Daily Archives: October 21, 2020

USA TODAY refused to publish this

The author posted it at PJ Media instead and I’m sharing it here, in full, because if the Slime didn’t want us to read it, then we all should definitely read it!

(I added the picture of Hunter sleeping with his crack binky.)

BIG TECH BURNED BY BIDEN BLUNDER

By Glenn Harlan Reynolds [aka, Instapundit]

In my 2019 book, The Social Media Upheaval, I warned that the Big Tech companies — especially social media giants like Facebook and Twitter — had grown into powerful monopolists, who were using their power over the national conversation to not only sell ads, but also to promote a political agenda. That was pretty obvious last year, but it was even more obvious last week, when Facebook and Twitter tried to black out the New York Post’s blockbuster report about emails found on a laptop abandoned by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter.

The emails, some of which have been confirmed as genuine with their recipients, show substantial evidence that Hunter Biden used his position as Vice President Joe Biden’s son to extract substantial payments from “clients” in other countries. There are also photos of Hunter with a crack pipe, and engaging in various other unsavory activities. And they demolished the elder Biden’s claim that he never discussed business with his son.

That’s a big election-year news story. Some people doubted its genuineness, and of course it’s always fair to question a big election-year news story, especially one that comes out shortly before the election. (Remember CBS newsman Dan Rather’s promotion of what turned out to be forged memos about George W. Bush’s Air National Guard service?)

But the way you debate whether a story is accurate or not is by debating. (In the case of the Rather memos, it turned out the font was from Microsoft Word, which of course didn’t exist back during the Vietnam War era.) Big Tech could have tried an approach that fostered such a debate. But instead of debate, they went for a blackout: Both services actually blocked links to the New York Post story. That’s right: They blocked readers from discussing a major news story by a major paper, one so old that it was founded by none other than Alexander Hamilton.

I wasn’t advising them — they tend not to ask me for my opinion — but I would have advised against such a blackout. There’s a longstanding Internet term called “the Streisand effect,” going back to when Barbara Streisand demanded that people stop sharing pictures of her beach house. Unsurprisingly, the result was a massive increase in the number of people posting pictures of her beach house. The Big Tech Blackout produced the same result: Now even people who didn’t care so much about Hunter Biden’s racket nonetheless became angry, and started talking about the story.

As lefty journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote in The Intercept, Twitter and Facebook crossed a line far more dangerous than what they censored. Greenwald writes: “Just two hours after the story was online, Facebook intervened. The company dispatched a life-long Democratic Party operative who now works for Facebook — Andy Stone, previously a communications operative for Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, among other D.C. Democratic jobs — to announce that Facebook was ‘reducing [the article’s] distribution on our platform’: in other words, tinkering with its own algorithms to suppress the ability of users to discuss or share the news article. The long-time Democratic Party official did not try to hide his contempt for the article, beginning his censorship announcement by snidely noting: ‘I will intentionally not link to the New York Post.’”

“Twitter’s suppression efforts went far beyond Facebook’s. They banned entirely all users’ ability to share the Post article — not just on their public timeline but even using the platform’s private Direct Messaging feature.”

“Early in the day, users who attempted to link to the New York Post story either publicly or privately received a cryptic message rejecting the attempt as an ‘error.’ Later in the afternoon, Twitter changed the message, advising users that they could not post that link because the company judged its contents to be ‘potentially harmful.’ Even more astonishing still, Twitter locked the account of the New York Post, banning the paper from posting any content all day and, evidently, into Thursday morning.”

This went badly. The heads [of] Facebook and of Twitter, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, are now facing Senate subpoenas, the RNC has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, arguing that Twitter’s action in blacking out a damaging story constituted an illegal in-kind donation to the Biden Campaign, and most significantly, everyone is talking about the story now, with many understandably assuming that if the story were false, it would have been debunked rather than blacked out.

CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted: ”Congrats to Twitter on its Streisand Effect award!!!” Big Tech shot itself in the foot, and it didn’t stop the signal.

Regardless of who wins in November, it’s likely that there will be substantial efforts to rein in Big Tech. As Greenwald writes, “State censorship is not the only kind of censorship. Private-sector repression of speech and thought, particularly in the internet era, can be as dangerous and consequential. Imagine, for instance, if these two Silicon Valley giants united with Google to declare: henceforth we will ban all content that is critical of President Trump and/or the Republican Party, but will actively promote criticisms of Joe Biden and the Democrats.

“Would anyone encounter difficulty understanding why such a decree would constitute dangerous corporate censorship? Would Democrats respond to such a policy by simply shrugging it off on the radical libertarian ground that private corporations have the right to do whatever they want? To ask that question is to answer it.”

“To begin with, Twitter and particularly Facebook are no ordinary companies. Facebook, as the owner not just of its massive social media platform but also other key communication services it has gobbled up such as Instagram and WhatsApp, is one of the most powerful companies ever to exist, if not the most powerful.”

