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“Inflammatory statement” … Yesterday, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., launched her campaign to replace retiring Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. That launch included a video ad on Twitter. In the ad, Blackburn said she “stopped the sale of baby body parts.”
Twitter told the campaign that statement was “inflammatory” and would not let the video air. Does Twitter want to get into the business of suppressing candidate speech? Should they? CR’s Chris Pandolfo explains how Twitter’s actions were not only outrageous but also offer Blackburn a significant opportunity.
Little coverage … If a media company like Twitter suppressed the speech of a Democratic female member of Congress, the mainstream media would be all over it. Because it was Blackburn and the topic was a barbaric practice by Planned Parenthood, network news didn’t cover it at all. NewsBusters has the story. It wasn’t just the big three. Of the cable news networks, only Fox gave it significant coverage. CNN ignored it, and MSNBC made a passing mention, according to a search on the TVEyes Media Monitoring Suite this morning.
Academic journal caves to threats … This story is similar in a way to the Blackburn story, in that it involves censorship. But it is much worse, because this censorship occurred when the publication was bullied and harassed into taking down a journal article. Thiel Capital managing director Eric Weinstein shared a screen cap from Third World Quarterly.
It showed that the journal withdrew an essay titled “The case for colonialism” after the editorial team “received serious and credible threats of personal violence.” The withdrawal notice linked the threats to publication of the essay. The long and the short of it is that there are thugs who want to ensure that academic study on colonialism remains “settled.”
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