Appropriately on the Fourth of July, federal Judge Terry Doughty ruled against the Biden Administration in the case of Missouri v. Biden, finding that the collusion between federal agencies and social media platforms to censor Americans under the guise of preventing “misinformation” was a blatant violation of the First Amendment right to free speech.
As the Daily Signal reports, the scathing ruling cited a number of specific officials and agencies for smackdowns, including the CDC, HHS, DOJ, FBI and State Department. The judge compared the government’s actions during the pandemic to the “Orwellian Ministry of Truth,” and issued an injunction barring these agencies and officials “from ‘meeting with social media companies for the purpose of urging, encouraging, pressuring, or inducing in any manner the removal, deletion, suppression, or reduction of content containing protected free speech posted on social-media platforms;’ from flagging posts for removal or suppression; from encouraging censorship; and from contacting Big Tech companies via email, phone, or letters for such purposes." (But what will they do with their time now?)
"It also specifically bars collaboration with third-party organizations aiming at urging social media companies to suppress forms of speech. It also bars the Biden administration from notifying Big Tech firms to ‘be on the lookout’ for posts containing protected free speech.”
The judge still allowed agencies to flag posts involving criminal activity; to contact social media platforms to inform them of national security threats, malicious cyber activity and criminal attempts to suppress voting or influence elections; and to post “permissible public government speech” online. In short, it rolled back the vast unconstitutional overreach that existed before the Deep State decided it should be allowed to determine what Americans are allowed to say. The Founders trusted that a free marketplace of ideas would expose bad ideas through more speech, not less.
While most Americans should have fired off some extra sky rockets in celebration of this ruling, some in the liberal media were shockingly denouncing it. They have so lost sight of their mission as journalists that they actually side with government censors over freedom of speech, which is sort of like a dog siding with cats against dogs.
They should try for once listening to a Republican, Louisiana Solicitor General Liz Murrill, who pointed out that while most of the government censorship has so far been aimed at conservative voices, “the enterprise doesn’t know political boundaries. Once the structure’s in place, the structure can be weaponized by anybody in power.”
Even if the GOP takes over both the Congress and the White House in the next election, I want them to tear down that censorship structure, not utilize it themselves to silence the left. It’s best when they’re allowed to talk and show people who normally don’t pay close attention just how dangerously unhinged they are.
Case in point: “Disinformation specialist” and wannabe disinformation czarina and Mary Poppins understudy Nina Jankowicz railed that forcing the government to obey the First Amendment “is a weaponization of the court system. It is an intentional and purposeful move to disrupt the work that needs to be done ahead of the 2024 election, and it’s really chilling.” No, it’s chilling that she and her ilk think that federal censorship of Americans’ free speech is now a vital aspect of our elections.
And how did the Biden Administration react to the judge’s ruling that ripped them to shreds for blatantly violating the First Amendment rights of Americans? Naturally, they claim they did nothing wrong and plan to appeal it.