Astonishing California bill would shut down free speech, require fact-checkers

Astonishing California bill would shut down free speech, require fact-checkers

by Jon Rappoport

April 9, 2018

California used to be trumpeted as the cutting edge of American culture.

It still is, except the culture is now all about censoring free speech.

California Senator Richard Pan, who was behind the infamous 2015 law mandating vaccinations for schoolchildren (SB277), has stepped up to the plate and introduced another bill.

This one would clamp down on criticism of ANY Official Story.

The bill is titled “SB1424 Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan.”

It targets social media based in California. But as you read the bill, you see it appears to define social media as any Internet blog, website, or communication.

SB1424 is brief. Read it:

This bill would require any person who operates a social media, as defined, Internet Web site with a physical presence in California to develop a strategic plan to verify news stories shared on its Web site. The bill would require the plan to include, among other things, a plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories, the utilization of fact-checkers to verify news stories, providing outreach to social media users, and placing a warning on a news story containing false information.

(a) Any person who operates a social media Internet Web site with physical presence in California shall develop a strategic plan to verify news stories shared on its Internet Web site.

(b) The strategic plan shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following:

(1) A plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories.

(2) The utilization of fact-checkers to verify news stories.

(3) Providing outreach to social media users regarding news stories containing false information.

(4) Placing a warning on a news story containing false information.

(c) As used in this section, “social media” means an electronic service or account, or electronic content, including, but not limited to, videos, still photographs, blogs, video blogs, podcasts, instant and text messages, email, online services or accounts, or Internet Web site profiles or locations.

Getting the picture?

It’s a free speech killer.

If it passes, agencies of the California government will develop numerous regulations for enforcement, including penalties for “speech criminals.”

Saying this bill violates the 1st Amendment of the Constitution is a vast understatement. The last time I looked, the Founders mentioned nothing about fact checkers or warnings attached to speech.

“Open borders and a flood of immigration into California are destructive to—wait. My statement has been precluded by warnings and fact-checker overrides…”

Or: “VACCINES ARE DANGEROUS. Ahem, I am making a debatable assertion and I must warn you that official experts strenuously disagree with me, and furthermore, the California Fact Checkers United, a division of Merck-Snopes Thought Police, has determined that my assertion is groundless and harmful to children’s health…”

There needs to be a relentless tsunami of protest in California over this Orwellian bill. I know of a number of Internet news operations in the state. They must jump in and lead the way.

In case you believe there are too many websites and blogs based in California to enforce a new draconian law, let me explain how the game works. Behind closed doors, the state government would decide to focus on a few big issues. For example, gun control, vaccines, and immigration. Enforcement agencies would go after the biggest Internet operations expressing politically unacceptable points of view on those subjects. At first. A spread of smaller operations would feel the heat later.

So-called fact checkers would come from government supported groups who agree with Official Positions. In other words, they wouldn’t be fact checkers at all. They would be prime news fakers.

When it comes to the issue of vaccines, for example, they would cite the notoriously biased “experts” at the Centers for Disease Control, never mentioning that the CDC buys and sells $4 billion of vaccines a year.

If, 10 or 15 years ago, someone told you a bill like SB1424 was going to come before a state legislature for a vote, you would have thought you were listening to a Hollywood pitch for a sci-fi movie script.

But now it’s real. It’s here. Believe it.


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Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

55 comments on “Astonishing California bill would shut down free speech, require fact-checkers

  1. chefjemichel says:

    As is the case with virtually all legislative acts there is a need to clarify terms as well as jurisdiction. Terms to be defined in this instance are “Person” and “California”. Then, however, “California” may be defined the proprietary jurisdiction needs to be defined as well. I am reasonably sure that once this is verified it will show that the jurisdiction is not as all-inclusive as it may initially appear. That is because “proprietary jurisdiction” is about the property that is actually owned by government over which government has exclusive jurisdiction. Even before we get the “official” definitions, as noted above, I am reasonably confident that we will see that private property far out numbers, out weighs, etc. what the government owns. All of this is necessary to show that what and where government’s legislation pertains to.

