Crowder suspended … Last night Steven Crowder uploaded a portion of his CRTV show “Louder with Crowder” to social media, including Twitter. The segment focused on an undercover turn by a show intern, who crashed an LGBTQ meetup at SXSW. Crowder’s tweet text accompanying the video said:
New MEGA-VIDEO up! HIDDEN CAM: Intern Crashes LGBTQ #SxSW Meetup! #LwC #MugClub Watch Now ==>
For that tweet, Crowder got a 12-hour suspension from Twitter. The video was edited to attempt to conform to Twitter’s standards and uploaded again. For that, Crowder’s account has been suspended from Twitter for seven days. LwC team member Courtney Kirchoff has all the details about what has happened. A #FreeCrowder campaign has been started on Twitter to get the suspension overturned.
The Khan effect … Coincidence or not? The undercover video that got Crowder suspended was filmed at the annual SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. Yesterday at that same conference, London Mayor Sadiq Khan gave a speech calling on tech companies to censor what he termed hateful content. Khan read a series of racist tweets aimed at himself. Step back and think about what Khan did. The mayor of the capital of the United Kingdom, the home of Magna Carta and the notion of individual liberty, has used the power of his government office to press for the censoring of speech. That’s obnoxious. Then a few hours later, one of those tech giants banned Steven Crowder for content they don’t approve of.
Choosing sides … This morning, millions of children at thousands of schools took part in a nationwide walkout in support of infringing on the constitutional rights of their fellow citizens. In support of this action, organized by the Women’s March, Viacom decided to have its cable networks suspend programming for 17 minutes. The number 17 was chosen because it is the number of students murdered in Parkland. The following message was broadcast on Comedy Central during the time:
VIACOM STANDS WITH ALL STUDENTS AS THEY PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL SCHOOL WALKOUT AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE.
MTV showed photos of the victims with no sound. Even the country music-focused network CMT went dark. Viacom has every right to support whichever causes it chooses. But the inclusion of a network like CMT that caters to rural America, where gun ownership rates are higher, doesn’t seem like the best business decision.
Truth from Vox … One of the unending refrains of gun control proponents is that “nobody wants to take away all your guns.” That, of course, is a false statement; it is exactly what they want. Today at Vox, Dylan Matthews proves that unequivocally. His thesis is that in order for the U.S. to see gun violence levels like those of Europe, it will require the confiscation of guns.
Mika breaks down … In a segment of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Mika Brzezinski had a little mental breakdown as a panel discussed President Donald Trump’s trip to the border in San Diego to inspect prototype sections of the border wall. According to NewsBusters, Mika stumbled and fumbled her way through commenting on the piece. It really is an amazing clip to watch. She just doesn’t get why Trump’s plainspoken words resonate with vast parts of the country. (For more from the author of “Twitter Suspends Steven Crowder for Undercover LGBTQ Video” please click HERE)