Alex Jones Banned By Most Social Media Platforms
Alex Jones, a right-wing commentator and creator of "Infowars", a media outlet supportive of Donald Trump, has been banned from Facebook, Pintrest, YouTube, I-Tunes, and Spotify. Progressives have mixed reactions; With the more myopic and reactionary celebrating the event with no regard to the implications of removing the platforms of political actors.
Not everyone has gone collectively insane, however. Lee Camp and Jimmy Dore both progressive commentators and comedians, produced videos addressing free speech subsequent to Jones' ousting from the aforementioned platforms. In a "web exclusive" published on August 9th entitled "Don't Celebrate The Banning Of Alex Jones", Lee Camp stated "I support [Alex Jones'] ability to put his idiot information out there, and by YouTube crushing his platform, and Facebook and everything, I know that I'm next..."
Jimmy Dore of "The Jimmy Dore Show" correlated the event with the Nazi rallies that used to take place in his home town. He stated that while everyone obviously hated the Nazis, no one ever suggested that they not be allowed to march, bringing up the old political proverb "I might not like what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it". He then made the following notable statement; "The First Amendment is not there to protect you from speech you agree with. The First Amendment is there to protect speech we don't agree with. Speech that we hate. That's why you need protection for it. Speech that everyone agrees with doesn't need protections."