After Supporting Censorship Of Others, Mother Jones Now On Receiving End Of It
Alex Jones has come a long way since his days of calling out the Federal Reserve, fighting the two-party paradigm, pushing for a real investigation into 9/11 and calling for an end to war in the Middle East. Now, he pushes anti-Muslim rhetoric, plays right along with the two-party paradigm, and serves as little more than a cheerleader for the current president, all while stoking divide all the way along.
In 2018, his vitriol got him thrust in the limelight and a concerted effort by corporate media giants to silence him and purge his information took place. In a move like we had never seen before, it was announced that Facebook, Apple, Spotify, and YouTube all permanently deleted the Infowars and Alex Jones Channels, Podcasts, and pages. Outside of their own domain, Infowars was nearly entirely purged from the internet.
The thought of silencing this loud-mouthed Trump-pumping Islamophobic blowhard was appealing to many who acted as cheerleaders for the mass censorship. However, as we pointed out back then, the effects of such a coordinated move and ability of these corporations to silence him with such ease are chilling.
With 100 percent accuracy, the Free Thought Project predicted that censoring Alex Jones would lead to a slippery slope of rampant censorship which could be applied to anyone. And, several months after Jones was wiped from the internet, another coordinated attack was launched. This time, they came for the Free Thought Project and over 800 other liberty-minded anti-establishment alternative media outlets.
The Free Thought Project, along with nearly 6 million fans that took years to build, was wiped from the face of Facebook and Twitter in a matter of hours. Sadly, this was still not enough to shake the pro-censorship mafia from their dangerous path and now, and a painfully ironic twist, they are experiencing similar silencing.
One of the main outlets who pushed the censorship of Alex Jones and others was Mother Jones. When Alex Jones was wiped from the internet, Mother Jones praised it, running the headline, “Facebook Finally Removes Another 22 Alex Jones Accounts.” This was one of several articles.
“These three add nothing to planet Earth by their existence, so I don’t mind banning them,” wrote Mother Jones contributor, Kevin Drum, in an article about the censorship of Alex Jones, Louis Farrakhan, and Milo Yiannopoulos.
But now, those words are coming back to haunt them and they are likely realizing the error of their ways.
Mother Jones is now waging a campaign to expose the exact same censorship used to wipe out their political rivals — because it is being used against them.
“You guys were one of the outlets who got singled out to balance the ledger“: That’s what a former Facebook employee told Mother Jones CEO, Monika Bauerlein and editor-in-chief of the magazine, Clara Jeffery, as they dug into recent news that the platform was throttling traffic to certain publishers, including Mother Jones.
Last week, Jeffery made it her mission to expose this rampant censorship on the platform, calling Facebook a “garbage company” and a “toxic cesspool” damaging the US.
“Facebook used its monopolistic power to boost and suppress specific publishers’ content—the essence of every Big Brother fear about the platforms, and something Facebook and other companies have been strenuously denying for years,” they said.
Jeffery claims the move by Facebook to throttle their content has cost the outlet over $400,000 in revenue. They are now running a fundraiser to capture back this budget shortfall, caused by Facebook — using the very censorship Mother Jones once praised.
Alex Jones’ rhetoric, along with many other folks with whom you may disagree, whether hateful or not deserves its platform like everyone else. Ideas in the conversational realm fight for themselves. Racism, bigotry, sexism: these things are dying out — not because some corporate overlord with massive influence over the flow of information wiped them out — but because they were debated in the public sphere and those who held them were shown to be the idiots that they are.
When everyone is told what to think, and ideas — even racist and vitriolic ones — are kept from them, everyone becomes an idiot, completely dependent on this system of censorship to tell them what to think. A dangerously slippery slope indeed.
Alex Jones was the first unperson in this war on information and this censorship is now spreading like wildfire. In fact, just this week, without any justification, myself and Jason Bassler were removed as admins from pages we created by Facebook. We had no warnings or reason, just poof.
no warning. no reason. no violations. @JasonBassler1 and myself have been removed as Admins on ALL of our pages by someone at Facebook who clearly hates peaceful activists who call out corrupt government and advocate for liberty. This is what censorship looks like. pic.twitter.com/9M0Ooisilc
— Matt Agorist (@MattAgorist) October 29, 2020
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