He’s right. And while this heavyhanded censorship effort failed, there’s no reason to assume that other such efforts won’t work in the future. Not many stories are as hard to squash as a major newspaper’s front page expose during an presidential election.

As I wrote in The Social Media Upheaval, the best solution is probably to apply antitrust law to break up these monopolies: Competing companies would police each other, and if they colluded could be prosecuted under antitrust law. There are also moves to strip them of their immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects them from being sued for things posted or linked on their sites on the theory that they are platforms, not publishers who make publication decisions. And Justice Clarence Thomas has recently called for the Supreme Court to revisit the lower courts’ interpretation of Section 230, which he argues has been overbroad. A decade ago there would have been much more resistance to such proposals, but Big Tech has tarnished its own image since then.

Had Facebook and Twitter approached this story neutrally, as they would have a decade ago, it would probably already be old news to a degree — as Greenwald notes, Hunter’s pay-for-play efforts were already well known, if not in such detail — but instead the story is still hot. More importantly, their heavy handed action has brought home just how much power they wield, and how crudely they’re willing to wield it. They shouldn’t be surprised at the consequences.

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2020: A new IBD/TIPP presidential poll was released on Tuesday showing Biden 48.1% vs. Trump 45.8%. With a difference of 2.3 points and an MOE of +/- 3.2, Trump and Biden are statistically tied.

Biden’s lead in this poll has dropped steadily from its peak of 8.6 points on Oct. 13.

2020: Biden is hiding out in his basement during the home stretch – “How outrageous it is for Biden to be so smug and secure in his victory, so smug and secure the national media will campaign on his behalf, that he thinks he can sit it out, hug the ball, run out the clock, while President Donald Trump is out there doing two and three events a day — while being president.” – John Nolte

ALASKA: Homer – CLICK https://twitter.com/Not_the_Bee/status/1317822833653960705 [:32] to see a moose with mad soccer skillz.

BACK THE BLUE: CLICK https://twitter.com/Not_the_Bee/status/1317925507900579840 [1:06] to see body cam footage of white cops saving a suicidal black man. After the man was safely pulled back from the ledge, the cops said, “I just could just hear it in his voice, he started crying. You could hear him weeping and I just remember telling him I loved him. I thought he needed to hear that. I had so much compassion and so much love for the man that I wanted him to know that people care about him. I never met him ever in my life. I believe that I was put there in that moment of time for that reason. I know in my heart that man will succeed in life.”

CALIFORNIA: Baldwin Park – On Sunday night, a drop-off box for filled-in ballots was set on fire. Many of the more than 200 ballots that were inside the ballot box were destroyed.

FLORIDA: Clearwater [1:12] – Brian Kahrs calls this his “blue collar limousine.”

GUN CONTROL: It looks like the Left’s long-time efforts to disarm Americans is one of the victims of the coronavirus. Between mid-March and mid-July, 110,000 guns were sold in California. Nearly half of these (47,000) were sold to first-time gun owners.

HUNTER: CLICK https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1318537680926494720 [:30] to see Trump’s hard-hitting new ad.

The Biden campaign’s non-denial denials and the Slimestream Media’s “Russian disinformation” baloney are absurd and, frankly, insulting. The hard drive contains thousands of actual emails that other people on the email chains have confirmed. The hard drive also contained thousands of private pictures and text messages which further prove authenticity. And now we have a signed and dated receipt.

Donald Trump was quite literally impeached on less evidence than this. But don’t hold your breath waiting for Thursday’s debate moderator, Kristen Welker, to ask Joe a single question about it. She’s an anchor at NBC.

MICHIGAN: CLICK https://twitter.com/Not_the_Bee/status/1317814537479925762 [:13] to hear Joe Biden call Gretchen “Jackboots” Whitmer the “best governor in America.”

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE COMMISSION: It’s supposed to be bipartisan, but all the Republicans are Never Trumpers, which explains why, as soon as the Hunter Biden scandal broke, the debate commission changed the subject of Thursday’s debate. It was supposed to be about foreign policy. Oops. They also decided they’re going to mute Trump’s mike when they feel like it.

QANON: The article linked below explains the so-called Q movement. If it’s real, it reminds me a lot of Deep Throat from the Watergate era.

According to the author, “QAnon” doesn’t actually exist. It’s shorthand for the anonymous tweets posted by nobody-knows-who about deep state corruption. No one in the general public even knows who Q is or if s/he is a single person. Some believe Q is a group of nine individuals, 6 military intelligence and 3 civilians. There appears to be some coordination between Q and Trump, which would make sense, since he has long promised to drain the Swamp.

At Trump’s town hall last week, moderator Savannah Guthrie pressed the president to condemn QAnon, which she called a fringe conspiracy cult. But there is no group. There is no charismatic leader, no official website, and no membership roster.

