President Obama has clearly been taking too many notes from Cuba’s playbook after his big visit, because this is what real state censorship looks like.
The White House website has censored a video of French Pres. Francois Hollande saying that “Islamist terrorism” is at the “roots of terrorism.” The White House briefly pulled video of a press event on terrorism with Pres. Obama, and when it reappeared on the WhiteHouse.gov website and YouTube, the audio of Hollande’s translator goes silent, beginning with the words “Islamist terrorism,” then begins again at the end of his sentence.
Even the audio of Hollande saying the words “Islamist terrorism” in French have, apparently, been edited from the video. According to the official White House transcript of Hollande’s remarks, Hollande refers to “Islamist terrorism.” The audio of the bold text in brackets is missing from the video – the only point in the video were the audio is absent:
“We are also making sure that between Europe and the United States there can be a very high level coordination.
“But we’re also well aware that the roots of terrorism, [Islamist terrorism, is in Syria and in Iraq. We therefore have to act both in Syria and in Iraq, and this is what we’re doing within the framework of the coalition.] And we note that Daesh is losing ground thanks to the strikes we’ve been able to launch with the coalition.”
The White House has taken it upon itself to put words in the mouth of other world leaders, and to literally rewrite the transcripts of history. Anybody who cares about free speech should be alarmed at this act of censorship.
MRCtv grabbed a screenshot of the full transcript of Hollande’s comments from whitehouse.gov as well (with our added red circle, for emphasis):
The White House may not have the guts to call radical Islamic terrorism by its name, but they have absolutely no right to (literally) mute the world leaders who do.