The head of the far-left propaganda group Media Matters continues to insist that Twitter was right to censor the 100 percent legitimate reporting on Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop.
Speaking on CSPAN this Thursday, Media Matters President and CEO Angelo Carusone argued that the New York Post, the outlet that broke the story in the days preceding the 2020 presidential election, had lacked meaningful evidence to back its reporting.
However, his argument was full of misleading statements and outright lies.
Listen from around the 36:30 mark below:
“For people who are not super enmeshed in the right-wing media, when people talk about that, what they are referring to is the fact that in October of 2020, a New York Post article was published that Twitter decided you could not distribute the links to. It was consistent with their policies of leaked information that was not verified,” he began.
It was not, in fact, “consistent” given Twitter’s track record of allowing leaks that benefit the Democrat Party and its preferred narratives.
“The right wing went nuts about it, as evidence of a conspiracy. Let’s just go back in time here. The genesis and the reason why is that the New York Post article did not meet any minimum editorial standards,” Carusone continued.
The Post published damning photos from the laptop of what was undeniably Hunter Biden. The outlet even obtained a sex tape of him that was also blocked.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) October 25, 2020
“They did not provide any evidence, they did not verify anything that they were reporting, their principal spokesperson was a combination of Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon, who were not credible individuals on their face,” Carusone added.
Critics say they were no less reliable than the endless “anonymous” sources that the establishment press routinely cites.
“And the topper on that as that is The Wall Street Journal had reviewed the same substance and declined it. Most people in this space think The Wall Street Journal is a very reliable and consistent newsroom. I think there’s a case to be made there. Their editorial side, not so much,” the Media Matters head continued.
“The same [people] went to Fox News, and Fox News said we can’t publish this, this doesn’t meet our basic editorial standards. The same outlet that has no trouble lying passed on the story.”
But the fact that the story was later proven to be 100 percent legitimate suggests both the Journal and Fox News made a mistake in 2020.
Carusone concluded his remarks with one final defense of Twitter.
“So what happened? It ended up at the Post. The way you treat gossip, people going in and out of hotels. That’s where it ran. And the issue there is they didn’t provide any editorial guidance, the Post itself is not credible enough to stand on its own authority and they violated a basic story,” he said.
“The only thing Twitter did, and the right sees this as the greatest evidence of a conspiracy and a hoax, was say that one story as it existed, we’re not going to allow it to be distributed, because it violates our leaked policy.”
Note that he made these remarks during the same day that a Supreme Court draft ruling was leaked to the public and went viral on Twitter:
Since whoever gave @politico this document didn’t have the right or authority to do it, doesn’t that make it a hacked or stolen document? Doesn’t @Twitter have a rule against highlighting or promoting those types of documents? Shouldn’t this story get the NY Post treatment?
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) May 3, 2022
Carusone was correct about one thing — the right does view the censorship of the Post’s reporting as a conspiracy.
“Two GOP-led states filed a lawsuit against President Biden, White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top administration officials alleging that they ‘pressured and colluded’ with Big Tech social media companies to censor and suppress information on the Hunter Biden laptop story, COVID-19 origins and security of voting by mail during the pandemic,” Fox News reported Thursday.
“Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The suit accuses top ranking government officials of working with the giant social media companies Meta, Twitter and YouTube ‘under the guise of combating misinformation’ in order to achieve greater censorship.”
All this comes as Media Matters and its far-left allies are ratcheting up a campaign to pressure advertisers into boycotting Twitter unless its soon-to-be new owner, billionaire investor Elon Musk, keeps in place its widely abused censorship policies.
‘Sunlight the best disinfectant’: Musk says follow the money after coalition linked to Soros, Clinton, Obama talks boycott https://t.co/wn8SntEjIU
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) May 4, 2022
Media Matters is a far-left propaganda group that uses agit-prop to target the advertisers of those public figures who espouse talking points that belie the preferred narratives of the Democrat Party. Their strategy centers around calling their political enemies racists, bigots, sexists, transphobes, etc.
Yet Carusone is himself no angel. As has been repeatedly noted by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Carusone is himself “an enthusiastic bigot” who “for years maintained a racist blog” …
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