The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
The Woodlands, February 7 – Woodlands Township Chairman Gordy Bunch and the Woodlands Township, a government agency, want citizens of The Woodlands to seek the review of law enforcement before they post anything on social media, even opinions. The Township, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office joined with the Woodlands Township in using citizen tax dollars to publish a “Rumor Control” Public Service Announcement (PSA), asking “please contact your neighborhood watch coordinator to determine if the information is accurate” whom they claim will work “directly with law enforcement” to determine if your opinions are appropriate for publication on social media.
The poorly written video does not even seem to limit the attempt by the Township to censor all Free Speech to matters pertaining to crime. Instead, as Bunch has complained about opinions published on social media, which dared to disagree with his strident pro-incorporation of The Woodlands as a city government beliefs, Bunch and the Township now want local law enforcement to examine all opinions and statements on social media prior to publication.
Conservative and Free Speech activist Justin Pulliam summarized the PSA: “DO NOT SHARE UNAPPROVED SPEECH.” Another longtime conservative activist noted, “This is super creepy. Who is to say what misinformation consists of?”
The PSA, with officers from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and from the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office appearing to read a script in it, tells residents, “The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch encourages residents to seek true information over false information often shared throughout the community, especially via social media.”
The PSA specifically asked residents only to share information on social media, if local law enforcement has “verified” it first.
The PSA concludes, “Residents’ opinions are often not supported by facts and inaccurate information can increase the fear of crime. Please do share accurate, verified, and correct information. Please do not share rumors, misinformation, and hearsay!”
Neither Bunch nor the Township’s spokesperson responded to a request for comment.