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From the left: Why Liberals Love Censorship

“Rather than look inward” for why their message is failing and “political extremism is on the rise,” Democrats have opted for censorship and blacklisting, writes Matt Taibbi at his TK News site, summing up a recent Thomas Frank article that infuriated the left. Frank tells Taibbi, “The right-wing noise machine” has been “cranking for a long time. Liberals are saying, ‘Let’s make it stop’ ” — abandoning the left’s long commitment to free speech. Why? Frank warns that the “affluent, white-collar professionals who are liberal on social issues” and now dominate the party don’t want to build a coalition with the working class. They ­embrace “the idolatry of experts, rather than of the people”; they’re now “the party of experts shushing the world.”

Pandemic journal: Only the Media Believe China

Everybody “except large and important sections of the US media” knows that the World Health Organization “is heavily influenced by China, and China is not a reliable source” for virus information, sighs Stephen L. Miller at Spectator USA. ­According to Beijing, COVID-19 was “the West’s fault,” and “any acknowledgment of China’s role in kickstarting this global pandemic is hateful.” The US media and Beijing falsely argue that criticism of China is racist. In fact, the WHO report ruling out a Wuhan Institute lab accident “stinks,” and the media’s willingness to accept that storyline suggests that “with millions invested” in the Chinese media market, they don’t want to “jeopardize their bottom lines.” We need that “proper independent investigation” that President Biden promised but “seems to have forgotten all about.”

Foreign desk: The Next Suez-Canal Threat

“The world breathed a collective sigh of relief” when “the Ever Given, a colossal container ship, was freed from the Suez Canal” after blocking traffic for almost a week, costing $10 billion a day, report Victoria Coates and Robert Greenway at Bloomberg Opinion. “Traffic regulation” in “one of the world’s busiest shipping corridors” is “hopelessly antiquated.” The Pentagon “has offered to help,” but “that assistance should include ­addressing” the “greatest Suez vulnerability”: “terrorist and cyber ­attacks.” A “multinational coalition” established the International Maritime Security Construct in 2019 “to defend against Iranian piracy and terrorism” and “maintain freedom of navigation” in “the strategic straits of the Middle East.” Let’s add the Suez Canal Zone to its scope to protect not just shipping, but “the equally vital undersea communications cables” there.

Georgia governor: Lies About Our Voting Law

At FoxNews.com, Gov. Brian Kemp (R-Ga.) defends his state’s new voting law and accuses “Democrats and the mainstream media” of “spreading lies and misinformation” about it. Partisans, ­including President Biden, “have falsely labeled Georgia’s new voting law as ‘Jim Crow 2.0.’ ” Yet SB 2020 actually “makes it easy to vote by ­expanding access to the polls.” Critics spread fear about it to raise money, ignoring the fact that Biden’s home state of Delaware has no early-voting options at all. They hope to “intimidate and threaten you so they can ram an unconstitutional power-grab through Congress” — HR 1, which would put “the federal government in charge of elections across the country, encourage ballot harvesting, ban voter-ID requirements and stop states from keeping their voter rolls clean.”

Conservative: Joe’s Bait-and-Switch Marketing

“Joe Biden was elected as a moderate-left Democrat,” pledging to “work across party lines,” recalls Charles Lipson at RealClearPolitics. But Americans “got a very different president,” as Biden tries to enact the “most ­expensive progressive agenda in American history” without GOP votes. His promise of “bipartisanship” turned out to be “a cynical sleight-of-hand.” To “go big, progressive and unilateral,” he will “smash long-standing rules” and forge ahead without Republicans — before the Democrats lose control of the Senate in two years. It will be a race to pass Dems’ “all-you-can-eat menu” while disregarding his campaign vows. “Biden’s deception is based on the oldest marketing technique in the book: bait and switch.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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