CNN Reporter Calls On Big Tech & TV to Censor All Conservative News
Oliver Darcy demands Fox News, Newsmax & OAN censored after Trump purge
As leftists become increasingly emboldened following Big Tech's recent purge of President Donald Trump from the Internet, a far-left CNN reporter is now calling for conservative news outlets to suffer the same fate.
CNN’s media reporter Oliver Darcy is calling for prominent conservative news networks to be punished for "providing large platforms to bad-faith actors who lie, mislead, and promote conspiracy theories."
According to Darcy, outlets such as Fox News, Newsmax, and OAN are using their platforms to "poison the public conversation."
Darcy argues that a Big Tech purge doesn't go far enough, insisting that cable TV providers must also take action against news networks.
"We regularly discuss what the Big Tech companies have done to poison the public conversation by providing large platforms to bad-faith actors who lie, mislead, and promote conspiracy theories,” Darcy wrote in CNN’s “Reliable Sources” newsletter.
"But what about TV companies that provide platforms to networks such as Newsmax, One America News — and, yes, Fox News?"
Darcy suggested that it was not just the anchors on these networks who should be held responsible for what he insists are lies, but cable providers who continue to host those networks.
Darcy then went about contacting numerous providers, including AT&T, CenturyLink, Comcast, Verizon, and others to ask them about their guidelines and “if they have any regret over carrying right-wing channels that were in many ways partly responsible for what took place in our nation’s capital this week.”
CenturyLink was the only provider that responded to Darcy’s questions, telling him that, as a company, it was committed to providing “a variety of broadcast channels covering thousands of topics” and that it did not “endorse specific media or outlets.”
Darcy accused the other providers of dodging questions for not responding quickly enough.
CNN, you may recall, spent years pushing the hoax that Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election.
Twitter permanently banned Trump from its platform on Friday.
The Jack Dorsey-owned platform claims that Trump’s tweets about his supporters continuing to be heard and not attending Joe Biden’s inauguration somehow violated Twitter’s guidelines on inciting or glorifying violence.
Neither of which included calls for violence of any kind.
In fact, in the blocked tweets, Trump urged his supporters to "go home" and "love & live in peace."
Here’s what Twitter wrote about its banning of Trump:
On January 8, 2021, President Donald J. Trump tweeted:
“The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”
Shortly thereafter, the President tweeted:
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
Due to the ongoing tensions in the United States, and an uptick in the global conversation in regards to the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, these two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks.
After assessing the language in these Tweets against our Glorification of Violence policy, we have determined that these Tweets are in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy and the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service.
Facebook also banned Trump from posting during the remainder of his term in office, and Snapchat banned him as well.
YouTube suspended Trump’s account.
Google and Apple took the next step of removing popular Twitter alternate Parler from its app stores, while Amazon booted the social media platform from its servers.
President Trump was expected to start using free speech-focused Parler following his purge from the other market leaders.