A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“On the impeachment, it’s really a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics. It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous. This impeachment is causing tremendous anger, and you’re doing it and it’s really a terrible thing that they’re doing. For Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to continue on this path, I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country and it’s causing tremendous anger.”
“They’ve analyzed my speech and my words and my final paragraph, my final sentence, and everybody to a T thought it was totally appropriate. We want absolutely no violence. I want no violence.”
“Why did Big Tech, the media, the publishing industry, a host of corporations and a growing number of campuses double down on censoring some free speech? Why now blacklist, censor and cancel thousands of people? True, Trump gave them an opening when some rogue supporters vandalized the Capitol. But the real reason is that the left has long been eager to curtail the speech of those it opposes. Last week simply offered members of the left the sort of perfect crisis that they determined should never go to waste.”
Victor Davis Hanson
“So far, the focus has been on repealing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects the tech giants from being sued for what they post, based on the fiction that they are merely unbiased platforms. Republicans want their liability removed, but that may incentivize them to limit content even more, just as many Democrats want. The better approach is to treat these tech platforms as public utilities, just like water, electric, phone and gas companies, and regulate them as utilities. They’re monopolies, and they provide essential services to a dependent public. Public utilities cannot withhold services from some customers based on their political views.”
“The ayatollah can tweet. The president can’t. Democrats can object on January 6, 2017, but Republicans aren’t allowed to object on January 6, 2021. Democrats say antifa is a myth. Republicans condemn all violence, all the time. The double standard has to stop.”
Rep. Jim Jordan
“What if Big Tech was censoring black speech instead of conservative speech? And what if Parler was primarily an African-American social networking site being targeted for shutdown by Twitter, Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon?
“We know exactly what would happen. There would be cataclysmic outrage across the board, and justifiably so. The bigger question is, why isn’t there cataclysmic outrage right now over what is happening to conservative speech? If these monopolies can effectively censor a massive group of 75 million people, they can surely come after your group next. Wake up, America.”
George Mullen authored “The Coming Financial Tsunami” (2005) and “Welcome to the Bubble Economy” (2006) which accurately predicted the 2007-08 global economic crash
“Banning offensive speech encourages radicals in their extremism. We no longer talk to each other. Too many read and listen only to what supports their point of view and demeans people who believe differently. This is unhealthy for a free society.”
“We understand the desire to permanently suspend [Trump] now, but it should concern everyone when companies like Facebook and Twitter wield the unchecked power to remove people from platforms that have become indispensable for the speech of billions — especially when political realities make those decisions easier.”
ACLU senior legislative counsel Kate Ruane
“If you voted for Trump, you voted for the person who the Klan supported. You voted for the person who Nazis support. You voted for the person who the alt-right supports. You voted for the person who incited a crowd to go into the Capitol and potentially take the lives of lawmakers.”
CNN’s Don Lemon
“Telling 75 million Americans they’re on the same side as the Klan may get the left nodding, but further alienates 75 million Americans at a pretty critical time in American history. The media is sowing more division.”
“Unfortunately, too many American educational institutions — from elementary schools to universities — have become indoctrination centers. The riots that swept across the country last year are fruits of that indoctrination and the utter disregard for other people’s rights that accompanied those riots. At the heart of that indoctrination is a sense of grievance and victimhood when others have better outcomes — which are automatically called ‘privileges’ and never called ‘achievements,’ regardless of what the actual facts are.”
“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo, now that the election is over
“Our priority will be black-, latino-, Asian-, and Native American-owned small businesses, women-owned businesses, and finally having equal access to resources needed to reopen and rebuild.”
“Why not hard-hit, struggling business owners who need assistance, without regard to the color of their skin, gender or ethnic heritage?”
“For those of us not in positions of power, the vast majority of Americans, we have to decide if we have a country worth saving. If we do, then we all have to change our behavior. There are practical things each of us can do. I’ve already started, and it’s working for me. Maybe this plan can work for others.
“No. 1: Turn off the TV.
“No. 2: Read news from a variety of sources.
“No. 3: Speak with more people outside your political bubble.”
Neil Patel co-founded The Daily Caller (www.dailycaller.com), one of America’s fastest growing online news outlets
“All I hear all the time is because of COVID, we have to not travel and not get into big crowds. So, why are we having this Inauguration? Why not just junk the whole thing? Why are we going outside? I mean, all I hear all the time is because of COVID, we have to not travel and not get into big crowds. So, why are we having this Inauguration? Why can’t he just go in a room — all you need is a room, the wife, a judge, a balloon, a copy of the old book of Jewish fairy tales to put your hand on, and you’re done.”
HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher
“It’s highly offensive and frankly bigoted that they’re calling it impeachment instead of impeachwoment.”
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The riot at the Capitol was all Trump
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Didn’t they know there was a curfew?