‘My Two-Year Ban Was Political’: Journalist Returns To Twitter After Emails Show Democratic Lawmaker Pushed For Ban | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Tim Pearce.

    Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California accused a reporter of spreading "conspiracies" and asked Twitter to suspend him months before the reporter was booted from the platform.

    Real Clear Investigations journalist Paul Sperry was targeted by Schiff's office as deserving of suspension, according to a November 2020 email revealed in the latest "Twitter Files" drop on Tuesday. Schiff is the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee and led the House team during former President Donald Trump's first impeachment trial in the Senate.

    Twitter denied Schiff's request to suspend Sperry after the November 2020 request. The social media platform did eventually suspend Sperry several months later in February 2021. The suspension on Sperry's account has since been lifted after Elon Musk bought the platform last year in a $44 billion deal.

    "How is a Congressional leader demanding the banning of a veteran journalist from the nation's digital town square not state censorship?" Sperry asked in a Twitter post on Tuesday, one of the first tweets he has written since his 2021 suspension.

    "It's now clear my two-year ban was political," he added.

    According to the email, which was reported by journalist Matt Taibbi, Schiff's office wanted action taken against Twitter accounts that were engaged in conduct "related to alleged harassment from QAnon conspiracists" against Schiff's staff. Schiff requested the platform "remove any and all content about [Sean Misko] and other Committee staff from its service."

    Schiff's office also demanded Twitter "[s]uspend the many accounts, including @GregRubini and @paulsperry_, which have repeatedly promoted false QAnon conspiracies" and harassed staff members, the email said, along with several other requests.

    In response, a Twitter official responded that the platform would "review these accounts again," suggesting that the request from Schiff's office was made more than once. The Twitter official responded to several requests to deamplify or suppress certain content with "we don't do this."

    In January 2020, Sperry reported on Misko and conversations the then-Schiff staffer had with Eric Ciaramella, a CIA analyst who allegedly acted as a whistleblower over Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that served as the basis for Trump's first impeachment. Misko and Ciaramella reportedly had conversations years earlier about "plotting to actually have [Trump] removed from office," a colleague who claimed to have overheard the conversations told Sperry.

    At the time, Schiff reportedly dismissed the allegation against Misko as "attacks" and "smears on my staff."

Where do you stand on the wanton censorship by Big Tech Platforms, while retaining their Section 230 carveout indemnifying them for Slander /Defamation lawsuits and Copyright infringements?
  Big Tech Platforms have the right to Censor all speech providing they voluntarily relinquish their Section 230 Carveout.
  Big Tech Platforms DO NOT have the right to Censor any speech, while retaining multiple indemnifications by virtue of the Section 230 Carveout.
  I know nothing of this 230 talk, but "I do love me some social media".
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In light of continued developments, primarily since 2008, there exists in these United States a Legal System which operates on a proved Two Tiered approach to justice rendered, which primarily benefits Democratic Elites and Woke Ideological Virtue Signalers, representing their co-dependent wards, to the expressed exclusion of normal hardworking American citizens: What is your suggestion in remedying this widespread injustice and, if not corrected, its existential outcome for our Constitutional Republic?
  Complete overhaul of the Department of Justice and their enforcers - the FBI - to reflect a far more honest justice system to keep patriots remaining calm.
  Disband the FBI, and request that congress investigate all unethical and non patriotic practices to partially right the wrongs of a distrusted and politically weaponized "Department of Justice."
  Continue with the current system since the two tiered justice system has been so remarkably beneficial to Democratic Socialist political hegemony; chronic distrust in institutions notwithstanding.
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