[Ed. – For the past couple of years the liberal media have been protecting and celebrating the left-wing activists who succeed in shutting down conservative free speech. They’re OK with censorship as long as a mob does it. – Joel Pollak]
To many casual news consumers, the purge seems sudden. Jones has been peddling mean-spirited hoaxes for years. …
The timing isn’t random. In recent weeks, a group of progressive activists has dialed up efforts to pressure these distribution platforms to drop Infowars. That pressure, which comes at a time when court proceedings against Jones have finally begun in earnest, created the momentum that led to this decision. This has been mentioned in passing in much of the coverage, but these folks deserve much more credit and recognition for the work they’ve been doing in trying to fight right-wing disinformation campaigns.
Salon spoke recently with Jared Holt, a researcher from Right Wing Watch, a project of People for the American Way. Holt’s work has been instrumental in getting social media and other internet platforms to give Infowars the boot. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.