Free Speech America is more than a website. It is a movement to stop Big Tech censorship of conservatives. The Media Research Center has been fighting Big Tech bias for several years, building on more than 33 years experience opposing media bias. Silicon Valley censorship is even more insidious. It is built into algorithms and hidden by suspensions and bans that lack transparency. It is baked into content policies and so-called “hate speech” regulations. Big Tech has denied its biases to the press and even on Capitol Hill under oath. This website is designed to help prove the extent of that censorship and rally supporters to stop it. Join us in standing up to Big Tech. Join us in standing up for free speech.
Board of Advisors
Jenny Beth Martin
Jenny Beth Martin is the Co-Founder of Tea Party Patriots, the largest and most effective national umbrella group within the Tea Party movement. In 2010, Time Magazine listed Jenny Beth Martin as one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in the World. Her first book, “Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution,” was published in 2012. She is a lifelong Georgian and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. Jenny Beth is the mother of boy-girl twins.
Kelly Shackelford, Esq., is President and CEO of First Liberty Institute, the largest legal firm in the nation dedicated exclusively to protecting religious freedom for all Americans. He was recently named one of the 25 greatest Texas lawyers of the past quarter-century by Texas Lawyer and is the recipient of the prestigious William Bentley Ball Award for Life and Religious Freedom Defense for pioneering work protecting religious freedom. Shackelford is on the Board of Trustees of the United States Supreme Court Historical Society and earned his law degree from Baylor University.
Charlie Kirk is the Founder and President of Turning Point USA, a national student movement dedicated to empowering young people to promote the principles of free markets and limited government. He is the founder of Students for Trump, a chapter-based, pro-Trump student group on hundreds of college and high school campuses across America. Charlie Kirk hosts a daily three hour talk radio program through Salem Media Group.
Jim DeMint is the Chairman of the Conservative Partnership Institute and a former congressman and senator from South Carolina. He is also the founder of the Senate Conservatives Fund. He served as President of The Heritage Foundation before becoming a senior advisor to Citizens for Self-Governance. The Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI) is dedicated to providing a platform for citizen leaders, the conservative movement, Members of Congress, congressional staff and scholars to be connected.
Newt Gingrich is the Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is well-known as the architect of the “Contract with America” that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. Newt was also a Republican candidate for president of the United States in 2012. He is the author of 40 books, including 17 fiction and nonfiction New York Times best sellers, such as Understanding Trump and Trump’s America: The Truth About Our Nation’s Great Comeback. He and his wife have two daughters and two grandchildren.
Bill Walton, Managing Partner of Rappahannock Ventures and Chairman of Rush River Entertainment, has an extensive background in finance, general management, private equity, public policy, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, commercial lending, entrepreneurship, private sector educational services and arts management. Walton worked for the Donald J. Trump Presidential Transition Team and was Leader of the Agency Action and Landing Teams for all the economic agencies. He also served as team leader for the Treasury/IRS Landing Team. He is a life member of NRA and MENSA, and lives with his wife, Sarah and their three terriers in Washington, VA.
David Bozell is the President of For America, whose mission is to advance freedom, prosperity and virtue through social media. For America is an award-winning organization, championing American exceptionalism and activates grassroots Americans across the U.S. to engage their social networks. David regularly appears in print and on broadcast as a conservative pundit as well as an expert on the intersection of social media and politics. He has been quoted in the nation's leading publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, National Review, The New York Times, TIME, and Huffington Post, and his columns have appeared in numerous outlets including Fox News, The Hill and The Daily Caller.
Rachel Bovard is the Senior Director of Policy at Conservative Partnership Institute. In 2006, she served in both the House and Senate in various roles, including as legislative director for Senator Rand Paul. Rachel went on to serve as policy director for the Senate Steering Committee, and in the House she worked as senior legislative assistant to Congressman Donald Manzullo (R-IL) and Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX). She also served as director of policy services for The Heritage Foundation. In 2013, she was named one of National Journal’s Most Influential Women in Washington under 35. Her policy analysis and punditry appear widely in print and on television.
Mike Thompson is a Senior Vice President at CRC serving as strategic counsel to a wide variety of clients while also overseeing the digital and social media practice. Mike has worked with Fortune 50 companies, movie studios, associations, advocacy groups, startups, think tanks, political committees and more. Referred to by National Journal as, “… a scruffy ... tech wiz whose digital prowess is celebrated in conservative circles,” Mike brings a wealth of experience in determining how to best use various communications and marketing strategies as well as different social and digital platforms to achieve an organization’s goals.
Ed Molchany is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at the Media Research Center. Additionally, he holds the position of Publisher for the MRC’s NewsBusters.org, CNSNews.com, and MRCTV.org websites. Ed joined the MRC in 2009, and his responsibilities include all marketing and communications activities, social media, advertising, and audience growth and development. Ed holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Pennsylvania State University and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Virginia, where he graduated with honors. He is a former officer in the U.S. Navy.
Vice President for TechWatch, Business and Culture for the Media Research Center
Dan Gainor is the Boone Pickens Free Market Fellow and Vice President for TechWatch, Business and Culture for the Media Research Center. He has worked for the MRC for 16 years and writes a regular weekly column for FoxNews.com about media bias. He has appeared on several thousand radio and TV shows on nearly all major networks — Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNNHLN, CNBC, ABC, NBC, PBS and many more — to discuss biased news media. Mr. Gainor holds an MBA from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business and a master’s in publications design from the University of Baltimore. As an undergraduate, he majored in political science and history at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
MRC TechWatch & MRC Business Associate Editor
Michael B. Morris, Esq. started as MRC TechWatch & MRC Business Associate Editor in October 2019. He began his employment with the Media Research Center as Assistant Editor for Commentary at CNSNews.com in August 2014. In 2015, he was promoted to Commentary Editor for CNSNews.com and was responsible for soliciting and editing commentary for CNSNews.com's commentary section. Michael is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University, where he earned a double major in Political Science/Pre-Law and Economics. He is also a graduate of Regent University School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate.
Corinne Weaver works as an Assistant Editor for the Media Research Center. Her coverage on tech censorship, media bias, and pro-life issues have been cited by many in the conservative movement. Corinne’s work has been featured in Fox News, The Guardian, LifeSiteNews, Live Action, LifeNews, and The Federalist. Before her current position, Corinne graduated from Christendom College with bachelor’s degrees in English and History.
Heather Moon is a Senior Researcher for the Media Research Center’s TechWatch division. She previously wrote for The Resurgent. She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Liberty University, as well as a Master’s of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University.
Alec Schemmel is a staff writer/researcher for the Media Research Center’s Free Speech America. He previously spent time with The Daily Caller and his work has appeared in other places, including The Western Journal, The College Fix and InfluenceWatch.org. Schemmel graduated in May 2020 with a BA in Journalism and Political Science from American University. While in college, he wrote for numerous campus publications and also interned on Capitol Hill. Originally, he is from Charlotte, NC, but currently lives in the D.C. Metro area.
Kayla Sargent joined MRC TechWatch as a Staff Writer in August. She recently graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Government: Politics and Policy.
Alexander Hall works as a Staff Writer for the TechWatch division of NewsBusters at the Media Research Center. He is also the host of TechShark, a show featuring weekly tech/politics stories, a joint project of NewsBusters TechWatch and MRCTV. Before his current position, he graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a bachelor’s degree in Communications.
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