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MORNING EDITION

May 30, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER

Thursday, President Trump made good on his threat against social media giants such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube that selectively censor, edit or place warning labels on posts based on political views. He signed an executive order calling on all executive agencies to consider new regulations to ensure that such companies comply narrowly with Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act in maintaining neutrality or else risk losing their immunity from legal liability.

I know that what you’ll mostly hear about this on the news is the usual hair-on-fire “Trump is a dictator” rage fits, so here’s the actual order in its entirety for you to read for yourself. See if it sounds to you as if he’s trying to do away with free speech or protect it:

For background, here’s what Section 230 of that law says: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” In other words, if you’re offended by a post, you can’t sue the platform where it appeared, you have to sue the person who posted it. Otherwise, social media would be impossible because every post would have to be vetted before it appeared. Section 230 does allow platforms to remove posts that violate terms of service, such as being obscene or threatening, as long as the action is taken “in good faith.” And that’s it.

Strangely enough, for all the foaming at the mouth over Trump’s executive order, it seems to me as if it does nothing much more than reaffirm what Section 230 originally intended. Under pressure from the left, and their own hive-mind leftist corporate cultures, companies like Google and Twitter started adopting the left’s attitude that it was their duty not to remove merely obscene or threatening posts (indeed, they leave up plenty of posts that curse and threaten conservatives), but to determine whether a post is “true” or "misleading." Philosophers have been trying to define “what is truth” for centuries, but a group of leftist techies in Silicon Valley have finally nailed it. Under the left’s definition, their opinions are objectively true, and any opposing views are lies and misinformation.

It’s always useful in cases like this, when the anti-Trump hysteria is at its peak right after he does...well, anything (the anti-Trumpers are like Groucho Marx: “Whatever it is, I’m against it!”) to ignore their heat-of-the-moment statements and look back at what they said before Trump weighed in. So here’s an article from February on this very subject that explains a lot of the issues well, and notes that there were bipartisan concerns about the abuse of Section 230, both for the way it was being used to censor political views and to crush start-up competitors and turn the majors into monopolies.

I should also note one of the Democrats’ recurring problems: Joe Biden’s mouth. He immediately blasted Trump’s executive order on Section 230 as “an extreme abuse of power” that “demonstrates a complete misunderstanding of the role and function of the federal government.” But just last December, he told the New York Times that “Section 230 should be revoked immediately.” He then repeated that twice for emphasis.

Unless Congress acts, Trump is limited in what he can do to the social media companies. Unlike the previous President, he doesn’t believe he can ignore Congress and rewrite laws with executive orders. But his EO doesn’t so much change Section 230 as reaffirm its original meaning and warn that if the tech giants don’t stop abusing the legal immunity it grants them by ignoring the strict neutrality rules, they could lose it. Not by Trump changing the law, but by him doing something the previous Administration never dreamed of: actually enforcing it. And frankly, it’s about time.

MY PROPOSAL IS CATCHING ON

As the pointless coronavirus lockdowns drag on in some places, I’m glad to see that my proposal to withhold the paychecks of officials who won’t let other people go to work is catching on. The New York Post just ran an editorial that comes close, although they are being way too generous in simply calling for these officials’ pay to be capped at…brace yourselves!...$200,000 a year!

That’s right, that’s what a selfless life of “public service” pays in New York. As New Yorkers fear losing businesses they’ve worked for generations to build (fears that Mayor Bill DeBlasio, who never built anything except a disastrous presidential campaign, cavalierly dismissed), they’re on the hook for taxes to pay the exorbitant salaries of their public officials. How exorbitant?

According to the Post, DeBlasio himself pulls down $258,750 (not counting all the perks, such as Gracie Mansion. Socialism pays well in New York City!) Schools Chancellor Richard Carranz, who just claimed students will suffer because he can’t find any fat to cut in the budget, makes $363,000. The Post notes that cutting that to $200,000 would free up enough money to hire four school lunch aides. But that’s nothing: the head of the city Housing Authority makes $402,000, and the City University of New York Chancellor is paid a whopping $623,500. Cutting that to $200,000 would leave enough money to hire a dozen adjunct professors, and I'll bet the Chancellor could scrape along somehow.

So maybe one small silver lining in this crisis, and one good way in which “life will never be the same,” is that the public may finally realize how overpaid some of their officials are and demand that they start learning to stay home and get along on less, the way they expected the citizens to.

THE MAJOR POINT

Remember: Don’t be a science-denier! Follow the advice of the experts! Wear a facemask in public, the way the CDC suggests!

Unless you prefer to listen to the experts at the World Health Organization, who say that if you’re healthy, don’t wear a mask unless you’re taking care of someone who’s infected.

The major point is that now, whether you wear a mask or not, self-righteous liberals can still yell at you to make themselves feel important.

WRONG

Former DNC Chair and Fox News commentator Donna Brazile attacked President Trump’s executive order on social media companies by declaring that “There is no First Amendment right to lie. Period.”

