New study reports massive censorship effort from broadcast news network

A new study from the Media Research Center published on Tuesday shows broadcast news networks favored stories of censorship compared to the issue of free speech.

The report followed several recent instances of major technology platforms such as Facebook, Google and YouTube limiting and censoring information regarding millions of COVID-19 related posts. Most notably, YouTube announced in September that it would step up efforts to curb and ban videos that spread “misinformation” about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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“The increased censorship received positive coverage on broadcast evening news. Pro-censorship stories and mentions were more than those that supported 12-to-0 freedom of expression on network news outlets. Much of this coverage focused on network support for President Joe Biden’s efforts to curb coronavirus content. . “, the report states.

In the midst of these censorship efforts, liberal journalists often show their support for censoring “misinformation.” In October, CNN anchor Don Lemon spoke out for self-censoring opinions that are not “based on some kind of fact.”

“It should be true … You can have attitudes based in reality. OK? So at least it should be true. And it should be based on some kind of facts,” Lemon said. “Beyond that – let’s start at that baseline, that baseline right there. And then we can continue with the rest of it.”

Smartphone with fake news in chains.  Perception of a growing problem with fake news.

Smartphone with fake news in chains. Perception of a growing problem with fake news.
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However, CNN was not the only network that promoted censorship ideas. According to the MRC, censorship stories and references were more than support for free speech 12-0 across all major broadcast networks.

“Media coverage of Coronavirus led to overwhelming support for online censorship. Censorship stories and mentions were more than those that supported 12-to-0 freedom of expression on broadcast network news. Much of this coverage focused on network support for President Joe Biden’s push to curb the content of coronavirus, “the study reported. “The other 20 percent of news broadcasts on networking night covering Big Tech censorship (3 out of 15) were neutral. None of the stories took a stand on free speech. This comes from a Free Speech America analysis by ABC, CBS , and NBC evening coverage of third-quarter news coverage. “

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smart city file image: istock
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The media research center reported similar results in April and July, where they rated technology giants including Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok with a “D” or “F” in terms of free speech.

Censorship of social media has often been directed at conservatives and websites. In 2020, Republican staff from the House Judiciary Committee released a report condemning the “skewed” direction of censorship by technology giants.

“Congress needs to take more direct and forceful action to address censorship in Big Tech,” the committee’s report said. “Whether it occurs on Twitter, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Amazon or elsewhere in Silicon Valley, skewed censorship threatens bourgeois discourse and undermines American values ​​and freedoms. It must be addressed.”

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