Fed up with the repeated censorship of his work, Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson penned a letter to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki demanding the Big Tech company answer for its deliberate attempts to silence him online.
For more than a year, YouTube censors have suppressed, banned, and limited content from Johnson and his team. These attempts to limit Johnson’s reach aren’t just censorship, they are blatant meddling in Johnson’s reelection chances.
Big Tech’s efforts to subdue Johnson’s rigorous commitment to exposing the truth are joined by corporate media and Democrats, both of which are working to ensure that the Wisconsin Republican is replaced by a radical Democrat this fall.
Knowledge about Johnson’s work in the Senate is key to his reelection chances but if Big Tech’s track record suggests anything, there’s nothing stopping companies like YouTube from privately limiting key information voters need to formulate an opinion about Johnson and his opponent.
As Johnson documents in his letter, Big Tech was more than willing to publicly blacklist the senator over discussions about Covid-19, early treatments, the jab, and the 2020 election.
“YouTube has displayed a troubling track record of censoring a sitting United States Senator, the proceedings of the United States Senate, journalists that interview me, and the display of data that is entirely generated from U.S. government health agencies,” Johnson explained. He demanded that Google-owned YouTube cough up documents by Oct. 5 related to the company’s long history of hiding Johnson’s work from the public.
At the behest of Democrat-controlled federal agencies, YouTube wielded its censorship power against Johnson during crucial moments. That included banning him from uploading new content for days at a time.
In January 2021, YouTube denied Americans the right to explore questions about early Covid-19 treatments by removing footage of a U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing from the senator’s YouTube page. Days later, YouTube took down the same video, which garnered nearly 8 million views, from a Fox News YouTube channel.
YouTube justified the censorship to The Federalist by claiming the video was “removed for violating our COVID-19 misinformation policy,” something the company admitted it developed to comply with demands from unelected government employees.
In October 2021, YouTube removed yet another HSGAC hearing from Johnson’s page. That time, Johnson says, YouTube claimed the clip featuring a congressional discussion on public record about election integrity and laws “alleges widespread fraud or errors that changed the outcome of the 2020 US Presidential Election.”
“The video was uploaded on December 20, 2020, meaning YouTube waited nearly a year to remove the video,” Johnson noted in his letter.
Just one month later, YouTube personalized its vendetta by suspending Johnson’s account over a Covid-19 roundtable he hosted. In it, several highly credentialed, world-recognized medical experts “discussed the importance of natural immunity, heard stories on the disastrous consequences of vaccine mandates, highlighted the lack of transparency from the federal health agencies, and gave a voice to the vaccine injured.”
Other things Big Tech didn’t want Americans to know about Johnson included his interview about vaccine mandates and “the FDA’s rushed approval of the vaccination for children” with Wisconsin talk show host Dan O’Donnell and his speech at the Milwaukee Press Club newsmaker luncheon about how “ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine are both safe and effective drugs.” YouTube didn’t just penalize Johnson for those comments but also extended its suspensions to O’Donnell, who posted the relevant interview on his website.
YouTube’s interference with election outcomes by manipulating public opinion is not lost on Americans searching for answers about Covid and election integrity, nor on Johnson. In fact, his letter shows how Big Tech censorship is consistently brandished against facts that might lead people to vote for Republicans, and not against facts that would lead to voting for Democrats. It’s likely not a coincidence that a major lawsuit recently exposed the Democrat-run White House has been secretly telling companies including Twitter, Google, and Facebook specific information to hide from Americans.
That’s why, during a recent HSGAC hearing, Johnson asked why Democrats’ false statements were never flagged as “misinformation.” President Joe Biden has repeatedly lied that you can’t get the virus, be hospitalized, or die from Covid if you’re vaccinated but he’s faced no punishment from social media moderators. Big Tech execs from YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook, however, never “even attempted to answer” acknowledge Johnson’s inquiry.
“Who do you think you are to censor information from eminently qualified doctors who had the courage and compassion to treat Covid patients?” Johnson asked during the hearing. “You guys bear a fair amount of responsibility for hundreds of thousands of people not being treated — and I would say probably dying, that didn’t have to die. Hope you’re proud of yourselves.”
Big Tech’s acts of information suppression against Johnson aren’t just concerning, they are deliberate election meddling. Controlling what voters can learn about issues of public importance and candidates’ stances on them is a way of controlling election outcomes.
When voters don’t have access to the full story, they can’t make an informed choice. They believe they are choosing, but if Big Tech controls what messages people can read, voters’ choices are predetermined by these huge companies that obey a Democrat-controlled White House and federal bureaucracy.
Johnson’s reelection bid this November is reportedly tight. No one knows how tight it would be if Big Tech wasn’t controlling what Wisconsin voters are allowed to learn about his record — and his opponent. And that’s a huge problem.