Americans’ faith in the major institutions of our nation and culture is declining rapidly, thanks to politicians who say one thing but do another, Mainstream Media that ignores facts that conflict with the preferred narrative and tech giants who use labels like “mis-information” to describe what is in fact nothing more than blatant censorship.
New Exhibit A: LifeSite reports that one of its videos of a Canadian medical doctor explaining why he believes the Coronavirus Pandemic is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated” has prompted an attack on the First Amendment by YouTube.
YouTube shutdown LifeSite’s channel, which has more than 200,000 subscribers, for a week. In YouTube’s alternative universe, such action is considered a first strike. Three strikes and your channel is terminated permanently.
Another term for the latter action is “de-platforming,” which is to say barring access by an individual or group to a public platform for the expression of opinions and sharing of information. De-platforming is, in short, censorship, pure and simple.
But all is not yet lost for LifeSite, as the site’s editors explain:
“All of LifeSite’s videos and shows, including The Mother Miriam Show, The Bishop Strickland Show, and many more, will available for viewing this week on LifeSite’s Rumble channel by clicking here. The video that led to censorship from YouTube can also be found there.
“On November 18, YouTube had flagged another of LifeSite’s videos, The Mother Miriam Show. Despite being titled, ‘Catholic Christmas traditions to instill faith in your kids,’ that video also received a warning of ‘medical misinformation.’ YouTube then removed the video.”
Historians may well someday look back on Big Tech’s current actions and wonder why firms like YouTube purposely alienated millions of otherwise loyal customers by refusing service to them due to their opinions on a political issue. That qualifies as cutting off your nose to spite your own face.