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Robert F Kennedy Reveals Lawsuit Against Mockingbird Media’s “Trusted News Initiative” Cartel That Sought To Suppress Free Speech On Social Media (Video)

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Published on: January 11, 2023

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the founder of Children’s Health Defense Organization and the nephew of assassinated President John F. Kennedy and son of assassinated presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, spoke openly about his organization’s lawsuit against the criminal Mockingbird media cartel’s “Trusted News Initiative” and their attempts to censor those that disagreed with their official narrative concerning the federal government’s unlawful policies, especially concerning the CONvid-1984 and the deadly, experimental shots.

CHD reported on the lawsuit:

The lawsuit targets the Trusted News Initiative (TNI), a self-described “industry partnership” launched in March 2020 by several of the world’s largest news organizations, including the BBC, The Associated Press (AP), Reuters and The Washington Post — all of which are named as defendants in the lawsuit.

Filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas-Amarillo Division, the lawsuit alleges these outlets partnered with several Big Tech firms to “collectively censor online news,” including stories about COVID-19 and the 2020 U.S. presidential election that were not aligned with official narratives regarding those issues.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include CHD, Kennedy, Creative Destruction Media, Trial Site News, Ty and Charlene Bollinger (founders of The Truth About Cancer and The Truth About Vaccines), independent journalist Ben Swann, Erin Elizabeth Finn (publisher of Health Nut News), Jim Hoft (founder of The Gateway Pundit), Dr. Joseph Mercola and Ben Tapper, a chiropractor.

Appearing on Tucker Carlson, Kennedy was told by Carlson, “The initiative has censored an awful lot of people, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Whom history will vindicate completely.”

According to TNI’s own initiative, their mission is to stop “the title wave of unchecked reporting that’s being piped through mainly digital platforms.”  In other words, if your documentation, videos, tests, audio or anything else demonstrates that they are liars, it’s “unchecked reporting” and needs to be called out.

“You and I know that from the ‘Twitter Files’ that…  The White House and other government agencies were colluding with social media sites and with other news organizations to censor criticism of government policies,” Kennedy said.

He continued, “This is something different. The Trusted News Initiative was a secretive cartel that involved the big legacy media companies that you mentioned,  The Associated Press, Reuters, the Washington Post,  the BBC, and also the social media platforms Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Twitter…”

“…I think probably the more motivating purpose of the cartel was revealed in one of the memos that we have obtained from the BBC, which is to destroy their rivals in the independent media,” Kennedy added.  “The BBC memo says to the other groups, and it was BBC which is a – British government owned news network, and it was the one that orchestrated this secret collaboration, an anticompetitive collaboration. And what they said is, although we are ostensibly all rivals and competitors with each other, the existential threat to all of our business models comes from thousands of independent news sites who are now not only providing all this content that people are reading, but they’re also diminishing trust in our organizations.  And, the way that we can destroy them, they called ‘stamp them out and choke them.’”

Michael Nevradakis, Ph.D. pointed out:

The lawsuit’s executive summary states:

“The TNI exists to, in its own words, ‘choke off’ and ‘stamp out’ online news reporting that the TNI or any of its members peremptorily deems ‘misinformation.’

“TNI members have targeted and suppressed completely accurate online reporting by non-mainstream news publishers concerning both COVID-19 (on matters including treatments, immunity, lab leak, vax injury, and lockdowns/mandates) and U.S. elections (such as the Hunter Biden laptop story).”

The lawsuit also alleges:

“By their own admission, members of the [TNI] have agreed to work together, and have in fact worked together, to exclude from the world’s dominant Internet platforms rival news publishers who engage in reporting that challenges and competes with TNI members’ reporting on certain issues relating to COVID-19 and U.S. politics.

“While the ‘Trusted News Initiative’ publicly purports to be a self-appointed ‘truth police’ extirpating online ‘misinformation,’ in fact it has suppressed wholly accurate and legitimate reporting in furtherance of the economic self-interest of its members.”

He went on to report:

All of the plaintiffs allege they were censored, banned, de-platformed, shadow banned or otherwise penalized by the Big Tech firms partnering with the TNI, because the views and content they published were deemed “misinformation” or “disinformation.” This resulted in a major loss of visibility and revenue for the plaintiffs.

The lawsuit further alleges that Big Tech firms, having partnered with the TNI, based their decisions on determinations jointly made by TNI, which touted its “early warning system” by which each partner organization is “warned” about an individual or outlet that is disseminating purported “misinformation.” 

The TNI’s legacy media and Big Tech firms then acted in concert — described in legal terms as a “group boycott” — to remove such voices and perspectives from their platforms. This forms the basis of the lawsuit’s antitrust and First Amendment claims.

Remarking on the lawsuit, Kennedy told The Defender:

My uncle, President Kennedy, and my father, the attorney general, sought to prosecute antitrust laws that are still on the nation’s books, with vigor.

“As private enforcers of those laws, we are confident that the federal court in Texas will vindicate our bedrock freedom to compete with legacy media in the marketplace of ideas.”

Mary Holland, CHD president and general counsel, told The Defender:

“I’m glad that CHD is bringing this case. We are hopeful we will get a fair hearing, and I’m glad that we are together with other organizations that have also been harmed by these corporate and governmental censorship policies. 

“To have a free society, you have to have free speech, you have to have a diversity of views. We don’t have the same views as all of the other plaintiffs by far … but we want to protect the marketplace of ideas. 

“If in fact the government and the corporations they collaborate with can engage in censorship and propaganda nonstop, and there are no alternative voices, democracy is dead.”

Charlene Bollinger similarly remarked on the importance of preserving free speech. She said:

“This lawsuit is about preserving our free speech rights as Americans and holding those involved in violating antitrust laws accountable, like the TNI.

“My husband and I remain steadfast in our commitment to highlighting the well-documented risks of COVID-19 vaccines and the myriad of dangers to those who are not informed by their healthcare providers of the side effects of harsh pharmaceutical treatments for life-threatening illnesses.”

Mercola, in turn, focused on collusion between government agencies and media and Big Tech. He said:

“These are the twin evils of our day. Platforms partner with the alphabet soup of federal agencies to censor speech. Those same platforms and legacy media outlets conspire to boycott stories that don’t fit an official narrative about COVID and many other topics. 

“Our nation’s founding fathers would be appalled and resolute in defense of maintaining an informed citizenry.” 

Alleging per se and “rule of reason” violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act on the basis of direct and circumstantial evidence of horizontal agreement and economic collusion among the defendants and Big Tech firms, the plaintiffs are requesting a jury trial and treble damages

They also are requesting orders declaring the defendants’ conduct unlawful and enjoining further such actions on their part.

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