Heartland Joins Conservative Leaders: Tech Companies Pose Existential Threat, Must Be Broken Up

Published January 11, 2021

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (January 11, 2021) — Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell, Heartland Institute Vice President Jim Lakely, and more than 30 conservative leaders issued the following statement Monday calling for the breakup of Big Tech companies including Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple after their sweeping acts of censorship against conservatives and President Donald Trump this past week.

“Big Tech has declared war on free speech and is now an existential threat to democracy. The tech tyrants began to systematically shut down the conservative movement over the weekend. This is an all out assault on our republic from within like we’ve never seen before. We will not stand idly by as they cancel conservatives for daring to speak freely.

Big Tech is using the violent riot at the Capitol last week – even though it was immediately condemned by all conservatives – as an excuse to do what they have always wanted to do: banish conservatives from the internet. Over the last 72 hours, Big Tech proved they are too big and too powerful yet again, with Apple, Google, and Amazon collectively shutting down Parler. Free speech was controlled like this in East Germany and the Soviet Union. This should not be happening in America. 

Freedom has never been threatened like this before. We live our lives online, especially now, during the pandemic. The entire conservative movement will be canceled by the left and their thugs if we let them. They will turn the screws on conservatives if we don’t defend our rights. It is time to stand up and demand the breakup of these big tech monopolies.

Brent Bozell
President & Founder
Media Research Center

Ted Baehr, Th.D., HHD, J.D.
Producer’s Guild of America (PGA) Member

Morton Blackwell
Leadership Institute

David Bossie
Citizens United

Rachel Bovard
Senior Director of Policy
Conservative Partnership Institute

Brian Brown
International Organization for the Family

Floyd Brown
The Western Journal

Ed Corrigan
President and CEO
Conservative Partnership Institute

Will Chamberlain
Human Events

Mike Davis
The Internet Accountability Project

Jim DeMint
Conservative Partnership Institute

Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness

Bill Donohue 
Catholic League

Michelle Easton
Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women

Steven Ertelt

Joseph Farah
Founder and CEO

Mark Fitzgibbons
President of Corporate Affairs
American Target Advertising

Lady Brigitte Gabriel
Founder & Chairman
ACT For America

Becky Gerritson
Executive Director
Eagle Forum of Alabama

Kristan Hawkins
Students for Life of America
Students for Life Action

John Hinderaker
Center of the American Experiment

David Kupelian
Vice President and Managing Editor

Jim Lakely
Vice President & Director of Communications
The Heartland Institute

Thomas Lifson
Editor and Publisher
American Thinker

Richard Manning
Americans for Limited Government

James L. Martin
Founder & Chairman
60 Plus Association

Hon. George K Rasley, Jr
Managing Editor

Christie-Lee McNally
Raven Strategies

Gene Mills
Louisiana Family Forum

Lori Roman  
American Constitutional Rights Union Action Fund 

Terry Schilling
Executive Director
American Principles Project

Jon Schweppe
Director of Policy and Government Affairs
American Principles Project

Kelly Shackelford, Esq.
President, CEO & Chief Counsel
First Liberty

Sharon Slater
Family Watch International

Eunie Smith
President Emeritus
Eagle Forum

John-Henry Westen
Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Walker Wildmon
VP of Operations
American Family Association