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Controversy Over Barred Panelists Mars #CPAC Panel on Suppression of Conservative Views

American Principles Project moderator Terry Schilling speaks at CPAC panel.

On Friday, several conservatives in the audience of a CPAC panel addressing the issue of the suppression of conservative views on social media loudly expressed displeasure with the organizer for excluding two conservatives from the panel.

The event, which was sponsored by American Principles Project Foundation, was rocked by controversy earlier this week when it disinvited Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft, leading fellow panelist Pamela Geller to back out of the event.

Gateway Pundit's post on Monday titled “EXPOSED: School Shooting Survivor Turned Activist David Hogg’s Father in FBI, Appears To Have Been Coached On Anti-Trump Lines” was widely criticized and led to his expulsion from the panel.

Geller said that the American Principles Project had asked her to exclude Hoft after the controversial post.

“They know me. They know I would never remove a panelist, particularly because of some position they have, or something that they said," Geller told Breitbart News. "And they were unmovable, and so the panel has been canceled, the social media censorship panel has been canceled.”

It was an unfortunate and ironic distraction because the panel was covering such an important topic -- the suppression of conservative views throughout the media.

The panel -- featuring Project Veritas' James O'Keefe, "Google memo" author James Damore, free speech attorney Harmeet Dhillon, Media Research Center's Dan Gainor, tech entrepreneur Marlene Jaeckel and moderator Terry Schilling, executive director of the American Principles Project Foundation -- went on without them.

First up was James O'Keefe, who spoke about his most recent sting, which targeted Twitter and exposed how the social media platform has been censoring conservatives.

Former Google employee James Damore spoke about the culture of liberal bias and censorship at Google. Damore said that a large part of the problem in the tech industry is that the employees have never even been exposed to conservative ideas.

Damore attempted to explain how it got to the point where no one in these companies had ever met anyone with a conservative viewpoint.

"Most tech workers are young, straight out of college, they've lived in liberal bubbles their entire lives," he explained.

"This bubble is reinforced when they just moved to San Francisco, and their executives at the company literally cried on stage when Donald Trump was elected -- this happened at Google."

"It keeps getting reinforced," he added. "And there's a lot of shaming of anyone who dissents from this group think."

He said their hiring practices are also discriminatory. "They have this thing called 'cultural fit' -- which is basically, 'are you a liberal?'" Damore explained.

Marlene Jaeckel described what she went through in Silicon Valley as one of the few conservative women in the tech industry. She, unfortunately, had "the dubious honor" of getting banned from five different tech organizations for being conservative.