Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), claims to be the authentic voice of America’s Muslims. In reality, she only wants to talk to Muslims who agree with her. When an Iraqi-born journalist asked for an interview, Omar clammed up — Twitter stepped in to help her ignore the challenge in the worst way possible.
Dalia Al-Aquidi should be exactly the sort of journalist Ilhan Omar wants to talk to. She’s a refugee from Iraq who fled from Saddam Hussein’s reign. She’s a career reporter who’s worked the White House circuit and covered the liberation of her country of birth in 2003. The Chicago Tribune praised her as the best reporter nobody in America has ever seen.
But, for some reason, Omar doesn’t want to give her an interview. Her backers in politics and social media are doing their best to shut Al-Aquidi down.
- According to Al-Aquidi, “I dared her to give me a 30-minute, 1-on-1 interview. I believe we have things in common we can discuss — we’re both immigrants, women, and Muslims.”
- Omar seems strangely reluctant to talk to the US media, though. As Al-Aquidi pointed out, the loudmouth congresswoman is happy enough to give interviews to Al Jazeera, the Qatari network notorious for its pro-Islamist reporting, but rarely says more than a few words to American reporters.
- It seems Omar and her backers didn’t appreciate the challenge. Less than two hours after asking Omar to talk to her, Al-Aquidi noticed that the Council on American-Islamic Relations had started following her Twitter account. CAIR is a vocal supporter of Omar — they also have links to the extremist Muslim Brotherhood.
- It didn’t take long for her to realize that the social network had decided to bury her presence — she’d been “shadow-banned.” Al-Aquidi never heard a word from Twitter about violating its terms of service.
- Shadow-banning is an Orwellian method of censorship Twitter uses to suppress users it doesn’t agree with, even if they haven’t done anything wrong. If you’re shadow-banned, you can post tweets normally, but your tweets — and you — won’t appear in searches. Basically, you’re shouting into the void.
- The worst thing about shadow-banning is that Twitter doesn’t inform you of the ban even or what you’ve done to deserve it. It’s an extremely powerful tool for censoring anyone the Left doesn’t agree with. That seems to include anyone who doesn’t love Ilhan Omar.
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