- The Facts:
Platforms including YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest, Spotify and Apple have all banned Infowars and Alex Jones. These bans came within hours to days from one another, all citing an end to 'hate-speech' on their platforms. Twitter has chosen not to ban.
- Reflect On:
What is considered hate speech today? Is it the job of social media sites to politically lean? What precedent is set with a ban like this? Might this extend to less extreme voices? Are we not able to think and discern for ourselves?
Beginning August 4th, 2018, major social media content platform giants Apple, YouTube, Facebook and Spotify all banned Infowars and Alex Jones from their respective platforms.
Each platform gave a simple and succinct reason: they don’t support hate speech on their platform. Interestingly, each and every platform stated the same thing. In the days that followed, more companies like MailChimp, LinkedIn and Pinterest also banned Jones and Infowars from the platform, again citing the same reasons.
Apple for example stated to BuzzFeed News, “Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users,” adding, “podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory.”
Let’s go even further, the full list of companies to have banned Infowars altogether up until now: Facebook, YouTube, Apple, Google Podcast, Spotify, TuneIn, Spreaker, iHeartRadio, Audioboom, Pinterest, MailChimp, Stitcher, Disqus, Sprout Social, and LinkedIn.
What many seem to be overlooking in this are two key things:
1. The major bans all came within 24 hours of one another, followed by the rest over the next couple of days
2. By banning alleged ‘hate speech,’ a precedent is set for what can happen to any journalist that crosses the imaginary line of what the mainstream will accept.
Recently, Twitter has made headlines as they have not succumbed to the public shaming and political pressure to ban Alex and Infowars. Left-leaning Vox was critical of Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey for not banning Infowars stating:
What’s most jarring — and disturbing — about Dorsey’s statement is its latent suggestion that all of Twitter’s progress has been a mistake. Instead, it seems to insist that the better approach should be a hands-off one, which pretends the major issues the website faces in 2018 are not inherently and irreparably politicized.
In essence, Twitter is choosing to treat the question of whether Alex Jones’s presence on the site is harmful as an issue of semantics rather than an issue of morality.
What Vox, like many others, fails to mention is that for most people, making social media websites politically slanted is not in the best interest of the people. Not only that, Twitter should be recognized in a positive light for not succumbing to public and corporate bullying about its choices. Something that shows courage in a time when everyone would rather use public shame to bait people into doing what people generally think is the best way forward.
On one hand, the mainstream is pushing a faulty narrative that Russia hacked the 2016 US election, but then doesn’t want to cover the fact that Hillary Clinton rigged the DNC primaries to oust Bernie Sanders. And further, they want to call for the banning of certain voices that threaten mainstream accepted narratives. Does this not seem like election meddling?
The challenge here is, the mainstream typically doesn’t understand any narrative outside the small viewpoint that exists within the systems they operate within. For example, as they covered this Infowars ban story they continually pointed to 9/11 as one of the major conspiracy theories that Jones would talk about. They laughed it off as if the official narrative of what happened on 9/11 being false is impossible. Yet anyone with an ounce of journalistic skill and integrity would know the official story is absolutely false, both common-sensically and scientifically. Yet they continue to tout the false narrative and refuse to go through the evidence.
What the mainstream doesn’t seem to understand is that ‘conspiracy theorists’ are not saying “this is exactly what happened on 9/11,” they are simply saying what we were told happened, didn’t. And are asking for an investigation into the truth.
The difficulty in this whole conversation is, the mainstream media culture is to laugh off any of these theories, making it so no real investigation is explored or encouraged. This creates a divide within mainstream and alternative journalists that isn’t necessary but is built so unity cannot happen. If we looked at straight facts, all journalists would be on the same page with 9/11, as the events of 9/11 do not match the official story. Period. How might that change the perception of Jones, or any other website, on matters like this?
If Infowars and Alex Jones are wrong in asking these questions about 9/11, then we have a HUGE problem on our hands that companies like Facebook, Google and Apple are fully supporting.
Now this isn’t to say Alex Jones and Infowars haven’t shared false news as well, they certainly have, and their aggressive, angry and highly emotional approach to news CAN lend to the instability of individuals who take it to heart. Which is why we feel conscious media, what we produce at CE, is so important. We provide information not with the intention of riling anyone up or getting them politically slanted, but to inform and allow them to ask good questions, see the big picture and so forth. Something the mainstream is often not brave enough to do.
