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Marsha Blackburn: Playing Ball With Communist China?

 

By Marsha Blackburn

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – If you tune into China Central Television (CCTV), you’ll see forced prisoner confessions, government propaganda, and the NBA. That’s right, basketball. 

The NBA’s recent return to CCTV reveals the league’s continuing complacency about human rights abuses and raises tough questions for basketball fans and human rights activists alike. What did the NBA do to regain favor with China? Why would they want to support the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the first place? 

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn to Big Tech CEOs: Your Pattern of Picking Winners and Losers Online Has Lost You the Trust of the American People

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – At today’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) pushed Big Tech CEOs Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Sundar Pichai of Google to provide more transparency to their content moderation practices.

“There is a pattern of subjective manipulation of the information that is available to people from your platforms. What has driven additional attention to this is the fact that more of a family’s functional life is now being conducted online. Because of this, more people are realizing that you are picking winners and losers,” said Senator Blackburn at the hearing.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Silicon Valley’s Censorship Party is Over

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – The era of self-regulation in Silicon Valley is over. We will not allow Big Tech to get away with anticompetitive conduct or to bully competitors and consumers into silence. This week, Google threatened to choke off ad revenue to conservative news site The Federalist over their failure to police third party comments.

Meanwhile, Google does not adequately police comments on YouTube, one of its parent company’s own platforms. The U.S. Department of Justice unveiled a proposal to reduce the liability protections Big Tech hides behind when bullying competitors or suppressing free speech. 

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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U.S. Senate Passes Marsha Blackburn, John Kennedy Bill to Protect Free Speech on American College Campuses

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Today, Wednesday, June 10th, 2020, the Senate passed the Concerns Over Nations Funding University Campus Institutes in the United States (CONFUCIUS) Act by unanimous consent. The legislation address concerns about Confucius Institutes suppressing free speech on American college campuses. It is sponsored by Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

“The Chinese Communist Party has used deceptive tactics to infiltrate our U.S. university campuses and K-12 classrooms,” said Senator Blackburn. “Those studying Chinese culture and language at Confucius Institutes should be alarmed to learn that these facilities are a part of the Communist Party propaganda.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Policy.  Free speech is the bedrock of American democracy.  Our Founding Fathers protected this sacred right with the First Amendment to the Constitution.  The freedom to express and debate ideas is the foundation for all of our rights as a free people.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump

U.S. President Donald J. Trump

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Marsha Blackburn, Colleagues Urge Pompeo & Craft to Address China’s Crackdown of Free Speech

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Today, Monday, April 13th, 2020, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Representative to the United Nations Kelly Craft to address the crackdown of free speech in China and in countries across four continents, including Turkey, Bangladesh, Niger and Cambodia, in the midst of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

“The Chinese Communist Party is using this public health emergency as a thin veil to cover a crackdown on peaceful dissent and freedom of speech,” wrote the Senators.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Breaking Barriers for Conservative Women

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – It was a historic week in the Senate for reasons that had nothing to do with the impeachment inquiry.

On Wednesday, I became the first Republican woman ever to chair a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Thank you, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), for asking me to take the lead as the Committee considered four judicial nominees, including Stephen Vaden of West Tennessee. 

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn, Colleagues Work to Defend Freedom of Expression in Hong Kong

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) Thursday, October 24th, 2019, led the introduction of new, bipartisan legislation that would ban the U.S. export of crowd control equipment to the Hong Kong Police Force.

The legislation follows documented reports by human rights groups that U.S.-made police equipment has been used by Hong Kong police to violate the human rights of peaceful protesters during Hong Kong’s ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Senator Marsha Blackburn Introduces Campus Free Speech Resolution in the Senate

 

Senator Marsha Blackburn: First Amendment is in Danger on College Campuses

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Wednesday, June 5th, 2019, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke on the Senate floor about her newly introduced resolution to encourage free speech and inclusive debate on college campuses.

“On the eve of National Higher Education day, I am introducing the Campus Free Speech Resolution of 2019. It’s a first step in restoring sanity to free speech for American college students,” said Senator Blackburn. “It recognizes that universities should protect the free and open exchange of ideas and that freedom of speech is worth protecting in a world increasingly hostile to democracy.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Letterpress to tweet — let freedom ring

 
Social Media

Social Media

Social media and electronic communication have not changed my views on freedom of information, free speech and open communication. The principles are unchanged from Ben Franklin hand set type to iPhone tweets.

I came of age in the early 1970s. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were champions. Rolling Stone first caught my attention with a caricature of my home-state senator who wanted to be president riding on a merry-go-round. I might on occasion have worn a peace symbol with my dog tags beneath my solid green fatigues. «Read the rest of this article»

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