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Breaking News for those who lack self-awareness

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When I saw this I almost could not believe it. Even though I’ve long been very down on the MSM and its “journalists”, the following piece is still breathtaking even for me.

Is it a lack of self-awareness? Or perhaps just a lack of awareness in general – like of recent history and current affairs?

Really, Mr Melber of MSNBC? Really? It sounds terrifying! What would that look like, because I’m having a tough time even imagining it – but I’ll give it a shot?

I’m seeing…. a tech monopoly suppressing a major story about a corrupt POS presidential candidate who spawned a son who is an even bigger POS with booze, drugs and the ladies and who grifts millions of dollars from Chinese and Russian oligarchs and corrupt Ukrainian front companies?

No? Okay. How about this?

I’m seeing …. a tech monopoly using secret algorithms to throttle speakers of one political bent while boosting those of another political bent? Or using its algorithmic power as a publisher (not a platform) to falsely claim that some unpopular stories are “Trending” and to falsely claim that some actually-trending stories are not? And all this to crush the reach of news that hurts one political party and one political ideology?

Crazy no?

Where the fuck has this prick been in the last two years? Or perhaps he’s just fallen so far into gaslighting mode that he wipes his memory each night so that he doesn’t go insane with all the cognitive dissonance?

And also right on schedule is this….

Complete with talk about “reforming section 230” and “anti-trust reform” and all the crazy stuff that a goodly (and growing) portion of US right-wingers have been pushing for several years now.

My goodness, where did that suddenly come from? What a coincidence that it came just a day after Musk takes over Twitter.

That’s government intimidation, isn’t it? That’s the government saying, “You will enforce our chosen narrative on a range of issues via censorship of your users – or we will act punitively against your monopoly position.” Sure sounds like it to me, and the response of the GOP to this will be to say how they’re not like that, even as the owners and employees of those companies snigger at their desks, curse the GOP, donate overwhelmingly to the Democrats, curse the Right even more and do everything with their considerable online power to screw them over.

This is why the GOP is often called by its own voters The Stupid Party.

In fact those voters been begging the GOP for some time now to get their useless backsides into gear and rip away the cover of Section 230 from the likes of Twitter, Facebook and their ilk, given the fact that, despite the well intentioned motives of protecting the fledging Web in the 1990’s, they’ve been acting as publishers not platforms for quite some time now in their censoring zeal:

No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.

The grass-roots have also begged the GOP to go full Teddy Roosevelt and start using trust-busting measures against Google and their ilk – only to be greeted with whinging about the “principles” of the libertarian, pro-corporate Right-Wing when it comes to the state and private sector companies – well, giant private sector companies at least. Look at the recent moans from the National Review crowd (and others on the Corporatist Right) about the Florida GOP actions taken against Disney.

Now that the Democrats have breached that particular dam perhaps the GOP will jump on the issue. Still, it would not be surprising if The Stupid Party decides that defending Google, Facebook, Twitter and company against such outrages is a winning issue in 2022, thereby condemning themselves to a tiny win or perhaps even a tiny loss this year, rather than the Red Tsunami they’re currently on target for.

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  1. Is it a lack of self-awareness? Or perhaps just a lack of awareness in general – like of recent history and current affairs?

    Have been wondering this myself.

    Can only put it down to the fact that the world has been made comfortable for certain opinions by removing and excluding others, so much so that those who have benefited the most, barely noticed that it was happening anymore. The “riff-raff” lost their rights to speak, but that was good, because they had nothing worthwhile to say anymore.

    And now, suddenly the dangerous world of competing ideas is coming back, and a guy that they don’t know will be in charge. Utterly terrifying.

    Lucia Maria

    April 27, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    • Meh – I’m going with the explanation from further into the post…. that he’s fallen so far into gaslighting mode that he wipes his memory each night so that he doesn’t go insane with all the cognitive dissonance?

      Or maybe he’s just a stone liar?

      Tom Hunter

      April 27, 2022 at 3:09 pm

      • LOL

        Lucia Maria

        April 27, 2022 at 3:23 pm

  2. Not just Twitter of course…

    Tom Hunter

    April 27, 2022 at 3:46 pm

  3. Well “Freedom and Democracy™” is just an empty slogan in these days of woe

    And the USA of “In God we Trust” and “Moms apple pie” are distant memories replaced by sidewalks littered with used syringes and human excrement

    Meanwhile we in our South Pacific paradise we are horrified at the thought of women wearing burkas in Muslim lands while we meekly submit to wearing face masks in our godless utopia

    World War III is about to begin over “preserving democracy” in a Nation where the president has just outlawed the main remaining legal opposition party, most of the other political parties have long since been outlawed, and arrested its leader , Viktor Medvedchuk.

    “These are the days of miracle and wonder…”

    See I too can make obscure references to popular Western Music from happier times

    Andrei

    April 27, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    • See I too can make obscure references to popular Western Music from happier times

      😉

      Tom Hunter

      April 28, 2022 at 8:38 am


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