Authoritarian Left now practicing informational “McCarthyism” as group calls for blacklisting and shutting down more than 500 conservative news sites

Friday, May 3, 2019
By Paul Martin

by: JD Heyes
Thursday, May 02, 2019

The American Left hated Sen. Joe McCarthy, a Wisconsin Republican who conducted a five-year investigation beginning in 1950 that sought to identify and root out Communist sympathizers as the Soviet Union rose to compete with the U.S. following World War II.

By any measure, McCarthy’s effort failed to turn up any substantial evidence that the U.S. government and military were infiltrated by anti-American figures loyal to Moscow. What’s more, following televised hearings in which he berated a young Army lawyer and other witnesses, he was sanctioned by the Senate, lost most of his allies, and all of his support.

The fear McCarthy generated, according to The History Channel, “came to define – and, in some cases, corrode – the era’s political culture.”

But as they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same, for today, nearly seven decades after McCarthy’s rise and fall, American Leftists who revile him and what he stood for are using his tactics to browbeat, attack, mischaracterize, accuse, and — eventually — shut down competing political voices, especially online.

As WorldNetDaily reports, the Poynter Institute, a non-profit “journalism” organization, has just published a list of 515 media sites including WND, Breitbart News, the Drudge Report, Natural News, and NewsTarget, that it suggests should be blacklisted and shut down.

Laughingly, Poynter says on its webpage that the organization stands for press freedom, including a quote from former mainstream media newsman Bob Schieffer, who said, “We can’t have a democracy as we know it without a free press, and that’s why Poynter is so important.”

And yet, given Poynter’s call for hundreds of websites to be blacklisted, defunded, and banished, that sounds more like what Communist China, Communist Cuba, and other authoritarian regimes actually do.

Poynter attempts to portray its list as nothing more than a public service, however, claiming that the sites listed are not real news sites, are “unreliable,” and therefore cannot and should not be read, frequented, or trusted.

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