Mark Steyn YouTube has removed Caroline Glick’s pro-Israel parody song «We Con The World».
PayPal is threatening to deny its services to Pamela Geller.
Kathy Shaidle makes an important point:
Those who trumpet the advent of YouTube, Google etc as tools that have «permanently changed the media landscape» and will make it easier for right thinking people to get their messages past the legacy media blockade, take note:
These sites are all just tools, privately owned by individuals with fears, weaknesses and a perfectly commendable desire to make money.
These tools belong to people who are not like us and don’t like us in many ways; we must develop our own independent YouTubes and Googles to ensure that developments like these will have minimal impact in the future.
There will be a lot more of this. YouTube et al have «permanently changed the media landscape» if you have a band without a record deal or an amusing video ready to go viral, but they have no commitment to anything more challenging than that. In the realm of ideas, they shy away from anything more contentious than vapid boosterism for conventional wisdom on «climate change», etc.
If I understand Caroline correctly, someone in the Warner-Chappell legal department thinks «We Con The World» infringes their copyright. I’ve dealt with Warner-Chappell innumerable times over the years and I cannot believe any of their lawyers seriously believes that. Rather, somebody has decided they don’t want any trouble. And, instead of pointing out that Warner-Chappell’s complaint has no merit, YouTube (an enterprise founded on widespread copyright violation) has gone along with it. Because they also don’t want any trouble – of a certain kind.
They don’t want to deal with belligerent Muslim lobby groups and similar sorts, and they will inevitably find it easier just to cave to them. Their technological iconoclasm is, alas, all too often accompanied by soft-left squishiness on broader philosophical points such as freedom of expression. I long ago lost count of the number of places, from Toronto Airport to Marriott hotels, that have SteynOnline blocked as a «hate» site. Oddly enough, jihadist networks calling for death and destruction of western civilization, including the crappy Marriott round the back of the airport, never seem to fall into the «hate» category.