How These Companies Work
Firstly to get it clearly, each one of these platforms is a private company and of course has their own rules they can implement. So to play on their platform, you must play by their rules. The problem is, many realize their rules are not so much built around stopping hate speech, they are built around protecting their own political view and responding to pressures from corporate and political hands. This would include the deep state.
Further, there are extreme double standards at play here. It’s not hate speech when CNN or VOX or HuffPost trashes the opposing political party they stand for. Or if ANTIFA or certain activist groups create content trashing certain genders or races, so long as it ties in with mainstream narratives of extreme left points of view. White males are the worst, toxic masculinity is the cancer of our world, every male is a sexual abuser, the alt-right is everyone who didn’t vote for Hillary and who questions anything, and you can’t say a single thing that might offend someone… or else you’re evil. These are the narratives in mainstream media in 2018. But the moment someone challenges that narrative, it becomes a problem.
The key is, whether you are in support or not of any politician, the right to free speech is important. While Jones sometimes would get aggressive or be incorrect in his reporting, to all-out ban his platform from many major platforms on the internet shows a collusion that exists within these organizations to censor a voice. Whether this is right or wrong is up to people to decide.
It’s also important to note, just because something is shared and put on the internet doesn’t mean it’s true, that it will get liked or shared, or even commented on. It’s up to us to do ALL those things. Just because people see something in a feed, they can still ignore it. You don’t HAVE to engage with it.
What This Will Help Do
Since the ban, many believe it is only a matter of time before more outlets and voices who challenge mainstream rhetoric and manipulative agendas will also be censored. But this isn’t that bad of news. As this happens more and more, people will see quite clearly what is going on to control narratives. This will cause an even greater expansion of consciousness and demand for change.
This change will begin within the hearts and minds of people as they begin to see through the illusion and understand what’s happening. The truth of simply opting out of these platforms and games being played will be the way forward.
Let’s take the Streisand effect for example. It is a phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet. The more this is talked about, the bigger it gets and the more people realize what is actually happening.
The Infowars ban is not about Infowars. It’s a move to make it a culture that we, the people, have no power and need to be governed. We are being told we are too stupid to discern truth from fiction. That’s the deeper message here. If people don’t follow the herd, they are to be shamed.
In another sense, this will allow people to begin asking how else Infowars affects collective consciousness. Is it spreading false news? Are the themes and emotional slants healthy for us? Can we discern when it comes to listening to these types of voice? Or do we blindly follow?
I ask people all the time, “what world do you want to support? One where we give up all our power to governing forces because we are too afraid to take responsibility for ourselves, our emotions? Or one where we own our shit and begin to truly empower ourselves. The choice is ours.” It’s like the old saying ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.’ Yet here we are, giving so much power to words that we lose free speech, and are shamed for asking important questions about what goes on in our world. Sure, Alex is extreme at times, but this seems more like a witch hunt than anything else.
Thinking less about this immediate gratification of something, truly think about where this could go next. It was like when no one thought the glory days of Facebook sending news to people would end, yet here we are, 2018, and Facebook is no longer a driver of traffic for media websites and users to get news they want. Truly think about what could be next… who could be next.
Al Sharpton Cancels NYC ‘Vaccine Forum’ Amid Pressure From Physicians – But It’s Happening Anyway
- The Facts:
Amid pressure from scientists and physicians, Al Sharpton cancels vaccine forum event aimed at educating the public about potential vaccine dangers. But the event is still on in a new location!
- Reflect On:
Why such a concerted effort from the establishment to shut down public events aimed at educating people about safety concerns regarding vaccines? If there was nothing to hide, why shut them down so aggressively?
The Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network were set to host a “vaccine forum” on Oct 19th, 2019 in Harlem that would feature speakers focused on raising awareness about vaccine injuries and lack of vaccine safety.
The event was going to take place at National Action Network’s headquarters on 145th Street, and Sharpton was slated to welcome guests, alongside Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is currently suing New York State for removing the option for parents to exercise religious exemptions to vaccines.
After the event was shut down at NAN due to pressure from prominent vaccine supporters, the location was moved to an Assembly Hall at Riverside Church. (More details below.)
Dr. Peter Hotez, who has refused to publicly debate Robert F Kennedy Jr on the matters of vaccine safety, was one of the individuals trying to shut down the event. When speaking of Sharpton he stated:
“His organization should not be hosting this event,” he said. “He should not be appearing at this event. This is an event which is intended to deliberately work towards depriving kids in Harlem of their life-saving vaccines and to make parents question the safety of those vaccines.”
