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The Daily Caller on Tuesday published a propaganda piece from a Koch-funded contributor painting social media censorship as a myth and hailing Big Tech and Mark Zuckerberg specifically as "champion[s] of free speech."
From The Daily Caller:
RINEHART: Big Tech May Become The Next Champion Of Free SpeechJust a few months ago, after meeting with the World Jewish Congress, Mark Zuckerberg announced he was banning all content which depicts "Jewish people running the world or controlling major institutions such as media networks, the economy or the government," as well as all Holocaust denial.
In September, Zuckerberg announced he was banning all "praise" or "support" for Kyle Rittenhouse (which included deleting a video from a lawyer presenting an impartial case that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense).
Zuckerberg last year started working with the government of France to rat out dissidents on Facebook for "hate speech."
Facebook has even worked with The Daily Beast to dox a working class Trump supporter for sharing a meme video of Nancy Pelosi.
This is what a "commitment to free speech" looks like, according to The Daily Caller.
None of this censorship was the product of "a bureaucratized institutional process," it was the product of deliberate actions by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, most of which he personally announced in public statements.
According to The Daily Caller, none of this is happening and it's all just in our heads. As Rinehart said, we're simply suffering from "pareidolia" or "apophenia."
Readers will no doubt be shocked to learn that the organization that Rinehart works for, the Center for Growth and Opportunity, is a Koch funded operation at Utah State University (pdf) which is constantly shilling for Big Tech.
"The Center for Growth and Opportunity was launched, on paper, in 2017 with a $25 million pledge from the Charles Koch Foundation and a matching gift from the Huntsman Foundation," The Center for Biological Diversity reported in 2018.
"The Koch donation, to be dispersed over 10 years, is contingent on Utah State agreeing that the Center would be overseen by a pre-installed board, according to the affiliation agreement. The board controls the Center's staffing, and the Koch Foundation can pull its donation and close the Center with 30 days' notice if it decides the Center is not 'advancing the purpose' of the Koch gift agreement. The Center's founding board includes representatives from Koch and Huntsman-associated programs, such as the Charles Koch Institute, the Kochfunded Mercatus Center and the Huntsman School of Business National Advisory Board."
Lest anyone think Rinehart is some sort of committed libertarian, Tuesday on Twitter he railed against the Trump administration for not buying 500 million doses of Pfizer's experimental CV vaccine.
Judging by his bio, his only commitment appears to be to taking Koch money.
Was The Daily Caller paid to run this piece on behalf of Big Tech in the same way the National Review was paid to run propaganda to revive Jeffrey Epstein's image after his child solicitation conviction?
Did they run it just for "good boy points" from Big Tech?
Regardless, The Daily Caller -- which used to rail against Big Tech censorship when Tucker Carlson was still a part of the publication -- is now doing Big Tech's bidding.
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