CNN’s resident media critic Brian Stelter (who somehow never finds occasion to criticize his own network) held court on Sunday with a panel of guests who were very, very excited about shutting down conservative news outlets like Newsmax and One America News Network. Blaming the networks for inspiring the Capitol riots by questioning the outcome of the 2020 election, Stelter and his guests said that “something” needs to be done about these platforms.
“We are going to have to figure out the OANN and Newsmax problem,” said former Facebook bigwig Alex Stamos. “These companies have freedom of speech, but I’m not sure we need Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, and such bringing them into tens of millions of homes. We have to turn down the capability of these conservative influencers to reach these huge audiences. There are people on YouTube that have larger daytime audiences than CNN.”
Well, let’s be serious: That’s not saying much.
Senior media reporter Oliver Darcy took to Twitter to demand that cable operators take these conservative news networks off the airwaves.
“Just a reminder that neither @Verizon, @ATT, nor @comcast have answered any questions about why they beam channels like OAN & Newsmax into millions of homes. Do they have any second thoughts about distributing these channels given their election denialism content? They won’t say,” he posted.
Back on Stelter’s show, Ramos said he’s down to see more censorship from Big Tech companies like his former employer.
“It is up to the Facebooks and YouTubes, in particular, to think about whether or not they want to be effectively cable networks for disinformation,” he said. “This is allowing people to seek out information if they really want to but not pushing it into their faces, I think, is where we’re going to have to go here.”
Ah. And where would people go to find that information? A separate social media site like Parler…the company that was just banned from every app store in the land before losing their Amazon web hosting altogether? A little place like Reddit’s “TheDonald”? Oh no, wait, the wokesters who run Reddit sent that one packing last year. And since you guys are already talking about deplatforming YouTube channels and taking OANN off the air, we’re really curious about where all of this alternative information is going to come from or be seen.
Apparently, if you’re not parroting the mainstream media’s incessant lies, you’ll have to settle for passing around a newsletter or gathering in a church basement under cover of night.
But hey, it’s still freedom of speech, right!?