WASHINGTON – Could it be it’s not the Russians tampering with U.S. elections, but Facebook and Google?
Maybe the whole Russian thing is just a façade – a cover for a political coup by the two monoliths of social media and search?
Those are the questions being asked around the nation today as Facebook may have reached a bridge too far in what many in independent media circles assert is blacklisting, censorship and the creation of enemies’ lists.
But the biggest mistake Facebook may have made over the weekend was in going after a warrior – one who nearly lost his life in combat and did lose both legs and his right hand.
That would be Brian Kolfage, a U.S. Air Force vet who who was wounded in Iraq.
“I’m the most severely wounded U.S. airman to survive,” said Kolfage.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is being accused of stealing $315,000 from the vet.
“I took over managing the page when John Hawkins decided to step aside to pursue other endeavors,” wrote Kolfage. “We had a coveted, verified blue check mark 3.5 million fans, and I invested over $300,000 in ads at Facebook’s own request, nearly begging us to spend, spend, spend just to reach our fans … whom they kept making more difficult to reach with every passing year.
In another post he wrote: “Facebook lied, they shut down my page because it was conservative, powerful, and the elections are in 2 weeks. We have MAJOR support flowing in all the way from the top of the Trump administration. Get ready!”
The Right Wing News page was one of more than 800 Facebook pages cut loose from its base of customers earned largely through Facebook ads.
“The story is sobering – maybe even shocking,” said Joseph Farah, founder of WND who has been screaming from the rooftops about the political antics of Facebook and Google since January 2017. “Was this the election plan all along by the digital masters of the universe?”
Kolfage is threatening legal action.
He reminds his readers that he worked alongside Gabby Giffords – the former Democratic Congress member who was severely wounded in an assassination attempt – on her veteran advisory committee, endorsed her and has great respect for her.
“I helped her win her final election with a pivotal campaign commercial,” he says. “In Giffords’ Time Magazine interview, I was honored to be named as someone who inspires her.”
Despite the “Right Wing News” moniker, Kolfage says: “I’m not a ‘conservative.’ I’m not a ‘liberal.’ I’m an American, with deep beliefs in what our country stands for. I proved this by fighting for America, knowing I may not return home. My life was spared, but I paid for freedom with one arm and both my legs. I’ve given limbs, I’ve stared death in the face first hand. I’ve seen my legs blown to pieces and lost friends. Losing my limbs meant comparatively little to me because I gave it fighting for what I believed in; I believed America was the greatest country because we had freedom … and I’ve seen what oppression looks like. My sacrifices are nothing compared to what previous generations made in WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam.”
Kolfage says the political freedoms those vets fought for “was all just blown up.”
“What we’re seeing now is a war on conservatives and a war on President Trump. It’s not by mistake, this happened weeks before the midterms,” he said.
“This nation is no longer what I loved or the one I fought to defend, which I paid a huge price for,” he continues. “People are being punished for their simple beliefs – beliefs of freedom, beliefs of religion, beliefs on anything that differs from that status quo. If you have an alternate view, you’re attacked – physically, financially and socially.
“Tech giants have been implementing their own bias into business, blatantly attacking anyone who has a view that differs from theirs,” says Kolfage. “Just like we saw with Justice Kavanaugh and his family. And it’s only going to get worse. Now, it’s me, my family, and my young children in the line of fire. Never once did Facebook come to us to say there was any issue with Right Wing News or our other pages. Never. But they sure loved taking our money.”
Kolfage assures he was not “spamming,” using fake accounts or violating any Facebook standards and practices. If he did anything wrong, he says, it was supporting Trump.
“Apparently that’s not allowed,” he surmised.
He had 3.6 million fans before they were cut off.
Kolfage also sells what he calls military-grade coffee online to support himself and his family.
“They robbed him blind, they did him dirty,” writes Jeff Rainforth on Right Wing News. “They took $315,000 from his company rolled it up and laughed at his sacrifice. This was purely political, they attacked him personally. But Facebook made one fatal flaw, they underestimated the power of a triple amputee veteran. The underestimated the huge PR mess they are about to be slapped with when trump has Airman Kolfage in his oval office in front of the media, they underestimated the will power of veteran who lost so much.”