Tuesday, July 23, 2024

STELTER: Let’s Rebrand Leftist Cancel Culture as ‘Harm Reduction’

'Reducing a liar’s reach is not the same as censoring freedom of speech...'

CNN’s so-called media expert, Brian Stelter, appeared to be angling for a new position in the Biden administration leading the Ministry of Double-Speak.

Stelter, the host of the fake-news network’s Reliable Sources this week proposed repackaging cancel culture with a new name: “harm reduction.”

Ironically, the victims of this mob-driven, leftist phenomenon—ranging from falsely accused #MeToo assailants to blacklisted Trump supporters—may beg to differ that the net result of the censorship is to reduce harm.

However, Stelter insisted that it did not constitute censorship if the views being expressed had been formally labeled as “disinformation” by those in power, according to Reclaim the Net.

“Reducing a liar’s reach is not the same as censoring freedom of speech,” Stelter reasoned. “Freedom of speech is different than freedom of reach, and algorithmic reach is part of the problem.”

Stelter has been a vocal critic of rival conservative networks—Fox News in particular—and even translated his Fox-bashing into a book last year.

He then used an op-ed calling for the cancellation of Fox host Tucker Carlson as a vehicle to sell copies of his book.

Likewise, his network has been quick to cloud the waters between its own corporate interests and the moral/ethical obligations of a free press.

Following the Jan. 6 uprising at the US Capitol, the Jeffrey Zucker-led channel promptly reached out to many of the advertisers on Fox News, Newsmax and One America News, calling on them to revoke their financial support.

The leftist network has been a perennial ratings loser, but according to CNN itself, ratings have soared since Election Day.

Other, more reliable, metrics indicate that Fox continues to dominate the ratings race despite having seen an uptick in competition following its election-night blunder of prematurely calling several races in Democrats’ favor.

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