The Twitter inquisition strikes again.
The Washington Examiner reports that the massive social media platform has blocked a campaign advertisement from Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is currently running to move up to the Senate. According to Politico, the video itself is still up on Twitter, “but the campaign is barred from paying to promote it.”
You can watch the video right here to see for yourself what all the fuss is about:
Sounds like a pretty standard political pitch, right? Well, apparently this is the line that Twitter is using as a pretext: “I’m 100% pro-life. I fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby body parts. Thank God.”
The Examiner provides the background of what Blackburn is referring to:
Blackburn led a special congressional investigation into Planned Parenthood’s operations after a pro-life activist group released a series of undercover videos in 2015, showing officials within the organization discussing the use of aborted fetal tissue for medical research.
Blackburn’s line about Planned Parenthood’s 2015 fetal organs trafficking scandal, Twitter says, constitutes “an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction.”
Politico adds that Blackburn isn’t taking Twitter’s move lying down:
“This is urgent. I’m being censored for telling the truth,” Blackburn wrote [in a fundraising email]. “Twitter has shut down my announcement video advertising. Silicon Valley elites are trying to impose their values on us. When I talked about our legislative accomplishments to stop the sale of baby body parts, they responded by calling our ad ‘inflammatory’ and ‘negative.’”
When was the last time you saw a left-wing pretext this transparently phony? “Inflammatory” and “negative reactions”? That describes a good 75% of everything on Twitter, from every side on every issue. Does anyone on Twitter actually, y’know, use Twitter?
Of course they do. Whoever drafted and approved that statement knew it was a lie as they were doing so.
This was done for the simple purpose of protecting Planned Parenthood from the truth — and yes, contrary to the “exonerated” narrative dominating the media, Planned Parenthood is absolutely guilty of the crimes Blackburn was talking about. They did run a baby-parts chop shop, they did seek to profit from sales of those parts in direct violation of federal law, and they did break a variety of other federal laws in the process. And while Blackburn is correct to point out that Planned Parenthood eventually ended their organ-harvesting activities, it remains perhaps the biggest disgrace of the Republican Congress that they haven’t been defunded yet, and the biggest shame of the Sessions Justice Department that nobody has gone to jail over this.
This isn’t the first time Twitter has discriminated against pro-life and conservative expression. They’ve done the same thing to ads put out by my former writing haunt of Live Action (while giving Planned Parenthood ads a complete pass, naturally), and as we told you about back in August, Twitter has “shadow-banned” the Federalist Papers Project’s Twitter account, blocking us from linking to TheFederalistPapers.org on Twitter, sending us messages, or retweeting our comments — and leaving us without recourse to reverse it.
What do you think of Twitter’s stunt here? As always, sound off in the comments below.