    The “Orwellian” ends with well-defined limits on every legal term.

    • Sue says:

      chefjemichel – Jabberwocky

    • Mike says:

      You sound like a shill. This bill has zero redeeming qualities.

      • redneckdavinci says:

        He didn’t say that it did. And he’s not a shill. He just looks at things from a legal perspective. Which is the language of your owners.

        • Theodore says:

          “Which is the language of your owners.”

          So true, Red Neck Da Vinci!!!

        • Sue says:

          It doesn’t even matter how one minces the words in legalese. The bottom line is that NONE of what they’re doing (in passing these pharmaceutical-pushing bills) is legal in the first place. But they do adhere to the adages “MIGHT makes right” and “Money talks.”

    • grn1 says:

      So if this bill passes the media will have to report by fair and accurate resources. Holding them accountable and liable for such monstrous actions such as the 6 trillion $$ humanitarian crisis that is the Iraq war?

      • Rosemary says:

        Glad to see others are realising that this farcical Bill cuts both ways. Challenging any government sponsored, Pharma biased research or so called ‘facts’ I.e. faked, will be an enormous pleasure.

    • Robert Klinck says:

      Well-defined legal terms like “racism”, “hate”, etc.? That there is a deliberate drive to move the legal system from objective criteria to too-broad-to-define subjective ones is obvious to all but the intentionally blind.

  2. elliottjab says:

    Decades ago the saying “as California goes, so the rest of the Nation follows”.

    For the sake of millions am hoping this not to be true at this point in time. She has morphed into a “swamp of her own devise” and no Country or Nation should use her as an example for success.

    Brown & all corrupted governmental employees including those in DC have utterly ruined this once vibrant & leader-State, sending her & all citizens/residents to the very edge of hell on Earth. Most of the people in Cali want their State back… Just like the majority of the rest of the Country – want to MAGA.

    California! You Are Part of USA still!!!
    Please… Start acting like it! Thanks.

    What’s proposed now is what Twittersky & fb etc. have been doing with increasing intensity since President Trump was elected.

    The Liberals have lost their minds.

  3. redneckdavinci says:

    Some days it’s pretty hard for me to imagine that those laws are real.:)

  4. Richard Korcak says:

    Fascists Advocating Constitutional Tyranny – F.A.C.T. Checkers.

    To those not taking blue pills: Please pass this along.

    • James Moses says:

      …..I’m not aligned with EITHER political extreme; view myself as an ‘alt-Centrist’ – safe to say that, with this bill, Pan and his unquestioning supporters, are now among THE most dangerous, sociopathic, institutionally ignorant creatures on ALL Earth – an unprecedented THREAT to our well-being and, EVERY effort must be made to REMOVE him from office, ASAP…’s JB Handley’s latest, most comprehensive overview as to the VERY real, REPEATEDLY substantiated risk factor with vaccines and immunization as presently approached…..

  5. mangledman says:

    My wife read yesterday on fb that the cdc admitted to passing out cancer viruses in polio vaccines, to the tune of infecting 98 million people

    • jmilamdeal says:

      I saw a video a few years back where the man in charge of the polio vaccine admitted that very thing. As I understand it, the vaccines of today still do have other chemicals, etc. in them that may cause problems for people later in life, but the corrupt CDC is, along with the medical mafia, pushing them on the unsuspecting public. It is so sad to see these things going on in our country!

    • MrTea says:

      That would be regarding Bernice Eddy, a researcher who found evidence that the Sabin vaccine (the one they gave us on sugar cubes so no shot) caused cancer in lab animals. The institutional response to her report was to close her laboratory.

