Twitter Files and Government Propaganda; If you haven’t been following the Twitter Files reporting that have been published on the web site Substack, then have no fear. One of the reporters Elon Musk invited to investigate Twitter corporate files, Matt Taibbi, has written a summary of everything published to date. Obviously, this summary is not as comprehensive as the reports from the various reporters, but it will give you a good idea of how our government and Twitter acted together to censor writers and messages that our government found “inconvenient.”
Now, if you think this government-private cooperation to shape public information and opinion is something new, then think again. The same thing has been occurring within our mainstream media since Christ was a corporal. You can and should have recognized it every time The NY Times, Washington Post or any network TV news operation reports something from a “credible but anonymous source.”
What the Twitter Files reveal is the extent to which our government’s intelligence community will stoop to shape public views that it wants to be held. Worse still, the files reveal how one major social media outlet — and Twitter is hardly alone — went along with the intelligence community’s plan solely because it met Twitter’s ideological bent.
The problem for the government actors in this sad tale is that their actions are a clear violation of the First Amendment’s protection of free speech and their oaths of office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. It’s more frightening to discover that these sworn protectors became our enemies. And that is exactly how they should be viewed whenever Congress gets off its collective asses and exposes every last one of them, including members of Congress like Schiff.