Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey discussed his team’s latest findings from their ongoing lawsuit against the Biden administration for allegedly colluding with Big Tech to censor free speech.
Bailey told the Fox Business Network's The Bottom Line on Jan. 25 that this is “the most important First Amendment case in a generation.” He and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry uncovered “a vast censorship enterprise” and hold massive records of evidence of White House officials, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and State Department.
“We’ve uncovered a vast censorship enterprise, coercion, and collusion between officials at the White House and across federal bureaucratic agencies, and their cronies at Big Tech-social media to target and censor free speech in America,” said Bailey.
Bailey noted that the amount of pages of records that he accumulated pertaining to the case now numbered in the tens of thousands:
“We have tens of thousands of pages of records, hundreds of pages of depositions. We’ve deposed key officials at the White House, at the FBI, at Homeland Security and the State Department, and we’re not finished yet. We’re gonna continue to root out this vast censorship enterprise that violates American’s free speech, and we’re not gonna stop.”
Bailey mentioned that his team found “the key piece of evidence” that showed how individuals at the White House tried to pressure social media platforms to specifically muffle conservative voices on topics related to COVID-19, the Hunter Biden laptop story and the election interference of 2020.
Bailey explained that his team knows “for a fact” that the FBI’s frequent communications with Big Tech platforms leading up to the 2020 elections resulted in suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop story. He argued that the public deserved to hear this crucial piece of information to make well-informed decisions at the ballot box.
Landry rebuked the censorship collusion in a Jan. 23 New York Post op-ed. “As we dig deeper into discovery in our Big Tech censorship case — Missouri and Louisiana v. Biden — we uncover ever more truly appalling abuses of power that President Biden’s director of digital strategy, Rob Flaherty, admitted come from the highest (and I mean highest) levels of the White House,” Landry wrote.
Landry shared a screenshot on Twitter Jan. 6, 2022 illustrating how the White House pressured Facebook to censor Fox News host Tucker Carlson. The Big Tech platform also censored left-leaning COVID-19 vaccine critic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Facebook reported to the White House that while Kennedy’s post did not violate the platform’s rules, it encouraged “vaccine hesitancy.” Landry emphasized that “no one is safe when the first amendment is violated.”
“But Big Tech’s severe censorship is just the action that is taken to suppress information,” said MRC Free Speech America Director Michael Morris. “Its resulting harm, keeping information from the public — otherwise known as secondhand censorship — is the real problem.”
MRC Free Speech America recently released a study showing that Big Tech blocked information that harmed the public 275 million times in 2022. The only information users were left with was “leftist-approved propaganda,” according to Media Research Center President Brent Bozell. Original research from MRC Free Speech America’s CensorTrack.org database also provided influential evidence cited in the Missouri and Louisiana v. Biden lawsuit.
Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the CensorTrack contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.