      The mad scientist in charge of this, Ochsner, is still portrayed as some kind of statesman of science on Wikipedia, omitting the fact that he killed his own grandchild trying to prove the first Salk vaccine was safe. The State/Corporate Authorities must erase all mention of this due to terrifying places it leads:

      The Atlantic published a lengthy exploration of this episode

      as the article states, the issue is NOT “settled science” and if you want to do some web-searching you can readily determine that the infamous Wakefield’s criticisms (in the video “Vaxxed”) are not either. Notably the gaggle of pseudos, self-determined “skeptics” on the web have adopted vaccines as one the issues they shriek about accusing those who are actually skeptical of “denialism” (along with fluoride, GMOs, and their version of “climate”).

      • Sue says:

        And it proves the insanity on both sides – that mad scientists are deliberately inflicting innocent beings with whatever injury or illness one side thinks they can prove, to market a toxic product, and then the other side uses the same beings and methods to prove the marketers wrong.

        Those other living beings, caught in the middle, with no concern whatsoever for their suffering. Which is why it always comes back around to bite us on our selfish butts, over and over again.


        • Erika says:

          Thank you is disgusting, especially when you know for a fact that animal studies DO NOT correlate to humans , add the actual fact that over 60% of the scientific studies are fruadulent,, and the peer review mechanism is quid pro quo and you have the perfect nightmare…Pharmaceutical ads are the REAL fake news, as is most of the local and national press coverage, which i would estimate is about 70% PR spots.
          But i am pretty sure you knew this

      • Sunshine2 says:

        The skeptic groups (i won’t name names because I don’t want them to find this site), are funded by drug companies. They are taught how to attack online and incite action from govt. Regulatory systems against nonconforming individuals and groups. These people are nasty. From reading a few of their articles, I believe even the many comments on them are from paid shills, if not from fake accounts created by their own authors. You can tell this by the spirit of the comments being the same as the articles, an academic, condescending attitude. Awhile ago chiropractors won a suit against them for racketeering. Unfortunately that did not slow the evil skeptic groups down.

      • James Moses says:

        …..SEE my comment above – your OWN institutional ignorance and narcissism, couldn’t POSSIBLY be on MORE full display just now – vaccines have been CONSISTENTLY demonstrated as, I said above, THE number one variable in an ONSLAUGHT of premature deaths due to INCREASINGLY disproportionate immune system responses for over a half-century (if NOT longer)…..what you comprehend about EITHER biology OR physics, could fit on the head of a damned PIN…..

        • James Moses says:

          …..SORRY, Mr. Tea; just realized that I overreacted – the way you concluded your comment, made it appear you were being severely critical of those QUESTIONING such ‘established’ truths and products…..mea culpa!

      • When Will It End says:

        I just wanted to second your recommendation of Dr. Mary’s Monkey. Great, insightful book! I think I referenced it in a post about vaccines.

  6. MrDuncmck says:

    When i was in kindergarten my older brother used to tease me by saying
    “Hey dunc.. Guess what ?”
    i would say–” What kell ?”
    then he would say “Thats what”
    The guess what — that’s what game ..Then there is the one where he points down at the ground and says “look” then his finger comes up an pops me in the nose..i only fell for it a few times and i was a little kid??maybe that is why i am here reading these posts ? by the time i was in junior high .i was being blown away by the Greek philosophers. i would be thrown out of class for making waves asking questions .bouncing off the walls so to speak .i’m not a skilled writer or followed the academic path .my grammar sucks to boot. But? from my perspective these new grown ups that contrive reality are playing the same games the bullies did when i was in early elementary school.. a lot more sophisticated now days .you want to super impose the metaphoric story of how to boil a frog without him knowing ..wha la you have captured the protocol of mind ;example = all is EITHER /OR..
    So? who watches the watcher? the idea of (fact checking) is a totally absurd idea within any truly progressive reality ..”What could be” is the premise .Owning reality is a hilarious concept.. the bullies are out on the play ground playing..”Guess what?–“Thats what”– and the masses think that is a consensus that carries water…big trouble..CA ? a country without a name.

