For over a year Republicans and right-wing activists have been promoting the false claim that conservatives are being “silenced” and marginalized on social media platforms. GOP lawmakers love the idea, despite it being entirely false, because it allows them to continue the victimization belief that is at the center of Trumpism: “If only liberals and brown people weren’t part of America we could go back to the way things were” idea. Things were never the way they think they were.
On Tuesday the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism, which was also to “foster ideas about what social media companies can do to stem white nationalist propaganda and hate speech online,” according to the Committee.
Democrats invited representatives from the Anti-Defamation League, Google, Facebook, and other organizations. Republicans invited Turning Point USA’s communications director Candace Owens.
Owens is infamous for her remarks that appeared to be supportive of Hitler, in which she said: “Whenever we say nationalism, the first thing people think about, at least in America, is Hitler.”
“But if Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK, fine,” Owens, speaking in London at a TPUSA recruitment event, said. “The problem is that he wanted, he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalise. He wanted everybody to be German, everybody to be speaking German. Everybody to look a different way. To me, that’s not nationalism.”
In fact, Hitler didn’t want to just have “things run well,” he wanted to – and did – exterminate tens of millions of people, including Jews, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and many more.
Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) played those remarks during Tuesday’s hearing.
.@RepTedLieu plays recording of Candace Owens: “I don’t know Ms. Owens. I’m not going to characterize her. I’m going to let her own words do the talking. So, I’m going to play for you the first 30 seconds of a statement she made about Adolf Hitler.” pic.twitter.com/xiilLBUIwF
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 9, 2019
Owens responded, only to embarrass herself further. Her remarks were so offensive the Chairman of the Committee, Jerry Nadler (D-NY) was forced to interject and instruct her that she was not allowed to disparage Members of Congress during a hearing in the manner in which she did.
Candace Owens: “I think it’s pretty apparent that Mr. Lieu believes that black people are stupid and will not pursue the full clip…That was unbelievably dishonest…I’m deeply offended by the insinuation of revealing that clip without the question that was asked of me.” pic.twitter.com/UioMSZK93d
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 9, 2019
Owens accuses Rep.Lieu of being dishonest and playing a selected clip from the entire video. It should be noted that the question that was asked of her when she made her remarks appearing to defend Hitler had nothing to do with Hitler. She chose to bring up Hitler.
Her remarks when publicized were so offensive that Turning Point USA chapters wrote letters denouncing her.
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Bonkers Fox News Segment Blames Mass Shootings on God-Hating Liberals Who Teach Kids About Evolution
Fox News calls anti-gay hate group head a “former police officer.”
Perkins appeared on Fox & Friends where he was identified as a “former police officer.”
According to Perkins, the shooting near Odessa, Texas that left seven dead was “just tragic.”
“At some point, we have to realize that we as a nation have a problem,” he continued. “And the problem is not the absence of laws, it’s an absence of morality.”
Perkins said he was “willing” to talk to liberals about ending the epidemic of mass shootings.
“I agree, praying alone is not enough,” Perkins opined. “It’s time to act. It’s not just about having a conversation about restricting those who should not have guns, criminals. But it’s also a discussion of a absence of a moral core in our culture today.”
Perkins said that teaching children about evolution is one cause of mass shootings.
“We’ve taught our kids they come about through chance through primordial slime and then we’re surprised they treat their fellow Americans like dirt!” he exclaimed. “It’s time we talk about the result of the left’s systematic march through our institutions, driving religious expression from the public square.”
Perkins complained that children are not being taught that they are “created in the image of God.”
“We’ve driving religion from our public life and we’re shocked that we no longer have morality and we no longer value human life,” he remarked.
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Unrepentant, YouTube Reverses Course, Apologizes to Far-Right Channels and Unbans Them
YouTube has shown itself to be particularly susceptible to pressure campaigns organized by the far-right
YouTube has undone actions taken against two far-right YouTube accounts and one white nationalist YouTube account after banning those accounts earlier this week.
Right Wing Watch reported on Monday that YouTube had removed at least four YouTube channels that produced white nationalist and racist content from its platform, including channels used by The Right Stuff, American Identity Movement (formerly Identity Evropa), VDARE, and James Allsup. On Tuesday night, VDARE tweeted that its YouTube channel had been reinstated.
After banning the white nationalist publication VDARE from YouTube yesterday, YouTube appears to have reversed course.
VDARE announced that their YouTube channel is back online tonight. pic.twitter.com/V8QZ8WOPwi
— Jared Holt (@jaredlholt) August 28, 2019
Right Wing Watch asked YouTube for comment via email on its reinstatement of VDARE TV on Wednesday, but did not receive a response.
