Over the course of the last few months, our nation’s thoughts about free speech were very much centered around the importance of our own individual voices. We wanted to make sure that we were heard during the political turbulence we faced, and we wanted to report on parts of the story that the mainstream media was leaving out – whether that was intentional or not.
With free speech, we have a free press as well. This is important, as it provides balance. Those elected to represent us can hear our true thoughts, and those on the scene in Washington report back to us on how the public servants are reacting to our demands. Without both the input and the output, the equation becomes unbalanced.
That is why one of the latest moves by YouTube is so infuriating.
Google-owned YouTube took down several videos from the channel of Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI). The videos were from a Senate hearing on coronavirus treatments, featuring a doctor testifying about the use of the medicine Ivermectin in cases of the Chinese virus.
In public comments, Sen. Johnson said YouTube’s decision to take down videos of the hearing was an attack on freedom of speech.
“Google’s YouTube removed two videos of doctors testifying under oath at my US Senate hearing on early treatment of COVID,” reported the Senator on Twitter.
Johnson’s words were stark, to say the least.
“Another body blow to freedom of speech and expression. Very sad and scary. Where does this end?”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
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