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364. Big Loss For Big Tech Censorship

September 23, 2022

In a huge win for free speech, a Circuit Court struck down a challenge of a Texas law that seeks to prevent big tech censorship. Heartland Government Relations Director Cameron Sholty joins the show to talk about this victory.

The Heartland Institute's Donald Kendal, Jim Lakely, Chris Talgo, and Cameron Sholty present episode 364 of the In The Tank Podcast. In a huge win for free speech, a Circuit Court struck down a challenge of a Texas law that seeks to prevent big tech censorship. Heartland Government Relations Director Cameron Sholty joins the show to talk about this victory. Also, Biden says the pandemic is over. We say "duh," but many others are angry.

 

OPENING CHIT CHAT

Axios - U.S. beer shortage looms with gap in carbon dioxide supply
https://www.axios.com/2022/09/19/beer-shortage-co2-supply-issues

 

PRIMARY TOPIC – BIG LOSS FOR BIG TECH CENSORSHIP

HDN - Federal Court Upholds Texas Law Prohibiting Social Media “Viewpoint Censorship”
https://heartlanddailynews.com/2022/09/social-media-censorship-federal-court-upholds-texas-law/

Reason - Fifth Circuit Rejects First Amendment Challenge to Texas Social Media Common Carrier Law
https://reason.com/volokh/2022/09/16/fifth-circuit-rejects-facial-challenge-to-texas-social-media-common-carrier-law/

LawFare Blog - The Fifth Circuit’s Social Media Decision: A Dangerous Example of First Amendment Absolutism
https://www.lawfareblog.com/fifth-circuits-social-media-decision-dangerous-example-first-amendment-absolutism

Vox - Two Republican judges just let Texas seize control of Twitter and Facebook
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2022/9/19/23361050/supreme-court-texas-twitter-facebook-youtube-social-media-fifth-circuit-netchoice-paxton

 

SECONDARY TOPIC – Biden Declares Pandemic Is Over

NYT - Biden Says the Pandemic Is Over. But at Least 400 People Are Dying Daily.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/19/us/politics/biden-covid-pandemic-over.html

FactCheck - Is the Pandemic ‘Over’? Biden Says So, But Scientists Say That’s Up for Debate
https://www.factcheck.org/2022/09/scicheck-is-the-pandemic-over-biden-says-so-but-scientists-say-thats-up-for-debate/

 

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Donald Kendal is a graphic designer for The Heartland Institute, a research fellow for Heartland's Socialism Research Center, and the host of Heartland's In the Tank Podcast and Stopping Socialism TV.
dkendal@heartland.org @InTheTankPod
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Jim Lakely is the Vice President and Director of Communications of The Heartland Institute.
jlakely@heartland.org @jlakely
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Chris Talgo is the Editorial Director at The Heartland Institute and a research fellow for Heartland’s Socialism Research Center.
ctalgo@heartland.org
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Cameron Sholty is government relations director at The Heartland Institute.
csholty@heartland.org