In yesterday’s WTF MSM!? newsletter, I wrote about how CNN media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter, the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake, and a posse of blue checkmarks bullied the Newseum into removing a hilarious “FAKE NEWS” T-shirt from its online store. Today, the Newseum informed me that the shirt I ordered BEFORE it took the shirt out of the store will not ship and that I will receive a refund. That’s when Blake did a victory dance on Twitter.
Let’s wind back. On Friday, when Blake originally tweeted a link to a story about the shirt, I went and ordered one.
I bought mine!!! pic.twitter.com/gVD6nm0NY3
— Rob Eno (@Robeno) August 3, 2018
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Not having received any form of follow-up communication on my order, yesterday I emailed the Newseum store. This morning, the Newseum notified me that it will not be shipping my shirt. I shared this email on Twitter and noted that Stelter and Blake bullied the Newseum into the action.
I purchased a full two days before you removed from the store. Please send me my shirt. pic.twitter.com/PkKlBVoH07
— Rob Eno (@Robeno) August 7, 2018
Blake got giddy and took credit shortly after.
Newseum has apparently canceled already-existing orders for its bad t-shirts, thanks to me https://t.co/1tkS4t9I1f
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) August 7, 2018
Note how Blake calls it a “bad t-shirt.” A journalist, who is protected by the First Amendment, is gleefully celebrating the suppression of “bad” speech. As I mentioned yesterday, this attitude comes from the same motives that make CNN’s Oliver Darcy take a victory lap for getting someone banned on social media for speech he doesn’t like.
Important to note that tech platforms did not enforce their own rules and take action against Alex Jones / InfoWars on their own accord.
It took media outlets to point out for weeks that InfoWars was skirting the rules on these tech platforms for them to enforce own standards.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) August 6, 2018
The media’s crusade against free speech isn’t going to stop at T-shirts or InfoWars. And it won’t stop at you and me.
Robert Eno is the editor of the WTF MSM!? newsletter and director of retention for Blaze Media.