According to a memo made public by Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry of Louisiana, the White House pressured Facebook to restrict Fox News personality Tucker Carlson for saying "vaccines" "don't work."
“Since we’ve been on the phone – the top post about vaccines today is [T]ucker Carlson saying they don’t work," White House Director of Digital Strategy Rob Flaherty reportedly said in an April 14, 2021 email to an unidentified Facebook employee, according to The Daily Caller.
"Yesterday it was Tomi Lehren [sic] saying she won’t take one,” Flaherty indicated in a post on Twitter by Landry.
On May 5, Landry and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration in federal court, alleging that officials therein conspired with social media firms to stifle discussion of the 2020 election, the COVID-19 epidemic, and other topics.
In July, the court issued an order requiring the Biden administration to give up correspondence with tech firms.
“This is exactly why I want to know what ‘Reduction’ actually looks like – if ‘reduction’ means ‘pumping our most vaccine hesitant audience with [T]ucker Carlson saying it doesn’t work’ then… I’m not sure it’s reduction!” Flaherty continued in the document released by Landry.
According to the document published by Landry, the unnamed Facebook employee allegedly replied by telling Flaherty that they were "running this down now."
In his post, Landry omitted to mention how the material was acquired. A request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation was not immediately answered by Facebook, Carlson, or the White House.
Lousiana Attorney General Jeff Laundry put out a press release discussing the email evidence which indicates the White House urging Facebook to remove Tucker Carlson, according to startling records made public by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.
Email exchanges between the government and the social media site reveal that Facebook kept the 50% downgrade of a prominent television host's viral video even though no "fact checking" had taken place, according to email sequences between the two parties.
“Government censorship is bipartisan; if they don't like you, they will censor you – regardless of your political affiliation,” warned Attorney General Landry. “No one is safe when the First Amendment is violated.”
Today’s revelation is part of the latest court-ordered discovery documents released in the landmark lawsuit filed by the attorneys general of Louisiana and Missouri alleging top-ranking Biden officials colluding with social media giants to suppress free speech.
“Throughout our case, we have uncovered disturbing collusion between Big Tech and Big Government,” added Attorney General Landry.
“Today’s reveal is yet another example of the ongoing coercive efforts by the White House to pressure social media companies into censoring American citizens.”