In a scathing column from the Editorial Board, the New York Post blasted Twitter, Facebook, and Google for hiding behind claims of being neutral platforms open to the public, saying that their handling of the Hunter Biden laptop story proves beyond any doubt that they are publishers with an editorial bias towards the Democratic Party. Indeed, the editors of the Post put it in even simpler language, accusing Big Tech of “running a protection racket” that poses a “clear threat to a healthy democracy.”
“On Wednesday, the Senate launched a hearing to investigate ‘Big Tech’s bad behavior,’” wrote the Post. “Center-stage: Twitter’s strong-arm tactics to censor The Post ever since we began reporting on Hunter Biden’s e-mails. First, it froze our account and banned our stories; then, amid a public backlash, it agreed to unfreeze us — but only if we deleted our original tweets.
“Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sounded like every mob enforcer and shakedown artist in history: Nice paper you got there, New York Post. Shame, should something happen to it. He knows full well media outlets depend on social media, and Google search algorithms, to help readers access our reporting,” the editorial board continued.
The Post’s editors highlighted an exchange from the hearings in which Sen. Ted Cruz took Dorsey to task for his censoring ways.
“Mr. Dorsey, who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report, and what the American people are allowed to hear?” asked Cruz. “Why do you persist in behaving as a Democratic super PAC, silencing views to the contrary of your political beliefs?”
When Cruz asked if the Post could, even to this day, access their Twitter account, Dorsey hemmed and hawed.
“No, is your answer to that,” said Cruz, “unless they genuflect and agree with your dictates.”
The Post noted that any effort on Dorsey’s part to blame the censorship on human error was laughable seeing as how “Twitter has censored President Trump 65 times and Joe Biden zero.” You’re telling us that Biden has spread absolutely no “misinformation” on his Twitter account over the last two years? Sorry, but you can sell that story somewhere else.
“Some folks think the paper should’ve just caved immediately and deleted the story,” the editorial board concluded. “Yet the problem isn’t The Post’s failure to squelch stories — it’s Big Tech’s heavy-handed shakedown.”