Federal Judge Laurence Silberman dared to break the liberal Omerta of the D.C. Circuit for the Court of Appeals to slap down the far-left network media. He actually called the well oiled propaganda mills “a threat to a viable democracy.” The cancel of conservative thought must end or we’re doomed. “The first step taken by any potential authoritarian or dictatorial regime is to gain control of communications, particularly the delivery of news,” Silberman warns. 1984 is here at last and the surveillance microphone can have a pizza delivered.
Judge blisters the press
You know things are getting out of hand when even progressives notice that “control of major media by one political party is a dangerous threat to the country.”
Judge Laurence Silberman was talking right to CNN when he “warned in a blistering dissent” that it’s time for courts to strip the shield of protection from libel laws which allow the propaganda mills to get away with pumping out fake news.
“It should be borne in mind that the first step taken by any potential authoritarian or dictatorial regime is to gain control of communications, particularly the delivery of news,” Judge Silberman wrote. “It is fair to conclude, therefore, that one-party control of the press and media is a threat to a viable democracy.”
He has had enough of the precedents set by New York Times v. Sullivan and wants to take a hard look at the principles behind it. That’s the case which “shaped press law in favor of media outlets for more than five decades.”
Because of Sullivan, The New York Times and the Washington Post “are virtually Democratic Party broadsheets. And the news section of The Wall Street Journal leans in the same direction,” the judge declared on Friday. Don’t even get him started on AP.
“That orientation also controls the Associated Press and most large papers in the country, including the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, and Boston Globe.” In fact, Silberman adds, “nearly all television—network and cable—is a Democratic Party trumpet.” All liberal, all the time, 24/7 and even Faux News is unfair and imbalanced these days.
Blame it on the internet
Judge Silberman is convinced that Silicon Valley has “enormous influence” over how news gets distributed and it “similarly filters news delivery in ways favorable to the Democratic Party.”
He was especially upset about the Hunter Biden laptop coverup. He used his dissent to highlight “the shocking suppression of stories about Joe Biden and his family when he was running for president.”
Any media outlet who dared to report “accurately about the Biden family’s dealing with foreign entities” faced total censorship on Twitter and Facebook. The Judge was horrified at the way “Twitter suspended users, including sitting White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, for merely sharing accurate information.”
Not only that, they even “prevented people from sharing the information privately on its platform.” Over at Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg promised to “censor coverage of the Biden family corruption pending a ‘fact-check,’ an unprecedented privilege given to Biden in the closing days of one of the closest presidential elections in history.”
Silberman issues a stark warning that “it should be sobering for those concerned about news bias that these institutions are controlled by a single man and his son.” Just last week, a New York Supreme Court judge “ruled against The New York Times’ effort to get a defamation suit against it dismissed.”
That’s bad news for the Times. “Its reporters were inserting opinion into news stories,” but “opinions are not actionable for defamation.” That judge didn’t buy it either. He “critiqued the blending of news and opinion in purported news stories.”