By Shannon Knutsen
Gotnews.com Charles C. Johnson was suspended again from Twitter again for his reporting on Ebola.
This marks the second time that Johnson was suspended in just seven days. His previous suspension lasted half a day.
“Twitter has a problem with left-wing trolls who think it’s acceptable to use Twitter’s terms of service to silence dissent,” Johnson said.
“I’m not surprised. Gotnews.com was the first to report the name of the Ebola–Nina Pham–nurse by eleven hours,” Johnson noted. “Some left-wing trolls took umbrage at my having reported it and targeted me. It was another 11 hours before other outlets reported it.”
Johnson points out that the Daily Mail, the Dallas Morning News, and numerous other outlets published both Pham’s address and her name but only after Johnson reported it. “Apparently Twitter wants me to suck at reporting so that the other reporters can have a job.”
Johnson contends that the news media has been suppressing the news about ebola for politically correct reasons.
“One of the disgusting things during my reporting on Ebola is hearing from journalists across the country who are purposefully suppressing news about the outbreak,” he says. “This reminds me of when Matt Drudge would break the news that everyone knew was going on in DC with the Monica Lewinski scandal.
Johnson finds the double standard “kind of hilarious” and notes that Twitter didn’t suspend Spike Lee for racially targeting the wrong family during the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman altercation.
“The purpose of publishing the addresses of people infected with Ebola at Gotnews.com–and not on Twitter–has been to avoid those houses and to protect the public’s health,” Johnson says. “Only a moron would go to the houses to get Ebola.”
“Of course when my personal address is revealed or my phone number Twitter’s @support seems unable to block the accounts,” Johnson noted. “When people threaten to kill me or have Anonymous target me, nobody seems to mind much. Fortunately I’ve got the Second Amendment to protect myself if Twitter won’t follow the First Amendment or their own rules.”
“It’s probably that loser over at Little Green Footballs,” Johnson said. “The guy has been stalking me for months for having the same name. It’s sad that Twitter has joined the censorship campaign but unsurprising. I’ve been fighting censors since I edited the high school newspaper. I’ve never lost. I’ll win this fight, too.”
Johnson chalks it up to the cost of doing business. “I have a made a vow to my readers to continue to tell the stories that other journalists refuse to. I don’t intend to stop. Ever.”