Monday 10th December 2018

Home » Frontpage » Currently Reading:

Yours Truly Hits An Obstacle… Conservative Opinion May Not Flow So Freely Even In Internet Age

June 12, 2018 Frontpage No Comments

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Spigots are important control mechanisms, and not only for hot-weather backyard water fights with the garden hose.
In season and out of season, a big energy spigot is a vital valve for a nation’s economic health. Back when stereotypical sheiks had a hammerlock over oil flow, the United States was in a more fragile position, before the advent of freedom-friendlier alternatives like domestic fracking.
At least as important to the national interest, the information spigot could control crucial decisions in the public forum that might turn upon what sort of facts flowed to voters, and in what volume.
Thankfully, the fact-constricting days of “The Seven” media biggies lost their concrete chokehold with the advent of alternatives.
It wasn’t so long ago when a pretty uniform liberal bias critically skewed daily news as well as opinion decisions at — count ’em — the nationally dominant New York Times, Washington Post, Time, and Newsweek magazines, and electronic eyeballs ABC, CBS, and NBC.
If these outlets didn’t gush with an issue as meriting front-page and prime-time attention during the news cycle, it was considered not too pressing for the public’s agenda.
A rare conservative opinionator like George Will might be given his corner at the Post’s columnists’ page, but he no more governed all the priorities in the daily news diet than two raccoons at a zoo decided what the elephants in their enclosures were given to eat.
Contrary conservative opinion journals like National Review or Human Events, with a limited weekly or biweekly print circulation, suffered a distinct disadvantage — although it certainly never hurt that an up-and-coming Californian like Ronald Reagan read their pages.
It would be left to the thus-informed Reagan types to win over voters to stage revolts that shocked the unaware establishments. But conservative agendas didn’t prevail at private Manhattan editorial conferences devising consequential front pages or minute-by-minute national scripts.
The development of major electronic alternative and social media within less than the lifetimes of current high school seniors perhaps was even more liberating to our daily lives’ choices than commercial jets for travel, or refrigeration for food preservation.
There still were tidal waves of liberal media viewpoints, but no longer were conservatives and traditionalists struggling against the stream with only a small paddle. The many rightist blogs and websites give them unprecedented access and influence, even if President Donald Trump with more than 52 million Twitter followers exceeded many others’ reach.
One problem with social media arose, however, when massive players like Facebook along the general public’s access highway didn’t perform with the disinterest conscientiously to be expected. People knew where to go to see particular viewpoints, but many assumed Facebook was neutral territory for travel by all, like the roadways.
The Highway Patrol isn’t assigned to enforce viewpoint prejudice by dispensing violation tickets based on motorists’ political bumper stickers. However, doubts about the administrative impartiality of Facebook and Twitter, among others, have only grown as leftist bubbles have become more resistant to others’ ways.
In late May, Brad Parscale, President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign manager, and Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, sent a letter to Facebook and Twitter executives demanding upfront honesty on their censorship of conservatives.
A May 24 story by Breitbart News, citing a report on Fox & Friends, said: “Noting that the tech giants ‘live in a liberal bubble’ in northern California, Parscale listed off a range of bias incidents against conservative(s) in social media, including the reduction in the reach of President Trump’s Facebook posts, a story exclusively reported by Breitbart News.”
Breitbart quoted Parscale: “We saw this during the 2016 campaign, where they were manually manipulating the trends. We’ve seen this with the algorithm changes, we’ve seen reductions in Donald Trump’s reach on the platform — 25, 30, even 40 percent reach decrease.”
Parscale was Trump’s digital media director in the 2016 presidential campaign.
McDaniel also expressed concern: “It’s a legitimate fear, and I hear it all the time as we’re traveling the country. People are very concerned that conservative voices are going to be suppressed on social media.”
A May 25 report at the Fortune magazine website said: “Parscale and McDaniel point to the suppression of content from conservative bloggers ‘Diamond and Silk’ on Facebook as an example. Facebook never actually blocked their page, but did send an erroneous message — later rectified — suggesting that their content was ‘unsafe for the community.’
“Pointing to the ‘liberal corporate cultures’ in which Facebook and Twitter operate, Parscale and McDaniel note that ‘rampant political bias’ is nevertheless ‘inappropriate for a widely used public forum’,” Fortune said.
In their letter, Parscale and McDaniel also said: “Since Facebook and Twitter are platforms used widely by the majority of voters, we request an explanation about how you will ensure all content is managed equally and fairly. How will you safeguard voters’ access to fair content on your platform? How will you guarantee that conservative voices are no longer censored, and conservative news no longer buried or otherwise hidden?”
An article in the April 30 issue of the Washington Times’ national weekly edition noted some current problems of Facebook, with the online giant’s liberal CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, having to testify before Congress.
The Times story noted, “Facebook already has faced intense criticism from the political right for suspected censoring of posts from the popular pro-Trump duo Diamond and Silk, among a host of other content that Republicans say is filtered on solely political grounds. . . .
“Facebook’s handling of the duo has become a rallying point for conservative critics, and it was the latest in a string of controversial steps,” the Times said. “The company two years ago came under fire for appearing to suppress conservative news sources in its trending topics feed, and its actions since then have done little to calm those who say Facebook’s liberal bias is out of control.”
The article quoted conservative Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) that he expected to see more scrutiny devoted to this legal question of censoring political speech.
Nor are questions about Facebook’s conduct only recent. In one of many possible examples, a columnist for the international daily Financial Times wrote in its May 13, 2010, issue that CEO Zuckerberg “has recently been displaying a disregard bordering on disdain for Facebook users’ right to maintain control over personal information.”
Columnist John Gapper wrote that Facebook is important “to everyone interested in the future of the Internet, which is practically all of us. If it decides, in Google’s phrase for deceiving or messing around with its customers, to ‘be evil,’ then millions feel the effects.”
Gapper’s column was headlined, “Facebook’s open disdain for privacy.”

