The CDC coordinated with Big Tech companies to censor social media users who ‘express[ed] skepticism or criticism of COVID-19 vaccines,’ the Washington Free Beacon reported earlier this week. ‘Internal communications,’ the Free Beacon reported, show that CDC officials would ‘flag specific posts’ by social media users as ‘example posts’ for Big Tech companies — like Google — to shut down. Private companies can do what they wish, Glenn says. But the CDC is part of our U.S. government. So, can it be SUED with a class action lawsuit? Michael Malice, Podcast host of ‘Your Welcome,’ says he doesn’t think so…
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GLENN: I wanted to bring something up. These are the headlines from today. Lawsuit alleges CDC colluding with big tech to censor speech.
Internal documents. Next story, internal documents reveal CDC work with big tech, to censor covid-19 speech. Next one, Twitter account suspended for covid-19 misinformation, have increased over 70 percent. They're not done yet. Twitter is now blocking links to some Substack pages because of covid, the CCP, and Hunter Biden. And Wikipedia suspends edits to its recession page, after woke users changed the definition of Biden's. That's the only one that is right. But I think there's a class-action suit, isn't there? I mean, anyone who has been banned or been silenced on the social media pages, that is government now, we know, we have the evidence, through documents. That is collusion. A public private partnership. So that is the First Amendment. Companies can do it. But when working with the federal government, they cannot.
MICHAEL: I agree. And we can kind of go back to Wilson again. I think it's unacceptable. And outrageous. Don't get me wrong. But in terms of the lawsuit. I'm sure, in their terms of service, they all can say, we can boot you off for any time, for any reason, whatsoever. So to try to demonstrate that you don't have a right to do this, I think it's going to be very hard to prove. I think Twitter can very easily claim, well, this was in consultation with the government. But we're the ones who made the decision. And I think you take the heavy-handedness. You know, they would like us to memory hold this, but the heavy-handedness, for which they censored people, including the New York Post, right before the election, Glenn. As you remember, they were reporting on Hunter's laptop, as 50 intelligence agents, who had no accountability for lying. Because they said, that they were -- oh. All the symbols. All the classic symbols of Russian information, which they still never said what they were. And they clearly were none. Because this was just a crackhead laptop. I think the idea that the law is going to hold these agents, giant corporations accountable. The law works in their favor. That's how our system has worked.
GLENN: I know. Well, but I don't -- my lawsuit is really not against these corporations, as much as it is against the government. Because the government is supposed to never get involved in that. And they have just found through public/private partnerships. A way around the Constitution. They just get into bed with these corporations. And then they highly suggest. You know, we can help you. Or not help you.
And they can highly suggest, and really pressure these companies to do this. Or these companies might even be inclined to do it themselves. But the government has no place in to being the arbiter of truth, and speech. No place.
MICHAEL: But, Glenn, the First Amendment also guarantees the right of citizens to peaceably assemble. And if you tried to do a lawsuit, that's saying, I want to go to my mother's funeral or visit her in the hospital. And I was blocked because of these quarantines. You would be laughed at to your face. So, yeah. It's supposed to work in a certain way. But in practice, I don't think these judges. Even fairly conservative judges, are going to give this the time of day, whatsoever.
GLENN: Yeah. I know. One other thing. Let me hit here, before we have to go. Germany is cutting off hot water and electricity. I mean, this is something Donald Trump said, just recently, Ronald Reagan said it years ago. Don't do it. Don't get in bed with Russia. They'll hold you hostage. And here they are. What do you think this means for -- for stability in the future of our -- of our world?
MICHAEL: It's not just getting in bed with Russia. Germany has in their very last election gone from having a two major party system, to having a three-major party system, the greens have achieved parity with the social democrats, which have historically since World War II, been the center left party in Germany. And now that the greens are in power, this is the kind of thing that happens. When you want to have, you know, not be dependent on things like gas and whatever. You're going to have problems producing electricity. You'll have problems producing energy. And they're cutting the water supply. They're having gas reductions. Public buildings won't have heating until April to September. This is in the city of Hanover. Banning air-conditioners, heaters, and radiators for people in their homes.
GLENN: I know.
MICHAEL: And, you know, this is what the German people voted for. So even if -- when things are resolved with Putin. And hopefully as quickly as possible. This is going to continue to be a problem. And that green new deal, which is not going away, which is just on pause. People should be very concerned what that will look like here.
GLENN: You know, I was just watching this guy who is -- he's got the hydrogen house. He used to work for NASA. He makes hydrogen from solar power. And I've been a big believer in hydrogen for a long time. It doesn't cause a water shortage. You have to make hydrogen from water. You actually get more water, from hydrogen, than you put into it, believe it or not. And it's 100 percent clean energy. And you can make it with solar energy. It is the answer. And I thought, you know, people could solve this problem, if we were allowed to really, truly invent and do the things that we believe in. There would be a lot of mistakes, but, you know, I was thinking. You know what, maybe I should call this guy, and see if I could build a hydrogen, you know, plant myself. Because he's made it for his house. And you can power everything. And I thought, well, no. Because, you know, the government is eventually going to say, that I'm committing some crime because of it. Because they'll deem that hydrogen is whatever the problem is. And that's our real problem. Government is the problem.
MICHAEL: Well, you're talking to an anarchist. So I could not agree with you more.
GLENN: I know. I know.
MICHAEL: Again, if carbon dioxide, they're trying to regulate that as a pollutant, which is something that every plant produces. At a certain point, their use of language, simply a mechanism to have power. They don't use language to inform. They use it to manipulate. So I agree with you completely. Like, there's no way, that if you're trying to create an energy plant of any kind, you're not going to be subject to nightmarish regulation, and possibly (inaudible).
GLENN: Yeah. Exactly. Exactly right. And it's -- I mean, it's the same story, over and over and over again. And something has got to change. And I have a feeling with great pain, will come great change. And hopefully, it will be positive change, if we keep our heads. Michael, thank you so much for being on with us. It's Michael Malice. He's the author of the anarchist handbook. And the host of, you're welcome. Do you have something else to say, Michael? Or are you just disrupting because you're an anarchist?
MICHAEL: I was going to say thank you. So have a great weekend, everyone.
GLENN: All right. Have a good time. Thanks, Michael.