Dem Rep. Nadler falsely claims social media censorship a ‘hoax,’ but took thousands from Google, Facebook

During Thursday’s House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on social media filtering, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., falsely claimed there is no such thing as censorship of conservatives, calling it a “hoax.”  It’s interesting to note, however, that Nadler has received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from both Google and Facebook.

“The notion that social media companies are filtering out conservative voices is a hoax: a tired narrative of imagined victimhood as the rest of the country grapples with a feckless president and out-of-control administration,” he said. “The majority designed this hearing to perpetuate that hoax.”

After taking a look at Nadler’s contributions, Breitbart.com reported:

According to Open Secrets, Nadler received a total of $20,800 from Alphabet Inc. between 2017 and 2018, and a total of $18,350 between 2013 and 2014.

Records from the Federal Election Commission also reveal that Nadler has received regular disbursements from the Google Inc. NetPac in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, usually totalling $10,000 a year.

Alphabet Inc. was the highest contributor to Nadler’s campaign and leadership PAC in 2018, while Facebook also donated $2,500.

Talk about having the best government money can buy…

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According to Nadler, allegations of a “Silicon Valley plot to censor conservatives” is “baseless.”

Of course, he’ll say that — he’s been paid to say it.

Studies, however, tell a different story.  Add to that the numerous accounts by individual users — you know, the people Nadler doesn’t really give a tinker’s damn about — who have suffered ongoing harassment and censorship by social media giants.

Nadler wasn’t the only one who questioned the reality of social media censorship, Newsbusters reported:

Throughout the hearing, Democrats and witnesses said that they do not believe that there is specific political bias against conservatives. The Media Research Center’s report detailing social media bias against conservatives was referenced four times during the livestreamed portion of the hearing.

Despite references to different cases of conservative censorship, some questioning the usefulness of the discussion.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) called the hearing “stupid and ridiculous” and questioned the constitutionality of the discussion.

“This is a stupid and ridiculous hearing. The only reason I’m still here is because I want to enter some facts into the record to at least try to salvage some of this hearing,” he said.

So there you have it — Democrats like Nadler and Lieu are apparently okay with Orwellian censorship against those with whom they disagree.

As a final note, Google, Facebook and Twitter were invited to the hearing but the three companies refused to attend.  They really didn’t need to, however, since they already had paid Congressional representatives carrying their water…


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A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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