Liberal News Platform attacks Facebook and Twitter for NY Post censorship

By Michael Hernandez 

NEW YORK—Glenn Greenwald, co-founding editor of The Intercept, a liberal award-winning news organization, has attacked Facebook and Twitter for their censorship of the New York Post’s  article revealing Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden’s alleged meeting with executives of a Ukrainian energy firm in an article titled: “Facebook and Twitter Cross a Line Far More Dangerous That What They Censor.”

“Just weeks before the election, the tech giants unite to block access to incriminating reporting about their preferred candidate,” writes Greenwald. “Almost immediately upon publication, pro-Biden journalists created a climate of extreme hostility and suppression toward the Post story, making clear that any journalist even mentioning it would be roundly attacked. For the crime of simply noting the story on Twitter, New York Times Reporter Maggie Haberman was instantly vilified to the point where her name, along with the phrase ‘MAGA Haberman,” were trending on Twitter.

“She is responsible for countless front-page Times stories that reflect negatively on the president; moreover, the 2016 Clinton campaign consider Haberman one of their most favorable reporters.”

Andy Stone, previously a communications operative for Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that Facebook was “reducing (the article’s) distribution on our platform.

“The long-time Democratic Party official did not try to hide his contempt for the articles, beginning his censorship announcement by snidely noting: ‘I will intentionally not link to the New York Post.’

“In sum, the two Silicon Valley giants, with little explanation, united to prevent the sharing and dissemination of this article. As Los Angeles Times reporter Matt Pearce put it, ‘Facebook limiting distribution is a bit like if a company that owned newspaper delivery trucks decided not to drive because it didn’t like a story. Does a truck company edit the newspaper? It does now, apparently.’”

In Stone’s tweet on Oct. 14, he wrote: “While I will intentionally not link to the New York Post, I want to be clear that this story is eligible to be fact checked by Facebook’s third-party fact checking partners. In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform.”

Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Friday against Twitter for an “illegal corporate in-kind contribution” to the Joe Biden presidential campaign.

According to the RNC, Twitter “is a partisan actor, run by partisan Democrats” and is “using its corporate resources to provide active support for Joe Biden’s campaign in violation of federal law.”

The Biden campaign claimed Thursday that the New York Post story is “false” because Twitter censored it—while not denying any of the facts released. Jamal Brown, the national press secretary for the Biden campaign, said: “Twitter’s response to the actual article itself makes clear that these purported allegations are false and are not true.”

(Editor’s Note: To see the full Citizens Journal story posted Oct. 15 go to:

https://www.citizensjournal.us/big-tech-companies-war-with-president-trump-gop-over-hunter-biden-burisma/.)

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected]


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