By: K. Walker
ClashDaily Associate Editor
Here is the guy that spearheaded the blacklisting of Alex Jones…
Salon has reported that the man that helped put pressure on various tech companies to remove Jones and InfoWars from multiple platforms is named Jared Holt.
Holt is a researcher for Right Wing Watch, a project of People For the American Way, an organization which is ‘dedicated to monitoring and exposing the activities and rhetoric of right-wing activists and organizations in order to expose their extreme agenda.‘
The ‘About’ page on Right Wing Watch is pretty rich. Get this — they claim to be committed to defending ‘constitutional values including free expression.‘
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.
Deplatforming doesn’t look like defending free expression to me… but hey, what do I know. I’m just part of that ‘extremist religious right’ that they’re so scared of.
The Salon article states that the time was right to target Jones.
The timing isn’t random. In recent weeks, a group of progressive activists has dialed up efforts to pressure these distribution platforms to drop Infowars. That pressure, which comes at a time when court proceedings against Jones have finally begun in earnest, created the momentum that led to this decision. This has been mentioned in passing in much of the coverage, but these folks deserve much more credit and recognition for the work they’ve been doing in trying to fight right-wing disinformation campaigns.
Salon interviewed Holt who said that he first tweeted that Spotify was hosting InfoWars, then wrote an article that they were violating their own hosting rules by doing so.
Users then said that they’d ditch the service if Jones and InfoWars weren’t booted off.
It then kind of snowballed from there.
Holt also says that he was upset when he saw that Spotify was hosting InfoWars, because he has his own podcast outside of his work for Right Wing Watch, and ‘experienced a personal struggle’ to get Spotify to list it.
The advocacy by Holt has been so effective that Alex Jones and InfoWars have been dumped from Google-YouTube, Facebook, Apple, Spotify, Pinterest, and email provider MailChimp.
Holt says that the timing was perfect because a defamation lawsuit against Jones has been ramping up. Jones, who has pushed many a conspiracy theory in the past, claimed that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax and that the grieving families were crisis actors. This prompted many family members to join together and file a lawsuit against Jones.
Holt says that he’s bothered by Facebook and YouTube not doing much about the spread of ‘Fake News’ — especially during the 2016 election.
Holt doesn’t like Jones’s proclivity to conspiracy theories.
He doesn’t like that InfoWars spreads ‘fake news’, so he found a way to get them booted off of platforms.
What’s interesting is that Holt himself, though he pooh-poohs the idea that ‘globalists’ are working to subvert Western culture, works for People For the American Way, a group that his heavily funded by Goerge Soros through his Open Society Institute.
The non-profit organization, People for the American Way, was registered in 1980 by television producer, Norman Lear. Two other co-founders were former Democratic Congresswoman, Barbara Jordan (D-TX) and Time Inc. CEO, Andrew Heiskell. The organization was founded to challenge the Christian right agenda of the Moral Majority.
So much for their commitment to ‘freedom of religion’.
Holt didn’t like Jones, so he targetted him.
The tech giants are citing their ‘hate speech’ policies as reasons that they can blacklist Jones — not that he spouts conspiracy theories and ‘fake news’.
And that’s their plan.
Wou would come out and defend Alex Jones? Only those that agree with him, right?
Not so much.
Jones might be nuttier than a fruitcake and peddle whatever nonsense he wants to, and that still that doesn’t mean that he should be booted off of platforms for suddenly violating some ‘hate speech’ rules while Louis Farrakhan, terrorists, and Antifa get a free pass.
First, they go for the easy target, Alex Jones, and then it’s the rest of conservative media for all of that ‘wrongthink’ that they’re doing.
But freedom-loving conservatives are onto the scheme and are rallying to Jones’s defense — even if they don’t like him or what he says.
Now, we just sit and wait for Twitter to find a reason to ditch Jones, too. The pressure is already on them to do so.
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