If you ask a conservative whether people with his/her views get the same treatment as the left, you’ll probably be greeted with rolling eyes, a sarcastic laugh or both.
That, it seems clear, is because conservatives believe the left has worked hard to keep conservative views from the marketplace of ideas…and has done a pretty good job of it.
Are they correct? That’s for you to decide. But, in doing so, keep in mind that there is a wealth of evidence to support this belief. And one of the best articles I have seen on the subject was published just yesterday.
Written by Ashley Rae Goldenberg and Dan Gainor for newsbusters.org, it chronicles some of the major social media venues and their activities to suppress conservative thought.
You can read it all by clicking here. And I urge you in strongest terms to do just that.
But, for now, let me show you just the beginning of its executive summary so you can have a taste of what you’ll find in far greater detail:
Like it or not, social media is the communication form of the future — not just in the U.S., but worldwide. Just Facebook and Twitter combined reach 1.8 billion people. More than two-thirds of all Americans (68 percent) use Facebook. YouTube is pushing out TV as the most popular place to watch video. Google is the No. 1 search engine in both the U.S. and the world.
War is being declared on the conservative movement in this space and conservatives are losing — badly. If the right is silenced, billions of people will be cut off from conservative ideas and conservative media.
It’s the new battleground of media bias. But it’s worse. That bias is not a war of ideas. It’s a war against ideas. It’s a clear effort to censor the conservative worldview from the public conversation.
The Media Research Center has undertaken an extensive study of the problem at major tech companies — Twitter, Facebook, Google and YouTube — and the results are far more troubling than most conservatives realize. Here are some of the key findings:
Does that interest you in reading on? In seeing “some of the key findings”?
I hope so.
As someone with both conservative and liberal views, depending on the issue, all I want is an even playing field. And that is precisely what we are not getting.
Time to wake up, and to do something about insuring that all sides have a voice.