WATCH HERE: Ben Shapiro Testifies To Congress On Censorship (Updated Live)

Daily Wire Editor Emeritus Ben Shapiro is testifying to Congress on Wednesday for a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the alleged conspiracy to suppress conservative voices under the guise of “brand safety.”

A report was released by the committee early Wednesday morning outlining how member organizations of the Global Alliance for Responsible Media, or GARM, colluded to demonetize disfavored online content. The report also uncovers apparent political bias by those driving the effort, with the founder of GARM privately espousing “anti-democratic views of fundamental American freedoms,” including free speech.

Shapiro’s testimony will expose the political motivations behind this censorship, its impact on media freedom, and the failed attempts to silence outlets like The Daily Wire, Fox News, and Breitbart, as well as figures such as Elon Musk, Joe Rogan, and Donald Trump.

The hearing will be streamed in full below:

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) condemned GARM in his opening statement, saying that it has engaged in “coordinated actions that harm consumers by limiting the choices available to Americans.”

“They came together, agreed to limit advertising on certain platforms that millions of Americans choose to watch, read, or listen to,” Jordan added.

He also noted that they have a bias against conservative organizations like The Daily Wire. “These people do not like conservatives. Again, do not take my word for it, here’s what employees at Group M said to GARM’s leader about Fox News, The Daily Wire, and Breitbart News,” Jordan said before quoting individuals who said “they hated their ideology,” when discussing removing advertisements from conservative sites.

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D, NY), the ranking Democrat on the committee, defended GARM in his opening statement, saying it was necessary to keep “racist” content off the Internet, and suggested that The Daily Wire and similar sites are full of “hate speech” and “violent propaganda.”

Flanked by a pink-haired assistant, Nadler said it was a “conspiracy theory” that conservative content was being censored. He lauded the size of The Daily Wire’s audience and business success, arguing that there is no evidence it has been throttled.

“Imagine what he could do if GARM wasn’t targeting the Daily Wire,” Jordan said following Nadler’s remarks.

Shapiro’s testimony detailed how GARM colluded to demonetize conservative commentators and news organizations like The Daily Wire.

“There is in fact an informal pressure system created by Democratic legislators, this White House, legacy media, advertisers, and pseudo-objective brand safety organizations,” Shapiro asserted. “That system guarantees that advertising dollars flow only to left-wing media brands.”

Democrats took aim at Shapiro during questioning. Rep. Pramila Jayapal attacked Ben Shapiro over his views, accusing him of making “hateful” statements.

“One of our witnesses has repeatedly made hateful and derogatory comments about LGBTQ+ people in the past,” Jayapal said. “Mr. Shapiro has argued that transgender and gay Americans suffer from a psychological disorder or mental illness and has denigrated same-sex couples raising children. I and my fellow Americans consider this deeply offensive.”

Shapiro was not given a chance to respond.

In an exchange with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Shapiro argued that it’s the secrecy of the coordinated effort that he takes issue with.

“If they simply wish to levy a boycott against a right-wing source, they should simply say that’s what they’re doing,” Shapiro said. “Hiding behind fake standards in order to project objectivity is a major problem in transparency for the market.”

Jordan highlighted communications from a Global Brand Safety official with Group M, who in a discussion about conservative news outlets Breitbart and The Daily Wire, said: “As much as we hated their ideology and bullshit, we couldn’t really justify blocking them for misguided opinion.” His solution was closely monitoring the outlets until they slipped up.

Montgomery went on to say in the emails: “I don’t know The Daily Wire that well, but I imagine most of our clients wouldn’t want to be on either side of politically divisive content, so they probably block them anyway,” the emails provided by Jordan went on to read. “We should watch them carefully to make sure they don’t stoop below the GARM floor. If we block DW – why wouldn’t we blocking Fox News?”

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