Alleged Advertisements

As it happens, yours truly recently experienced a couple of instances of Facebook pushing back that look suspiciously like semi-censorship.
Here’s a little background. Once one of my Wanderer articles goes up at the newspaper’s “Online Daily” page, I post it over at The Wanderer’s own Facebook page, as well as at my own page and the home page.
Facebook sends emails to my private inbox inviting me to boost my post so it reaches a larger audience, as well as inviting me right at The Wanderer’s page to do so, for a fee of a few dollars. I usually haven’t done this, but when I have, there was no problem, until recently.
Then, for two separate articles I requested to boost, I was told, “Your ad was not approved because your Page has not been authorized to run ads with political content.” It wasn’t an ad; it was an article no different than many others I’d written. Anyway, I was told I’d need to supply my photo, my address, and the last four digits of my Social Security number to get started becoming authorized.
Heck, this is Facebook. It already has my photos, and if it doesn’t know my address, it shouldn’t take long to discover. As for giving out some of my Social Security number, just who does prying Facebook think it is?
Facebook generously said the supposedly objectionable articles wouldn’t be removed from The Wanderer page, but they simply wouldn’t be boosted to a larger audience.
I didn’t bother appealing the first rejection, but then I got curious about the second. What’s going on here? Pro-life newspaper articles are “political advertisements” that need special vetting? Even though the boost would mean a tiny bit more revenue for Facebook, here’s an obstacle erected against more widely disseminating opinion uncomfortable to elitists.
The first of my two alleged political advertisements went up at The Wanderer’s Facebook page on May 27, “President’s Keynote Talk: Trump Not Letting Democrats Set Agenda For Their Culture Of Death” (published atop page one of the hardcopy Wanderer dated for May 31).
I posted the second one at the newspaper’s Facebook page on June 3, “Betrayal By Globalist Pols: Russia Shows How Ireland Could Change Its New Pro-Abortion Ways” (published atop Page One of the hardcopy Wanderer dated for June 7).
Who knows what threats might emerge if I don’t, as it were, present my special passport with photo, address, and SSN to the Facebook TSA?
Really free, responsibly presented opinion isn’t the world the way the Zuckerberg crew want it?

Share Button

2017 The Wanderer Printing Co.

Twitter Feed

#Apple CEO Tim Cook took the mask off & said
They use Liberal Values to decide what content to censor

They once fought Big Brother
Now they & the rest of Big Tech
Are the #ThoughtPolice

Interview With Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke . . . The Faithful Are Suffering…But Schism Can Never Be Right - https://t.co/iwDMps3a5a

Load More...