And unlike BLM and Antifa, “it” neither organizes rallies nor supports violence. So why did Guthrie lump it with white nationalism? Why has the Slimestream Media published numerous articles critical of it? And why are social media groups dedicated to discussing it banned?

Maybe, just maybe, the Left is so twitchy about QAnon, because Q is real and the information he/she/they drip out through anonymous internet posts are a genuine threat to the Swamp.

We can hope.

RUSH: Basically, Savage was suggesting that Limbaugh should go off somewhere now and die quietly instead of sharing his journey with his millions of loyal radio listeners. What a jerk.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook and Twitter tried to squash the New York Post’s blockbuster story on Hunter Biden’s emails. It kinda sorta backfired on them … BIG TIME.

The Post’s story generated 2.59 million interactions (likes, comments, shares) on Facebook and Twitter last week — more than double the next biggest story about Trump or Biden.

Five of the 10 biggest stories were about the Hunter Biden story, the fallout, or how Facebook and Twitter reacted.

It was the 6th-most engaged article this month, trailing pieces like Trump testing positive for COVID-19 and Eddie Van Halen’s death.

Eighty-three percent of the interactions happened on Facebook, with the other 17% on Twitter.

SOROS: Democrats love to decry billionaires dumping big, dark money into Republican campaigns, but nobody on our side can hold a candle to George, the Nazi Jew.

He has poured $68.5million into trying to defeat Republicans this year. He only spent a paltry $22 million during the last presidential cycle.

TOOBIN: Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended by the New Yorker. He has also been granted some time off from his gig as CNN’s Chief Legal Analyst to deal with “a personal issue.”

Brian “Dumbest Man on Television” Stelter reported for the “Most Trusted Name in News” that “Jeffrey Toobin has been sidelined at a pivotal moment in the run-up to the presidential election. The reason: He exposed himself during a Zoom call with New Yorker colleagues in what he says was an accident.”

Sidelined? Accident? Way to minimize the fact that your network’s jerk-off legal analyst subjected his colleagues to graphic and unwanted sexual abuse. He should be fired, not suspended.

“If you can’t get through a conference call without jerking off you need help.” – Dana Todd

VOTER FRAUD: According to an analysis by Judicial Watch, 353 counties in 29 U.S. states have 1.8 million more registered voters than eligible voting-age citizens. This is a slight improvement over last year, when a similar study found 372 such counties.

In addition, eight states have statewide registered voter totals that exceed 100 percent of eligible voters. These include Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Of these, Michigan is the only one considered to be a swing state for 2020.

States are required under a federal law approved in 1993 to make all reasonable efforts to maintain updated voter registration rolls, but enforcement of the statute was almost nonexistent until recent years when Judicial Watch began suing individual states.

RE: The graphic above – When I googled “voter fraud memes” looking for something to illustrate this story, MY graphic popped up … in the top row. How cool is that! 🙂

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Women’s March – The Left condemns Trump supporters not as people who disagree with them about policy, but as deplorable people who must be unhinged and brainwashed to support a fascist like Donald Trump.

CLICK https://twitter.com/ChuckModi1/status/1317499588975230976 [:20] to see the irony. Or maybe just leave it at trying to unsee that banner …

WHISTLEBLOWER: Two Americans have published evidence that the U.S. government agreed to let Osama bin Laden and more than 100 of his top guys to shelter in Iran with their families in exchange for not targeting the U.S. again after 9/11.

The whistleblowers say that top people in both the Bush and Obama administrations – including Presidents Bush and Obama, VP Joe Biden, SecState Hillary Clinton, CIA Director John Brennan, and FBI Director Robert Mueller – all knew about it.

They say Obama’s $150 billion Iran deal was about buying Iran’s silence about the deal and that it was Hillary Clinton who arranged to move bin Laden to Pakistan for a “trophy kill” to ensure Obama’s reelection.

Bin Laden was never meant to survive his “arrest”, because nobody at the top wanted him alive to testify that two administrations – Republican and Democrat – had arranged for him to continue operating his terror organization in safety, just so long as he didn’t order any hits inside the U.S.

I feel sick.

GRAMMY NOTES: It’s an odd fact that total strangers feel comfortable asking personal questions of and offering unsolicited advice to pregnant women.

One very common question is, “Do you want a boy or a girl?

I absolutely refused to answer that to anyone, even my husband, because I never ever wanted my kid to have someone say years later, “You mother wanted [what you aren’t].”

I’m not good at being rude, so instead of saying, “None of your business,” I’d say, “I’m really hoping it’s not a puppy or a kitten.”

One person stuttered and said, “Oh right. Just so long as it’s healthy.

Well, even if it’s not, we’re not going to leave it at the hospital.”

I could almost hear that person’s jaw hit the ground.

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