Trump aides in the immediate aftermath of his Jan. 8 suspension was not.
The Times, the Post, HuffPost … we’ve never seen so many media outlets want other voices banned.
Thanks for letting me know who to follow
— Bad Chilly (@Bad_Chilly_) July 20, 2021
@realLizUSA for anyone who wants to follow her.
— Marleaux (@GavroshMarleaux) July 20, 2021
Well this is a special take.
— Dan Carnelly (@dancarnelly) July 20, 2021
Journalists promoting censorship
— ❌ ❌ Dr Hans 🥩 (@HansConser) July 20, 2021
Can’t wait for Huffpost to be banned here.
— Supergoodpixel (@Supergoodpixel) July 20, 2021
Remember the days when liberals fought against censorship. Good times.
— Heatherette (@heatherjay68) July 20, 2021
— Loki Odinson (@kingjamed) July 20, 2021
— Danny Hellman (@dannyhellman) July 20, 2021
Who cares? Do some real news and stop being internet hall monitors.
— Trill de Blasio (@rejecteddem) July 20, 2021
“Twitter has taken no action against Liz Harrington” pic.twitter.com/rftnnO8C3J
— MRebollovski (@rebollovski) July 20, 2021
Reported this for fake and misleading information
— Walt (@PumpForTrump) July 20, 2021
I just reviewed @realLizUSA account and it is OUTRAGEOUS!!!!
No one should follow Liz!
Like no one should follow Liz!
Seriously don’t follow Liz
Otherwise Huff Post will be angry at you 🙃
— M0derate Dad (@M0derateDad) July 20, 2021
What are you so afraid of?
— James T. Khakis (@JamesTKhakis) July 20, 2021
— Achilles (@Skyros_Achilles) July 20, 2021
— Peasant Prince (@rodserlinglives) July 20, 2021
God, you are so full of it.
— Marleaux (@GavroshMarleaux) July 20, 2021
— BullMooser (@LukeTheDrifte19) July 20, 2021
I just followed her. Thank you for the tip.
— Allen (@allenthegreat01) July 20, 2021
Just followed @realLizUSA – thanks, I didn’t know she existed until now. Keep up the good work!
— Democrat = CCP (@Trop4444) July 20, 2021
Just want to add to the ratio
— Michael Hawk (@mikehawk862) July 20, 2021
Excellent agitprop, comrades.
More turnips for you in next weeks rations…
— Zuub Chudloogie, Knife Fighter (@WiFi_Ed) July 20, 2021
Hall monitor losers
— C (@CmartWest98) July 20, 2021
— The Green New Karen🇺🇸⚔ (@Dude15601264) July 20, 2021
I’m am so tired of these Karen’s. There has to be something constructive that you brainwashed idiots can do besides stifling free speech.
— theodophilus (@theodophilus2) July 20, 2021
Sore because your tweet about Texas banning teaching about the KKK in schools was debunked. pic.twitter.com/SEDJtaQa23
— ArtistTrader (@artist_trader) July 20, 2021
We might get to that in another post very soon.
— StevenWoolery (@Stevenwoolery) July 20, 2021
Why don’t you just give us a list? Once everyone on your list is banned there will be nothing left but truth. Right?
— NateT (@Tchapel98) July 20, 2021
We’re not sure which is the bigger threat to American democracy at the moment: white supremacist militias or people spreading misinformation on social media.
‘Stunning’ graphic shows that Donald Trump got way more likes and shares before he was banned from social media https://t.co/CqikAbbuQn
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 7, 2021