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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Promotes Banned Social Media App That’s Been Called a ‘Magnet for the Alt-Right’

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Tucker Carlson Launches in to a Rant Promoting What He Calls ‘Diversity’

Tuesday evening Fox News’ Tucker Carlson talked with the CEO of Gab, helping promote the “free speech” app that has been called “a haven for white nationalists,” and “a magnet for the alt-right and a safe haven for banned Twitter trolls.” 

Gab, which uses as its logo a green frog that’s remarkably similar to Pepe the Frog – which has been co-opted by the so-called “alt-right” as their mascot – has been rejected from Apple’s and Google’s app stores, according to Tech Crunch, for violating hate speech policies – basically for insufficient moderation of hate speech.

Back in March, Mic’s Melanie Ehrenkranz shared her observations of Gab.

When I joined, I found a barrage of Pepe memes, climate change denial, anti-Muslim rhetoric, sexist jokes and comparisons of Black Lives Matter to terrorist groups,” she wrote, noting that the company behind Gab “is now trying to reach young, diverse progressives.”

The community’s whole-hog embrace of xenophobia, hate speech and gleefully offensive humor would surely repel anyone who already feels alienated by Twitter,” she adds.

But as ThinkProgress editor and founder Judd Legum wrote Wednesday night, Tucker Carlson managed to not mention the white nationalist and “alt-right” aspects of Gab.

Gab, Legum writes, “has served as a place of refuge for online racists who get kicked out of more mainstream platforms, including Milo Yiannopoulos, Richard B. Spencer, and Ricky Vaughn.”

Ostensibly, Carlson hosted the site’s founder, Andrew Torba, because the Gab app was removed from the Google Play store. Google said it removed the app because Gab was serving as a vehicle “for content that encourages violence and advocates hate against groups of people.” Apple has never accepted the Gab app.

But Tucker’s segment went far beyond support for “free speech.” At the end of the segment, Carlson encouraged his audience to join Gab, calling it “the alternative.”

Legum also posted a few screenshots from posts on Gab:

And here’s how Gab responded to Legum on Twitter:

Above is a clip of Carlson’s interview with Gab founder Andrew Torba, via Media Matters, which also posted a transcript.

Gab is a ad-free social media platform that operates in a way similar to Twitter,” Tucker Carlson told his Fox News viewers. “It presents itself as a pro-free speech platform so it’s been popular with Milo Yiannopoulos and other figures who have been censored on Twitter, Facebook, and other sites as well people who just believe in free speech.”

“Tech giants can’t abide it though because it’s an uncensored platform so recently Google banned Gab from the Google store, claiming that company was ‘engaging in hate speech’ simply by refusing to censor people who use it.”

Gab founder Torba told Carlson when he founded the company he “believed in free speech for everybody, individual liberty for everybody, and the free flow of information for everybody.”

Which sounds nice, until the 21st century hits you in the face.

Torba calls hate speech policies “arbitrary,” and “stemming right out of Germany and out of the E.U.”

He goes on to complain about getting rejected from the Apple and Google app stores.

Stunningly, Tucker Carlson also launched in to a screed promoting “diversity,” and actually attacking capitalism, saying he’s opposed to monopolies and duopolies. 

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‘Demon Seed’ Doctor and Far Right Radio Host Call to ‘Lock Up’ Men Who Have Gay Sex to Prevent Monkeypox

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As a small handful of monkeypox cases have been documented in the United States the far right is using that disease to target LGBTQ people. In a segment on Stew Peters’ radio show, he and “Demon Seed” Dr. Stella Immanuel called for the imprisonment of men who have sex with men, presumably to slow the spread of monkeypox.

As with HIV/AIDS, monkeypox is not a “gay disease” but some recorded cases are believed to have been transmitted by men who have sex with men. The far right has been attacking the LGBTQ community all year, with the rise of the false “groomer” label made popular among extremists by Christina Pushaw, the press secretary for Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis.

“So one of the answers would be, don’t have gay sex, repent for your homosexual lifestyle, and go find Jesus,” Peters says as Immanuel, the hydroxychloroquine-pushing physician and pastor who believes demons having sex with women causes tumors and other illnesses, agrees.

“The real pandemic here is promiscuous sex among gay men – sex, orgies, and participating in satanic depravity,” Peters continued, as Immanuel again agreed. The chyron reads: “Gay Sex Detonates Monkeypox Bomb.”