Actually, she’s very lucky that she’s wrong because that was a lie, but she had a First Amendment right to say it without fear of arrest.

KEEPING TRACK OF BIDEN

Whoever is writing Joe Biden’s quotes for him needs to spend more time boning up on what he’s already said. I wrote elsewhere about how Biden assailed Trump for allegedly undermining Section 230 on social media platforms when just six months ago, Biden was saying it should be “revoked immediately.” Now, Biden has allegedly co-authored an op-ed accusing Trump of “xenophobia” for scapegoating Asians by blaming China for the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus and calling it the “China virus,” which major media outlets also did until they took their marching orders from China, and which I still do because it’s 100% accurate.

Question: did none of Biden’s handlers realize that this would remind Americans of the last time Biden accused Trump of xenophobia, which was when he attacked Trump for cutting off travel from China to keep visitors from spreading the virus all over the country? That action was attacked by Democrats like Biden as racist and xenophobic, up until the point that everyone realized it saved countless lives, and then they suddenly started accusing Trump of not doing it soon enough.

This is yet another reason why I could never be a Democrat: I’m not suffering from serious memory loss. Joe, I can’t speak for.

Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Matthew 6:14 (KJV)

 



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  • Trudie Benham

    05/31/2020 02:15 PM

    I think the President is right about the 230 I read the whole thing. And in a nut shell if you are a free platform then you let people have freedom of speech if you're not then you take down what they say because you don't agree with it. You can not have it both ways.
    As for Biden I think if his family really cared about him they would take him out of the Presidential race and get him the help he so desperately needs.
    As for the far left I don't know if there is any help for them. The way it looks to me is they have already have been turned to the evil one. I say that because of the fruit they bring. Could I be wrong sure but I don't think I am. Just what I think and feel.

  • Robin Rebhan

    05/31/2020 09:12 AM

    "PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER"
    The reason for President even having to do this is just one of the many reasons I stay off of social media to begin with in the first place.

  • Gary Gustafson

    05/31/2020 09:04 AM

    Concerning the Minneapolis mess.....Obviously,...Not ALL Blacks are terrorist/rioters, but neither are ALL police officers overly brutal.... Not ALL cities deserve to be having rioters either....and what have businesses to do with how a black man was treated by a police man? And if that man was a peaceful/ kind person, why was he arrested in the first place and why did it take so many policemen to arrest him?

  • Lloyd M Richardson

    05/30/2020 06:46 PM

    Governor, I hope your PAC is looking at Michael LaPierre who is running as a Conservative Christian against the Godless Prevaricator, Lindsey Graham. Only 10 days to our primary in South Carolina! Bless you, LR

  • Jerry Korba

    05/30/2020 06:41 PM

    Minnesota Gov. Walsh says 80% of the rioters and looters are from out of State the media reports Rioters and looters and Arsonists are from Minnesota although don't get to excited about those remarks the 2 cities Mlps. and St Paul arrested less 40 people according to the police roster. The Police were running away from danger pretty hard to make an arrest under those conditions. The city elected a super liberal Mayor the State elected a pencil pusher with good talking skills they elected an Attorney General that was a co head of the Democratic party now combining with CCP a Senator also caused of beating his girlfriend alway a wonderful trait to have as AG thats not as bad as wearing Blackface oh thats ok in Canada and Virginia Amy Klobachar who worked with this Police Department in not brining charges against the police when at least she should have and now wants to be VP with Biden that wanted China to be part of our government, our military, and have more excess to our IT, and educational system, and more and you wonder why I do not want to go into Mlps. I will miss Fogo de Chau, Twins and maybe a few of the lakes Mlps is the city of Lakes the Gov wants you to stay anyway Beautiful Minneapolis at least it was at one time.

  • Jerry

    05/30/2020 05:22 PM

    Caught a glimpse of local TV anchor reporting don't listen to social media that it may be full of Fake news the MSM does not have a great record of telling truthful news itself thanks ABC for all the confidence of listening to you NOT!! ABC and MSM are as real as the 3 dollar bill. Lucky you have a Leftist base that watches you. Funded by the CCP thanks for bringing all the fake racism to your viewers. Great service brought to the communities.

  • Jerry Korba

    05/30/2020 02:29 PM

    The more time goes by as this so called racial pandemic goes on the more I think another factor is involved more than people of color hating society, that the media is broadcasting. Their is more to this than meets the Eye. Of course their are people of color that fuel this people like Al Sharpen Louie Farrachann Maxie Watters Jesse Jackson Sheila Jackson there are hundreds that sell this racial foolishness in order to maintain power and a luxury filled lifestyle and they are not all of color. Take a look at wuhan virus and how that is taking freedoms from our nation this bad cop in Minneapolis and the other 20 bad cops around the country should not be able to put a curfew on me and restrict my freedom of movement I stay away from the Wuhan Virus as much as possible because its my best interest to do so I have to much to lose to take on exposure I will try and stay healthy for my family I will move during Senior hours when hopefully the risks are lower although I think our government is over playing its hand and I can't call their bluff at this time. I won't believe at this time all people of color will Shitff in their own bed and sleep in it like a few of them are doing. The sad part is the community is giving the bad people of color cover. They are Shitffing in their bed and going home and sleeping in it. Just remember kids you are representing the people that brought you into this world don't let someone else take you out of it your actions today may have a very bad ending.

