The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Monday, December 05, 2022

The Twitter Files

Sometimes I wonder whether it's better to simply believe and accept every narrative that is widely promulgated by left-leaning media, entertainment, and institutions. Life would be easier if we simply accepted the old saw that states: 

We know they're lying; they know we know they're lying; we know they know we know they're lying, but they lie anyway, with impunity and immunity from any blame or responsibility.

Certainly, not every narrative is a lie, but many are based on half-truths while others are flat-out dishonest. And yet, when the truth comes out, when hard irrefutable evidence (often written in the words of those who push the narratives) is published, they continue to obfuscate and lie. When the evidence is incontestable, they try to change the subject by attacking the messenger or adding still another layer of conspiracy accusations on top of the bogus claims they originally made. And when all of that fails, their trained hamsters in the media simply disregard the story, essentially censoring it by omission. All of this has become so commonplace, it's almost laughable, and it works. And that's why ... maybe ... we should just throw up our hands and accept the slow erosion of our freedoms. Nope.

For a number of years, those of us who argued that most, if not all social media had become a tool of one political party were labeled as "conspiracy theorists." The heads of every major social media platform told us censorship wasn't happening; that they following their terms of service without regard to ideology; that they never allowed the government or any political party to influence their decision making.

We knew they were lying. They knew we knew they were lying. But they lied anyway, assuming, correctly at the time, that the truth would remain buried.

Until Elon Musk acquired Twitter and released The Twitter Files.

The Twitter Files story is evolving daily. Matt Taibbi provides an up-to-date summary.

Using internal Twitter documents released by Elon Musk, along with actual emails written by operatives within the federal government, the Biden election campaign, and later the Biden administration, it's now clear that Twitter became a tool of the Democratic party as it worked to suppress a major influence peddling scandal involving Joe Biden and his son in the month prior to the 2020 election. It's very likely that similar things happened on other social media platforms.

One would think that a government dictating who they wanted censored or banned from social media might be considered a "threat to democracy." As Harry Truman said: “Once a government commits to the principle of silencing opposition, it has only one way to go, and that’s down the path of increasingly repressive measures until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens.” Remember, President Truman was a member of the political party that has in recent years tried hard to use social media to silence its opposition.

The Twitter Files represent a threat to the existing political power structure, to the institutions that comprise the deep state, and to the media that once used Twitter as their tool and playground. For that reason, the fury of these entities has been unleashed against anyone who tries to make people aware of the Twitter File contents.

If the pro-censorship forces succeed, we all will lose.