Letter in Protest of House Rules Change for Censorship

Written to Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, 3rd District Tennessee

Dr. Mr. Fleischmann:

I am writing you today to ask you to vote against the proposed change to the House of Representatives rules that will fine members for posting live video/photos from the House floor. This is in response to the June 2016 sit in conducted by Democrats when they attempted to force a vote on gun violence legislation which Speaker Ryan denied.

‘…After Democrats seized the floor and refused to yield, Republicans shut down the chamber. C-SPAN had been airing the demonstration, but its cameras, which are controlled by the House majority, were turned off when the House shut down. The network then picked up a cellphone live-stream from one of the lawmakers protesting.From politico.com.

As an American and one of your constituents, I have grave concerns about this action. The members that participated in the ‘sit-in’ only began livestreaming when the C-SPAN feed was cut off. When the stream was stopped, Americans were denied the opportunity to see Congress in action – which includes the good, the bad and the ugly.

We have the right to see our representatives at work, and any attempt at censorship should be met with the most stringent resistance.

The excuse of ‘changes “will help ensure that order and decorum are preserved in the House”’ is specious at best. The House majority gave up any claim to that argument when the GOP accepted Donald Trump as its nominee for President of the United States.

Thank you and I will be watching how you vote on this issue.

Advertisers Contacted Stop Supporting Fake News

12/14/16 – contacted via twitter

Fitbit

12/13/16 – contacted via twitter

Bestbuy

ADT

Please remove your advertising from the fake news site Genesis Communications. It promoted the Sandy Hook as a hoax

 

Hostgator

Geico

Quaker

Hulu

Toyota

Shutterfly

Citicards

ATT

ADT (have no idea how to contact them)

Here is the letter:

I am one of your customers and I am working to eliminate as much fake news as possible from my life. I was looking at one website – Genesis Communications, which is the home of Alex Jones’ hatemongering “Infowars” program and I saw your advertisement right next to some of his hate speech. Do you really want your brand tarnished in this manner?

A War on Fake News – Cut off the Supply Lines

I am tired of fake news. I am tired of how fake news had such a huge impact on the election, I am tired of it clogging up my social media feeds, I am tired of people using it to make arguments about what is ‘really’ happening in the world.

People who are producing fake news are making as much as $60,000 a month on lies and propaganda. How? They are raking in money from Google Adsense and other similar pay per click advertising services: (See http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/fake-news-how-partying-macedonian-teen-earns-thousands-publishing-lies-n692451)

So – I have started my own little war. The first thing I am doing is reporting every ‘click-baitey’ site I see on Facebook. The second thing I am doing is blocking people who spread fake news (whether from the right OR the left) The third thing I am doing is writing advertisers on various fake news sites (which so far have included Toyota, Shutterfly, Quaker and Hulu in the past 15 minutes). I am reporting seeing their ads on the site(s) and asking them if they are aware how their brand is being tarnished by such associations. Companies who go with a service like Adsense don’t necessarily know where their ads are going to end up, HOWEVER, they can eliminate their advertising from these sites.

My letter goes like this – usually sent through the contact email address for feedback.

I am one of your customers and I am working to eliminate as much fake news as possible from my life. I was looking at one website – Genesis Communications, which is the home of Alex Jones’ hatemongering “Infowars” program and I saw your advertisement right next to some of his hate speech. Do you really want your brand tarnished in this manner?

Alex Jones (Infowars host who made the claim that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax) reportedly makes $1.5 million a year peddling hate and propaganda. I think his funding should be cut off and the man should have to start working for a living like the rest of us.

To find who is supporting these sites, you generally have to look at the bottom of the page.

If enough of us speak up, we will be able to starve out the liars.

Guidelines on how to weed out fake news sites.

http://www.npr.org/2016/12/11/505154631/a-finders-guide-to-facts