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'American people deserve to see the truth'
On "The News & Why It Matters" Monday, BlazeTV host Sara Gonzales and guests Jaco Booyens, Stu Burguiere, and Dr. Mark Huffman discussed newly released emails obtained by Republican attorneys general that show the Biden administration and Big Tech giants arranged weekly and monthly calls to discuss what to censor on their platforms.
The new discoveries are the result of a "landmark lawsuit" filed by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry in May against top-ranking Biden administration officials for allegedly colluding with Big Tech companies to censor free speech on a number of critical topics, all under the pretense of stopping the spread of “misinformation.”
In July, the court required the Biden administration to turn over communications between federal officials and social media giants. While the Department of Justice has turned over some communications, Schmitt says officials have refused to "produce communications between the most senior officials and social media companies."
Schmitt took to Twitter on Thursday to share some of the stunning revelations the lawsuit has produced so far:
\u201cHere\u2019s what we know so far. DOJ identified 45 federal officials who have interacted with social media companies on misinformation.\u201d— Eric Schmitt (@Eric Schmitt) 1662043291
\u201cThis is a vast censorship enterprise, and the American people deserve to see the truth. Here are examples that already prove that federal officials and social media companies are coordinating on censorship, and we\u2019re not close to being done yet:\u201d— Eric Schmitt (@Eric Schmitt) 1662043291
\u201cA senior FB official sent an email to the Surgeon General stating, \u201cI know our teams met today to better understand the scope of what the White House expects from us on misinformation going forward.\u201d This email chain follows the SG\u2019s \u201cmisinformation health advisory\u201d in July 2021.\u201d— Eric Schmitt (@Eric Schmitt) 1662043291
\u201cThe same senior official sent a later email to HHS and noted, "Thanks again for taking the time to meet earlier today." Then, the official continued to discuss how Facebook is taking even more steps to censor freedom of speech https://t.co/gYz2RtXlNF\u201d— Eric Schmitt (@Eric Schmitt) 1662043291
\u201cThere are several instances where Facebook wouldn\u2019t proceed with censoring freedom of speech on their platform until they had input, or a \u201cdebunking\u201d from the CDC. Twitter followed the same course in at least one email.\u201d— Eric Schmitt (@Eric Schmitt) 1662043318
\u201cA White House official was even concerned about parody Fauci accounts and coordinated with Facebook to take them down.\u201d— Eric Schmitt (@Eric Schmitt) 1662043376
\u201cThe Deputy Secretary at Treasury sought to connect with social media platforms and influence operations on social media.\u201d— Eric Schmitt (@Eric Schmitt) 1662043430
On Thursday, the two attorneys general filed a joint petition demanding that the DOJ produce those documents.
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