Josh Holmes kicked off the discussion by tackling the narrative that Frances Haugen, the former civic project manager for Facebook who testified this week before the Senate Commerce Committee, is some sort of “ヒーロー” for speaking out against Facebook’s alleged wrongdoings.
“まず第一に, she’s a leftwing activist. … Long, long record of activism, contributions to not just like establishment Democrats, we’re talking about like, movement progressives, 正しい?” Holmes began on Thursday’s podcast. “But all of this is coached up by a guy that she’s hired named Bill Burton.”
Holmes said Burton was a former press aide in the Obama administration and is a board member for the Center for Humane Technology, a group that Holmes claims aims “to change content policies that favor corporate media over individual voices or alternative media.”
“They hate things like ‘Ruthless.’ …. What they want is to basically make The New York Times, ワシントンポスト, CNN, MSNBC the only purveyors of information in this country,” Holmes maintained.
Co-host Comfortably Smug chimed in, 言って “it’s all interconnected” with Big Tech’s silencing of conservative voices in the name of preventing the spread of “disinformation.”
“They don’t give a s— about disinformation,” added Michael Duncan, another host.
Holmes said Burton also served as a campaign adviser for Sen. エイミー・クロブシャー, D-Minn, who sits on the Senate committee that invited Haugen to testify.
“Weird how that works,” Smug and Duncan reacted in unison, with Duncan adding, “And then suddenly, this whistleblower has a new Twitter account that gets verified immediately right before she goes and testifies on Capitol Hill.”
Holmes then blasted Senate Republicans at Tuesday’s hearing, 言って, “They did a horrible job.”
“They took this woman as if she was a good-faith actor and allowed her unquestioned, 基本的, to spread misinformation that is entirely designed to shut off conservative voices in purveying any information in this country,” ホームズは言った.
“This entire whistleblower process is a Trojan horse to silence conservative voices. And it’s the media in this Democratic dark money universe that is the undercurrent behind all of this because they know two things,” Duncan responded. “番号. 1, conservatives do better online, 正しい? The Big Three broadcast channels, cable news, the corporate media they control can set us aside and can set the narrative. Our only way of breaking through that narrative is with the internet, 正しい? And so if they can try to Trojan horse this whistleblower into the United States Senate and convince these Republican senators, 'ああ, 実際に, Facebook’s the problem,’ then they’re gonna have us do their work for them.”
Smug stressed that “this is about business,” pointing to how so-called “disinformation” reporters attempt to gin up outrage over how the top 10 most-viewed Facebook posts are often dominated by conservatives.
“All the left-wing corporate media is basically like, 'ああ, conservatives are getting the most-viewed posts. We should attack Facebook. Make sure they’re not heard,'” Smug said.
“These people are the most undemocratic people in our politics,” Duncan declared.
“And this is why I was so upset about what Senate Republicans did at this hearing yesterday, because first of all, if you ever have a congressional hearing where the Sunday before is previewed by ‘60 Minutes,’ hold on to your wallet,” ホームズは言った. “Hold on to your wallet because whatever that is, it is entirely designed by a left-wing ecosystem and a corporate media to try to purvey its own sense of misinformation about whatever’s to come.”
Holmes railed against Haugen for attempting to connect Facebook’s shutdown of its election integrity division following the 2020 presidential election to the Jan. 6 暴動, 言って, “That’s her entire framework for why she’s in this discussion now.”
“She goes on to say all of these things about Instagram and child safety and research issues, but it’s worth pointing out at no point did she ever work at Instagram or Facebook on any of those issues,” Holmes added.
Duncan said he welcomed a “national discussion” about the impact technology and social media have on kids, but called what is taking place a “sleight of hand.”
The hosts blasted the media and Big Tech over the spread of real misinformation like the whipping narrative that was pushed at the southern border last month.
“I’m tired of it. I’m tired of it,” ホームズは言った. “We need to get the senators and congressmen on Capitol Hill to wake up because the left is trying to literally turn off the microphone to every conservative outlet in America. And if you don’t start understanding this, and if you don’t start pushing back and playing some offense, let alone good defense, we’re gonna be in a world of trouble.”