VOX Chutzpah: 'Baseless Theory' That Conservatives Are 'Suppressed on Social Media'

July 14th, 2019 7:20 AM

Massive Chutzpah Alert!

A writer for the organization that has been at the forefront of censoring conservative channels on YouTube has proclaimed that the charge that conservative voices have been suppressed on social media is a "baseless theory." This is akin to Colonel Sanders denying that there is such a thing as chicken slaughter.

The Colonel Sanders in this case is Rani Molla, a data editor for Vox (well, Recode by Vox, to be precise). Her denial of reality shtick on Friday began with the title of her article, "Conservatives pretending to be suppressed by social media dominated social media," and went downhill into even more unreality from there. Molla used the Social Media Summit on Thursday at the White House as her platform to vigorously deny the all too obvious.

Thursday’s sham social media summit at the White House might have already disproved its own point by being one of the most posted-about things on social media.

The summit, a motley crew of Trump supporters and online trolls — pointedly devoid of anyone from a real social media company — met to discuss their baseless theory that conservative voices have been systematically suppressed on social media.

Molla strangely claimed that censorship and shadow-banning and demonetizing aren't issues because there was a lot of social-media postings about the social-media summit. 

Perhaps Molla was so emphatic in stressing that it was a "baseless theory" in the hope that it makes people forget the role of Vox and its contributor, Carlos Maza, in demonetizing not only Steven Crowder's YouTube channel but many other conservative-oriented channels as well. NB's Corinne Weaver went into detail on June 6 about the roles Vox and Maza played in their YouTube censorship campaign in the aptly titled, "Vox’s Censorship Campaign Crushes Conservatives, Others on YouTube."

One Vox contributor managed to help demonetize dozens of YouTube accounts by complaining that he was being harassed by conservative comedian Steven Crowder.

Vox Media’s Carlos Maza, an activist and writer known for spewing hatred at conservative figures such as Tucker Carlson, spent the last six days lobbying for Crowder to be taken down from YouTube. Maza complained that Crowder had launched “overt attacks on sexual orientation and ethnicity” at Maza himself. As a result of his campaign, new policies were put in place June 5 at YouTube that stripped the ad revenue from independent creator.

B-but I thought it was a "baseless theory."

This break under pressure resulted in the demonetizing of dozens of YouTube accounts, some of which did not even violate the new or the old policies. Crowder was only the first. Other demonetized accounts include a history teacher’s account that showed clips of Nazi propaganda in a historical context, as well as a journalist’s account of Holocaust deniers with raw footage that ends up in documentaries.

However, accounts that had videos targeting conservatives were not demonetized. Stephen Colbert’s account, which includes a video where he shoots at a character playing NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesh, was not demonetized. Neither was Samantha Bee’s account, where she called presidential daughter Ivanka Trump a “feckless cunt.”

"Baseless theory?"

Maza and his outlet, Vox, were not even satisfied with the new policies. Vox wrote that, “YouTube’s public statement confused and enraged many onlookers who felt it was a slap in the face to the platform’s queer community members.” Maza himself said, “Demonetizing doesn't work. . Abusers use it as proof they're being "discriminated" against. Then they make millions off of selling merch, doing speaking gigs, and getting their followers to support them on Patreon. The ad revenue isn't the problem. It's the platform.”

Yet Vox's Molla continues insulting our intelligence by insisting that chicken slaughter, I mean suppression of conservative voices on social media, is just a "baseless theory."