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Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg meets with people outside a polling place where voters will cast their ballots in a primary election, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Between efforts to censor information critical of Buttigieg on social media and harass independent media outlets and their reporters at his rallies, it appears that a concerted effort is underway to control the narrative around the DNC primaries

After the scandal surrounding the recent Iowa Caucus, the 2020 presidential campaign of Pete Buttigieg claimed victory and benefited substantially from the contested outcome by surging in the polls ahead of the New Hampshire primary, which is set to take place on Wednesday.

Buttigieg’s victory lap and post-Iowa boost were largely regarded with scorn by supporters of other candidates for obvious reasons, including the fact that chaos of the Iowa caucus was largely caused by a software application with ties to Buttigieg’s campaign.

In the lead-up to the Democratic primary event in New Hampshire, several disturbing instances have emerged of paid Buttigieg staffers aggressively targeting independent media outlets and progressives while Buttigieg supporters — employed by Facebook as “fact-checkers” — directly censored others in independent media.

For instance, last Saturday at a Buttigieg rally at Keene State College, a paid Buttigieg staffer accosted Norman Solomon, executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and co-founder of Action for a Progressive Future, for handing out fliers entitled “Medicare for All. Not Healthcare Profiteering for the Few” that offered mild criticism of both Buttigieg’s and Joe Biden’s healthcare policies.

Solomon, who was outside the building where Buttigieg had spoken, was told by a paid Buttigieg staffer “You can’t pass that out,” referring to the leaflets. Then, when Solomon objected, Buttigieg’s staffer involved campus police officials who then threatened to arrest Solomon for trespassing on the public college’s campus and then handed Solomon a criminal trespass notice that required he not set foot on “Keene State College entire campus” for a year.

At a separate event the next day, a paid Buttigieg staffer was involved in a similar incident involving independent media outlet Status Coup, who were given press credentials to attend the event. The freelance cameraman working with Status Coup, Jamal Jones, was approached by a female Buttigieg staffer who physically ripped his press badge off of his jacket and told him “I don’t think you’re supposed to have credentials.” Jones, along with Status Coup’s Jordan Chariton, had received their credentials after signing in at a press desk for the event.

Status Coup also stated that they had been closely followed minutes before by another Buttigieg staffer while interviewing those waiting in line about why they are interested in his candidacy. Then, upon entering the venue, another staffer asked them if they had “snuck in” to the event. At the end of the event, a separate staffer apologized to Jones and Chariton. Status Coup contacted Buttigieg’s national press secretary for comment on the incidents and behavior of the campaign’s staffers and has yet to receive a response. Notably, Jordan Chariton stated that he had never experienced or witnessed such treatment of the press at rallies for Trump, Hillary Clinton or any other presidential candidate.

Beyond what occurred with Status Coup, Craig Jardula of the progressive talk show The Convo Couch was accosted and escorted out by security at a Buttigieg rally on February 9 after asking Buttigieg if he would consider pardoning Julian Assange. Recent events clearly suggest that this is becoming a pattern at Buttigieg rallies and will likely increase if other primaries and caucuses have outcomes similar to that of Iowa’s.

In addition to these troubling incidents at Buttigieg rallies, similar incidents have recently occurred on social media, particularly Facebook, where factual reporting by progressive media outlets critical of Buttigieg and his policies has been effectively censored. This separate but related trend is particularly disturbing given the public and close relationship between Pete Buttigieg and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, with Zuckerberg even advising and recommending staff hires to the Buttigieg presidential campaign.

In one particularly glaring instance, comedian and political commentator Jimmy Dore had one of his videos essentially censored by Facebook after it was flagged by an “independent fact-checker,” who turned out to be Ryan Cooper, an 18 year veteran of CNN and a Buttigieg supporter. Dore’s video contained factual, yet unflattering, information about Buttigieg and the manipulation of Iowa Caucus results.

After Dore posted about his experience, several progressives on social media provided screenshots that Cooper, among other Facebook “fact-checkers,” had flagged information critical of the Iowa Caucus process and its contested outcome as “misleading” or “false,” thereby greatly restricting its circulation on the social media platform.