“So, stop that, as a matter of fact we should make a law against homosexual sex. We should just say that that’s not allowed, it’s a criminal offense, and we should lock these people up.”

Again, Immanuel agreed.

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Herschel Walker Calls for Creation of Federal Agency to Spy on Americans’ Social Media Posts to Prevent Gun Violence

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Herschel Walker, the Republican U.S. Senate nominee from Georgia, is calling on the federal government to create a “Big Brother” type of agency specifically to surveil Americans’ social media postings as a way to protect the Second Amendment and reduce gun violence.

The former pro-football hero who has the endorsement of Donald Trump suggested to reporters Thursday that men watching women is one of the reasons for mass shootings, and appeared to brush off violence as a problem that’s been happening for much of human history.

“You know Cain killed Abel, you know, and that’s a problem that we have,” he told Fox News. “What we need to do is look into how we can stop those things, you know, they talked about doing a disinformation.”

“What about looking at getting a department that can look at young men that’s looking at women that’s looking at their social media?” Walker offered. “What about doing that, looking into things like that? And we can stop that that way. But yet, they want to continue to talk about taking away your constitutional rights.”

(The Brennan Center for Justice reports there already are well over a dozen federal agencies that perform some form of social media monitoring.)

“This has been happening for years, and the way we stop it, by putting money into the mental health field, by putting money into other departments rather than departments that want to take away your rights,” he added.

Walker’s response to the crisis of gun violence appears more developed than the one he offered to reporters Tuesday, when asked if new gun laws should be passed in the wake off the Uvalde, Texas school massacre.

“What I like to do is see it and everything and stuff,” he said.

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Questions Swirl About Uvalde Police as Photos, Videos, Witness Accounts Appear to Tell Story of Inaction During Massacre

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Barely days after 19 elementary school children and two teachers were shot to death by an 18-year old with two AR-15 style assault rifles, questions are swirling about the actions of local law enforcement, supported by video and photos apparently taken by those who were outside Robb Elementary School during the massacre. NCRM has not confirmed the authenticity of the photos or videos posted to social media.

“Frustrated onlookers urged police officers to charge into the Texas elementary school where a gunman’s rampage killed 19 children and two teachers, witnesses said Wednesday, as investigators worked to track the massacre that lasted upwards of 40 minutes and ended when the 18-year-old shooter was killed by a Border Patrol team,” the Associated Press reports.

“Go in there! Go in there!” nearby women shouted at the officers soon after the attack began, said Juan Carranza, 24, who saw the scene from outside his house, across the street from Robb Elementary School in the close-knit town of Uvalde. Carranza said the officers did not go in.

Multiple reports state police waited outside for those 40 minutes, or more, before taking action to neutralize the shooter. During that time, some have noted, it’s possible children who had been shot died of their wounds rather than receiving medical attention.

CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto:

Veteran journalist Soledad O’Brien:

Indeed, additional reports appear to show not only did police not storm the school, for reasons yet unknown, they appear to have prevented desperate parents from doing anything to help save their children, even using force, including a taser, to stop them. And in one case (below,) from the account of one of the children who survived published by CBS affiliate KENS5, police action may have led to the death of one of the students.

VICE News reports “Texas law enforcement officials are being strangely opaque about what actually happened during the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas.”

“When asked how much time passed between the gunman arriving at the school and the gunman being killed, Texas’ Director of Public Safety Steve McCraw offered an indefinite response.”

“Forty minutes, an hour,” he said. “But I don’t want to give you a particular timeline.”

VICE adds that “officers ‘were responsible’ for containing the gunman in a classroom, McCraw said. (Spokespersons for the Texas Department of Public Safety had repeatedly told news outlets earlier that the suspect barricaded himself into the classroom and immediately started shooting.)”

NBC News correspondent covering national security and intelligence Ken Dilanian:

Matt Novak, a senior writer at the tech site Gizmodo, posted these tweets:

This one is tragic:

Sawyer Hackett, a senior advisor to Julián Castro, the former Obama HUD Secretary and former Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, reposted these videos and offers some commentary:

Even this editor from the right wing website Daily Caller says “it appears the police did everything wrong once the shooter was in the room.”

 

 

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