Historian upset Big Tech hasn’t gone full authoritarian
In a New York Times interview published Monday, renowned historian and filmmaker Ken Burns said what most people think… that Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is an “enemy of the state.”
However, contrary to most Americans, Burns is mad at Zuckerberg for not doing enough to censor the speech of Facebook users.
Speaking with NYT journalist Kara Swisher on an episode of the podcast “Sway,” Burns discussed a film he’s set to release about boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
When Swisher asked Burns who the next Muhammad Ali might be when it comes to civil rights, the filmmaker mentioned failed Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams.
Burns said of Abrams, “She’s the real deal,” before adding, “I mean, I hope Zuckerberg is in jail by then.”
Focusing his attention on the Facebook founder, Burns continued, “This is an enemy of the state, and I mean the United States of America. He doesn’t give a shit about us, the United States. He knows he can transcend it. He can get away to any place. And so it’s just about filthy lucre, that’s it.”
Burns also mentioned Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg, saying she is an enemy of America and pushing for a liberal-run Nuremberg trial.
“These people — and Sheryl is a complicit — the Nuremberg of this, is if it ever happens, which it won’t, will be pretty interesting. The way that we’ve been able to temporize and say, oh, it’s okay, we’ll just go a little bit further.”
These comments could be conceived as coming from an anti-censorship individual who is upset with the amount of shadowbanning and blacklisting Facebook has engaged in, specifically when it comes to conservative users.
However, just last month, Burns talked with discredited MSNBC anchor Brian Williams about how too much “misinformation” is being allowed on social media.
“I think this is where the rubber is meeting the road,” Burns told Williams. “We’re at this desperate place, the convergence of all of these viruses: The side effects of the misinformation and the paranoia and the lying, voter suppression. And then the rewriting of our history, our saying that we’re not interested in facts, we’re not interested in the truth, we’re not interested in the many varied voices that make us up.”
The anti-Trump historian, famous for his Civil War documentary among others, is doing his part to foment yet another domestic conflict.