Publisher Sues Elizabeth Warren For Attempts At Censoring Covid-19 Book

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This case offers the best chance to remind our elected leaders that they cannot issue veiled threats to punish those offering a platform for protected speech.

Last week, the White House’s efforts to promote private censorship of speech continued with Press Secretary Jen Psaki urging Spotify to do more to respond to podcast host Joe Rogan’s Covid-19 “misinformation.” After calling Spotify’s decision to add a new warning label to his Covid-19 episodes “a positive step,” Psaki stressed “there’s more that can be done,” a not-so-subtle call to censor Rogan and other speech that conflicts with the government’s messages.

Since Covid escaped China more than two years ago, governmental officials’ widespread encouragement of silencing speech they disagree with reached levels never before seen in the history of our republic. While the exponential growth in government officials cheering censorship is disconcerting—and dangerous—it is generally not unconstitutional.

But in a little-noticed case percolating in a federal court on the west coast against Sen. Elizabeth Warren, we see the exception: a violation of the First Amendment by a sitting U.S. senator. That caseKennedy v. Warren, offers the best chance for courts to check government officials and remind our elected leaders that they cannot issue veiled threats to punish those offering a platform for protected speech.

Yet that is precisely what the Massachusetts senator did to squelch the success of a book entitled “The Truth About COVID-19: Exposing The Great Reset, Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports, and the New Normal,” published by Chelsea Green on May 16, 2021. A best seller according to both the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, the book, authored by Dr. Joseph Mercola and Ronald Cummins, condemned government Covid policies such as lockdowns and vaccine mandates. The book also presented facts conflicting with many claims made by our government, citing scientific studies and credible new sources in support of the various assertions.

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