The war chest is filling... Let's go bird hunting*
*METAPHORICALLY SPEAKING ONLY, OBVIOUSLY
Seems Team Reality members are furious with social media censorship.
In a matter of hours, you have given more than $50,000 to the GoFundMe. Counting Venmo and checks sent directly to James Lawrence, my lawyer, we are closer to $100,000. I set $200,000 as an optimistic goal, but it looks like we might actually reach it. Whatever hurdles this lawsuit faces, money won’t be one.
What makes me even happier is the breadth of the donations - almost 1,000 of you have given so far. (By the way, this is not a profit-making enterprise. If there is money left over, I will give it to a free-speech charity - I’m assuming I can find one that hasn’t completely betrayed its principles.)
I’m really enjoying the comments coming in on Venmo, too:
Again, if you would like to join the fight, my GoFundMe is here. If you aren’t comfortable with GoFundMe - and I understand why, given how they treated the Canadian truckers - email me and I will be glad to give you my Venmo. You can also send a check directly to James Lawrence at Envisage Law, 2601 Oberlin Rd, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27608.
Meanwhile, a word about Twitter and its lawyers.
I can’t disclose any specifics about our conversations with them - I don’t talk to them directly anyway, James does - but I have to say that in the last 24 hours they have revealed a mix of arrogance and softness that is the modern Silicon Valley. I understand much better now how Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s $17 million a year general counsel, could have broken down in tears in front of her employees at the thought of that meanie Elon Musk buying her gravy train, I mean employer.
Twitter and its lawyers appear to have two fundamental misunderstandings about what is happening here.
They think I started this fight, that I’m the aggressor. No. I filed the lawsuit. But Twitter kicked me off - at a time when I was using Twitter to spread facts and data to the best of my ability and in accordance with its rules.
They destroyed a very valuable asset that I had spent years creating and nurturing - an account with 345,000 followers and hundreds of millions of impressions a month - and defamed me. Do they think we’re friends? Do they think I owe them any favors?
And they think they can’t lose. They were clearly shocked that the suit survived the motion to dismiss.
Did they think I was in this - in that most awful of phrases - for shits and giggles? Did they think I brought a lawsuit I didn’t think I could win?
Tonight, tonight, we’ll crucify the insincere, the Smashing Pumpkins sing.
I am a lot of things. Insincere is not one of them.
Many of you included notes with your donations telling me how much the feed had meant to you in during 2020 and 2021, as you tried to stand against lockdowns and vaccine mandates, as your families turned from you and the media told you you were stupid and crazy.
What you don’t know is how much you meant to me. Knowing that I had readers gave me a purpose; a journalist without an audience is just a guy talking to himself in the street.
But the fight is only beginning - the fight to reveal the truth about the vaccines and everything else, and even more importantly, the fight for equal, fair, and uncensored access to the most crucial media outlets ever invented. I may not win, but I’m going to try.
Believe in me as I believe in you. Tonight, tonight.