Twitter Favors Leftist Politics, Allows Threat Against Murdering NRA Spokeswoman’s Children to Stand

Twitter, known for censoring and banning conservatives, refused to remove a threat to the children of NRA spokeswoman, Dana Loesch, when an anti-gun leftist posted the following message: “The only way these people learn is if it effects them directly, so if Dana Loesch has to have her children murdered before she’ll understand, I guess that’s what needs to happen.” Twitter said that their team reviewed the tweet and found that it did not violate their rules. Later, after Loesch posted Twitter’s response, the company changed its position and locked the account of the author of the offensive tweet until they comply with Twitter’s policies. -GEG

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks over his company’s standards for censoring users, particularly regarding the company’s apparent political bias in favor of the Left. NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch added more fuel to the fire on Monday by tweeting out an example of what @TwitterSupport deemed language that it said was not a violation of its “abusive behavior” rules.

“The only way these people learn is if it effects them directly,” wrote one leftist Loesch critic. “So if Dana Loesch has to have her children murdered before she’ll understand, I guess that’s what needs to happen.”

Loesch alerted Twitter about the alarming tweet, but soon learned that the social media support team, after reviewing her report “carefully,” concluded that “there was no violation of Twitter Rules against abusive behavior.”

“Apparently this doesn’t violate @TwitterSupport TOS,” wrote Loesch. “I know several conservatives who have been suspended for far less.”

As Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw notes, the response from Twitter demonstrates that the company doesn’t just use an algorithm to flag tweets, it also has a team dedicated to personally reviewing tweets to determine what they think is a violation. If that team leans in one political direction, the chances of a politically-biased ruling is more likely. So far, like Facebook, Twitter’s track record demonstrates a rather pronounced left-ward lean.

Back in July, Dorsey admitted that his company has a bias perception problem, citing the issue of “shadowbanning.”

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John McCain, The Senate’s Most Influential War Hawk, Is Dead

John McCain was born into a military family. His father and grandfather were Navy admirals, which was a great advantage for career security. That apparently came in handy when he graduated from Annapolis fifth from the bottom of his class, 894 out of 899, and when he crashed, damaged and lost a total of five planes. He was shot down in Vietnam and held captive for five and a-half years. Upon return to the United States, fellow prisoners testified that McCain had cooperated with their captors to gain favors. After he was elected to the Senate in 1998 on his image as a hero, he became a war hawk and consistently supported military intervention around the world. McCain cast the deciding vote that kept Obamacare in operation. He succumbed to brain cancer on August 25, 2018. -GEG

John McCain, the last great active American political figure of the 20th century, has lost his battle with cancer at age 81.

For both good and ill, McCain helped shape the purpose and application of Washington’s considerable power for nearly half a century. Partly because of that mixed track record, his passing leaves as an open question what kind of future that McCain-style politics—with its robust, moralistic interventionism both at home but especially abroad—has in a political party and country that elected his rhetorical tormentor, Donald Trump.

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Here is a list of countries that John McCain thought the United States should attack.

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California Legislator Wants Government To Censor Internet Content on Bizarre Claim That Russian Bots Are Creating Fake News

A strange piece of propaganda, in the form of a study from George Washington University, says that Russian bots and trolls are behind anti-vaccine posts on the internet designed to create discord and polarize conflict. There is no scientifically supported opposition to vaccines, just Russian bots, you know. California State Senator, Richard Pan, a pediatrician who introduced mandatory vaccines in his state, is proposing legislation that would require all Californians with a website or social-media account to verify news stories they share on the internet with so-called fact-checkers and to post warnings of ‘fake news” if the information is contrary to the views of government pronouncements or mainstream media. [This ploy to silence opposition is blatantly absurd, but the new totalitarians will solemnly  pretend that it is a reasonable proposal to protect the public.] -GEG

Well, well. The virulently pro-vax forces have just discovered their opponents are really, wait for it, Russian bots, launched to promote societal discord and polarize conflict.

That settles it. Nothing to see, move along. The arguments rejecting vaccine safety and efficacy were just bot-nonsense. No need to understand what they were saying. It was all a sham. Vaccines are wonderful. Everybody knows that.

On California Senator Richard Pan’s website—Pan sponsored the mandatory childhood vaccination bill in CA that became law—we find this:

“Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region, responded to the study, ‘Weaponized Health Communication: Twitter and Russian Trolls Amplify the Vaccine Debate’, published in the American Journal of Public Health.”

[Senator Pan states] “This research provides evidence that foreign and domestic agents are manipulating social media through bots to discourage vaccination to promote their own agendas; Russian trolls for sowing political discord and commercial and malware distributors for marketing. In addition, the researchers concluded that a significant proportion of anti-vaccination messages are organized ‘astroturf.’ Manipulation of social media to promote anti-vaccine messages by outside agents poses a serious threat to the health and safety of Americans…”

The devious implication? There is no serious anti-vaccine research, it’s all bots and Russians.

I know at least a dozen serious independent vaccine researchers who have found huge holes in conventional vaccine mythology—but guess what? It turns out they’re non-human bots. Who knew I was sitting having coffee with a bot? Wow. Amazing what you learn when you listen to Authorities.

Senator Pan is pushing the envelope by sponsoring a new bill in the CA senate. Here is what I recently wrote about that:

California used to be trumpeted as the cutting edge of American culture.

It still is, except the culture is now all about censoring free speech.

California Senator Richard Pan, who was behind the infamous 2015 law mandating vaccinations for schoolchildren (SB277), has stepped up to the plate and introduced another bill.

This one would clamp down on criticism of ANY Official Story.

The bill is titled “SB1424 Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan.”

It targets social media based in California. But as you read the bill, you see it appears to define social media as any Internet blog, website, or communication.

SB1424 is brief. Read it:

This bill would require any person who operates a social media, as defined, Internet Web site with a physical presence in California to develop a strategic plan to verify news stories shared on its Web site. The bill would require the plan to include, among other things, a plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories, the utilization of fact-checkers to verify news stories, providing outreach to social media users, and placing a warning on a news story containing false information.

(a) Any person who operates a social media Internet Web site with physical presence in California shall develop a strategic plan to verify news stories shared on its Internet Web site.

(b) The strategic plan shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following:

(1) A plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories.

(2) The utilization of fact-checkers to verify news stories.

(3) Providing outreach to social media users regarding news stories containing false information.

(4) Placing a warning on a news story containing false information.

(c) As used in this section, “social media” means an electronic service or account, or electronic content, including, but not limited to, videos, still photographs, blogs, video blogs, podcasts, instant and text messages, email, online services or accounts, or Internet Web site profiles or locations.

Getting the picture?

It’s a free speech killer.

If it passes, agencies of the California government will develop numerous regulations for enforcement, including penalties for “speech criminals.”

Saying this bill violates the 1st Amendment of the Constitution is a vast understatement. The last time I looked, the Founders mentioned nothing about fact checkers or warnings attached to speech.

Can we look forward to this?

“Open borders and a flood of immigration into California are destructive to—wait. My statement has been precluded by warnings and fact-checker overrides…”

Or: “VACCINES ARE DANGEROUS. Ahem, I am making a debatable assertion and I must warn you that official experts strenuously disagree with me, and furthermore, the California Fact Checkers United, a division of Merck-Snopes Thought Police, has determined that my assertion is groundless and harmful to children’s health…”

There needs to be a relentless tsunami of protest in California over this Orwellian bill. I know of a number of Internet news operations in the state. They must jump in and lead the way.

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