AGs claim ‘hard evidence’ against WH for colluding with big tech to censor and manipulate Covid narrative

Attorneys General suing President Joe Biden’s administration over alleged collusion between the federal government and Big Tech to violate First Amendment rights dropped further evidence of a pressure campaign similar to the “Twitter Files.”

Before being elected a U.S. Senator in November, then-AG Eric Schmitt (R-Mo.) joined Louisiana AG Jeff Landry in filing a landmark lawsuit. Now, after documents were revealed showing White House Director of Digital Strategy Rob Flaherty had essentially told Facebook to censor voices like commentators Tucker Carlson and Tomi Lahren, Schmitt’s successor AG Andrew Bailey exposed the social media companies’ compliance that included admissions of censoring “often-true content.”

Monday, Bailey released a thread on Twitter with screenshots of a number of communications between social media companies and the White House team which he referred to as “even more hard evidence that President Biden’s Administration has been working with social media to suppress free speech.”

“In regard to ‘anti-vax’ posts, White House Digital Director Rob Flaherty tells Facebook that ‘slowing it down seems reasonable,'” stated one email among the lot, far tamer than other examples.

After asserting in another email that failing to censor a video from Carlson discussing opposition to COVID shots could lead to another Jan. 6 where Flaherty wrote, “Not for nothing but last time we did this dance, it ended in insurrection,” Bailey went on to post, “Facebook assures Flaherty that ‘in addition to removing vaccine misinformation, we have been focused on reducing the virality of content discouraging vaccines that does not contain actionable misinformation,’ including ‘often-true content.'”

An email from a Facebook employee directed to Andrew Slavitt, who served as a senior adviser on Biden’s COVID response team at the time, described the “often-true content” was normally allowed “at the post level because experts have advised us that it is important for people to be able to discuss both their personal experiences and concerns about the vaccine, but it can be framed as sensation, alarmist, or shocking. We’ll remove these Groups, Pages, and Accounts when they are disproportionately promoting this sensational content.”

Following the first releases of evidence, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) reacted by railing, “This is brazen government censorship. If there are any actual ‘journalists’ remaining in the corrupt corporate media, they should vocally condemn the Biden White House getting their lap dogs in Big Tech to silence major media outlets.”

Other posts in the thread included Bailey writing “Here, a White House employee asks Twitter to silence Robert Kennedy, Jr., a known critic of the White House’s COVID-19 narrative” and “an example of Big Tech toeing the line for Biden,” that showed an email from YouTube telling Flaherty in part about, “changes to our recommendations system to limit the spread of this type of content…”

Worth noting, the lawsuit that this evidence is a part of is the same one for which then-director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci testified in December and claimed 174 times “I don’t recall” when questioned.

Fauci’s inability to “recall” included repeated questioning to get him to fess up to the already public detail that his own daughter worked for Twitter as a software engineer while the government was alleged to have been colluding with Big Tech to control the narrative on COVID.

Bailey concluded with a personal statement that read: “I want to protect Missourians and the freedoms they enjoy, which is why as Attorney General, I will always defend the Constitution. This case is about the Biden Administration’s blatant disregard for the First Amendment and its collusion with social media companies to suppress speech it disagrees with. I will always fight back against unelected bureaucrats who seek [to] indoctrinate the people of this state by violating our constitutional rights to free and open debate.”

Having already deposed Fauci, FBI Special Agent Elvis Chan, Carol Crawford of the CDC, Eric Waldo of the Surgeon General’s Office and Daniel Kimmage of the State Department, Bailey assured that more depositions are coming.

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