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Smoking Gun: New Evidence Proves Biden White House Coerced Facebook’s Rampant Censorship. Plus: Lee Fang on DHS, New Epstein Connections, & Anheuser-Busch Lobbyists
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July 28, 2023
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Good evening. It's Thursday, July 27. Welcome to a new episode of System Update, our live nightly show that airs every Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. Eastern, exclusively here on Rumble, the free speech alternative to YouTube. 

Tonight, newly released evidence regarding the U.S. government's program to censor dissent from the Internet demonstrates how aggressively, consistently, and explicitly top Biden officials demanded that Facebook censor both dissent over its COVID policies and censor dissidents to their narratives. A mountain of new emails obtained and then released by House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan earlier today shows a continuous stream of explicit demands by top white Biden White House officials to senior Facebook officials that those who even questioned or mocked their COVID decrees be silenced and central off the platform. 

We have known for years that Facebook has been under steady pressure and coercion from Democratic Party officials and lawmakers to censor content disliked by that party, all under threat of legal and regulatory reprisals in the event of their failure to comply. Facebook has often complied with the censorship demands, either due to ideological agreement with the censorship requests or because of fear of the consequences to their business or failure to comply. Indeed, a federal court just this month found that the record of the state censorship toward Big Tech is so compelling and disturbing that it constitutes what the court called “one of the grievous violations of the First Amendment free speech guarantee in years.” 

This new evidence released today, the key excerpts of which we will review for you, provide some of the most disturbing looks yet into just how aggressive and coercive these censorship demands are. As we noted in last night's episode, thus far, the Democratic Party has yet to produce even a single member of Congress willing to express even light concern, let alone indignation, over the official censorship regime that the U.S. government has imposed on the Internet. Indeed, many of them have gone from denying its existence and mocking those of us who express concerns about it as “conspiracy theorists” to now explicitly defending the censorship regime as necessary for national health. That's always the cycle. They first deny it and mock those who claim it exists. And then once the proof is produced that it does exist, they say it does exist and it's necessary. And we should be happy and grateful that it does. Now it remains to be seen what changes, if any, these new revelations today will provoke but our job is to try and break down and deconstruct and analyze and explain them in the best way that we can. So that's what we're going to do.

Then: Lee Fang is one of the nation's most intrepid and investigated independent investigative journalists. One of the worst things I ever did to anyone that I like was that I persuaded him, back in 2015, to leave his job and join The Intercept. Fortunately for him, and for us, he is now liberated from that DNC talking Points platform masquerading as a news site and has been doing some of the most important investigative journalism on his Substack, which I hope you all read and if inclined, support. 

Lee along with Ben Stein unearthed and published a once-secret Homeland Security document that outlined that agency's plans for an online censorship regime. You'll recall that we reviewed the House Hearing yesterday where the secretary of Homeland Security repeatedly denied his agency's intent to impose a censorship regime when Lee and his colleague produced the document describing explicitly what that plan was. Lee also recently revealed some embarrassing connections between one of the most embarrassing members of Congress, the nonvoting delegate, Stacey Plaskett, of the Virgin Islands, and Jeffrey Epstein, as well as a whole range of new connections between Epstein’s money and highly powerful people. We'll talk to you about all of that, about a vast lobbyist scheme on Capitol Hill run by Anheuser-Busch and the new reporting Lee is now doing about a controversy involving a new police program in Atlanta. 

As we do every Tuesday and Thursday night, as soon as we're done with our one-hour live show here at Rumble, we'll move to Locals for a live interactive aftershow to take your questions and comment on your feedback. To obtain access to our aftershow, which is for our subscribers only, simply sign up as a member to our Locals community. The red Join button is right below the video player here on the Rumble page and that will give you access to that Aftershow and to the original content we produce – and you'll also help support the embedded journalism that we do here. 

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For now, welcome to a new episode of System Update, starting right now.

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Interview with Vivek Ramaswamy (1:11:06)

Ending (1:34:58)



Americans Fired Since Oct. 7—What They Really Said. Is TikTok Censoring for China or the US? 

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Intro (9:38)

Canceling Israel’s Critics (14:58)

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Almost none of the Arab countries will back up the Palestinian cause with any impactful political actions. And if a certain Arab country does decide to, they get destroyed literally or metaphorically. How can the Palestinians have any chance of statehood if these geopolitical conditions and order remains?  



Irish viewer here. Do you have any thoughts on the ongoing Irish hate speech legislation? Have you ever considered having MEP Clare Daly on the show? 


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Leading Palestine Expert Rashid Khalidi on Israel-Gaza, College Campuses, & More. Plus: Elon Musk’s Defiant Message to Disney

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Elon’s Defiant Message to Disney (9:35)

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Ending (1:15:21)



The Murderous Life & Legacy of Henry Kissinger: Perfect Symbol of the Rotted US Security State

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Your shows on free speech have been very informative. You distinguished between state action and private company decisions in the context of firings for example. I’ve been wondering how to think about free speech at universities and in particular whether the rules are different for private vs. public/state universities. And even for private universities whether it matters if they receive government funding. Thanks.



Glenn, can we get a deep look at some of these 3rd party corporations involved in "Trust and Safety" i.e. censorship? Seems like platforms are outsourcing more and more censorship to 3rd parties and it is a massively booming business model.


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Taibbi/Shellenberger Clash with Censorship Regime in Congress (Again). DEBATE: Glenn & Israel Supporter, Max Abrahms Discuss War in Gaza

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Interview with Max Abrahms (37:21)

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