Republican Senator Eric Schmitt of Missouri and North Carolina Representative Dan Bishop have introduced a bill “that would permit citizens to sue specific federal employees for unlawfully censoring them online” reports Just The News.
The Censorship Accountability Act, Schmitt stated “is designed to deter censorship in the first place, but if officials violate the First Amendment again, the Act gives the American people recourse.”
“The Biden Administration’s brazen collusion with social media companies to censor speech should frighten every American regardless of their political affiliation,” Schmitt said. “When I served as Missouri’s Attorney General, I filed the landmark Missouri v. Biden lawsuit, which exposed all of this censorship.”
“Now, I’m taking action to ensure that it never happens again. This legislation would allow citizens to hold individual bureaucrats accountable if they collude with social media companies to censor speech,” he continued. “I’ve already filed legislation that would hold the social media companies accountable if they censor speech, now I’m working to hold the federal government actors accountable.”
The proposed legislation comes after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan last week posted many of the subpoenaed documents from Facebook showing that the Biden administration pressured the social media platform to censor or restrict disfavored content, such as anti-vaccine posts. Included in the documents were communications and emails between Meta officials and the Biden administration personnel and/or advisors directly.
“In summer of 2021, the White House was mounting a nationwide push for Americans to get vaccinated for Covid-19,” Jordan said at the time. “Part of that push included a public and SECRET campaign to get Facebook to more aggressively police vaccine-related content, including TRUE information.”
Bishop says the “bill will … finally [allow] Americans to sue federal employees who violate their First Amendment rights. The Censorship Industrial Complex should no longer be allowed to operate with impunity, and those who seek to destroy the freedom of speech should have to answer for it in a court of law.”
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Robert De Niro anti-Trump speech mysteriously replaced in teleprompter at Awards Show
Actor Robert De Niro got a taste of Hollywood’s own medicine when he was reportedly unable to deliver his planned Trump-bashing speech at an awards show. The “Killers of the Flower Moon” actor spoke at Monday’s Gotham Awards, but says when he took the stage he discovered that his anti-Trump remarks had been altered.
The actor said he had not been informed of the changes, which took out any mention of the former president. De Niro, who was on hand to present “Killers of the Flower Moon” with the Gotham Historical Icon and Creator Tribute, criticized the awards show and Apple. “I don’t feel like thanking them at all for what they did,” he said. “How dare they do that, actually.”
According to sources with knowledge of the show, a revised version of the speech was placed into the teleprompter less than ten minutes before the event started. Reportedly the speech was altered at the behest of Apple, the film’s producer.
The source says the company was responding to feedback from the filmmaking team that wanted the actor’s remarks to be centered on the movie. However, a source close to the film denied that there was any censorship involved and said that the incident was a miscommunication.
There had been multiple versions of De Niro’s speech and there was a desire to focus solely on the moviemakers and their artistry, according to the source. Apple and the filmmakers were unaware that De Niro hadn’t signed off on the final draft, the source maintained.
De Niro did however take the opportunity to criticize Trump regardless of the prompter; the actor read his remarks from his phone. “Lying has become just another tool in the charlatan’s arsenal,” De Niro said. “The former president lied to us more than 30,000 times during his four years in office. And he’s keeping up the pace in his current campaign of retribution. But with all his lies, he can’t hide his soul. He attacks the weak, destroys the gifts of nature and shows disrespect, for example, by using ‘Pocahontas’ as a slur” he stated.
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