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Friday, December 10, 2021
Rerun: MRC Recycles A Previous Post Whining About Conservatives Being 'Censored'
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center loved whining about conservatives being "censored" so much, it did so again a few weeks later. Alec Schemmel -- who wrote the original Sept. 21 post -- got help from DanGainor for an Oct. 12 post:

Big Tech censorship didn’t just repeatedly restrict and finally ban President Donald Trump. Social media companies overwhelmingly censored Republican members of Congress by a rate of 54-to-1 compared to congressional Democrats, according to a new Media Research Center study.

That censorship was aimed at Republicans in both the House and Senate and was especially prevalent in stories about COVID-19 or the 2020 election. Twitter just underscored that point when it censored Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) for a tweet about natural immunity and vaccine mandates. These results were based on analysis by the MRC’s database team of the last two congressional delegations.

In his Sept. 21 post, Schemmel wrote that the radio was 53-to-1. He didn't explain how or why that number changed -- heck, he didn't even reference his earlier post at all. Nor did he offer any evidence that the CensorTrack database is in any way comprehensive -- its bias toward conservative "censorship" is obvious, and it's highly unlikely that MRC staff made any concerted effort to compile examples of Democrats being "censored."

Schemmel and Gainor rehashed the earlier post's trick of complaining that conservatives were being "censored" but being deliberately vague about the exact actions and words that prompted "Big Tech" action. For example they wrote "Facebook and Twitter used their censorship mechanisms at least 30 separate times against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), including five Twitter suspensions and the flagging of at least 24 tweets with some type of warning label" without mention the extremist behavior Greene exhibited that warranted her suspension (and which the MRC spent months hiding in order to bestow victimhood on her).

The duo even copied-and-pasted claims from the earlier post, like this: "Big Tech began labeling virtually everything being posted by former President Trump and his campaign around the 2020 election. Platforms dispensed one of several censorship labels used to challenge and suppress information. The former president was eventually universally deplatformed by Big Tech and is still fighting to return." Again, they remained silent on the nature of the Trump content that was "censored" -- because they know that Trump was spreading lies and conspiracy theories about election fraud, and that "big Tech" companies are private businesses who have the right to run their businesses the way the choose and to enforce terms of service that the "censored" conservatives agreed to abide by when signing up for their services.

We're not really sure why this post even exists. it's a total rehash of Schemmel's Sept. 21 post, adds nothing relevant to the conversation, and it's unclear what Gainor did to earn his co-byline. Since he is a VP at the MRC, maybe Gainor wanted the rehash so he could have something to stick his byline on.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:35 PM EST

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