An army of conservative, Internet-savvy journalists visited the White House last week for a “Social Media Summit" and the reaction is what one would expect from those on the outside looking in.
Among the attendees was Project Veritas leader James O'Keefe and Brent Bozell from the Media Research Center; representatives from The Heritage Foundation and Turning Point USA; and Capitol Hill lawmakers including Sen. Marsha Blackburn and Rep. Dan Crenshaw.
Dan Gainor of MRC says one objective of the summit was for Trump to discuss the anti-conservative bias on influential social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, and urge them to stand behind the First Amendment.
“And they don't,” Gainor says. “Very clearly, they do not."
Facebook, for one, admits as much. In a OneNewsNow interview last year, public policy director Neil Potts said the social media Goliath does not “necessarily model our policies” on the First Amendment.
“But we try,” he said, “to protect people from perhaps being attacked."
Pro-life activist Lila Rose (pictured below), who leads Live Action, was an invited speaker at the summit. With President Trump standing beside her, she recounted that Twitter refuses to allow Live Action to run pro-life ads calling for defunding Planned Parenthood, and ads showing ultrasound images.
Yet the abortion provider is allowed to advertise.
“Last month,” she said, “we were permanently suspended from Pinterest, and they accused us spreading ‘conspiracy theories’ and ‘misinformation’ with our pro-life content.”
Gainor says the summit did not go over well with the mainstream media.
“They look and see that group of people,” he says, “and they resent every one of them because they resent their influence and their reach.”
In fact, an NPR story recounting the Summit described the attendees as “far-right extremists” who attended a political rally led by the President.
Rose used her personal Twitter account to blast NPR for its headline about “far-right personalities” who attended the summit, and she also blasted a Washington Post reporter who shrugged off the summit’s claims of political bias.
The attendees also witnessed a chest-thumping confrontation: Playboy reporter Brian Kasem was loudly mocking the attendees when his antics caught the attention of Sebastian Gorka, the former Trump aide who is now a Salem radio host.
"This is a group of people,” Kasem says loudly, “that are eager for demonic possession."
"And you're a journalist, right?" Gorka yells back.
Kasem then invites Gorka to “go outside and have a long conservation,” which was obviously a locker room-like threat.
“You're threatening me?” Gorka asks. “In the Rose Garden?”
The two men then stand nearly nose to nose.
“You're not a journalist,” Gork tells Kasem. “You're a punk."
True to form, The Washington Post posted a two-minute clip on Youtube that shows Gorka stalking toward Kasem. But missing from the video is the reporter’s “demonic possession” comment and his challenge to Gorka.