Between the efforts to censor information critical of Buttigieg on social media and harass independent media outlets and their reporters at Buttigieg rallies, it appears clear that there is a concerted effort underway to control the narrative in regards to the DNC primaries and major efforts underway to stop the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, particularly as recent events strongly suggest that the chaos of the recent Iowa Caucus is doomed to repeat itself.

Whitney Webb is a MintPress News journalist based in Chile. She has contributed to several independent media outlets including Global Research, EcoWatch, the Ron Paul Institute and 21st Century Wire, among others. She has made several radio and television appearances and is the 2019 winner of the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism.

(Republished from MintPress News by permission of author or representative)
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  1. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:

    Your reporting, and your and Mr. Unz’s courage in having it published here, is appreciated. The campaign employees seem wound mighty tight, don’t they? What’s with the exclusion of non-US media? And were those chants of “USA, USA” in the background at the rally?

    The bullying documented in your article is newsworthy in and of itself, but I expect those who aren’t there to question authority acted like those told not to follow Mrs. Clinton when she collapsed into her van, as filmed by a “foreign” tourist. How do the “journalists” employed in Establishment media deal with their consciences?

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  2. KA says:

    American peasant working for Cheka .

  3. anonymous[167] • Disclaimer says:

    Looks like Buttigieg is a manufactured candidate who’ll have a magical rise in politics much like Obama glided his way up. Both are the beneficiaries of hidden sponsorship. He’s smart, he went to good schools, he’s hip, he gives good speeches, that’s the sort of thing that’ll be said about him. It’ll be interesting to see how they package this chameleon.

  4. Renoman says:

    Pete’s we we is covered in doo doo!

  5. Anon[116] • Disclaimer says:

    What do you expect?? He is the Deep State Trojan Horse Candidate. Just like the Fractional Black aka Obama. He is the Gay Queen, the Deviant and the Looser all rolled up into one. Time to realize that the Homosexuals hate Heterosexuals and that this is the basis for the rise of the Pond Scum. $hit floats is a truism more today than every.

    Quit using the Slaves as props acting like its some kind progressive future. It won’t make it.

  6. This reader dropped party affiliation in 2000 when CIA-rigged electoral theater purged unauthorized candidate Bradley, threatened unauthorized candidate Nader with arrest, and made Gore bend over for preemption of the popular vote to install CIA brat GW Bush. I’d long since stopped voting when CIA installed their BIC-groomed spy brat Barack Obama as a figurehead and coerced his compliance with a threat of revolt when he glibly promised to investigate CIA torture, as required by the supreme law of the land that he’s sworn to uphold (CAT Article 12.)

    2016 was amusing but you wouldn’t waste your time voting. CIA nomenklatura Hillary Clinton, the Queen of Mena, failed to stop the queue-jumping kleptocrat Donald Trump, who was only a small-time money launderer for the CIA agents who looted the Soviet Union. Meanwhile CIA frantically red-baited the Greens for prohibited exercise of their human right to international solidarity.

    Now CIA has a new hood ornament you have to vote for. Buttigeig. He’s a homo. Did “Pete” stuff the chemical light sticks up the innocent prisoners’ assholes at Abu Ghraib? CIA groomed Pete and vetted him and they’re controlling him just like Obama, and CIA goons are violently repressing unauthorized opposition, just like Hillary’s CIA ratfuckers did.

    CIA’s centrally-rigged fake elections flout the world’s democracy standard, ICCPR Article 25b. Fuck your fake elections. Until we nuke CIA with a neutron bomb and take our records home to read for shits and grins, there’s absolutely no point voting.

  7. Wally says:

    The Donner-cratic Party eats it’s own.

    A pleasure to witness.

  8. @anonymous

    “Journalists” are about “controlling the narrative”. That is what they do.

    Both the CIA and this bizarre “candidate” can’t reproduce so they must recruit.

  9. Nice to see that Buttkrieg, the CIA’s candidate, is already running his campaign as if it exists within the sort of police state he would doubtless institute, were the American people to be so devoid of common sense as to elect such a cretinous degenerate.

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