Alex Berenson Spills the Beans

 

Alex Berenson, best-selling author and respected journalist working for–among other publications–the New York Times and the Denver Post, forged a new career for himself as an informed and articulate Covid-vaccine skeptic. He may be unique (I’m not sure) in that he sued Twitter shortly after they banned him from the platform in August of 2021, and as a result of the discovery that eventuated from that lawsuit (which was settled with his reinstatement and acknowledgment from Twitter that his banning was unnecessary and unwarranted in July of 2022), Berenson has a treasure trove of documents pertaining to internal Twitter discussions. He also received their communications with the White House and government officials, which show, among other things, the pressures that were brought to bear on Twitter from outside to target and ban Berenson especially (even though, it appears, Twitter itself didn’t believe his Tweets violated their standards).

On Substack, Berenson published some of this information in an article titled “The White House privately demanded Twitter ban me months before the company did so.” An excerpt:

Andrew Slavitt, senior advisor to President Biden’s Covid response team, complained specifically about me, according to a Twitter employee in another Slack conversation discussing the White House meeting.

“They really wanted to know about Alex Berenson,” the employee wrote. “Andy Slavitt suggested they had seen data viz [visualization] that had showed he was the epicenter of disinfo that radiated outwards to the persuadable public.”

According to an interview he gave to the Washington Post in June 2021, Slavitt worked directly with the most powerful officials in the federal government, including Ron Klain, President Biden’s chief of staff, and Biden himself.

The Slack conversations also show the pressure Twitter employees felt internally to respond to the government’s questions about whether the company was doing enough to suppress “misinformation” about Covid and the vaccines. An employee writes that the questions at the meeting were “pointed” but “mercifully, we had answers.”

And another:

At the time, employees said internally they did not believe I had broken the company’s rules. “I’ve taken a pretty close look at his account and I don’t think any of it’s violative,” an employee wrote on the Slack conversation a few minutes after the “really tough question about why Alex Berenson hasn’t been kicked off.”

But the pressure on Twitter to take action against me and other mRNA vaccine skeptics steadily increased after that April meeting, and especially in July and August, as the government began to consider the unprecedented step of mandating Covid vaccines for adults.

As Berenson notes, shortly after Joe Biden complained in July of 2021 that social media “misinformation” was “killing people,”** Twitter suspended Berenson’s account for the first time.

He promises more revelations with time. Grab the popcorn.

**I am not sure if this was at the same press conference in July 2021 in which Biden claimed that–if you were vaccinated–you would neither get, nor spread, Covid.  It may have been.

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  1. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    I would like to think something would happen.

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  2. DonG (CAGW is a Scam) Coolidge
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    Why hold back?  Is he a drama queen?  Is he waiting for a kindler gentler government??

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  3. tigerlily Member
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    That’s pretty much the dictionary definition of fascism. 

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  4. EODmom Coolidge
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    Berenson comes with excellent credentials – before Covid he wrote a book that throughly documents the ties between marijuana use and mental illness. I’m not sure which matters more. The expanding mental illness horizon scares me more, maybe, because it is forever. I do acknowledge that it will be decades before we know all or most of the ways the mRNA injections affect the populations, if they are ever brought to light. The impacts seem broadly distributed and likely to be camouflaged by other symptoms or conditions.

    in any case – I think he’s got the intellectual chops to back his focus and intensity. 

    https://alexberenson.com/tell-your-children-the-truth-about-marijuana-mental-illness-and-violence

    This article is an interview about the origins of his interest and the impact of mental illness on crime and violence.

    https://www.themarshallproject.org/2019/01/07/the-case-against-cannabis

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  5. She Member
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    DonG (CAGW is a Scam) (View Comment):

    Why hold back? Is he a drama queen? Is he waiting for a kindler gentler government??

    I don’t think he’s holding back at all.  I think he’s smart enough to know that it is better and more effective to release information in digestible chunks in each of which he can make a specific point (in this case, “The White House privately demanded Twitter ban me months before the company did so”), than it would be to release what I suspect are thousands of pages of small-print legalistic narration without context, the entirety of which nobody would read, and even if they did, most still wouldn’t be able to sort out the cast of characters or the issues,  and they still wouldn’t know exactly what had gone on.

    Yes, Berenson wants to control his narrative.  But isn’t it refreshing to have a person on our side doing that, for once?

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  6. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    Thank you for bringing the situation that Berenson uncovered into the bright light of day for us Ricochet members.