Not all share Hotez’s opinion that vaccines are a safe, one size fits all pharmaceutical. And there is much evidence to support those doubts. Hence why the vaccine awareness movement is rapidly growing, it’s evidence based and that’s becoming more obvious as each day goes by.
If there was no evidence vaccines come with serious dangers, this argument would have died out years ago. Take for example the resurgence of topics like flat earth, it had celebrity backing and was an internet phenomenon, but it died off quickly as there simply is no evidence to support the idea. With vaccines, it’s much different. More and more prominent, credible and credentialed individuals are joining the movement because the evidence continues to mount. Their goal is to assess vaccine safety and stop government from trying to force vaccines on everyone due to pharmaceutical pressures.
Dr. Sean O’Leary with the American Academy of Pediatrics also outspoken about the event:
“Just when we get done with the measles outbreak, actions like this threaten the public’s health by starting another measles outbreak, […] Here, in another part of New York City, we have folks ready to go into a community and spread more misinformation and pseudoscience.”
Again, more misinformed and opinionated statements from individuals that perhaps are simply not attempting to see the truth or who are pressured not to speak the truth. The body of evidence that expresses the lack of vaccine safety is vast. For example, a pilot study by the Federal Agency for Health Care Research found that 1 in 39 kids are injured by vaccines in some way, contrary to the estimate put forth by the CDC that suggests 1 in a million are injured – that’s quite the gap.
It brings up the question, if there is nothing to hide in the actions of pharmaceutical companies, why are they protected by laws from ever being sued for vaccine injuries and harm? Why are public debates on the issue always cancelled? Why does the media work so hard to turn people to question things into ‘antivaxxers?’ Why do we (CE) had our reach limited on Facebook and receive ‘fake news’ strikes every time we report on vaccines? – even when the information is completely fact based…
Because there is something to hide here. If there was nothing to hide, big pharma and their control over congress, government, media, some scientists and doctors would not be working so hard to shut down people who have figured out the truth.
“It is a grave warning sign for American democracy that the pharmaceutical industry is now so powerful that it can silence debate, even in the traditional heart of civil rights activism” – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
If you are in the New York area, you can attend this free public event to understand more about vaccines safety on October 19th, 2019.
Speakers include: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; Sheila Ealey; John Gilmore; Dr. Phil Valentine; Curtis Cost; Dr. Lawrence Palevsky; Reverend Walter Sotelo; Mary Holland; Gary Null; Mitchel Cohen; and many more.
The event time and location is as follows:
Saturday, October 19th, 1:00-4:0 p.m.
Assembly Hall at Riverside Church
91 Claremont Avenue, New York, NY
This is Not A Movie, It’s October 1st, 2019 In Hong Kong
- The Facts:
Protests in Hong Kong rose to many tense moments over the past few months. This video footage shows clashes between riot police and protesters on Kowloon’s Nathan Road.
- Reflect On:
Have people reached a breaking point when it comes to how often they are not heard by governments?
In the video below, what looks like a Hollywood movie is the reality just a couple of weeks ago in Hong Kong. Riot police and protesters have been clashing for months as the streets become filled with hundreds of tear gas canisters and Molotov cocktails. Having covered the G20 summit in Toronto, these scenes appear much more tense than what I saw during those protests, and even those were filled with vandalism, pepper spray, burning cars and rubber bullets.
There are obviously two perspectives as to what is going on, the Mainland China perspective and that of the Hong Kong protesters who feel Mainland China is acting wrongly. From the perspective of Mainland China, the protests in Hong Kong are fundamentally the result of Western interference and attempts at a ‘soft recolonization’ of Hong Kong. Their arguments have some merit.
From the Hongkongers perspective, tensions rose after the introduction of an extradition bill that threatened residents’ freedoms. Protesters are demanding Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam resigns. They are also calling for:
- The complete withdrawal of the proposed extradition bill
- The government to withdraw the use of the word “riot” in relation to protests
- The unconditional release of arrested protesters and charges against them dropped
- An independent inquiry into police behaviour
- Implementation of genuine universal suffrage
As with many things people are feeling at the moment, big government has been overreaching for quite some time, and freedoms continue to be cut while quality of life in our fast-paced modern society diminishes. What we must remember when viewing these issues is we can’t singularly look at each one and determine whether it’s right or wrong so easily. People are exposed to ‘hits’ from every direction to their wallets, freedom, health, lifestyle and psyche and our world is reflecting the feeling that ‘enough is enough.’