  7. The Watchman says:

    Good article, Jon, linking this one as usual @

    This should concern everyone that uses WordPress, as their user domains I believe are all registered in California – Yours, Mine, etc.
    You can find out where your domain is registered by going to:
    and typing your site name in the search

  8. truth1 says:

    This is all very entertaining. It was long ago foreseen. Cali was doomed when early movie makers fell in love with the climate and weather, of Cali, so full of sunshine and not much for rain and cold. Hollywood envisioned a big campaign for “Free Speech.” Not just any free speech for no authority as ever liked that . . .but free speech as in Marxist dribble, and movies and TV that would promote the subversive movement of “free speech.” Free to destroy and overthrow. Movies and TV, along with the media sowed the seeds of “free (subversive) speech all across the country. the whole nation is infected now with a deadly disease that is readily indentifiable. Its called “Marxist Collapse,” from which at this stage, is an incurable disease that kills its host in rapid speed and leaves the world and human species a bunch of rotting corpses.

    The outbreak has started in Cali, but it will by no means end in Cali. It will sweep the nation and then the world. Those in prison camps will have the only survivors.

    Marxist collapse starts in Low IQ populations, who have no intellectual immune defenses. The Stupidity seeks out more stupidity and the virus remains latent in the young offspring, but then emerges in young adulthood. The result are supposedly human beings, but real human beings have functioning intellects. Those who suffer from Marxist Collapse do not resemble any humans, at least as far as God was/is concerned. Nature has seen and chosen fit, to eliminate the defects and mistakes in the herd of useful idiots who have zero ability to think, speak, and act in their own, long range, long-term best interests. They only react to the dangling carrots in front of them, as nature intended. This helps to cull the herd.

    so do not imagine that this is going to stop at the Cali boundary state lines. It will hit the east coast in no time at all. Rigor mortis is already setting in. more will stop breathing soon and before, most will be feeding the animal scavangers as there will be too many bodies to deal with. What was long ago foretold has arrived. Marxist collapse is upon us.

    We never managed to figure out just how deadly and certain the destruction of Marxist collapse really is. We never thought it could reach us. The only reason Marxism was ever made, was to kill as many as possible, due to the hatred that existed among some humans who hated all other humans and had no love for its own species. What a stupid creation we were. Shame on us!

    Well, on the bight side, We will get what we got coming to us. Oh no! I guts me a case of Marxist collapse. HHHHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPPPPPP!

  9. From Quebec says:

    Mike Adams talks about how the Facebook overlords are targeting who they don’t like and now they’re picking on Diamond & Silk of YouTube Fame as their next target to make an example of for the whole world to see.


  10. Erika says:

    This video (below) was good, in that she shows many of these newscasters reading from the same many of us have turned on the news, and switching station find the same story (local) being covered at the same time with the same script?

    Fake Fake News Is a Danger to Our Fake Democracy /I_OEKByvbdw

    Someone is deeply afraid of independent thinking..,it smacks of the DARK AGES…are we going to have witch hunts now?


    BTW on a related note of the “spirituality” sector

    i deeply suspect that the “oneness” and “enlightenment” movements are being driven by the globalist agenda even though they appear to be in favor of it’s collapse.
    I haven’t been able to find any info out there except an older book about fake gurus.

    For much of the last 20 years i have experienced wild metaphysical paranormal phenomenon and in looking for answers had attended Advaita/Zen style Satsangs..i was curious and wanted to try it, but was totally turned off by their philosophy of “surrender” and abandonment of self.
    I figure the universe went to all the trouble over trillions of years to create all the humans and animals, why would we want to go against evolution and sink back into a cosmic soup?

    I do know from going to satsangs that there are very real phenomenon and energy going on around the “enlightened”, you can feel the energy..

    Am wondering if someone knows a(n) material/article that has this info, or if i am going to have to start searching from scratch .

    (with the zillion other things i am looking into because i am too damn curious by far.)

    • radioersatz says:

      I was practicing Yoga for some years, and I had similar questions until I came across Rudolf Steiner’s works.

      An interesting lecture to start with might be this:

      Terry Boardman – The New World Order and the Esoteric Dimension of the 21st Century /watch?v=-sP6NAwO2c4

      • Erika says:

        Thank you..will check it out.
        It occurred to me recently that these guys may have found a way to steal others energy to power up a thoughtform. One ring to rule them all..

