Big Tech censorship strikes again—this time silencing a Fox News host who merely repeated the words of the terrorist behind the recent Pensacola, Florida shooting.
Last week, Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a Saudi aviation student, killed three American sailors at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
Fox News host Pete Hegseth, himself a U.S. veteran, was one of many news personalities to tweet about the event when the story first broke. Hegseth, however, amazingly found himself banned from Twitter for “violating company rules against threatening or promoting terrorism” by doing so.
What did Hegseth do to “threaten or promote” terrorism? He reported on the shooter’s radical Islamic manifesto. Insane!
According to The Washington Examiner, Alshamrani’s social media accounts, which were all quickly deleted, showed anti-Israel and anti-America posts, as well as “inspirational” quotes from Osama bin Laden. His manifesto declared that the United States had “turned into a nation of evil.”
Of American individuals, the terrorist said he is not “against you for just being American,” but “I hate you because every day you [are] supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against [M]uslims, but also humanity.”
In an Instagram post, Hegseth shared a screenshot of the offending tweet:
“If they can ban me, they will ban anyone,” Hegseth wrote. “We need to fight back.”
In a Monday appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Hegseth said he still doesn’t understand how his tweet could possibly have been considered promoting terrorism.
“I simply posted the words of the terrorist who killed three Americans in a terrorist attack — yet I’m violating the Twitter policy on terrorism and therefore I am banned?” Hegseth asked. “If we live in a country where we can’t know why people attack us and why they did it, why are we here?”
Hegseth, who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo, says that, although he avoids “play[ing] the veteran card,” he is especially familiar with radical Islamic extremists and their ideology.
“I served in Iraq and Afghanistan, I guarded these guys at Guantanamo Bay. I know what they want to do to us. If we can’t share that with the American people… then we’re going to get the false narrative of the P.C. folks from Silicon Valley every single day of the week,” he said.
Hegseth added that Twitter offered him the chance to delete his tweet and reinstate his account. “Of course I’m not going to delete the tweet,” was his admirable response. As well he shouldn’t have!
Hegseth was also considerate of the fact that he is just the latest of a string of individuals and organizations who have been subject to Twitter’s draconian censorship. “It’s not the people who have a profile, its the thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds and thousands of Americans who share stuff about radical Islam, which is taboo, who are blocked every single day.”
Folks, this isn’t just about social media and the liberty to share funny memes or cat videos. This is about the freedom of information itself.
As we’ve frequently reported, Twitter has no qualms about silencing even the most innocuous speech if, according to its senseless policies, it is deemed a thought crime.
In this age of information, the freedom of each individual to share ideas, report on breaking news, and shine a light on evil is crucial. Social media is the frontline of the information war, and we must not give these leftist radicals an inch.
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