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January 14, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) stated that some Congress members are discussing the need to create an investigative commission to “rein in” media sources that she said “spew disinformation and misinformation” that played a part in the January 6 storming of the Capitol building.
“There’s absolutely a commission that is being discussed, but it seems to be more investigatory in style rather than in truth and reconciliation,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a lengthy Instagram Live video on January 12 that was posted to Twitter by Tom Elliot.
AOC suggests adding “media literacy” as a mandate for a congressional “truth and reconciliation” committee pic.twitter.com/sv7UXMwvaO
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 13, 2021
“I do think that several members of Congress, in some of my discussions, have brought up media literacy because that is a part of what happened here,” she continued.
“And, we’re going to have to figure out how we reign in our media environment so that you can’t just spew disinformation and misinformation. It’s one thing to have differing opinions, but it’s another thing entirely to just say things that are false. And so, that’s something we’re looking into,” she added.
It remains unclear how such a committee to “reign in” the media would square with the Constitution’s First Amendment that states that Congress “protects” freedom of speech and the press.
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LifeSite has signed on to a Media Research Center (MRC) letter to all 50 state Attorneys General, calling for an investigation into Big Tech.
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As we urged prior, action must be taken to combat these efforts, and that is why we’ve joined the MRC in this fight.
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YouTube just completely removed the LifeSiteNews YouTube channel. This isn’t a ban, every single one of our videos is completely gone. Being completely removed from YouTube means we’ve lost access to 300,000+ followers.
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PETITION UPDATE (1/26/20) -
Twitter has again locked LifeSiteNews out of two of our accounts on the platform for displaying a message noting that President Joe Biden’s newly named Assistant Secretary of Health “Rachel” Levine is a man.
Both accounts displayed a simple message which read: “Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health. ‘Rachel’ Levine is a father of two who divorced his wife in 2013 after 30 years of marriage.” The tweets also included a link to LifeSite’s article Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health, and contained part of the opening sentence of that article, “Joe Biden has announced his intention to appoint a gender-confused man” as Assistant Secretary of Health.
For stating biological or Biblical truths, Twitter and Big Tech are trying to shut down conservative voices.
Therefore, it is now more important than ever to consider dumping Twitter, Google (who own YouTube) and Facebook. To be clear: LifeSite is still using Twitter and Big Tech to encourage others to migrate away from these illiberal platforms.
This is not the first time that LifeSiteNews has been censored by Twitter. In December 2019, Twitter indefinitely suspended our account for a tweet that linked to an article on transgender activist Jonathan “Jessica” Yaniv.
At the time, Twitter gave LifeSite the option to delete the tweet and reactivate our account right away. LifeSite remained steadfast that the tweet did not violate any of the company’s “rules and policies,” and sought several appeals with Twitter, while looking into legal action against the company.
And, while LifeSite's account was eventually restored, we must now consider what course of action we will pursue in this case, over and above appealing the ban.
Meanwhile, since taking office on Wednesday last week, Joe Biden has already signed an executive order which will force women’s athletic programs, restrooms, and locker rooms to be open to men. He has also turned back the Trump administration’s policy protecting women’s sports programs in schools.
Last week, LifeSite was banned for two weeks from our YouTube channel, after the site determined that one of our videos about vaccines violated YouTube’s “community guidelines.” We are also in the middle of appealing this ban.
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Twitter just deplatformed President Trump premanently! And, other conservatives, including General Flynn and Sidney Powell, were also summarily deplatformed.
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Simply put, Twitter, Facebook, Google (who owns YouTube) and Amazon appear to be actively suppressing access to pro-freedom, pro-family and pro-life news and opinion.
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The New York Congresswoman did not provide examples of how media “disinformation and misinformation” contributed to events that unfolded on January 6.
Left-leaning mainstream media sources, however, may be engaging in their own agenda of disinformation and misinformation regarding events that unfolded on January 6. While such sources, such as CNN and New York Times, are trying to pin blame on the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol building on Donald Trump and the speech that he gave at the White House Ellipse, even left-leaning fact-checker Snopes admits that Trump “did not explicitly tell people to ‘storm’ or ‘breach’ or ‘break into’ the Capitol.” A transcript of Trump’s full speech can be found here.
The timeline of the day reveals that Trump concluded his speech at about 1:11 PM with the words: “We're going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue… and we're going to the Capitol and we're going to try and give… our Republicans, the weak ones… the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.” It’s about 1.6 miles (a 45 minute walk with the crowd size) from the Ellipse to the Capitol building. The crowd that listened to Trump’s speech would not have begun arriving at the Capitol building until after 2 PM. But mainstream media, such as the BBC, reported that “chanting crowds start to gather on both sides of the [Capitol] building at around 13:10, grappling with police at the metal barricades.” This was happening a full 45 minutes before Trump supporters would have arrived from the Ellipse. The Capitol grounds were breached at about 1:42 PM after crowds broke through metal fences, about 15 minutes before marchers from the Ellipse would have begun to arrive on the scene.
The timeline of events indicates that it could not have been Trump supporters from the Ellipse who first clashed with police and breached the Capitol building. Mounting video evidence is revealing that left-wing activists were part of the crowd that entered the Capitol building, bringing with them their own agenda of urging people to engage in unlawful acts of violence and destruction for their own political reasons. Some genuine Trump supporters may have fallen for the ruse and joined in violent or destructive behavior, falsely thinking that they were engaging in patriotic acts.