    A pertinent URL for anyone here who has a Tweet removed:

    https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/enforcement-options
    The Twitter Rules

    1:About suspended accounts

    2:Help with locked or limited account

    3:Our range of enforcement options

    4:Our approach to policy development and enforcement philosophy

    Other things covered:

    Contact us 

    Account Access

    Appeal a locked or suspended account

    ####

    I imagine there is a secret twitter URL available to Gates, Fauci and others of that stature who wish to lodge complaints against an individual or a group.

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  7. She Member
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    EODmom (View Comment):

    Berenson comes with excellent credentials – before Covid he wrote a book that throughly documents the ties between marijuana use and mental illness. I’m not sure which matters more. The expanding mental illness horizon scares me more, maybe, because it is forever. I do acknowledge that it will be decades before we know all or most of the ways the mRNA injections affect the populations, if they are ever brought to light. The impacts seem broadly distributed and likely to be camouflaged by other symptoms or conditions.

    in any case – I think he’s got the intellectual chops to back his focus and intensity.

    https://alexberenson.com/tell-your-children-the-truth-about-marijuana-mental-illness-and-violence

    This article is an interview about the origins of his interest and the impact of mental illness on crime and violence.

    https://www.themarshallproject.org/2019/01/07/the-case-against-cannabis

    Agree.  I think Berenson’s an independent thinker, and that along the way he probably offends everyone at some point, because his opinions don’t fall into anyone’s convenient ideas of what a person “on the left” or “on the right” is supposed to think.

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  8. EODmom Coolidge
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    EODmom (View Comment):

    Berenson comes with excellent credentials – before Covid he wrote a book that throughly documents the ties between marijuana use and mental illness. I’m not sure which matters more. The expanding mental illness horizon scares me more, maybe, because it is forever. I do acknowledge that it will be decades before we know all or most of the ways the mRNA injections affect the populations, if they are ever brought to light. The impacts seem broadly distributed and likely to be camouflaged by other symptoms or conditions.

    in any case – I think he’s got the intellectual chops to back his focus and intensity.

    https://alexberenson.com/tell-your-children-the-truth-about-marijuana-mental-illness-and-violence

    This article is an interview about the origins of his interest and the impact of mental illness on crime and violence.

    https://www.themarshallproject.org/2019/01/07/the-case-against-cannabis

    Agree. I think Berenson’s an independent thinker, and that along the way he probably offends everyone at some point, because his opinions don’t fall into anyone’s convenient ideas of what a person “on the left” or “on the right” is supposed to think.

    He doesn’t rely on third parties to supply his self worth. As for holding back – if he’s litigation minded he surely won’t disclose his strategy. Meanwhile, wveryine at The Twit knows the facts, as do the affected in the administration. 

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  9. DonG (CAGW is a Scam) Coolidge
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    EODmom (View Comment):
    He doesn’t rely on third parties to supply his self worth. As for holding back – if he’s litigation minded he surely won’t disclose his strategy. Meanwhile, wveryine at The Twit knows the facts, as do the affected in the administration. 

    I think the litigation is over.  He got his account back.

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  10. Annefy Member
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    If memory serves, Berenson made a voice for himself before the vaccines were even available. (Though it was his skepticism about vaccines that got him banned from twitter). He came out with a couple of small books, Pandemia, and Unreported Truths About Covid 19 and Lockdowns

    His bone of contention was firstly the ridiculous and destructive response to the virus. I’ve quoted him many times : virus gonna virus.

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  11. KCVolunteer Lincoln
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    tigerlily (View Comment):

    That’s pretty much the dictionary definition of fascism.

    From Projection | Psychology Today

    “Projection is the process of displacing one’s feelings onto a different person, animal, or object. The term is most commonly used to describe defensive projection—attributing one’s own unacceptable urges to another. For example, if someone continuously bullies and ridicules a peer about his insecurities, the bully might be projecting his own struggle with self-esteem onto the other person.”

    Perhaps a more contemporary example would be, if the President (or his mouth pieces) continuously bully and accuses other people of being Fascist, the President might be projecting his own Fascism onto them in an attempt to keep people from noticing that in fact he is the Fascist.

    Funny, they don’t indicate if it’s a conscious or subconscious defense. Is it still projection if it is a conscious strategy?

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    KCVolunteer (View Comment):

    Perhaps a more contemporary example would be, if the President (or his mouth pieces) continuously bully and accuses other people of being Fascist, the President might be projecting his own Fascism onto them in an attempt to keep people from noticing that in fact he is the Fascist.