Yesterday, Boing Boing noted that YouTube reinstated two other far-right YouTube channels, “The Iconoclast” and a channel used by far-right activist Martin Sellner, and that YouTube told reporters it made the “wrong call” when it decided to remove those channels but failed to elaborate further. BuzzFeed reports:
YouTube’s reactivation of Sellner’s channel comes two months after the video platform joined with Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter to make a commitment they called the “Christchurch Call to Action”. YouTube and the other tech companies said they were committed to “fight the hatred and extremism that lead to terrorist violence.”
The Iconoclast has more than 200,000 subscribers on YouTube. In an interview with Defend Europa last year, the YouTuber spoke extensively about the white nationalist conspiracy theory of “ethnic replacement.” He describes himself as a “British nationalist” who is “anti-mass migration.”
The decision comes a few days after YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki posted her quarterly letter to YouTube creators, which talked about how the company sometimes would leave up “controversial or even offensive” videos.
After Buzzfeed published its story, YouTube spokesperson Farshad Shadloo released a statement, claiming that although “many may find the viewpoints expressed in these channels deeply offensive,“ that YouTube had “determined the videos on their channels do not violate our Community Guidelines and so the channels were reinstated.”
Yesterday, Motherboard reported that YouTube had briefly reinstated and then re-banned the Infowars show “War Room” from its platform. Infowars was banned across nearly all tech platforms last year after we documented the numerous blatant violations of community guidelines committed regularly by Infowars personalities on social media platforms.
YouTube has shown itself to be particularly susceptible to pressure campaigns organized by the far-right. Last year, the site apologized and retracted strikes against far-right “philosopher” Stefan Molyneux’s YouTube account after he urged his fans to contact YouTube on his behalf.
This article was originally published at Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
Trump Has Become So Extreme He Now Thinks Fox News Is the Same as MSNBC and CNN – So He’s ‘Looking for a New News Outlet’
President Donald Trump has moved so far to the right he’s become an extremist. The former Democrat who became a Republican politician to run for president is now moving away from Fox News and has started supporting a far right wing media outlet that’s been called a “conspiracy theorist news network.”
Trump unleashed a rancid rant Wednesday morning, attacking his once beloved Fox News by lumping the right-wing cable network into the same batch as the (formerly) liberal MSNBC and (formerly) moderate CNN.
The president went berserk, slamming the number-one ranked cable news network and complaining it had aired an interview with DNC Communications Director Xochitl Hinojosa (whose name Trump did not use.) The interview wasn’t even about Trump, it was about the upcoming Democratic presidential debate, as Vox’s Aaron Rupar showed in these tweets that include video from the interview:
The interview that set Trump off is one in which DNC comms director @XochitlHinojosa went on Fox News to talk about the …… [checks notes] …. Democratic presidential debates. Trump apparently wanted host Sandra Smith to blindside her with Trump talking points. pic.twitter.com/RszlzY4Jgg
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 28, 2019
Of course, Trump knows his base is shrinking and the only ones certain to vote for him are the far right wing extremists. Earlier Wednesday his tweets were based not on his watching Fox News, which he does religiously every morning during his growing “executive time,” but were based on his watching of a small, far right news station, OANN, One America News Network.
“The infestation of bedbugs at The New York Times office” @OANN was perhaps brought in by lightweight journalist Bret Stephens, a Conservative who does anything that his bosses at the paper tell him to do! He is now quitting Twitter after being called a “bedbug.” Tough guy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2019
In fact, Trump has been praising OANN, which is even more to the right of Fox News, for months:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2019
Trump has been attacking Fox News more frequently. Several times recently, he has blasted the network that literally helped put him in the White House when polls it released weren’t to Trump’s liking.
President Trump’s Approval Rating on Economy is at 52%, a 4 point jump. Fox Poll @foxandfriends Shouldn’t this be at 100%? Best stock market, economy and unemployment numbers ever! Most people working within U.S. ever! Low interest rates, very low inflation! Country doing great!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2019
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2019
Other good polls also in fifties, despite only Fake News, and then phony polls by A.P., CNN, NBC and, as always, Fox, who were WAY OFF on 2016 Election! https://t.co/DksmF8hTr7
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2019
.@FoxNews is at it again. So different from what they used to be during the 2016 Primaries, & before – Proud Warriors! Now new Fox Polls, which have always been terrible to me (they had me losing BIG to Crooked Hillary), have me down to Sleepy Joe. Even considering…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2019
It’s clear Trump wants a state TV network to do his bidding and support him unreservedly. It was a good run for Fox News. But Trump has a new favorite now, which reveals just how extreme he has become.
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