On Thursday, the former Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii, Tulsi Gabbard, told Sean Hannity that she worries about the future of free speech and liberty in the United States as the Biden administration grows increasingly aggressive in its pursuit of political censorship.
She said, “[I] think that’s what is personally so troubling to me about these threats and attacks on our freedoms that are rooted in our Constitution, that are rooted in our identity as Americans.”
She continued, “Freedom needs to mean something to us all.”
The former congresswoman expressed this concern a day after White House press secretary Jen Psaki called on Spotify to restrict speech and stop the spread of “misinformation.”
Psaki said, on Wednesday, “Our hope is that all major tech platforms — and all major news sources, for that matter — be responsible and be vigilant to ensure the American people have access to accurate information on something as significant as COVID-19, And that certainly includes Spotify.”
In recent days, Spotify has received intense scrutiny over hosting comedian Joe Rogan’s podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” Rogan’s podcast routinely outperforms legacy media and features interviews with a wide array of guests who speak their minds freely. Rogan recently hosted Dr. Peter McCullough and Dr. Robert Malone, both of whom are renowned experts in fields relevant to the ongoing medical conversation about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both of these men provide insight into the COVID-19 pandemic that is not aligned with the dominant narrative of America’s corporate and political class. Thus, Rogan’s podcast is accused of peddling misinformation. This charge resulted in other podcasters and musical artists pulling their products from Spotify’s catalog to protest Joe Rogan’s presence on the platform.
Psaki noted that Spotify began adding labels to its content denoting what may or may not contain “misinformation,” but she conveyed that this was not enough. She said, “We want every platform to continue doing more to call out mis[information] and disinformation.”
Psaki’s statements indicate that the White House is willing to utilize its political capital to pressure corporations into silencing voices that the Biden administration feels are not amplifying the proper message.
Regarding this push for censorship, Gabbard told Hannity that “we will have a dictatorship that is controlling what people are allowed to hear, what we’re allowed to see.”
That same night, she told Tucker Carlson, “This fundamental freedom guaranteed to everyone of us as Americans, this freedom of speech, is being threatened. People are being intimidated; their financial security is being threatened. They’re being censored or they’re being intimidated into censoring themselves.”
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