    Funny, they don’t indicate if it’s a conscious or subconscious defense. Is it still projection if it is a conscious strategy?

    I think a conscious strategy would best be described as malicious and/or knowingly manipulative.

    A person who projects knows the thoughts or behavior(s) are bad or wrong, but his own mind denies that he’s exhibiting them, and in order to offload the responsibility for the  feelings of shame, inferiority, or whatever it is that they provoke in him, or whatever bad things he’s thought about or done, he accuses others of exactly those thoughts and behavior(s), making himself feel more virtuous in the process.  It’s incredibly common, and usually incredibly obvious to everyone except the person doing it, who’ll deny it to the end if you confront him.  That’s why it’s useless to argue with him.

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  13. She Member
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    DonG (CAGW is a Scam) (View Comment):

    EODmom (View Comment):
    He doesn’t rely on third parties to supply his self worth. As for holding back – if he’s litigation minded he surely won’t disclose his strategy. Meanwhile, wveryine at The Twit knows the facts, as do the affected in the administration.

    I think the litigation is over. He got his account back.

    Yes.  The case was settled last month.  He was reinstated on Twitter, and they acknowledged that they had no grounds for banning him in the first place and that the ban should not have occurred.

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  14. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    She (View Comment):

    DonG (CAGW is a Scam) (View Comment):

    EODmom (View Comment):
    He doesn’t rely on third parties to supply his self worth. As for holding back – if he’s litigation minded he surely won’t disclose his strategy. Meanwhile, wveryine at The Twit knows the facts, as do the affected in the administration.

    I think the litigation is over. He got his account back.

    Yes. The case was settled last month. He was reinstated on Twitter, and they acknowledged that they had no grounds for banning him in the first place and that the ban should not have occurred.

    It is not enough. 

    They should have to pay.

    None of the enemy ever pay.

     

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  15. She Member
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    She (View Comment):

    DonG (CAGW is a Scam) (View Comment):

    EODmom (View Comment):
    He doesn’t rely on third parties to supply his self worth. As for holding back – if he’s litigation minded he surely won’t disclose his strategy. Meanwhile, wveryine at The Twit knows the facts, as do the affected in the administration.

    I think the litigation is over. He got his account back.

    Yes. The case was settled last month. He was reinstated on Twitter, and they acknowledged that they had no grounds for banning him in the first place and that the ban should not have occurred.

    It is not enough.

    They should have to pay.

    None of the enemy ever pay.

    He’s not done yet.  I am certain, if he’d refused to accept the settlement and had taken things to the next level of litigation that–had he won a substantial monetary settlement–the terms would have included the sealing of the record, and his commitment never to write about the case.  That’s standard stuff.

    There’s more than one way to pay, and he now controls the narrative. 

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  16. KCVolunteer Lincoln
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    She (View Comment):

    KCVolunteer (View Comment):

    Perhaps a more contemporary example would be, if the President (or his mouth pieces) continuously bully and accuses other people of being Fascist, the President might be projecting his own Fascism onto them in an attempt to keep people from noticing that in fact he is the Fascist.

    Funny, they don’t indicate if it’s a conscious or subconscious defense. Is it still projection if it is a conscious strategy?

    I think a conscious strategy would best be described as malicious and/or knowingly manipulative.

    A person who projects knows the thoughts or behavior(s) are bad or wrong, but his own mind denies that he’s exhibiting them, and in order to offload the responsibility for the feelings of shame, inferiority, or whatever it is that they provoke in him, or whatever bad things he’s thought about or done, he accuses others of exactly those thoughts and behavior(s), making himself feel more virtuous in the process. It’s incredibly common, and usually incredibly obvious to everyone except the person doing it, who’ll deny it to the end if you confront him. That’s why it’s useless to argue with him.

    So, can we safely assume there are two types of people on the left? The malicious and manipulative, and the useful idiots.

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  17. She Member
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    KCVolunteer (View Comment):

    She (View Comment):

    KCVolunteer (View Comment):

    Perhaps a more contemporary example would be, if the President (or his mouth pieces) continuously bully and accuses other people of being Fascist, the President might be projecting his own Fascism onto them in an attempt to keep people from noticing that in fact he is the Fascist.

    Funny, they don’t indicate if it’s a conscious or subconscious defense. Is it still projection if it is a conscious strategy?