Pro-LGBT priest promotes ‘rainbow’ rosary with prayers for ‘full acceptance’ of gay couples

December 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-LGBT Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin is promoting on social media a rosary with “rainbow” beads for one of the decades which are to be used, the rosary’s creators say, to pray for the “full…Continue Reading

Archbishop Viganò denies claims he defrauded his brother

ROME, December 3, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò today has denied claims he defrauded his brother, and has sought to clarify an October court ruling ordering him to pay his brother €1.8 million in inheritance. Many believe the ruling is being…Continue Reading

Vatican’s former doctrine chief: ‘LGBT’ has ‘no place’ in Church documents

VATICAN CITY, November 21, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – An influential cardinal says that pro-homosexual terminology such as “LGBT” has no place in the documents of the Roman Catholic Church. In a recent interview with LifeSiteNews, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, formerly the Prefect of the…Continue Reading

$25 MILLION PAPAL FOUNDATION GRANT TO VATICAN REMAINS UNACCOUNTED FOR

PHILADELPHIA (ChurchMilitant.com) – After Cdl. Donald Wuerl spearheaded a $25 million grant to the Vatican earlier this year through the Papal Foundation, sources confirm the money remains unaccounted for, the Rome hospital designated as beneficiary apparently never having received the grant. Sources also confirm Wuerl…Continue Reading

Cardinal guilty of covering up sex abuse addresses US bishops’ conference

BALTIMORE, November 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A cardinal barred from public ministry since 2013 as a result of his systematic cover-up of sex abuse spoke at the U.S. Bishops’ General Assembly in Baltimore Tuesday, telling the bishops they “need to lead by witness.” In…Continue Reading

US bishops consider asking Pope Francis to release McCarrick documents

BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will consider officially asking Pope Francis to release any documents related to alleged serial sexual abuser Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. The motion was made from the…Continue Reading

U.S. Catholic Bishops Meet in the Shadow, Still, of Clergy Sex Abuse

This weekend, the Catholic bishops of the United States gather in Baltimore ahead of their three-day annual general assembly, which opens Monday. By coincidence, it will be 16 years exactly since their session in 2002, when they met to amend…Continue Reading

The Synodal Church

Antonio Spadaro, SJ – Carlos Galli Forty years ago, Jesuit Father Arij Roest Crollius wrote: “What is so new about inculturation?”[1] His reflection was a milestone in the understanding of that word and in welcoming a concept at the heart of…Continue Reading

National network of Catholic church leaders told to preserve all communications

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has asked the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to preserve all electronic and paper documents in case other federal prosecutors need to look into accusations of sexual assault against current…Continue Reading

Cdl. Burke ‘strongly’ endorses new virtue education program for young people

October 26, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the Church’s most outspoken defenders of life, marriage, and family, has “strongly” endorsed a new virtue education program for children. “Alive to the World” is a continuous, story-based virtues/values program. Much…Continue Reading

Pittsburgh wants to revoke Chick-fil-A’s sponsorship of kids event over Christian marriage views

PITTSBURGH, October 24, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – America’s most successful Christian food chain may be driven out of a children’s community event in Pittsburgh over the owners’ Christian-based view of marriage and homosexuality, if the Pittsburgh City Council has its way.…Continue Reading

Australian bishop touts women’s ordination: ‘transformation of priesthood’ is underway

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, October 23, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – An Australian bishop recently told priests that admitting women to the priesthood in the Church’s current state of affairs would be like pouring new wine into old wine skins, but that a “transformation…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for 150 years in our weekly print edition.


  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
 
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 150 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
 
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love

Cburke3

  By DON FIER (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. This is part one of the…Continue Reading

Catechism

Today . . .

Cdl. Burke: ‘Synodality’ suggests some kind of ‘new church’ where pope’s authority is destroyed

LIMERICK, Ireland, (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke has come out criticizing the concept of “synodality” that was barely discussed during the recently concluded “Youth Synod,” but, nevertheless, found its way into the final document, surprising many of the Synod Fathers. “It’s become like a slogan, meant to suggest some kind of new church which is democratic and in which the authority of the Roman Pontiff is relativized and diminished—if not destroyed,” said Card

Facebook unblocks image of Santa kneeling before Baby Jesus after LifeSite report goes viral

December 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Facebook is no longer censoring an image of Santa Claus kneeling before the Baby Jesus that it had deemed “violent or graphic content” after a report on LifeSiteNews about the matter went viral yesterday. Facebook had obscured the picture, explaining that the “photo was automatically covered so you can decide if you want to se

Pro-LGBT Catholic prof: Many German bishops don’t believe homosexual acts are wrong

December 5, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic German ethics professor calls Cardinal Müller’s recent remarks on homosexuality “unbearable” and claims that, just as the Church’s teaching on the death penalty has changed, the teaching on homosexuality is also open to change. Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), has been under constant sharp criticism since his 21 November interview with LifeSiteNews, in whi

Cardinal accuses EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo of attacking Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY, December 3, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier has come out swinging against EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo, accusing him of reporting “negatively” on as well as “attack[ing]” Pope Francis. The former Archbishop of Durban tweeted last night that Arroyo was like a “throwback” to Northern Ireland’s most notorious anti-Catholic “Ian Paisley & his ilk.” “The World Over” hosted by Raymond A

