A new documentary that makes some questionable claims about the coronavirus pandemic is being defended for the right to be heard, whether the claims are true, half-true, or outright nonsense.
The indie documentary “Plandemic” and host Judy Mikovits are accused of promoting a “hodgepodge of conspiracy theories,” and social media giants Facebook and YouTube removed the video over protests about the claims.
The censorship caught the attention of Free Speech Alliance, an arm of the Media Research Center, which advocates for left-leaning social media companies to allow conservative voices to be heard.
MRC spokesman Dan Gainor tells OneNewsNow that, yes, some of the documentaries claims fall in conspiracy theory but that is not the point, he argues.
“I'm advocating for free speech,” he insists. “That used to be something Americans cared about, and it used to be something journalists cared about and they don't anymore.”
Gainor says “Plandemic” deserves to be compared to the much-lauded but inaccurate 1619 Project, which was supported by The New York Times, and won a Pulitzer, despite public protests from historians and a lengthy "correction" that came half a year after complaints were first raised.
The 1619 project is nothing but a “complete lie” about U.S. history, Gainor says, but any effort by social media to censor it would create an “outcry beyond anything you’ve ever seen” if that action occurred.
Facebook, in fact, punished protesters in April who used the site to announce anti-lockdown rallies in California, New Jersey, and Nebraska, Politico reported last month.
Facebook took action after authorities complained about the announcements, blatantly siding with executive orders over the "right of the people peacebly to assemble."
"We remove the posts," a company spokesman said, "when gatherings do not follow the health parameters established by the government and are therefore unlawful."
At the same time social media is blocking the "Plandemic" documentary, YouTube demonetized Chinese-American blogger Jennifer Zeng after she reviewed a story in which Chinese insiders describe seven theories circulating in the country about the origins of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China.
Zeng, who was born in China and endured jail and torture, told supporters that YouTube has warned her repeatedly about her virus-related videos and it appeared the company's censors had finally taken action to punish her.
According to Gainor, the social media companies and mainstream media have determined what is the “approved narrative” they want people to hear.