    I think a conscious strategy would best be described as malicious and/or knowingly manipulative.

    A person who projects knows the thoughts or behavior(s) are bad or wrong, but his own mind denies that he’s exhibiting them, and in order to offload the responsibility for the feelings of shame, inferiority, or whatever it is that they provoke in him, or whatever bad things he’s thought about or done, he accuses others of exactly those thoughts and behavior(s), making himself feel more virtuous in the process. It’s incredibly common, and usually incredibly obvious to everyone except the person doing it, who’ll deny it to the end if you confront him. That’s why it’s useless to argue with him.

    So, can we safely assume there are two types of people on the left? The malicious and manipulative, and the useful idiots.

    Works for me.  Although I do believe there are a few honest, sane, and smart Lefties, but they are few and far between.

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  18. DonG (CAGW is a Scam) Coolidge
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    She (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    She (View Comment):

    DonG (CAGW is a Scam) (View Comment):

    EODmom (View Comment):
    He doesn’t rely on third parties to supply his self worth. As for holding back – if he’s litigation minded he surely won’t disclose his strategy. Meanwhile, wveryine at The Twit knows the facts, as do the affected in the administration.

    I think the litigation is over. He got his account back.

    Yes. The case was settled last month. He was reinstated on Twitter, and they acknowledged that they had no grounds for banning him in the first place and that the ban should not have occurred.

    It is not enough.

    They should have to pay.

    None of the enemy ever pay.

    He’s not done yet. I am certain, if he’d refused to accept the settlement and had taken things to the next level of litigation that–had he won a substantial monetary settlement–the terms would have included the sealing of the record, and his commitment never to write about the case. That’s standard stuff.

    There’s more than one way to pay, and he now controls the narrative.

    Substantial money under what law?   Does he have damages for being unable to use Twitter?  Nope.   The settlements gets him his account back and Twitter gets to avoid discovery.   It is a win for Twitter.

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  19. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    She (View Comment):

    KCVolunteer (View Comment):

    Perhaps a more contemporary example would be, if the President (or his mouth pieces) continuously bully and accuses other people of being Fascist, the President might be projecting his own Fascism onto them in an attempt to keep people from noticing that in fact he is the Fascist.

    Funny, they don’t indicate if it’s a conscious or subconscious defense. Is it still projection if it is a conscious strategy?

    I think a conscious strategy would best be described as malicious and/or knowingly manipulative.

    A person who projects knows the thoughts or behavior(s) are bad or wrong, but his own mind denies that he’s exhibiting them, and in order to offload the responsibility for the feelings of shame, inferiority, or whatever it is that they provoke in him, or whatever bad things he’s thought about or done, he accuses others of exactly those thoughts and behavior(s), making himself feel more virtuous in the process. It’s incredibly common, and usually incredibly obvious to everyone except the person doing it, who’ll deny it to the end if you confront him. That’s why it’s useless to argue with him.

    Thomas Sowell has a very neat quote to the effect that once an individual assigns a virtue too themself, based on their thinking or their endorsement of a principle, it is futile to debate them over the thought or principle, as they are correct and you are lacking the virtue.

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  20. EODmom Coolidge
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    DonG (CAGW is a Scam) (View Comment):

    EODmom (View Comment):
    He doesn’t rely on third parties to supply his self worth. As for holding back – if he’s litigation minded he surely won’t disclose his strategy. Meanwhile, wveryine at The Twit knows the facts, as do the affected in the administration.

    I think the litigation is over. He got his account back.

    Yes. The case was settled last month. He was reinstated on Twitter, and they acknowledged that they had no grounds for banning him in the first place and that the ban should not have occurred.

    Highly subjective on my part – but his “tone of voice” sounds litigious. He might not be done. Stuff seems left out of the story. 

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  21. She Member
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    EODmom (View Comment):

    She (View Comment):

    DonG (CAGW is a Scam) (View Comment):

    EODmom (View Comment):
    He doesn’t rely on third parties to supply his self worth. As for holding back – if he’s litigation minded he surely won’t disclose his strategy. Meanwhile, wveryine at The Twit knows the facts, as do the affected in the administration.

    I think the litigation is over. He got his account back.

    Yes. The case was settled last month. He was reinstated on Twitter, and they acknowledged that they had no grounds for banning him in the first place and that the ban should not have occurred.

    Highly subjective on my part – but his “tone of voice” sounds litigious. He might not be done. Stuff seems left out of the story.

