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RFK, the silenced candidate for truth

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WHILE the Telegraph keeps itself busy reporting the doings of the not-so-secret Government Covid Disinformation Cell (its purpose and plans were published out loud and proud at the beginning of lockdown – see this March 2020 government press release here), it remains determinedly blind to and part of the ongoing vaccine censorship of the moment. 

The biggest story on this has to be the censorship and attempted silencing of the man the Telegraph scathingly smeared last week as a ‘prominent conspiracy theorist and longshot presidential candidate‘. The Telegraph, in this report anyway, are quite unconcerned that Robert F Kennedy Jr, the not so long shot and not the rambling Democrat presidential candidate, has all but been cancelled (by MSM and social media alike) over his informed and courageous stance on the Covid vaccines. And no doubt thanks to an equivalent Covid Disinformation Cell embedded in the White House. Oh can’t they see the irony?

In this recent interview with Megyn Kelly, the conservative journalist who now hosts her own show, Kennedy discusses such smearing – the experience of being continuously censored by the media, both mainstream and social, and of being accused of spreading misinformation.

The Epoch Times, in a report yesterday in sharp contrast with the Telegraph’s, welcomed the news that one of Kennedy’s disinformation censors, Instagram, has deigned to reinstate him, though this was only after Kennedy publicly questioned its ban, and announced it as a major development for him. Three days after the Democrat Candidate posted on Twitter that he was still banned from Instagram, the Meta-owned social media platform announced that it had restored his account – but only because ‘he is now an active candidate for president of the United States’, mind you.

Kennedy was barred from Instagram in February 2021 for what Meta described as breaking its rules regarding Covid-19. You have heard it before. They removed his account for ‘repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines’. Meta owns Facebook and Instagram. Though Kennedy’s Facebook account remained active, Meta also removed Instagram and Facebook accounts belonging to Children’s Health Defense (CHD), Kennedy’s non-profit organisation which has been one of the very few websites to bring the full gamut of vaccine information to public attention and to hold those responsible accountable (not least one Anthony Fauci). You can read the full Epoch Times report here.

A vocal opponent of government and Big Tech censorship, Robert Kennedy is one of the few beacons for truth and freedom in these totalitarian times. Indeed this is what he is basing his campaign on. It’s called Running on Truth. Faced with a wall of censorship, prejudice and propaganda, he has committed to this, telling Americans the truth, as his campaign strategy:

‘We’re going to do a mass experiment, a new kind of mass experiment of what happens when you tell the people the truth,’ he said in the first video of his campaign. ‘My mission over the next 18 months of this campaign, and throughout my Presidency, will be to end the corrupt merger of state and corporate power that is threatening now to impose a new kind of corporate feudalism on our country . . . to poison our children and our people with chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs, to strip mine our assets, to hollow out the middle class, and keep us in a constant state of war.’ 

Meta meanwhile remains unapologetic. It said that ‘the CHD accounts were banned because they repeatedly violated the company’s Covid-19 policies’. Plus ca change c’est plus la meme chose.

As Kennedy himself says, ‘To silence a major political candidate is profoundly undemocratic. Social media is the modern equivalent of the town square. How can democracy function if only some candidates have access to it?’

The Epoch Times also reports that a Bloomberg columnist alleged that under Elon Musk Twitter has approved 83 per cent of censorship requests by authoritarian governments, and that Musk responded by saying that his social media platform had no ‘actual choice’ but to comply with government censorship requests. Kennedy has defended Musk: ‘He is pretty much correct. Private companies can resist, but governments can shut down platforms like Twitter or fine them into oblivion.’

And this is what Kennedy promises to put a stop to (at least in the United States) because ‘if we don’t protect free speech at all costs, we don’t have a functioning democracy’.

Quite. 

So isn’t it time newspapers like the Telegraph did more than play (oh, look what we have just found out) catch up and instead started to examine their own role in censoring opinion and facts that defy the official narrative; and take a leaf out of the book of the man they are so quick denigrate and try to pursue the truth too?

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Kathy Gyngell
Kathy Gyngellhttps://www.conservativewoman.co.uk
Kathy is Editor of The Conservative Woman. She is @kathygyngelltcw on GETTR and is back on Twitter.

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