MRC Launches 'Free Speech America' to 'Stop Big Tech Censorship of Conservatives'

By Michael W. Chapman | September 17, 2020 | 3:16pm EDT
 

(CNS News) -- The Media Research Center, which has been documenting and exposing liberal media bias for 33 years, announced today the launch of "Free Speech America," a project "dedicated to documenting concrete examples of bias and censorship of conservatives by the social media giants," such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, and YouTube.

 

“Every platform coming out of Silicon Valley today is censoring conservatives," said MRC President Brent Bozell in a Zoom video forum with experts involved in the project and with reporters. “Our position is, if they can do it to the president of the United States, they can do it to anyone, and in fact that is exactly what’s happening. And it’s starting to happen worldwide to conservatives."

"So today we’re announcing the launch of Free Speech America," he said, "which is a multi-million dollar organization that is going to address it [censorship] in a very serious way.” 

Bozell remarked that the project includes a database with cases of Big Tech censorship of conservatives, but added that the project also focuses on anti-trust legislation and reform of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 deals with issues of Internet sites being legally defined as platforms or publishers and their legal liability. 

The social media giants, such as Twitter and Facebook "are not impartial platforms, these are publishers," said Bozell. "Our position is that everything needs to be looked at. … When you have this kind of censorship, you really are threatening the democratic process in this country."

Free Speech America "will be working worldwide to stop the censorship," he added.

Dan Gainor, vice president of MRC TechWatch, explained that Free Speech America is an archive of incidents of bias, and is organized in five sections.

These include Tech Company Bias, the companies under scrutiny, such as Facebook, Google, and YouTube; Fact-Checker Spin, the left-leaning "fact checkers" online; Censorship by Issue, such as censorship of pro-life information; Key Players, the politicians/lawmakers who can affect the censorship; and Policy Remedies, such as Section 230 and presidential executive orders. 

MRC TechWatch Vice President Dan Gainor.  (MRC)
MRC TechWatch Vice President Dan Gainor. (MRC)

Gainor stressed that censorship of conservatives on these Big Tech platforms is only "growing worse."

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who has been working on reforms to Section 230 for several years, said of Free Speech America, "I am absolutely thrilled that this is taking place. We look forward to this being a bipartisan effort.”

“We are no longer giving Big Tech the benefit of the doubt; we are holding them accountable," she added. 

Kelly Shackelford, Esq., president and CEO of First Liberty Institute, the largest legal firm in the nation dedicated exclusively to protecting religious freedom for all Americans, also spoke at the launch of Free Speech America. 

“What we are seeing in the tech world right now is the greatest danger and encroachment to freedom of expression and thought, I think, in  the history of our country," said Shackelford. "The tech companies are engaging in extensive censorship."

"Ask them if they would want the government to do to them what they are doing to American citizens," said Shackelford, who was recently named one of the 25 greatest Texas lawyers of the past quarter-century. "Whether it's intentional or not, these [Big Tech] companies can change the results of our elections. They are the most dangerous institutions in America to our system of government and our way of life, and the free exchange of ideas.”

In closing the Zoom forum about this new MRC project, Brent Bozell stressed that this fight against BigTech "is an existential battle" that "will take years" to win. 

Some of Free Speech America's board of advisors include Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin; Attorney Kelly Shackelford; Lt. Col. Allen West; former Senator Jim DeMint; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; ForAmerica President David Bozell; and Rachel Bovard, senior director of policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute. 

To learn more about Free Speech America, click here

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