Five days after the violent insurgency by supporters of President Donald Trump on the U.S. Capitol, there was no bigger story about Fox and friends as the tech giants’ decisions to dismantle Parler, one of the main applications used to organize the MAGA crowd.
What started on Sunday with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) complaining to Maria Bartiromo that “Republicans have no way of communicating” now that the alternative to Twitter has effectively been removed from the internet by Apple, Google and Amazon Web Services turned into a big panic Monday morning with hosts and guests shouting that this marked the end of the First Amendment, or in Jeanine Pirro’s case, something “like Kristallnacht”.
After Ainsley Earhardt shared the big news with viewers during the show’s opening minutes, co-host Brian Kilmeade asked, “How scary is that? I don’t care if you’re even into politics. This shows that they are not independent companies. It is a monopoly. “
“This is a five-alarm fire for America to me,” Kilmeade added, noting that President Trump has now lost millions of “followers” on Twitter and Facebook after these companies decided to permanently suspend his accounts. for incitement to violence. Nowhere did the host explain why these private companies had taken this unprecedented step.
They later invited Dan Bongino, frequent Fox contributor and main investor in Speaking, to complain about the story. “Do you understand that we have been annihilated?” He asked. “Listen to me, America, we have been wiped out!”
“I haven’t slept the whole weekend,” Bongino admitted. “They actually tried to bankrupt me and my investors on Parler. And you know what? They won!”
“Don’t be surprised if they come for Fox next,” Kilmeade warned. “They might not like what comes out of Fox.”
Then, in what looked like a threat, Bongino added, “Do you think this will help? Do you worry about radicals, like everyone else on this network, including me? Do you think this will de-radicalize everyone? Push them underground? Having to meet in speakeasies? Do you think this helps?
And then there was Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, who, as you might expect, went further than anyone, when she compared the withdrawal of Speaking to the slaughter of Jews across Germany. Nazi in 1938.
“Look, they gave us a taste of this pre-election when they deleted Hunter Biden’s story,” Pirro began, referring to Twitter’s decision to block an error New York Post story of Joe Biden’s son. “And now that they’ve won, what we’re seeing is a kind of crystal night-like censorship, where they decide what we can communicate about.”
When none of the three hosts rebuffed this, she falsely called the removal of Talk a “First Amendment” violation before asking, “Is this the America our Founding Fathers wanted? Since when do people tell us we can’t say x, y or z or if you say so you will be canceled? “
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