Taxpayer dollars help California Planned Parenthood surpass record high income level

November 30, 2018 (American Life League) – For the first time in the history of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, one of its 56 affiliates documented that its annual income surpassed $100 million. The affiliate is Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, headquartered in San Jose, California. In its latest official document (Federal Form 990) filed with the federal government, PPMM reported that in the fiscal year, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, it had a…Continue Reading

Advertisement(2)

Will Paris Riots Scuttle Climate Accord?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In Katowice, Poland, all the signers of the 2015 Paris climate accord have gathered to assess how the world’s nations are meeting their goals to cut carbon emissions. Certainly, the communications strategy in the run-up was impressive. In October came that apocalyptic UN report warning that the world is warming faster…Continue Reading

Amid Veto Threat… Ohio “Heartbeat Abortion” Bill Nears Senate Vote

COLUMBUS (CNA/EWTN News) — The Ohio Senate was expected to pass legislation banning abortion on an unborn baby after he or she has a heartbeat, and there could be enough votes to override Gov. John Kasich’s promised veto, amid questions over whether the proposal could withstand U.S. Supreme Court scrutiny. Republicans control the Senate with…Continue Reading

Eleventh Circuit Court Of Appeals . . . EWTN Wins Lawsuit Over HHS Contraception Mandate

IRONDALE, Ala. (EWTN) — Following a legal battle that has lasted nearly seven years, EWTN Global Catholic Network has prevailed in its lawsuit against the U.S. government over what has become known as the “HHS Contraception Mandate.” In an order by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit published Thursday, November 29, 2018,…Continue Reading

Major Companies Take Action Against Porn

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Across the country, several major companies are taking action against pornography use. Tumblr, Starbucks, Comcast, and multiple hotel chains have all taken steps to reduce pornography access within their respective industry. These decisions come during a time of increasing awareness over the harms of pornography. “Companies are quickly realizing the harms of…Continue Reading

Marie Stopes International Is No Friend Of Africa

By DEBORAH M. PIROCH (Editor’s Note: Deborah M. Piroch is the PR director for Human Life International. HLI posted this article at their website, www.hli.org, on November 30. It is reprinted here with permission.) + + + FRONT ROYAL, Va. — HLI is delighted that the government of Kenya has banned Marie Stopes International (MSI)…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

The Authority Of Bishops… Can A Catholic Resist A Wrong Teaching Of His Bishop?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 In the two previous articles we have learned from great Catholic theologians that a layman can resist a wrong decision of a bishop and even of the Bishop of Rome — the Pope. But — and this “but” is very important — wouldn’t such a resistance go against the teaching on papal infallibility?…Continue Reading

The Theological Virtues — Faith

By DON FIER As we transitioned last week from a lengthy treatment of the four cardinal virtues (and a brief overview of sanctifying grace) to the theological virtues, emphasis was given to the fittingness of the term “theological” (as derived from the Greek Theos and logos), for these virtues have God Himself as their Author, motive, and direct object. “Infused…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. For the benefit of those who do not have a computer or library access, could you please give us a list of the Doctors of the Church? I have a book entitled 33 Doctors of the Church, but I think some have been added since that book was published. — B.W., Florida. A. Doctor of the Church is a…Continue Reading

Interview With Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke . . . The Faithful Are Suffering…But Schism Can Never Be Right

Cburke3

By PEGGY MOEN (Editor’s Note: This interview took place in Rome on October 22, 2018, the Feast of St. John Paul II, during the final week of the October 3-28 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment and before its conclusion. See The Wanderer, November 1, 2018, p. 1 for an article based on this interview.) + +…Continue Reading

God’s Providence Is Perfect

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday Of Advent (YR C) Readings: Baruch 5:1-9 Phil. 1:4-6, 8-11 Luke 3:1-6 In the second reading today, St. Paul states his confidence that the One who “began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” This can certainly be applied in a variety of situations, for…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . Blessed Maria Virgo

By CAROLE BRESLIN When I visited my aunt in St. Louis, Mo., we would visit the basilicas, the museums, and other places of interest. She had many sites near her that were particularly special to her, such as her parish, The Little Flower, in Richmond Heights. In addition, she described a place where she frequently went for eucharistic adoration at…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Raphael Kalinowski

By CAROLE BRESLIN There are many terms we use in our language which are clichés. We hear people say that somebody “kicked the bucket,” meaning that he has died, or “I’ll send you to outer Mongolia,” meaning that they will ship you so far away no one will find you. Fr. Kalinowski not only went to a place just north…Continue Reading