      • radioersatz says:

        I just listened to Terry’s lectures again. This accompanying talk might be even better to get a glimpse of the polarities working in our world: /watch?v=wdmjCxWZikU

  11. Brian in Chicago says:

    So instead of journalists doing what they’re supposed to be doing (so many accounts of sloppy journalism, let alone reporting,) has led to this.

    On thie other side of this coin, we have people who still put their faith in centralized institutions to do their critical thinking for them. Aye carambe, Homer.

  12. Reblogged this on amnesiaclinic and commented:
    In California?
    Sort it!

  13. Reblogged this on John Barleycorn and commented:
    The obvious question here is, who is checking the fact checkers?

  14. Westcoastdeplorable says:

    One thing this bill would immediately accomplish is a mass exodus of websites hosted in California.

  15. politically correct politician says:

    bundles of cash to be made here simply by regurgitating information provided by the state via the websites that operate as per the states intent and approval,
    bundles of cash, from the state,
    a get rich quick opportunity really,

  16. source of all says:

    I looked at this piece of legislation. Today, it is written by a five year old with zero sense of how to write a bill but how to be a good citizen.

    He fails to define what NEWS is!!! What is it, can I say “I love my wife” even if I don’t? How about, “I went to work” but I didn’t? Is news truth before it is well known? So the Ellsberg papers would not be published because no one else knows? Or is news accepted Truth? What is news?

    This guy is an idiot. He added that it was UCC compliant, and UCC gave him the authority then struck it, because it does not. Honestly, I hope this goes, this guy is so stupid he deserves to be dragged over the coals.

  17. Laura says:

    Thank you for bringing this rotten news to our attention, Jon. Monstrous man, this Pan character. He may be stupid in ways, like “source of all” says, but he gets the medical racket’s agenda enforced, using the tried & true ratchet effect. “Stupid” like a clever demon. First the public school vaccine requirement thing, now this, who knows what other freedom-crushing trash is to come. Vivisectionist medicine is nothing but a sickness maintenance racket.

  18. yaridanjo1 says:

    Representative Ro Khanna would be pleased, with this Bill. He is firmly against our Bill Of Rights.

  19. Twostrokejunkie says:

    Anyone gonna fact check cnn, since they have been caught faking the news they should be the first ones with someone looking over their shoulder.

  20. California state senator who pushed vaccine mandate now seeks to CRIMINALIZE “fake news” about medicine, politics and government

  21. John Barlicorn says:

    And who’s to say what true and what’s not?

  22. D3F1ANT says:

    The irritating thing about Liberal media and their love of “fact checkers” is that they use places like SNOPES. Sites like that are to fact-checking what CNN is to media: political agendas, bias, and outright obfuscation.

  23. Sunshine2 says:

    This morning we are celebrating Christmas. How, why? I’ll tell you how this came about, but you probably already know.

    A few days ago my recorded tv programming advertised Christmas. Confused, I switched to the verified centralized news channel and was astonished to learn that indeed, the world was preparing for Christmas. Didn’t we celebrate Passover and Easter just last week? I switched to the handful of other verified news channels and, like mockingbirds, newscasters were giddy about Christmas.

    I queried aloud to the pretty round disk by my bed, “Good morning verified AI Person, can you please tell me about Christmas in the news?”

    “Good Morning human who can lose their personhood at the slip of a disk,” she replied, “According to verified centralized news, world renowned holidayologist, Yout Witface, Ph.D., every few hundred years two Christmases will fall within the same year, much like a blue moon falls within a month. While the general populous around the world are calling this a second Christmas, it is technically the first this year. The second Christmas will be celebrated at its regularly scheduled time. Like all other holidays, this special holiday is to be celebrated by selling and buying sanitized non religious goods. Vendors or buyers found in possession of unapproved goods will be charged with crimes against personhood. Enjoy this exciting holiday. Would you like to hear other news for today?”

