Why does Youtube allow ads from snake-oil salesmen (such as doctors who claim that they can cure or prevent almost any disease) and other obvious frauds; and at the same time seem to be concerned about so-called “false or misleading statements” that are really not obviously false or misleading? Why do they insist on putting the label at the top of conservative Youtube channels or news stories that criticize (or even just question) the validity of the 2020 election with the misleading statement that the “AP has already called the election for Biden”? What this implies is that there is no legitimacy in any opinion not sanctioned by the AP; when in fact what the AP or any other news organization says has no authority to declare the result of the election. Any statement they make at this time is no more than editorial opinion.
Until the votes are certified, the electors chosen and their votes cast, the election process is not over. Only by condemning or ignoring the legal challenges that are being made can they pretend to have any basis for censuring those who claim that the definitive results of the election are yet to be determined. But it is unarguable that the election is not over until it can be determined which votes are legitimate and which are illegitimate; and then the legitimate votes counted and the illegitimate votes discarded. Isn’t this obvious?
Many are of the opinion that this procedure is not necessary; but they cannot give a real reason based upon evidence to support their opinion because they do not know (or will not acknowledge) the facts. That there was election fraud has been acknowledged by no other authority than the chairman of the Federal Elections Commission; and the Attorneys General of many states concur. The results have not even been certified by some of the crucial or “battleground” states because so many and varied irregularities have been found. There have been at least eight or nine discrete kinds of cheating documented, some on such a large scale that they could affect the results of the election in several states.
These irregularities (including improper and illegal procedures in vote counting centers: votes having been counted without the verification of names, addresses, or signatures, the same vote having been counted more than once, the votes of dead people having been counted and the exclusion of Republican poll watchers from the process they were empowered by law to verify) are documented in the affidavits of many hundreds of eyewitnesses who have sworn, on penalty of perjury, that they are telling the truth.
So there is no doubt that fraud occurred; and as a country of laws, we must know the extent of fraud and who committed it. There is no reasonable or responsible or honest alternative. One suspects that the reason Youtube and other organizations are pushing for President Trump to immediately concede is – given their track record of promoting Socialist opinions and censuring those of Constitutionalists on their platform – because they do not want the facts to come to light.
The hypocrisy of presenting ads that make false and misleading claims while censuring statements that – according to American law and tradition – are defined as “free speech” while claiming to be a neutral platform that only censures content that is likely or demonstrably fraudulent, is plain and easy to see.
Howard Douglas King