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White House Specifically Targeted Alex Berenson for Covid Censorship, Newly-Released Documents Reveal
According to newly-released discovery documents, Andy Slavitt, acting as Senior Advisor to the COVID-19 Response under President Biden, specifically targeted Alex Berenson for censorship due to his views on Covid mRNA vaccines. This is the same Andy Slavitt who argued for a strict, Chinese-style “90% lockdown” in July 2020.
Most tellingly, the emails show that a Twitter employee struggled during a meeting with White House officials over a “really tough question about why Alex Berenson hasn’t been kicked off.” “Andy Slavitt suggested they had seen data viz that had showed he was the epicenter of disinfo…”
These communications are the strongest evidence so far obtained that White House officials commandeered Twitter and other social media companies to censor those whose perspectives differed from the federal government on Covid policies, as has been argued in our own case brought by NCLA Legal and in a case we joined representing Drs. Martin Kulldorff and Jay Bhattacharya which was brought by the Attorneys General for Missouri and Louisiana, for which the judge ordered discovery last month.
While the constitutionally-permissible level of coordination between private companies and the federal government with regard to the restriction of speech is debatable, a universally-acknowledged red line is that the federal government cannot use implicit or explicit legal or financial threats to compel a private company to take actions that would violate the First Amendment rights of American citizens if the government were to take these actions itself. To that end, the most important part of the newly-revealed conversation is that a Twitter employee struggled with a “really tough question” about censoring Berenson, demonstrating that Twitter employees did, in fact, experience such compulsion from the government.
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