A recent USA Today news article wrongly tied Nazi Twitter accounts and the Daily Stormer to the conservative group PragerU.
CEO Marissa Streit joined Glenn on today’s show to talk about why conflating conservatives who believe in American principles with white supremacist hate groups is a serious problem. It’s ridiculous and inaccurate to list PragerU as part of an article about the “alt-right,” a group generally characterized by nationalist and white supremacist ideals.
PragerU, which makes educational videos on conservative topics, is suing Google and YouTube for arbitrarily censoring and demonetizing its videos on U.S. history; Christians who are persecuted worldwide; American leadership; and other topics.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: There’s an incredible story that was in USA Today.
Alt-right escalates war against Silicon Valley. Pledges to expose bias against conservatives. The alt-right. If you read this story, it talks — you know, it talks about Nazi groups. It talks about the Klan. It talks about the website. The Daily Stormer. Which is a Nazi website.
And then, lumped in along with everything else, is Prager University.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I think there’s a difference between Dennis Prager and Hitler. One of them might be the whole Jewish thing.
The other might be that one is driven by facts. Prager University, if you have not seen a Prager U video, this is something that you need to turn your kids onto. You need to share them. You need to support them in any way you possibly can.
Prager University is — is not a flash point. They are facts and fact-driven.
It’s why you never see them taken apart. You don’t see a, you know, Prager University facts are wrong, website. Because they’re fact-driven. And not emotionally driven.
They are being painted as the alt-right. That just shows that the media has absolutely no idea what the alt-right is, or worse yet, they do, and they don’t care.
We have the CEO of PragerU on with us. You’ve been on before. Melissa (sic), how are you?
MARISSA: Wonderful, thank you for having me on.
GLENN: So, you know, how are things at the office when you read about you and the alt-right and the Nazis all being, you know —
MARISSA: You know, I wish it was laughable because it’s almost laughable. But, you know, a few things I know you know about me. First of all, I’m a Jew. Dennis Prager is a Jew.
GLENN: Whoa, when did the Nazi party start to let Jews in?
MARISSA: I mean, we couldn’t be further away from the alt-right. Basically, nothing that we believe in, the alternative right, which is basically the alternative to the right, the alternative to conservatism, has more in common with the left than with conservatives. We actually have a video on that, by Mike Knowles.
But this is — this is a typical tactic of the left. They conflate any of the bad guys with conservatives. And try to make consumers and the audience assume that because we are the bad guys, it’s okay to take us down.
As you know, Prager University’s videos are completely fact-based. To claim that we have in common with the right is a typical tactic to try to undermine our efforts and our lawsuit against YouTube.
GLENN: So, Marissa, you and I have talked about this privately and on the air before. There is a concerted effort by, I believe, the big four, Facebook, Apple, Google, what’s the — what’s the last one? I’m trying to think. The big four.
Anyway, there is a — there is an effort to silence the voices of anyone on the right.
I mean, what Facebook is doing now with, you know, hey, tell us what news sources you think are credible. That’s going to put places like Breitbart, TheBlaze, Daily Wire. It could put us out of business. And they know it. And they know it.
How do we survive in this world where — where Google and Facebook can control so many eyeballs and are — and are using these kinds of tactics to ban people who are really trying to be reasonable like PragerU.
MARISSA: You know, Glenn, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that you get this. Because this is so dangerous. As somebody who works with millennials and runs an organization that specifically is geared toward speaking and educating millennials, this is very, very dangerous. This is exactly why we’ve taken on this lawsuit, because the public needs to be aware of the fact that these big fours, as you’re saying, have an ideological bent. They have an ideological bias.
And they’re not afraid to do whatever it takes to take conservatives down. And that includes lying about who their — their content creators are.
And, I mean, they hide information from us. This past week, we had another issue with Twitter. It’s — it’s pretty unbelievable what’s happening out there. I’m not sure what can be done. But the public needs to be aware of the fact that they are in control of the biggest communication platforms in the world. And if we don’t do something about it, it’s going to get real bad, real soon.
GLENN: Well, it’s really disturbing. You know, people don’t know this. But Facebook runs an algorithm. Not only are they now saying that we’re going to choose which news sites are credible and which ones aren’t, and we’re not going to spread ones that we think are not credible, I can guarantee you, there’s nothing on the right that is going to be deemed credible to Facebook.
Not only are they doing that, and that hasn’t even started yet, that is coming very, very soon. They are also changing their algorithm, which is, you know, their right to do. Et cetera, et cetera.
