Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Canceling DeSantis and War Reporting

Left-wing news agency Democracy Now reports that other left-wing news sites are being blocked by bankers:
PayPal has canceled the account and frozen the funds of the independent news outlet Consortium News, which has criticized U.S. policy on Ukraine. The site’s editor-in-chief, Joe Lauria, said, “Given the current political climate it is more than conceivable that PayPal is reacting to Consortium News’ coverage of the war in Ukraine, which is not in line with the dominant narrative that is being increasingly enforced.” Paypal also recently froze the account of another site, MintPress News.
Supposedly they blamed USA and NATO for contributing to the Ukraine war.

These sites annoy me for how often they blame America, but censoring them is worse.

The NY Post reports:

In a Wall Street Journal piece, Elliott Abrams and Eric Cohen, respectively chairman and CEO of Tikvah and co-chairmen of the Jewish Leadership Conference, reveal that Manhattan’s Museum of Jewish Heritage canceled a planned JLC event because Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was an invited speaker.

Write Abrams and Cohen: “We were working closely with the museum on the details for the June 12 event — until, out of the blue, we were told by the museum staff that Mr. DeSantis didn’t ‘align with the museum’s values and its message of inclusivity.’ Either we disinvite the governor, they said, or our event was unwelcome.” ...

Abrams and Cohen write that they chose DeSantis because a “remarkable Jewish renaissance is under way in Florida.”

Apparently DeSantis has done a lot for Jews in Florida, but that has to be weighed against his opposition to using the public schools for LGBTQ grooming.

Note that Jews are on both sides of this issue.

The Tucker Carlson monologue said that we are witnessing a war on Christianity. The latest example is the attacks on Supreme Court justices.

Time magazine has a curious attack on free speech:

Tech titans often have a different understanding of speech than the rest of the world because most trained as engineers, not as writers or readers, and a lack of a humanities education might make them less attuned to the social and political nuances of speech.

“Tech culture is grounded in engineering culture, which imagines itself as apolitical,” says Turner. Engineers, he adds, often see the world in terms of problems and solutions, and in that context, speech becomes a series of data points that get circulated through a data system, rather than expressions of social or political ideas.

Focusing on “free speech,” as a way to justify relaxing restrictions on the platform, he says, is just “an engineering solution to a political problem.”

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