I am reeling. Last night, as I have been doing for months, I did an episode of “my” internet show, “The World According to Ben Stein.” It’s a panel show lasting about an hour. The producer is my pal, Judah Friedman. None of us gets paid a dime. We talk about politics and economics and sometimes about internet dating (although I am happily married and don’t do internet dating). It’s a very small little enterprise, and we are all skeptical about everything.
Until last night you could watch it on YouTube and Rumble and many other sites. Last night we talked about (among many other things) the Covid vaccine mandate. We all talked whether or not the vaccines worked as well as they might have been hoped to work. We also talked about why so many people who have been vaccinated seem to have come down with Covid anyway.
But we all said that if our doctors approved, we would get Jab No. 3 as soon as it’s available.
And at the end, as always, I sang, “How Great Thou Art” or some other song. And then I made fresh salmon for my wife and my caregiver, a charming Filipino man with the interesting name of Leibniz Lopez.
Then, as always, I got in bed with my wife of some 53 years to watch old DVDs of Perry Mason. The phone rang. It was Judah Friedman to tell me that he had just been notified by “YouTube” that they would not be showing the “show” we did last night and further that we were banned from YouTube for a week.
Our crime? That we had questioned the Covid vaccine and gone against the prevailing wisdom of the experts on Covid in our area and nationally. That was enough to get us banned on YouTube for a week.
Now, observe what has happened. YouTube is such an immense communications entity that to be banned from it is to banned from national mass communication. Yes, it’s not part of the government, so the First Amendment does not strictly apply to it. BUT, it is so big that it approximates the government. And to be banned from it is to be banned from national debate on important issues.
The reasoning of YouTube — “THOU SHALT NOT QUESTION EXPERTS” — could easily be applied to issues of foreign policy or taxation or the national deficit. The reasoning of YouTube means the end of free speech. It means The End of America.
We’ll find some way to get back “on the air,” at least for a while. In the meantime, welcome to Biden/Big Tech Amerika. Sieg Heil!