When Donald Trump won the election in 2016, it sent shockwaves through the American left. After months of downplaying his chances to win, Trump dealt liberals and their media allies a stunning defeat. Although the warning signs were always there, the liberal echo chamber refused to see them.
How could such a stunning defeat happen? It would seem liberals have firm control over the nation’s media. Not only did mainstream news sources give Trump endless negative coverage, but popular Hollywood stars and musicians dependably parrot left-wing talking points. Turn on late-night TV, and you’ll find a host of comedians bashing conservatives.
However, the internet age gives Americans access to more sources of information than they have ever had. Not trusting America’s media giants, millions have turned to alternative sources of news to get a more balanced point of view. Without firm control of the narrative, liberals underestimated Trump’s chances of victory.
Of course, the left didn’t take this threat to their monopoly on information lightly. Shortly after the results were in, the media set its sights on alternative news outlets. Branding such outlets as “fake news”, liberals tried to undermine America’s trust in alternative news.
Sadly, liberals have a powerful ally in their crusade against alternative news. America’s tech giants like Facebook, Google, and YouTube are also bastions of liberal politics. Knowing their platforms are vital to alternative news outlets, many tech companies have begun suppressing conservative views. If they couldn’t win the argument, why not censor it?
Facebook was the first to pioneer this strategy, routinely suppressingconservative news from users feeds. Google got in on the act too, cutting offconservative news outlets from its powerful advertising network. Now it seems as if YouTube is the next domino to fall.
Two of President Trump’s most ardent supporters, the YouTube stars known as Diamond and Silk, say a financial stranglehold has been placed on their videos.
Lynnette Hardway and Rochelle Richardson of North Carolina, whose support of Mr. Trump and no-nonsense delivery during the 2016 U.S. presidential season turned them into online sensations, said Thursday their YouTube videos have become casualties of the company’s attempt to silence “extremism.”
“@YouTube @TeamYouTube stopped over 95% percent of our videos from being monetized, stating: ‘It’s Not Suitable For All Advertisers,’” the two said in a series of tweets. “Wonder if @YouTube @TeamYouTube stopped the monetization of our videos because we are loyal supporters of the @POTUS. Hummmm. Sounds like Censorship to us, which is a Violation of our First Amendment. A Bias Method used to Silence our Conservative Voices. @YouTube, how was it OK to monetize our videos for the past two years and now those same videos are no longer eligible for monetization?”
Predictably, YouTube claims it is only trying to fight “extremism”:
News of the largely demonetized channel comes less than two weeks since the company announced plans to fight inappropriate content.
“We’ll soon be applying tougher treatment to videos that aren’t illegal but have been flagged by users as potential violations of our policies on hate speech and violent extremism,” the company announced Aug. 1 on its official blog. “If we find that these videos don’t violate our policies but contain controversial religious or supremacist content, they will be placed in a limited state. The videos will remain on YouTube behind an interstitial, won’t be recommended, won’t be monetized, and won’t have key features including comments, suggested videos, and likes.”
The problem, of course, is that liberals label mainstream conservative thought as “extremist” and “bigoted”. As such, they are able to justify their actions as simply fighting extremism. However, what they are really doing is silencing the opposition.
Clearly, the left is trying to maintain its monopoly on information. With the powerful tech companies on their side, conservatives are in real danger of being squeezed out of the debate.