Sen. Cruz to Twitter CEO: 'Who the Hell Elected You' to Decide What News Americans Can See?

Michael W. Chapman | October 28, 2020 | 1:10pm EDT
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), left, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.  (Screenshot)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), left, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. (Screenshot)

(CNS News) -- During an exchange with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, a witness before the Senate Commerce Committee today, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) criticized the tech giant for censoring a major news story about alleged corruption involving Joe Biden and said, "who the Hell elected you" to decide what the media may report and what news Americans may see?

Dorsey, along with Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, was subpoenaed to testify before the committee about censorship of conservative ideas on their platforms. 

"Mr. Dorsey, who the Hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear," said Cruz, "and why do you persist in behaving as a Democratic super PAC, silencing views to the contrary of your political beliefs?”

The censorship, in this particular instance, concerned an Oct. 14 story in The New York Post that reported on a laptop computer apparently owned by Hunter Biden. The computer's hard drive, contained information, photos, and video showing alleged use of crack cocaine, sex, and emails that allegedly contradict Joe Biden's comments about his son's business dealings in Ukraine. 

Twitter blocked that story from being posted on its platform. 

(New York Post, Oct. 14, 2020, screenshot)
(New York Post, Oct. 14, 2020, screenshot)

Earlier in his remarks, Senator Cruz asked Dorsey, "does Twitter have the ability to influence elections?"

Dorsey said, "No."

Cruz then asked, “You don’t believe Twitter has any ability to influence elections?”

Dorsey replied, “No.”

Cruz then said to Dorsey, if you don’t think you can influence elections, then why do you block anything? He then added that Dorsey's answers were “absurd on their face.”

Prior to today's hearing, Sen. Cruz issued the following statement:

"I have long said that Big Tech poses the single greatest threat to our First Amendment rights and the future of democracy. After years of flagrant bias against conservatives, Twitter and Facebook crossed the Rubicon two weeks ago when they brazenly censored the New York Post's reporting on major allegations of corruption surrounding the Democrat presidential candidate, all just days before one of the most consequential elections in our nation's history. I immediately called out these Silicon Valley oligarchs for their obvious and transparent attempt to suppress the free press and interfere in our election and demanded they testify before CongressThis is a gross abuse of power and, at tomorrow's Commerce Committee hearing as well as at next month's Judiciary Committee hearing, I will demand answers on behalf of the American people."

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