But I will tell you that not my website, thank God, but one of the conservative websites went from their largest day ever and their largest quarter, just keep growing and growing and growing — in one day, they lost 90 percent of their traffic. Because Facebook targeted the algorithm differently. There’s no way media companies, especially on the right, that, you know, are not getting big funding, there’s no way to survive.
MARISSA: For social media platforms to claim that the reason that some of the conservative platforms are not getting as many views is because of some sort of algorithm, is — is ridiculous. Because at the end of the day, who is writing the algorithms? You can’t just say, well, it’s the algorithm’s fault. A human being is behind writing the algorithm. And that’s the main issue.
GLENN: I agree. I agree.
MARISSA: They are writing algorithms that are suppressing our information. We see this — I mean, YouTube has admitted to us. In writing, they’ve sent us an email saying, we review your content, and we deem your content inappropriate for a young audience. So they make us look like we’re some evil bad guys. And because of that, they can block our — our content and our information, which is exactly what was done in this USA Today. Whoever reported on this, is totally irresponsible, to conflate PragerU with the alt-right is basically irresponsible reporting.
GLENN: And, you know, I have to tell you, the Young Turks, one of the most irresponsible group of people I have ever seen, they got a 20-million-dollar funding from people including Jeffrey Katzenberg.
And I can also guarantee you that their YouTube channel is never going to receive anything. They’ll always be spread by YouTube. They’ll always be spread by Google. And they are indeed radicals.
I mean, just look up the definition and the history of the Young Turks. And you kind of know where they’re coming from. And yet, Dan Rather joined them because they’ve been normalized.
MARISSA: It’s interesting you bring up Young Turks because they have done video responses to some of our videos. And, you know, they get millions of views on — on the videos that they create. And YouTube has no issue with that. But when PragerU creates videos on opposing views, you know, our videos end up getting demonetized and restricted.
GLENN: And, you know what, I have no problem — if the Young Turks wants to present an opposing opinion to PragerU, more power to them. But it should be on an even playing field, and we should not be having this nonsense back and forth, algorithms, and people that we know through the words of Media Matters themselves, that they are inside of YouTube and Google and all of the big four, trying to help them understand what radicalism is on the right. They have absolutely no idea. And by — by coming after people like PragerU, you are only making the alt-right much stronger. Do you agree with that?
MARISSA: First of all, I agree with it. And secondly, the alt-right is actually not as big as they claim it to be. But they create this hysteria around the alt-right. And then they conflate conservatives, conservative Christians with the alt-right in order to make us look like — again, like the bad guys. In order to justify their efforts to undermined our efforts. I mean, if you think about it, the alt-right has more — again, they have more in common with the left. They are obsessed with race and identity politics. They reject Christianity. Many of them are actually atheists who reject God. They have a disdain for the individual. They’re obsessed with group identity, as anti-American as a concept as it gets. They have more in common with the left. But they try to make conservatives look like they’re the same thing as the alt-right. And it’s all under one specific agenda, which is to undermine those who have opposing views to theirs. And they’ll do whatever it takes. Anything from lying, you know, making up facts that are obviously, you know, lies.
I don’t know where it’s going to end. This is why we need the public to help us. This is why we’re suing YouTube. We have a petition. I invite, you know, your audience. Many of your — I know that many of the people who listen to you have already signed our petition. But there needs to be a public outcry over this.
GLENN: I cannot urge you strongly enough to get involved.
I mean, PragerU is taking on not YouTube. Google. You don’t take on Google with, you know, your hat in your hand.
We must band together. This may be one of the more important lawsuits that are fought in our lifetime. Because your voice is going to be silenced. There is no ifs, ands, or buts. When Prager University is deemed as radical and something that YouTube really needs to watch over and this he need to make sure they keep it away from kids, we have real issues.
When they — when the press starts to compare PragerU with Nazis, we have real issues. And you will lose your voice. And it’s happening right now.
Where can you go to sign the petition and help?
MARISSA: So if you go to our home page, PragerU.com — P-R-A-G-E-R-U.com — you’ll find an icon. Just click on it. All we’re asking for is that you put your email in. We want to show Google and YouTube that there are people out there who are upset about what’s happening. And you can help us in whatever way you can. We just want to make the public aware and put some pressure on Google to change their ways.
GLENN: Marissa, thank you so much, God bless.
MARISSA: Thank you. God bless you. Bye.
GLENN: My best to Dennis.