Trump is not exactly an author of any Emancipation Proclamations. Trump implies that he will retaliate against private social media but if he chooses anything remotely constitutional, he may actually have to address issues of fact weighed against his usual lies. But he does need diversions from the over 100,000 dead, and calls to persecute Twitter are likely to blow-up in Trump’s face. Perhaps Trump will resurrect his call for “warning labels” for bad people on Twitter.
On the flight back to Washington, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters President Trump is going to sign some kind of executive order on social media. No further details appear to have been offered, but it comes after he lashed out over fact checks on his tweets.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 27, 2020
At virtual shareholder meeting, Mark Zuckerberg says that Facebook's criteria for policing content should remain limited to avoiding "imminent harm" (@jillfgoldsmith / Deadline)https://t.co/UrYfSLmAUEhttps://t.co/CGqyckfj0i
— Techmeme (@Techmeme) May 27, 2020
By analyzing a dataset consisting of 10.1 million U.S. Facebook users, a 2014 study demonstrated that liberal users are less likely than their conservative counterparts to get exposed to news content that oppose their political views. Another analysis of Yahoo! search queries concluded that “more right-leaning a query it is, the more negative sentiments can be found in its search results.”
The calls for regulating social media and technology companies are politically motivated. Conservatives who support these policies argue that their freedom of speech is being undermined by social media companies who censor their voice. Conservatives who celebrate constitutional originalism should remember that the First Amendment protects against censorship by government. Social media companies are all private businesses with discretion over the content they wish to promote, and any effort by government to influence what social media platforms promote risks violating the First Amendment.
Moreover, the current position of the conservatives are in direct contrast to their positions on “Fairness Doctrine”. As my colleague Tom Wheeler explains here, “when the Fairness Doctrine was repealed in the Reagan Administration, it was hailed by Republicans as a victory for free speech.” Republicans should apply the same standard to both traditional media and the modern day social media. If they believe requiring TV and radio channels to present a fair balance of both sides is a violation of free speech, how can they favor imposing the exact same requirement on social media platforms?
Furthermore, the government intervention that they propose is potentially more damaging than the problem they want to solve. If conservatives believe that certain businesses have enough power and influence to infringe on their freedom of speech, how can they propose government, a much more powerful and influential entity, to enter this space? While President Trump’s administration and a Republican controlled Congress may set policies that would favor conservatives in the short term, they will also be setting a very dangerous precedent which would allow later governments to interfere with these companies and other news organizations in future. If they believe that today’s Twitter has enough power and will to censor them, they should be terrified of allowing tomorrow’s government to do so.
Rush Limbaugh praises the president for being "clever" in sharing conspiracy theories: “Trump is just throwing gasoline on a fire here, and he’s having fun watching the flames” https://t.co/XVIoVNeZuD pic.twitter.com/IOdr4uiuhm
— Media Matters (@mmfa) May 27, 2020
Much like folks in DK, taking some things literally but similar things figuratively is at the root of most hide-rating. Today Twitter went stupid again because a professional comedian should know better than a realty-show buffoon IMPOTUS*.
In one of his daily meandering assaults on grammar and syntax Trump mused about whether he should maybe indulge in a little insulin.
Insulin. Maybe try it. Like it’s a spa treatment.
That seems kind of bad for a president to do.
Let’s put aside the sheer mind-numbing stupidity of that statement though.
Again, Kathy Griffin is a comedian. She is not a staff physician at Walter Reade.
It seems somewhat unlikely Trump’s physicians consult her for medical direction.
Few people wilt the fragile flowers over on the right more than Griffin though.
So the usual asshatted outlets jumped in to both misrepresent the tweet itself and feign horror.
Delicate little daisies, they are.
So, Kathy Griffin was forced to delete the post and got a Twitmo stretch for a joke that might have been unkind but certainly wasn’t a threat.
But Twitter took a comedian literally.
Remember that statement. It will come up again shortly.
Trump threatened to commit an international war crime against Iran.
Twitter was fine with it.
Twitter then embarrassingly tried to pretend the statements weren’t actually racist… but couldn’t even conjure up a rationale for that absurd conclusion.
About a year ago, after the bloviating fuckwit had broken myriad rules without consequence, Twitter swore they meant business this time!
They would… leave up tweets from world leaders that violated its rules (read: Trump) but would flag them!
Follow that one…
Trump threatening to nuke some random dude: bad!
Threatening to nuke a foreign leader: no prob!
Least of all Trump.
He knows Twitter is either impotent, incompetent or complicit.
And when a narcissist sees someone that effing weak, they will run them over in their car and then back up to laugh at them for letting them.
Whether that is vomiting up illegitimate medical claims or that wouldn’t in any way cure you but might actually kill you.
Oh, but Twitter put a little disclaimer on those. My goodness, the boldness!
“You can try to rig an election… but not without us adding a footnote! Take that!”
So, let’s bring all of this together with a tidy bow.
The Twitter cops slapped a comedian with a suspension for a joke.
Trump craps on their lunch tray daily and dares them to do something about it.
Trump knows they’re too cowardly to enforce any rule they set for him.
Suspending a comedian while enabling a clown.
What a freaking joke.
Dear @realDonaldTrump: I told you so. I told you so. I told you so.
You signed into law in 2018 the FISA law you are complaining about today. https://t.co/yGxzaUSwt3
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 27, 2020
Rather than “nothing matters,” perhaps the catchphrase for Trump should be “nothing works,” because the stakes are so much higher, and the damage he has wrought is no longer abstract (“eroding democratic institutions”) but a matter of life and death.https://t.co/E3Vrnv0Lk8
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) May 27, 2020