Pro-“our sacred democracy” shitlibs hardest hit, go apoplectic in frothing rage; illegitimate “Biden” junta vows, THIS SHALL NOT STAND!!!
Because OF COURSE it did.
The Biden administration is reportedly gearing up to challenge a federal court ruling that found government collusion with social media companies to censor speech likely violated the First Amendment. The Justice Department filed a notice of appeal on Wednesday in the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that the administration disagrees with the judge’s decision but would not elaborate further on the scathing ruling against censorship aimed at conservatives.
On Tuesday, Louisiana Judge Terry A. Doughty, a Donald Trump appointee, issued a 155-page injunction in response to the lawsuit by the attorneys general of Louisiana and Missouri. The lawsuit alleged that the White House had coerced or “significantly encouraged” tech companies to suppress free speech during the COVID pandemic.
The ruling held that “the censorship alleged in this case almost exclusively targeted conservative speech” but emphasized that the issues raised by the case transcend “beyond party lines.” The Biden administration argued that it took “necessary and responsible actions to protect public health, safety, and security.”
Judge Doughty wrote:
… evidence produced thus far depicts an almost dystopian scenario. During the COVID-19 pandemic, a period perhaps best characterized by widespread doubt and uncertainty, the United States Government seems to have assumed a role similar to an Orwellian ‘Ministry of Truth.’
The lawsuit alleged that the administration exploited the threat of favorable or targeted regulatory actions to strong-arm and coerce social media platforms into suppressing content it deemed as misinformation, particularly regarding masks and vaccines during the COVID pandemic. Other allegations included the censorship of speech about election integrity and that the administration stamped down the circulation of new stories about Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop.
The administration’s arguments demonstrate a willingness to prioritize its own narrative in order to control public discourse and aim at the censorship of protected speech rather than upholding the fundamental rights they are bound to under the Constitution. The judge wrote that the court “is not persuaded by Defendants’ arguments.”
In an increasingly-rare display of plain common sense, respect for the clear and unequivocal words of the US Constitution, and acknowledgment of incontrovertible truth on the good judge’s part, I might add.
According to a person familiar with the case, the DOJ is also planning to ask the court to put the judge’s order on hold during the appeal process. If lower courts do not grant a stay on the injunction during the appeal process, there is a possibility that the case could quickly reach the US Supreme Court.
As it should, and frankly, must. On the other hand, though, it’s a sad, sorry indication of just how far the über-radical Goosesteppin’ Left has dragged us away from the verymost basic principles of our Founding that such a desperate last resort should ever have become necessary in the first goddamned place. In a better, more sane world, we wouldn’t even be discussing the issue at all—our God-granted right to unfettered political speech without manifestly-illegal government restriction, sanction, and/or interference would be a given, beyond questioning, no further discussion either needed or countenanced.
Without having to resort to that other last-ditch measure, the Fourth Box of legend and fame, that is. For now, at any rate, this one goes into the Big Win column, thanks to one astute, honest, and soon-to-be-beleaguered judge. HE ought to be staunchly defended by all friends of American liberty too, by any means necessary.