In CNN’s analysis of how conservative voters are handling the presidential election results, reporter Pamela Brown said that conservatives leaving social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook over speech suppression was a “threat to democracy.”
CNN’s Brian Stelter complained about smaller right-leaning news channels, like Newsmax, getting more viewers recently as conservatives hammer Fox News over its election coverage and what they view as anti-Trump bias.
.@brianstelter: "Conservatives are saying they're leaving Twitter and Facebook going off to Parler because they believe Parler is a safer space for them.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 14, 2020
Stelter: Conservatives Leaving Facebook And Twitter For ‘Safer Space’
Stelter said to Brown, “I think, big picture, Pamela, here is the concerning trend line here. People are going more and more into their own echo chambers, more into their own bubbles, especially Trump voters.”
“There’s this new social media app, called Parler, getting a lot of attention,” Stelter continued.
He added, “Because conservatives are leaving, saying they’re leaving Twitter and Facebook, going off to Parler because they believe Parler is a safer space for them.”
“What we’re seeing is even more of a bunker mentality in right-wing media,” Stelter said.“Ultimately, that’s not good for the country.”
That’s when Brown associated freedom of speech and choice with undermining democratic values.
“No, it is not good,” Brown responded (emphasis added). “It is a threat to democracy that these people are in echo chambers and they’re getting fed a diet of lies essentially.”
Parler app soars as conservatives seek a Twitter alternative after Trump's election loss https://t.co/Up0N2ffLb4
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) November 10, 2020
CNN Is An Echo Chamber
The freedoms enshrined in our Bill of Rights are not threats to democracy.
The freedom of speech. Freedom of the press. Freedom of association. None of these are threats to democracy.
It’s the exact opposite. Suppression of these freedoms is a threat to democracy.
And really, is there a bigger echo chamber than CNN?
For years, Americans were constantly bombarded with “new” or “breaking” “information” that all supposedly pointed to Donald Trump allegedly colluding with Russia to throw the 2016 presidential election his way.
Then the Mueller report ended up as a huge nothingburger. Did the media ever apologize for it?
Impeachment was not an issue in this election. If Joe Biden even said it once, most missed it.
CNN continues to write off the President’s claims of voter fraud as “dangerous” and “untrue”.
This is the same network that push the Russian collusion narrative for 4 years WITHOUT ANY EVIDENCE.
— Breanna Morello (@breannamorello) November 8, 2020
Fake News Is A Threat To Democracy
But fake claims about collusion is what animated the Democratic Party for most of Trump’s presidency.
When an entire major political party defines itself by a fantasy of their own making, that’s a bubble.
And save for (sometimes) Fox News and alternative news outlets, the mainstream media protected that bubble.
We all live in our own bubbles to some extent. CNN tries to present its bubble as truth.
Some might call that a threat to democracy.
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