    “Yes please.”

    “There is no other news for today.”

    I smiled at my tossle headed, sleepy husband as he awoke and gave him the news for the day. Over approved brand of coffee I asked him in soft whispers how this could be. He responded that just like recently discovering 200 new cloud formations, the experts on everything discover new facts all the time. But aren’t the new clouds manufactured, I asked? Yes, he responded, just like the robotic bees they were needed for the good of all. And then, eyes filled with concern, he asked me if I had taken my mind wellness medications yet.

    Oh yes, that was it. Silly me. What had gotten into me that I would ever question an expert?

  24. Hi Jon, Please PROMOTE his challenger from the Libertarian Party, who has spoken out to OPPOSE SB277 and has no Republican Challenger, JANINE DEROSE! The vote is in MAY and here is info on her candidacy:

  25. Nelson says:

    The fact that Jerry Brown, a sicko from the jump, is still walking the streets, and not, in prison, should tell us something.
    John, what about the claim about Chemical Weapons being used against the Syrian people, authorized we are told by the Syrian Leader, Assad? A lie of course and we know the reasons for it.
    So what about the Mercury Laden Vaccines are children are made to take, against the Nuremberg Treaty, I might add, the Chem-trails, the Chemo-Therapy, the Fluoride in the water, the GMO’s, the pesticides, used, and the hormones our food is injected with, and so much more.
    All of it Chemical Warfare against we who are the slaves in THE UNITED STATES COMPANY 1871, a Rothschild Family Corporation, we, the people, “citizens” slaves to the Company.
    What about the people there in the District of Columbia, employees of the Company, aren’t they war criminals?
    What about the prescription Drugs that kill more of we, the people, than just about anything else, and, we have no legal recourse? The real thirteenth amendment that denied Lawyers any entrance into the Government, thrown out, something about freeing the slaves replacing it – the legalization of the IRS denied but if we don’t pay the tribute to the IRS, an arm of The Rothschild Company, we go to jail?
    The criminality of the Governments in the Western World are so blatant, so much in your face, now get lost, so murderous, so that if it wasn’t for the killing in so many ways of so many millions, by the gang in the District of Columbia – well, maybe we could live with it, since we have to. But the blood cries out from the ground, and we, the walking dead, thinking we can escape, how stupid are we?

  26. Trebor Snevets says:

    But in the same breath, false news, stories and or statements ruin innocent people on a daily basis.
    It is a slippery slope, people and corporations NEED to be forthright with these things…… at the moment, it IS rampant and “free speach” needs to be honest. The ” Get the scoop” mentality is a major issue. Far TOO many stories are broke with little more than rumor.

    • Laura says:

      Honest and true, according to who? Snopes, the pharmaceutical industry, the mass media, or you? Do you have final say on what’s truth or false rumor?
      We should be free to seek out information from where we deem objective and honest and verify it to our own standards, not from some Ministry of Facts set up by government/industry/mass media collusion.

      • truth1 says:

        Right on. We are adults and deserve adult rights think and act as we see fit, short of murder, and the like.

        • Laura says:

          Thanks truth1; you’re one who understands there’s no such thing as honest objectivity from the self-proclaimed “gatekeepers” in matters of vested interests.

  27. Al says:

    Don’t know if it’s been noted here but is it a coincidence that the SB1424 adds up to 11 . . . . .

  28. JB says:

    What does this action say about those who colluded to make Richard Pan a senator?

  29. Sorry if I missed it but what are the teeth to this bill? What happens if someone – a blog, say – neglects or refuses to comply with a fake news warning?

    • James Moses says:

      …..ohhhh, I’m QUITE sure there WILL be, ‘teeth’ – this IS, after all, the state which is attempting to retroactively fine Starbucks (of which I’m not a particular fan) over $2K for EACH cup of coffee (and other goods?) ostensibly containing acryliimide – that fails to visibly WARN of such, as it’s been demonstrated to contribute to cancer in laboratory animals…..

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