In July of last year, we published an article entitled, “YouTube Censorship Really Hits Home.” In that article, we told of our discovery that some of our song parodies had been taken down from YouTube. I had collaborated first with the Cheverly Brothers to set four political parodies of Everly Brothers’ songs to music and then with Gary King, the video maker for Jim Fetzer, to make them into videos. Those videos turned out to be collateral damage in the taking down of Fetzer’s video channel by YouTube.
Something good came out of the experience, though. Fetzer, as described in the article, had turned to the independent video platform, 153News, to carry his video channel. King had used his own software to produce his Cheverly Brothers videos, so it was a relatively easy matter for him to put them up at 153News. If you want to find those videos at 153 News now, just go to the bottom of the pages, respectively, for Drones, You Won’t Fool Me, Bibi’s Clowns, and Devoted to Truth at my DCDave web site. The hyperlinks that used to take you to YouTube now take you to 153News.
It was a close call, and I have to admit that I felt some degree of distress that the effort that had gone into making those videos could have turned out to be all for naught. Then I began to think of the potential danger faced by the videos that I had done with other collaborators. Should the new standard announced by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg be adopted by YouTube, a number of them might at any time be deemed too “dangerous” for the tender eyes and ears of the viewing public, and they, too, could fall to the censor’s axe. In the case of those videos, I had no confidence that there were saved copies that could simply be transferred to 153News after the YouTube axe had fallen. It occurred to me that I had better hasten to get all of them up on 153News as well as a precaution, which is what I did, with the generous assistance of Jason Boss at 153News.
Those other videos can now be found on the DC Dave channel of 153News. That page, unfortunately, only displays six of the 17 videos when you first call it up. If you want access to all 17, you must click on “Videos” in the menu across the top, between “Home” and “Playlists.”
Just recently, my fears for the fate of several of those videos have come close to being realized. Eleven of them were made by a fellow Southerner who advertises himself as a “redneck” and uses the screen name of “Buelahman.” About a month ago, WordPress, which had hosted his web site, beat YouTube to the punch and unceremoniously, without warning or any sort of adequate explanation, took down his colorful and informative web site. Go to Buelahman’s Twitter page and click on the buelahman.wordpress.com supposed link that you find there and see what you get.
It was a continuation of a WordPress political purge that I first became aware of when they wiped out the equally provocative and informative web site of Scott Creighton, known as American Everyman. Now if you want to see the great illustrations and read the comments on the articles of mine that had been posted on Buelahman.com, where they had been posted for a number of years up until we parted company a couple of years ago, you’ll have to use the hit-or-miss method of the Internet archive known as the Wayback Machine.
For the time being, though, Buelahman’s excellent video channel is still up on YouTube. The videos might be up there, but that is not to say that they are completely uncensored. One will discover in the first place that they are hard to find, sometimes even if you know the exact title. The best example I found of that sort of censorship was “A Song for 9/11.” I couldn’t find it even when I put the title in along with the name of the channel, “Abuse Productions.” I could locate it only by going to the Abuse Productions channel and scrolling laboriously down until it eventually came up.
This is not the most egregious form of censorship that YouTube employs, though. Now that we have 153News with which to compare it, what we had long suspected is now obvious. YouTube clearly lies about the number of views that “unapproved” political videos such as these receive.
As video platforms go, tiny, obscure, shoestring 153News probably compares to YouTube like the population of the smallest county in the United States compares to that of the entire country. Considering YouTube’s near monopoly on videos and the virtual obscurity of 153News, one would expect that any video of mine that is up on YouTube would receive many times the views that it would receive on 153News. Furthermore, each time I had a video of my work posted on YouTube, I sent it to Rense.com, where it appeared as my weekly submission to that very popular site. I have a column there, and regular visitors to that site know where to find it. For a period of a few days, my submissions also appear on Rense’s time-sensitive center column. When I later put each video up on 153News, Rensedidn’t put it up again, since the YouTube version was still up. Consider as well, the fact that the videos have all been up at YouTube for a much longer time than they have been up on 153News.
So, let’s see how the announced viewership compares:
|Carl Sandburg Updated||60||101||10||7,117|
|Crazy Uncle Michael||61||295||10||7,003|
|We’re the USA||61||447||10||7,068|
|A Song for 9/11||59||578||10||7,062|
|The Federal Security Scam||51||682||9||6,772|
|Putin Never Quits||55||854||9||6,875|
|Presstitutes: A Literary Toast||57||988||5||5,358|
|When the Roll Is Called by AIPAC||61||990||10||7,281|
|DC Siege Decorations||53||2,073||9||6,782|
|Waxing Indignant over 9/11 Truth||54||2,223||9||33,272|
|Somebody to Bomb||55||2,206||10||7,160|
|Falling to Pieces for Israel||59||3,011||10||7,556|
|At What a Cost?||82||3,635||10||8,192|
|Interview of John Spalding||19||4,241||9||6,878|
|The Lunatic Fringe 2015||47||6,380||10||7,031|
|Obama, the Song||82||14,069||10||7,063|
We observed the number of views on May 6 and May 7. Over that one-day period, the views on 153News increased on an average by a little more than 40. For YouTube, the usual increase was one. We can assume that that was the recording of my visit.
Could there be any better evidence than these measures of accumulation and these measures of change that the YouTube viewer counts are completely fraudulent? Just from observing the change over one day, we can expect that by the time most people read this article, the count given here for 153News will be considerably below what readers will see when they visit the video sites, but the YouTube numbers, you can be sure, will hardly have increased at all.
Our rulers, our molders of public opinion, who clearly control Google, which owns YouTube, recognize the power of the bandwagon effect over public opinion, and whatever the reality might be, they are determined not to let the public know that a video that conveys too much forbidden truth has “gone viral.” One can only wonder how many viewers have actually watched “Waxing Indignant over 9/11 Truth,” “Falling to Pieces for Israel,” and “At What a Cost?” on YouTube. It’s for them to know and for us never to find out.
As a final note, should we update our comparisons of YouTube and 153News videos some months in the future, the table could be much larger than the one you see here. The seven political song parodies on the list above are only a small percentage of the ones that I have written, and, God willing, I am not through writing them. I have collected almost all that I have written so far at my Heresy Central blog. YouTube awaits further testing and exposure, and perhaps there is a musical reputation waiting to be made.
After completing the article, I discovered two videos that Buelahman had done for me that I had overlooked. They are “Martin and Irvine on Vince Foster” and “We Came We Saw He Died.” They were added to the 153News DC Dave channel on the evening of May 9, now displayed as the first two at the site. Viewership is proceeding nicely with no announcement whatsoever. They will bear watching, but it is too early to make any comparison with YouTube, where they have been posted for years.
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