Facebook has admitted in court that their fact checkers are only putting out their opinion, not fact. What are the implications of that statement? Back with us today is Founder and Publisher of American Thinker, Thomas Lifson (americanthinker.com). He shows that Facebook has now admitted that they are a publisher – which ignites the Section 230 debate again – and that 'fact' checking is meaningless. Yet, the media and leftists will swear by it. He also discusses both inflation and the ineptitude of the current administration, and why the poor suffer the most under both.
Double feature on today's podcast. First up, we've seen the showdown coming for some time – Big Tech versus Free Speech. Will the Constitution's First Amendment protection survive or will Silicon Valley become the center for speech in the U.S.? Freelance writer Michael Tennant (thenewamerican.com) joins us today to tackle this issue. He and John look at Section 230, manipulation of search results, and the government's plan to use Big Tech firms to do what they cannot.
Next up is Lea Patterson (firstliberty.org), Counsel with First Liberty. She discusses the religious freedom case in Maine that was argued before the Supreme Court yesterday. Parents should not be excluded from providing their children with opportunities just because they choose to enroll them in a religious school.
Facebook went down last week as a so-called whistleblower testified before Congress about the social media giant. That and a lot of other topics for today's show. Dr. Russ White (rule11.tech), expert on IT infrastructure and architecture, is back with us today for another spirited conversation. Was the whistleblower testimony a false flag? What do the powers that be want to ultimately do with censorship? John and Russ look at the Facebook outage as well as the security of Bitcoin. They also discuss deep learning programs and algorithms that make decisions in social media.
The Hunter Biden laptop story, published just prior to the 2020 election, was immediately denounced by mainstream media, removed from social media, and labeled as false by so-called fact checkers. Nearly a year later, the story turns out to be true. Joining us today to talk about it is Adam Guillette (aim.org), President of Accuracy in Media. He describes the typical media two-step: deny deny deny and then when the story is no longer politically relevant, fess up to the truth. According to the powers that be, a story isn't true until they want it to be. So if the media gets things wrong so often and is not trustworthy, why is Congress now ready to bail them out? It's one for the 'believe-it-or-not' files!
Today we bring you the conclusion of our 2-part conversation with Evan Sayet (evansayet.com), author and former Hollywood liberal and insider. He continues his thoughts from yesterday, showing that because of the tactics of the woke crowd, many on the left are waking up and leaving. He shares some strategies on how best to talk to these folks. He also points out that the means of bringing the revolution to the world is different with each ideology, including the woke crowd. Finally, he explains why the virulent leftists have to ascribe the monikers of racist and Nazi to those with whom they disagree.
Eliminating cash and transitioning to an all-digital currency may make some people nervous, especially if the digital currency is backed by the government. Leading off the show this week is silver expert David Morgan (themorganreport.com), author of the Morgan Report. He and John look at the possibility that the U.S. government could shift to digital currency, giving them control over all transactions. Bitcoin, the current leader in digital money, will either face off against the establishment or be co-opted by it. David also predicts what could happen with inflation and our massive debt.
We then move in-house with a conversation between John and Producer Steve. They examine the media's lack of journalism in parroting the administration's wavering virus messaging as well as using conflicting scientific papers in the virus and vaccine battle. They also discuss the tendency for the truth to win out in the end, how mandates violate freedom, and even some unprofessional undercover activity on the part of federal law enforcement.
Finally, we welcome to the show Mike Berry (firstliberty.org), General Counsel for First Liberty Institute and member of the U.S. Marine Corps. It is getting harder for members of the armed forces to honor the military oath. It says you are to support and defend the Constitution, but it also says you are to obey the orders of the President and superior officers. With woke leadership demonizing conservative military members for their beliefs, eventually our enemies will defeat us without firing a shot.
On today's podcast, John and Producer Steve sit down to chat about the media's tightrope walk with virus and vaccine coverage, pushing the vaccines but also insisting that masks and lockdowns are necessary. The administration's virus messaging wavers almost on a daily basis and so the media's does as well. They also look at the battle of scientific papers, the tendency for the truth to always win out in the end, mandates as a violation of freedom, and some nefarious undercover activity on the part of federal law enforcement.
"History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme:" a quote attributed to author Mark Twain. We see today the seedlings of socialism beginning to burst through here in the U.S. and it looks awfully familiar. First up this week is Andrei Znamenski (notesonliberty.com), Professor of History at the University of Memphis. He grew up in the Soviet Union before coming here in 1991 and is an expert in the lead-up to the Bolshevik movement of 1917. He describes the beginning of communism in Russia where they would shut down intellectual debate, control the media, and institute a repressive cancel culture. Where have we heard that before?
The Christian Church has been affected by this change, with some leaders and pastors compromising the Church's doctrines to cater to the secularized culture. Back with us this week after a long hiatus is Ken Ham (answersingenesis.org), CEO and Founder of Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum, and the world-renowned Ark Encounter. He looks to help prepare Christians to take a bold stand, defend God's Word, and take on the worldly culture. The Church should cease compromising because in the troubled times ahead, with the enemies already inside the gates, the solid foundation of Truth will be a much needed weapon.
Finally this week, we take a look at censorship and the violation of the free speech rights of millions of Americans. Wrapping up the show is May Davis (iwf.org), Visiting Fellow at the Independent Women's Forum. She discusses President Trump's class action lawsuit against social media companies, the need to apply fair rules to everyone equally, and how the repercussions of Big Tech's censorship could help change the culture and founding principles of the country.
A few weeks ago, former President Donald Trump filed a class action lawsuit against Google, Twitter, and Facebook for violating the free speech rights of millions of Americans. What's behind the lawsuit and what does it have to do with Section 230? Joining us today is May Davis (iwf.org), Visiting Fellow at the Independent Women's Forum. She discusses the publisher versus platform issue, how the lawsuit could succeed given precedent, and regardless of the outcome, the need to apply the rules evenly to everyone. The repercussions of Big Tech's censorship could reach farther than just who gets to speak on the internet – it could change the culture and founding principles of the country.
There are many reasons we are so divided in this country. One reason stems from the lack of honest teaching of today's children. Leading off the program this week is Wesley Smith (discovery.org), Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute's Center on Human Exceptionalism. He looks at why we have such a hard time talking to people with opposing ideologies. It involves two sides coming at an issue with two different mindsets and two different groups of word definitions. But fundamentally each side has a different moral frame of reference that renders debate virtually impossible. Only when we recognize that the paradigm has changed will be able to try and bridge the divide.
Switching now to geopolitics, there is a lot going on in the world today that the media simply doesn't cover. Joining us this week is Ukraine-based defense expert Reuben Johnson. He discusses the geopolitics surrounding the Cuba protests, Iran's attempts to kidnap American citizens, Ukraine-Russia relations, and the latest on what China is up to. He also laments the downfall of journalism, specifically at the Washington Post.
Finally this week, John and Producer Steve sit down to tackle two interesting topics. First, the White House has now admitted to colluding with social media companies to flag what they deem to be misinformation about vaccines. And second, they explore the possible outcomes of the state election audits, including the questionable chances of President Trump retaking the White House should the audits prove he won and the media's near screeching coverage of what they call the "fraudits." If the election was legit, why are they so upset?