The YouTube channel for Freedom First Network was shut down. Why? Were they posting illegal videos, calling for violence, or harming anyone in any way? No. They were posting the truth in the form of informed opinions, but those opinions ran contrary to the mainstream narrative so they were shut down.
There are three reasons why this wasn’t a big deal. First, they never payed much attention to YouTube in the first place. Founders JD Rucker and Jeff Dornik knew their opinions and the opinions of their show hosts would be unpopular which is why they focused more attention on the podcasting platforms, Rumble, Brighteon, BitChute, and other freer speech venues. Second, they still have Freedom First Coffee’s YouTube channel, and while nobody’s following it yet, maybe someone will someday.
The last reason is why JD joined Col. Mike on the episode of The Two Mikes tonight. They are putting a lot of their eggs into the Locals.com basket. The social media site is unique in that it not only embraces free speech, but also offers the perfect combination of written, visual, video, and podcast content. Anything the Freedom First Network creates can go on their Locals.com page.
There’s a caveat. To get unlimited uploading capabilities, their community at Locals needs 1,000 followers. As of the time of this podcast, they have around 750. This is why Col. Mike wanted JD to come on and discuss it. He wants his amazing audience to participate and get them over the hump. Once they have over 1,000 followers, they will start transitioning their content to the platform.
Another thing that makes it unique is that in many ways it’s a Patreon replacement. Instead of conservatives and freedom-loving Libertarians having to walk on eggshells to keep from getting the boot on Patreon, they can follow their favorite creators on Locals and choose to donate if they like.
Locals combines features similar to Twitter, YouTube, podcast hosts, and Patreon into a free-speech loving alternative to all of them. This is why Freedom First Network will transition there completely once we have 1000 followers.
COVID-19 lockdowns are taking down an independent news outlet
Nobody said running a media site would be easy. We could use some help keeping this site afloat.
Colleagues have called me the worst fundraiser ever. My skills are squarely rooted on the journalistic side of running a news outlet. Paying the bills has never been my forte, but we’ve survived. We have ads on the site that help, but since the site’s inception this has been a labor of love that otherwise doesn’t bring in the level of revenue necessary to justify it.
When I left a nice, corporate career in 2017, I did so knowing I wouldn’t make nearly as much money. But what we do at NOQ Report to deliver the truth and fight the progressive mainstream media narrative that has plagued this nation is too important for me to sacrifice it for the sake of wealth. We know we’ll never make a ton of money this way, and we’re okay with that.
Things have become harder with the coronavirus lockdowns. Both ad money and donations that have kept us afloat for a while have dropped dramatically. We thought we could weather the storm, but the resurgence of lockdowns that mainstream media and Democrats are pushing has put our prospects in jeopardy. In short, we are now in desperate need of financial assistance.
The best way NOQ Report readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. We need approximately $17,300 to stay afloat through March when we hope the economy will be more open, but more would be wonderful and any amount that brings us closer to our goal is greatly appreciated.
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We’re heading in the right direction and we believe we’re ready talk to patriotic investors who want to not only “get in on the action” but more importantly who want to help America hear the truth. Interested investors should contact me directly with the contact button above.
As the world spirals towards radical progressivism, the need for truthful journalism has never been greater. But in these times, we need as many conservative media voices as possible. Please help keep NOQ Report going.