The U.S. Mass Media Oligopoly Called to Account by James Jaeger
Finally the social media giants that now comprise what could be called the U.S. Mass Media Oligopoly are being called to account for their censorship and blatant violation of the First Amendment using Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996.
Social media platforms -- such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube -- have been more and more aggressively labeling and removing Trump's posts from their services on the grounds that his "speech" breaks their "rules." The "rules" arrogated by these media companies are "justified" by claiming that they are just trying to provide for our "security" against "violence and spreading misinformation," especially about issues like the election or Coronavirus. This is the same "justification" any tyrannical state will use to shut down free speech.
What it comes down to is social media platforms have been censoring conservative speech without supporting their claims with nonpartisan evidence. As Trump put it, "At the urging of the radical left, these platforms have become intolerant of diverse political views and abusive toward their own users."
So what we see going on under the protection of Section 230 is private censorship of conservative ideas as "justified" by protecting WE THE PEOPLE from ourselves. And this modus operandi is not unique to the social media companies. The New York TV networks and the Hollywood MPAA studio/distributors have been censoring speech for decades. These also need to be called to account.
As we discuss in the motion picture, MAINSTREAM, what could be called the U.S. Mass Media Oligopoly is dominated by a "CONTROL GROUP" of "politically liberal, not-very-religious Jewish males of European heritage" according to entertainment-securities attorney, John W. Cones.(1) This CONTROL GROUP only gives platform to "speech" that conforms to its "interests, values, cultural perspectives and prejudices." All else is suppressed, shadow banned, censored or ignored.
The MPAA CONTROL GROUP has been censoring, suppressing shadow banned and ignoring Hollywood screenwriters, producers and directors for decades, if not over a century. But no one cares about Hollywood screenwriters, producers and directors so these artists have had to suffer in silence.
Then, as network cable TV in New York became influential, the predatory, immoral and often times illegal practices of the MPAA CONTROL GROUP were applied to censoring journalists, anchors, pundits and right-leaning news organizations. But only a few -- like Donald Trump and his Administration -- really cared. Since such Trump and his Administration had developed their own platforms within the new social media technologies, they did not have to suffer in silence like the Hollywood artists -- instead they "only" had to suffer under endless fake news, extremist spin and outright, hateful lies.
But now, since social media has become more influential than either Hollywood movies or New York cable TV, the predatory practices of the CONTROL GROUP that dominates both the MPAA studios and the New York Networks have been applied to the censorship of -- not only journalists, anchors, pundits, right-leaning news organizations, Hollywood producers, directors and screenwriters -- but the public at large. In other words, YOU on YouTube, Twitter, FaceBook and Google. Yes, if YOU are a conservative or a Trump supporter and you post a tweet, article or video on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or Google (owner of YouTube) that does not conform to the politically-correct interests, values, cultural perspectives and/or prejudices of the CONTROL GROUP, you are censored, warned, notated or shadow banned.
Since the predatory censorship of the CONTROL GROUP -- as applied to Hollywood movies, New York Networks, Internet Social Media -- now affects not just a bunch of artists and outsider politicians -- but the public at large, WE THE PEOPLE are finally waking up. Finally the social media giants are being called to account for their censorship and blatant violation of the First Amendment and using Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996.
After the social media giants are taken to court, the New York-based TV Networks need to be similarly called to account and, finally, the Hollywood-based MPAA studio/distributors.
In short, the CONTROL GROUP that dominates the U.S. Mass Media Oligopoly -- movies, TV, Internet -- must be removed from power, called to account and ultimately diversified to ensure all "speech" without evaluation or suppression.
But to purge just the "tech giants" or "social media companies" and leave in operation the CONTROL GROUP that dominates the MPAA studio/distributors and the New York Networks would be a serious mistake. Were this to happen -- were WE THE PEOPLE to fail to cut off the head of the snake that is promoting what could be called the "Globalist Agenda" -- business as usual would continue and the culture war would be lost. The agenda fueled by the Frankfurt School's "long march through the cultural institutions" would continue to convert America into a Marxist-based socialist nation that rejects the Biblical-informed U.S. Constitution and American values.(2) In short it would seek to replace American values with only those values "authorized" by the CONTROL GROUP of the U.S. Mass Media Oligopoly. Were this to happen it would not make America very great.