Ted Cruz is a politician, yes, but he's also a very smart lawyer with plenty of government law experience. Therefore, when he suggests that the Fauci emails may have revealed Facebook acting as an agent of the US government, it behooves us to sit up and take notice. Here is and extended excerpt from Cruz's interview with Maria Bartiromo this morning:
Maria: Did Fauci just commit perjury there?
Senator Ted Cruz: It sure looks like it. He looked at Rand Paul's eyes and told a flat out falsehood. And unfortunately this has been a pattern with Dr. Fauci, that what he says on Monday somehow isn't the same as what he says on Tuesday but, don't worry, what he says on Wednesday is almost certain to be different.
And I gotta say that this email dump that came out, it makes clear that this is not just [Fauci] being sloppy. It is systematic and it is systematically an effort to mislead the American people. And as you noted he wasn’t doing it alone but he was doing it with much of the US government behind him and with Facebook and Big Tech operating as an extension of the US government in order to silence any views that disagreed--not with the science, because he wasn’t looking for the science, he was suppressing the science. But rather trying to silence anything that disagreed with the political narrative that was convenient that he was pushing at that moment…
Maria: [Long rant about social media collusion in political hoaxes and censorship of dissenting views: Russia Hoax, Fake Impeachment, Covid, etc. Displays timeline of collusive emails between Fauci and Zuckerberg. Wants to know when there will be consequences.]
Cruz: Well they [social media] certainly should be [held to account]. Unfortunately I don't expect the Baiden administration will do anything to hold them to account. But these breakthroughs have real consequence, because it now is clear that Facebook was operating at the direction of and in the direct benefit of the federal government. And operating as the government censor, utilizing their monopoly position to censor on behalf of the government. Maria, that's a very dangerous admission that's out there now for Facebook, because it means that anybody in the country, or anybody in the world, whose statements, whose speech, was censored by Facebook. ... If you went out and posted the facts that led, a year ago, to the very strong likelihood that the Covid virus escaped from a Chinese government lab in Wuhan, China. If you posted that a year ago and they took it down, I think there is a very good argument you have a cause of action against Facebook. And, Facebook would ordinarily say, “We’re a private company. We’re not liable.” Well, you know, when they act at the behest of the government. When they contact Fauci. When they say, “Should we censor this and Fauci says, “Yes.” And they censor it for the federal government. And then magically when the government changes its mind and says, “Oh, all those facts that were there a year ago, now you’re allowed to talk about it.” They stop censoring it with the flip of a switch. That lays a very strong argument that Facebook is operating as a state agency and that opens very significant legal liability.
Thomas Lifson has posted the relevant emails that Maria shows on the video, with commentary, so you can see what they're talking about, where the redactions turn up: Why was Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘even bigger deal’ offer to Fauci redacted from the FOIA emails just released? It sure looks like a smoking gun.