CNN’s Brian Stelter props up scholars who suggest conservatives deserve Twitter censorship

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CNN talking head Brian Stelter pretended ignorance Sunday on “Reliable Sources” over Twitter’s perceived bias against conservatives, using quotes from Yale and MIT scholars to somehow assert that the “moderate majority” want censorship on the social media platform.

“Is Twitter biased against conservatives? That’s the title of this new working paper by professors at MIT and Yale,” Stelter asked, opening his segment.

“In the words of Professor David Rand, the root of the challenge when looking at this is that Republicans, conservatives, are substantially more likely to share misinformation or fake news than Democrats are. Thus, as social media platforms, the policies aimed at reducing nonsense and boosting real news would ensnare Republican users more often,” he said with a straight face, seemingly stating as fact that conservatives lie and therefore deserve to be censored.

“This research team found wide bipartisan support for platforms trying to reduce misinformation. People don’t want QAnon craziness all up in their news feeds, but Professor Rand says putting these two observations together shows the problem. In responding to bipartisan demand, platforms may wind up enforcing on conservatives more than on liberals,” Stelter stated, appearing to justify censorship by social media platforms.

“Now, complaints about conservatives being censored online, they are core to the GOP’s identity. See this Heritage headline as an example, it plays into the cancel culture narrative that powers Trumpian fundraising efforts, and now it is at the heart of Elon Musk’s hostile takeover bid for Twitter,” he asserted, attempting to link legitimate conservative news sources with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wanting to restore free speech on Twitter by buying the outlet.

“Right-wing media is celebrating Musk’s bid saying he’s going to rescue free speech, he’s going to rescue free speech, he’s going to reinstate for millions of Americans, people around the world who’d been muzzled by Twitter, and the villain in their story is, of course, the mainstream media,” Stelter remarked, trying to defend leftist media outlets such as CNN.

Instead of giving conservatives a chance to defend themselves against his baseless attacks, the CNN host turned to his colleague Clare Duffy and Jessica Toonkel from the website “The Information.”

“When you’re suspended or banned by a social network that is a very intense thing and not to be taken lightly but this cry that it’s all about Republicans being censored, do you buy into that?” he asked Toonkel, likely knowing exactly what the response would be.

“I think that his push about free speech and that he’s going to, like, open it up to everyone, I mean, despite all the rhetoric, like he can’t do that. That’s not realistic,” she deflected, murdering her answer grammatically.

“Most users don’t want to live in a sewer on their phones full of bullsh*t you know, they don’t want that. They actually want some moderation,” Stelter charged on CNN without any clue what the majority of Americans actually want, which apparently does entail free speech.


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