George Galloway: I now wear a star on my chest thanks to Twitter’s extraordinary ‘state media’ discrimination
[ Editor’s Note: There is the old saying that “You just can’t keep a good man down”, and Mr. Galloway shows once again that any attempts to muzzle him he just turns the mirror right back around onto his critics.
Britain has a long history of both external and internal offensive security organs who not only promote general government policies, but also specific ones of those within the government who have access to the tools to do so.
The recent shot that Twitter has taken at him, possibly with UK nudging, just gave him an opportunity to review how the BBC is abused by the above named factions by taking it to make sure the British people think the right away, and even pay for the effort. Isn’t that special.
The ‘free’ West rallied at communist countries for years for their doing the same thing, while giving they did that same thing whenever they wanted to.
This came to the US like a runaway freight train with our dementia president Ronald Reagan used as a sock puppet by the Deep State to destroy independent media by allowing massive consolidation, and for a bonus, destroy Democratic political power by offshoring our manufacturing jobs and killing union membership. It worked, although the boomerang might come back to Washington, DC via a Biden victory.
Trump used Israel as a model to make us all Palestinians, a bit rougher than the British domestic plantation model. But the natives are restless for sure this election season, which increased the chances of a victory spread that the Israeli electronic vote flippers will not be able to surpass.
I thought the red star symbolism a bit over done, but that was his call. You have to get people’s attention before you can get a message into their heads, and it is open season these days to do that by whatever means at hand.
He is fortunate. He is his own megaphone and he had media partner to assist. I wish him good luck and God speed in his efforts… Jim W. Dean ]
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– First published … August 07, 2020 –
Twitter’s latest censorship maneuver – labeling work such as this as somehow the act of an enemy agent – is both transparently wrong and opaquely confusing at the same time.
It claims the guidance is being applied to “state-affiliated” media, but in fact it applies only to some such organisations. The BBC is exempted, even though the relationship of the corporation to the state could not be clearer.
You get fined and can ultimately even go to jail in Britain if you don’t pay the BBC your “licence fee” (which in total earned the network over £3 billion last year) – even if you never watch it! [ Editor’s Note: I would call this the ‘propaganda tax’.]
The state appoints the chair and members of the BBC Board, who control the vast army of transcribers and stenographers who sing the same song as the state and are creatures of what Dr Johnson called the “grimmest dictatorship” of them all – “the dictatorship of the prevailing orthodoxy.”
And, just in case, the state regulator Ofcom patrols the borderline of that orthodoxy to make sure even the commercial media stays well within it.
The British government’s Foreign Office has given the BBC World Service dozens of millions of pounds since the Second World War to pump out British state propaganda to the world. At one time in Bush House (no kidding), every language group in Yugoslavia had a dedicated radio station fomenting the break-up of the country. At least in that case the state got its money’s worth. But there will be no health warning slapped over the output of these shills.
Perhaps most absurdly, neither will there be a label slapped on the Voice of America.
There cannot be a sentient being anywhere in the world who is unaware that the Voice of America does what it says on the tin! It is, literally, the voice of America. From the Cold War until now – though with ever-dwindling audiences – it is unashamedly a soft-power arm of the US state, and wholly financed by that state.
Twitter has said they are looking at other states, but so far only Russia, China and Iran are having to wear the star. I don’t have a crystal ball, nor have I tarot cards, but I am willing to bet on the short list of journalistic outfits next up for the treatment. And I don’t have to educate an audience like this one as to who they will be. Assuming this ever gets to you.
Of course, Twitter has not been TOLD by the US and British governments to take this brazenly discriminatory step – which I believe to be unlawful – because, well, there’s no reason to. While TikTok is supposedly sending Chinese Communist propaganda to millions of our karaoke-ing teenagers, Western social media companies are paragons of virtue.
Platforms with hundreds of thousands of accounts – ranging from paedophiles through perverts all the way to ISIS and Al-Qaeda (which they can’t POSSIBLY be expected to police) no doubt – but virtuous where it counts. The enemies of the White House and Downing St are the enemies of Twitter (after a decent time-lag to preserve decorum).
Unlike journalists at the BBC, I have never been told what to write or say on any RT platform. Of course, the cowering craven crowds in the MSM only need to be told once, and only in general terms. After that they’re just doing what comes naturally.
But it’s me who is wearing a star on my chest today, not any of them. It’s only a small star, to be sure. But a cloud no bigger than a man’s hand can be a harbinger of great storms to come. I’m getting my raincoat out of the closet just in case.
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The US needs politicians like George! Whenever I hear his name I’m reminded of the time he absolutely destroyed Minnesota Senator Norm (flipflop) Coleman…i say flip flop cause he ran for Mayor of St.Paul as a Democrat then changed parties after he was elected.
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