YouTube's double standard

Friday, October 12, 2012
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YouTube has reportedly caved to pressure from the White House to block the controversial Innocence of Muslims video in several nations -- a film the Obama administration falsely claimed incited the recent violence in Benghazi. One group is calling the move "hypocrisy."

With a new report, the Media Research Center's (MRC) Culture and Media Institute maintains there is a double standard when it comes to what is acceptable on the Internet. Meanwhile, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) and the House Oversight Committee are investigating security lapses at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Gainor, Dan (MRC)Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture for MRC, finds it odd that the Obama administration does not assert the same power to remove the Taliban's propaganda videos that encourage Islamist violence.

"They're working on two sets of standards here: The American free speech standard, which is almost an 'anything goes' standard -- not entirely, but almost," Gainor states.

"So [for] the terrorists, we don't censor anything that they want to do. They've got their own channel … they're okay. But American free speech is being limited by these same people who are allegedly pro-free speech ..."

According to the MRC spokesman, the "administration's YouTube hypocrisy" is more proof of efforts to silence conservative ideology.

"We are embracing what's called the heckler's veto, except with deadly consequences now," he warns. "It happens to conservatives all the time … someone like Ann Coulter [or David Horowitz] goes to an event, and a few loony lefties show up, and they create a disruption, or they shout down the speaker. And then the speaker says Oh, sorry we have to cancel this because there's too much of a problem here. What they do [is] they silence the speech they don't support."

YouTube confirms it has blocked access to the movie trailer in Egypt and Libya.

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