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Wednesday, June 23, 2021
MRC Plays Dumb On Crowder's Latest YouTube Suspension
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research center wants you to think that Steven Crowder is just a misunderstood comedian who keeps being "censored" because he's a conservative and not for all those nasty homophobic attacks he likes to make. Well, Crowder got himself into trouble again, and Nick Kangadis was on hand to play dumb in a May 13 post:

The “Big Tech” oligarchs will eventually come for you. After they censor and ban everyone they hate for whatever reason, they won’t stop and will go after whomever they deem is the next “offensive” entity.

YouTube has given conservative talk show host Steven Crowder a “second active strike” on his main channel and also given the first strike to his clip channel, Crowder Bits.

The censor-happy platform identified an episode of “Louder with Crowder” in which Crowder himself and his crew agreed that the shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio on April 20 was justified.

YouTube gave the Crowder team a somewhat more specific explanation of why that particular episode violated their guidelines:

In particular, this video violated the aspect of the policy that prohibits "content reveling in or mocking the death or serious injury of an identifiable individual." Accordingly, the video has been removed and a strike has been applied to the Steven Crowder channel. This constitutes the second active strike on the Steven Crowder channel and, as a result, uploads are now suspended for two weeks.

That is ridiculous. As Louderwithcrowder.com's Courtney Kirchoff wrote in the article concerning the strike, the Crowder crew “didn’t revel in the death or serious injury of an identifiable individual.”

Note that Kangadis does not document what Crowder actually said so we could judge for ourselves, even though he went on to write that "Yours truly watched that episode the day it aired, and while the Crowder crew likes to have fun and make joke — whether you agree with them or not, at no point did they 'revel' in the death of Bryant."

As a more honest and responsible media watchdog did document, Crowder and his co-host were mocking the dead Bryant in general and her weight in particular, claiming she moves like "an old [George] Foreman" and claiming her "fifth DoorDash" was arriving. So, yeah, they were very much reveling in and mocking a dead woman. But Kangadis want to gaslight you, parroting the old MRC narrative that "This seems like it’s just being used as an excuse to come one step closer to eliminating the most popular conservative channel on YouTube."

If this is "the most popular conservative channel on YouTube," alleged censorship is the least of conservatives' problems.

Kangadis continued to gaslight in a May 21 post:

Conservative talk show host Steven Crowder announced on his brand-new Rumble channel that he and his lawyer Bill Richmond filed a lawsuit last Thursday against video platform giant YouTube for suspending his channel for two weeks for allegedly violating their guidelines.

[...]

As noted above, Crowder’s lawsuit stems from the platform issuing a second strike last week against the Steven Crowder channel who — according to YouTube — exhibited “content reveling in or mocking the death or serious injury of an identifiable individual.”

For the record, the show did not, but that will be for a court to decide from here on out.

The death that the Crowder crew allegedly reveled in was the justified shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant by a Columbus, Ohio police officer.

Again, Kangadis refused to tell readers exactly what Crowder said. If it was not offensive, why hide that since it would presumably boost Crowder's defense?

Then, on June 3,  Casey Ryan kept up the gaslighting on Crowder in a monthly roundup of what the MRC thinks is the month's "WORST censorship":

YouTube targeted a video where Crowder stated that the shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant was justified in Columbus, Ohio. The platform said that the video had “‘content reveling in or mocking the death or serious injury of an identifiable individual,’” according to Crowder’s team. However, the Louder with Crowder team also said Bryant was never mocked. “The video they're referring to didn't revel in the death or serious injury of an identifiable individual,” the team said in a statement. “It seems YouTube is unhappy the studio crew agreed the shooting of a teenager trying to stab another was justified.”

Like Kangadis, Ryan also refused to offer a transcript of what Crowder said.


Posted by Terry K. at 10:18 PM EDT

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