    I’m fairly certain he’s not done.  He says he’ll write more.  The more that he’ll write will be based on the (probably thousands of) pages he has relating to the relationship between Twitter and the Biden administration, and what it was the two of them did in order to cancel, suppress, diminish, opposing views on social media, of which Berenson’s was one.

    I don’t think that argumentation is a necessary sign of litigiousness (especially once the case has been settled).  And I don’t quite get what it is about his determination to expose the collusion between TPTB at Twitter and the Biden administration that distresses people on the Right.  Alex Berenson has been a soldier for the cause.  And I’m not willing to throw him under the bus quite yet.

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    DonG (CAGW is a Scam) (View Comment):

    She (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    She (View Comment):

    DonG (CAGW is a Scam) (View Comment):

    EODmom (View Comment):
    He doesn’t rely on third parties to supply his self worth. As for holding back – if he’s litigation minded he surely won’t disclose his strategy. Meanwhile, wveryine at The Twit knows the facts, as do the affected in the administration.

    I think the litigation is over. He got his account back.

    Yes. The case was settled last month. He was reinstated on Twitter, and they acknowledged that they had no grounds for banning him in the first place and that the ban should not have occurred.

    It is not enough.

    They should have to pay.

    None of the enemy ever pay.

    He’s not done yet. I am certain, if he’d refused to accept the settlement and had taken things to the next level of litigation that–had he won a substantial monetary settlement–the terms would have included the sealing of the record, and his commitment never to write about the case. That’s standard stuff.

    There’s more than one way to pay, and he now controls the narrative.

    Substantial money under what law?

    You tell me.  I’ll wait.

    Does he have damages for being unable to use Twitter? Nope. The settlements gets him his account back and Twitter gets to avoid discovery. It is a win for Twitter.

    Please read what I said, which speak exactly to the point that Twitter DOES NOT avoid public disclosure (which you choose to call, legalistically, “discovery,”) exactly because Berenson did what he did.  And, as a result, he can say whatever the hell he wants.

    Please stop trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of what might be, if not exactly victory, at least an equalization of the playing field.

     

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  23. ToryWarWriter Reagan
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    Robert Malone has called Berenson controlled opposition.  Much like the Durham investigation I expect nothing to come from his revelations.  Hes pretty much a scumbag who defrauded a lot of people with his lawsuit.  

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  24. Annefy Member
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    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):

    Robert Malone has called Berenson controlled opposition. Much like the Durham investigation I expect nothing to come from his revelations. Hes pretty much a scumbag who defrauded a lot of people with his lawsuit.

    I’m not ready to go there, but I’m close. His attacks on Malone were strange and unwarranted.

    Whether Berenson has defrauded people will depend on the info forthcoming  

     

     

     

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  25. She Member
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    It is the moving parts of Berenson’s case that interest me far more than his opinions on the vaccine, or the spat he got into with Robert Malone (in which they appear to me to be handing off to each other on a regular basis the part of the pot,  and that of the kettle).  They’re both prima donnas, and pig-headed with it.

    And yet.

    Berenson was banned from Twitter.  He sued Twitter, and demanded to see all of the information pertaining to how–and why–they made their decision (since that information is never publicly shared, and the rationale for banning a Twitter user is never explained, even to the person banned).   Because of the lawsuit, which Twitter tried to get thrown out but largely failed, Berenson has a treasure trove of Twitter’s  internal information which, hitherto, has been hidden from the world.  He says he’ll share it, and he’s started to do so, beginning with (what looks like to me) pretty unambiguous evidence that The White House was demanding to know why Berenson (who was flying in the face of their favorite narrative) hadn’t been banned from Twitter yet, and that The White House applied pressure to Twitter to ban Berenson–a person that Twitter didn’t think was violating their standards, until–soon after The White House started applying pressure–Twitter banned Berenson.

    I think that’s pretty interesting. 

    And it’s easy to imagine that The White House did the same thing with Robert Malone.  And many others.

    Is that how we want companies like Twitter (not to mention entities like The White House) to behave?

    Alex Berenson is back on Twitter, with what passes as an imperfect apology for his banning, or at least an acknowledgement that it was wrong.  AFAIK, Robert Malone is still banned.

    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):
    [Berenson is] pretty much a scumbag who defrauded a lot of people with his lawsuit.  

    Whom has he defrauded?

     

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  26. RufusRJones Member
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    The constitution cannot function as intended when four tech companies control the public square.

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