  • Russell H Thorn

    05/30/2020 01:02 PM

    I love what you are doing here. I enjoy being in the loop and well informed. I used to be a Democrat but no more. I can't stand any more of the lies. I did vote for President Trump and will do so again. God bless America and God bless you sir.
    Russell H Thorn

  • Patrick Lloyd

    05/30/2020 12:57 PM

    The Point of Having a Election is to Give Citizens a Choice that must be Fair and Secure to matter! Dems. want you to think Voter Fraud must be Proven! NO! All Chances of Voter Fraud must be Prevented! Legal Law Abiding Citizens Demand Monitored Voting by Authorities if not Deployed, with Chain of Custody n Voter IDs to Prevent Illegal n Voter Fraud! To Protect the Whole Point of having a Election!

  • Patrick Lloyd

    05/30/2020 12:45 PM

    Dems. using COVID for Public Terrorism and Illegal Constitution, Freedom, Rights, n Equality Violations to enforce Illegal Globalist Policies on Citizens with no Legal Authority to do so! Close Trump Economy Businesses n Keep open Dem Donors who Buy their Representation and Finance their Corruption against Citizens Jobs, Economy, n Ownership of Property! Destroy America by Debt n Bankruptcy, then give yourselves Raises n Increase Taxes!

  • Jerry Korba

    05/30/2020 12:27 PM

    The people of color that I know are nothing like what the media is showing me on TV. I can no longer bear to watch the insanity I am an old white guy now that met his 1st man of color in 1967 at age 18 a BB player from NY city that I played with in college. During Thanksgiving I asked my parents if I could invite him for our TG dinner He had a name similar to an Irishman so when this guy of color showed up my mom was stunned this was her first encounter with a man of color. The next day I asked her of her feelings taking care of a person of color and she was relieved that he was a very good human being, some cultural shock was dismissed. My point is although I am outraged by todays conduct and the leadership in Minnesota I will not give up hope on the people of color especially the ones I formed relationships with we didn't always agree on everything only because we walk in different shoes and on different landscapes we were able to enjoy each other mostly because we were doing the same thing together a common ground. I embraced their ideas and in some cases wished I had their same passions, people of color have for people they used to call it soul. What I see In Mpls. today soul does not exist. Very sad.

  • Floyd A Unger

    05/30/2020 12:11 PM

    Ain’t it great times we’re a havin?

  • tom jeffs

    05/30/2020 12:04 PM

    CHINA owns Google, right ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

  • Jerry Korba

    05/30/2020 11:13 AM

    People of St Paul Mn. can rest easy today 20 arrests has been made with about 1/3 rd of them for curfew violation. Nice work St. Paul make sure to get that speeder going 8 miles an hour over the speed limit that a the real problem here. Meantime the rioters are making citizens arrest against the officers that left their posts for abandoning their post and leaving the population at risk for terrorism in Minneapolis ,the entire country is very proud of the liberal leadership shown during these acts of terror. The thought by the Left is if Conservatives don't leave on their own whether its high taxes or the Bill of Rights taken from you we will just let the cities burn and be looted. This looks like the warning Message our Governor MLPS. Mayor MN. AG and the rest of the Left leaders are sending. They will bring in the National AFTER everyone gets the message.

  • Barney Flint

    05/30/2020 10:55 AM

    Gov Huckabee, As always I look forward to your daily newsletter. I do have to register an observation however.
    The ads at the bottom of your emails has one for the OshenWatch Luxe. Looking theough the internet for this watch, it appears that the company is not responding to emails and the customer service phone number is not in service. I would think that you might want to check this out and talk with whoever is setting up the ad pages.

    Regards,
    Barney

  • stephen Russell

    05/30/2020 10:46 AM

    Riots outcome:
    o End lockdowns
    o reform lockdowns
    o Rebuild areas looted?
    o Back to normal?
    What else can Blue state Mayor or Govs do??
    & oh yes said rioters were bused etc into said cities for riots, Paid to riot.
    Antifa.

  • LCdr Laurie Keiski USN (Ret)

    05/30/2020 10:24 AM

    Regarding YouTub, I use the site for research (user opinions) on large purchases I am planning. Have noted recently, they have devoted one section to posts from CNN, MSNBC and other far left media.

  • Claudette guay

    05/30/2020 09:50 AM

    God bless you Mr Huckabee and keep you safe.!