Leftmedia Aims to Cancel Independent Citizen Journalists
As the Big Tech purge expands, those who dare challenge the MSM are being targeted for social media banning.
The old adage states there are always two sides to every story. Well, according to today’s Democrats and Leftmedia, such a notion is no longer applicable. In fact, in America today, the “other side of the story” is downright dangerous and must be squelched at every opportunity, and leftist Big Tech has been convinced to help do just that.
Independent journalist Andy Ngo recently asserted, “Left-wing journalists see an ally in Twitter and now feel emboldened to make more demands of censorship.” The reason that leftist journalists in bed with Big Tech are calling for more censorship has everything to do with advancing a leftist narrative with as little objective challenge as possible. It’s all about controlling the “news” that Americans receive in order to control how Americans think.
In America, the independent citizen journalist has always stood as a thorn in the side of the rich and powerful, challenging their ability to exert unlimited control over the national narrative.
As The Federalist’s Libby Emmons observes, “If it weren’t for the work of independent journalists and outlets, we would not have seen the violence that came with these protests, understood who was committing the violence, or gotten any insight into these disruptive movements under the surface of American culture.” And now, thanks to Big Tech doing the bidding of Democrats, “These journalists are now under threat of erasure by social media companies, and by those who are asking social media to target them.”
Ngo, who has risen in prominence in independent journalism for his efforts to expose the violence of antifa, has long been a target of the Left and Leftmedia. His accurate and brave on-the-ground journalism pokes holes in the Leftmedia’s dubious characterization of both conservatives and left-wing groups. They tried to get rid of Ngo for years, but now, with the help of Big Tech, they see the time as ripe for canceling and silencing not just Ngo but all independent citizen journalists.
In a very real sense, this is a classic example of a culture war. On one side is the wealthy establishment class that’s loathe to give up any of its immense control over the cultural levers of power. On the other are the independent journalists who have steadily been gaining greater cultural acceptance. After all, they — to borrow a favorite expression of the Left — “speak truth to power.”