Since much of the time we aren’t sure what else to do, people fight back, they do what they think will lead them to being heard and having a solution brought forth. is this the best way forward? Perhaps not, but when it becomes clear to people that their governments and the voting process do not work in their benefit nor favor, this is sometimes what they revert to.
Video credit: Tom Grundy/HKFP
More at http://www.hongkongfp.com – Hong Kong’s only not-for-profit, independent English-language news source.
H/T: Twisted Sifter
CNN’s Political Bias Exposed By Whistleblower’s Hidden Camera Footage
- The Facts:
CNN Technician Cary Poarch went around CNN with a hidden video camera for months in order to provide the public with evidence that CNN is not at all practicing objective journalism.
- Reflect On:
What kind of media do you support? Do we get the truth when we have politically motivated media? Is it time for an evolution in media?
At CE we have long talked about political bias in mainstream media, and it has become even more prevalent since an already polarizing figure named Donald Trump took office. This isn’t about whether you support Trump or not, it’s about seeing the patterns at play. But to date, CNN and other mainstream networks have still tried to maintain the veneer of objectivity and independence in their journalism. New information coming out from Project Veritas is set to remove the last vestiges of this fantasy.
Based on footage from a hidden camera used over the course of months by a CNN technician, it was revealed that the pro-Liberal, anti-Trump bias that proliferated in the network seemed ‘unbecoming of a news organization’ to many people who worked there. But it took one brave man, Cary Poarch, to be willing to risk his career to expose it with hard evidence.
In our latest episode of The Collective Evolution Show on CETV, Joe Martino and I discuss the implications of Poarch’s revealing footage that will help paint a picture of an organization that is as partisan as it could get from the top down, where President Jeff Zucker clearly promotes a biased political agenda and expects the employees under him and the content they produce to fall in lock-step with that agenda. Of course, it’s not just CNN that operates this way, this can be seen across all mainstream left and right media.
Where is the Objectivity?
This is what mainstream media has become, a tool of political partisanship, not only in what they broadcast to the public but even within the organization. At CNN Poarch has observed a ‘groupthink’ Anti-Trump mentality, and this type of bias ultimately leads to mainstream outlets devolving into echo chambers because, as Poarch puts it, there is no tolerance for dissenting or even neutral views:
“It’s an Unwritten Rule That if You Are Center, Center Right, or Heaven Forbid, Full Right Republican Trump Supporter, Then You Are Not Welcome at CNN.”
Ultimately, since this echo chamber known as the Cable News Network remains one of the prominent proliferators of information in our society, we can see how they have contributed to the large schisms of left/right polarity within our society, in which people with opposing views will only know one side of the story, since it would be impossible for them to endure the extreme bias of whichever network offered views that were opposed to theirs.
And this is by design—to limit the critical thinking process and hide the injustice that is inherent in our system of governance, by having people continue to endlessly fight only between the left and right extremities. The fabric of the country is getting ripped apart when people are goaded into hating the other side simply because the media told them to hate. How are people supposed have productive and civil discussions, and ultimately make educated, informed decisions? Isn’t that what the media is supposed to assist us with?
Is it for Ratings?
There has long been an argument that media puts out stories based on the ratings war, or as in the old days based on how many newspapers they will sell. But it seems we’ve gone beyond that point in terms of bias. It seems as though ‘ratings’ is an argument that top executives make to actually try to hide their bias.
Networks now simply concentrate on retaining viewers with a political bias, and don’t even try to reel back in a growing number of people who are seeing through the ruse and are looking for objectivity in media broadcasts. After all, mainstream media is owned by large conglomerates who use the media not so much to make advertising dollars, but much more lucratively to try to shape public opinion and public perception to serve their ultimate agendas.
In the case of CNN, much of it is coming from the man at the top of the pyramid: president Jeff Zucker. In the video, CNN Media Coordinator Nick Neville lays out Zucker’s undue influence in no uncertain terms:
“Like, there are a lot of people who are out here trying to play like, just do what they think is the best journalistic integrity. Then you get on the 9am call and the big boss, Jeff Zucker, f**king tells what to do.”
And it’s like, you have to, like…to a certain extent, you have to follow his verdict.”
We are in a time when the need for objective journalism is more critical than ever. This testimony from whistleblower Cary Poarch is all the more reason for us to stop looking at mainstream media for the facts and a neutral perspective. You can support CE’s efforts to bring that neutral perspective in our journalism and broadcasts by becoming a member of our censorship-free video platform, CETV.
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