It’s a stacked deck but there’s splashback this time

Stephen Kruiser: The Morning Briefing: Trump’s Twitter Trolling Is the Greatest Entertainment in America – “What Trump has managed to do with Twitter is counter the narrative advantage that the mainstream media always had and used against Republican presidents.”

“On Tuesday Twitter did get combative with the president when it did a fact check and red-flagged a couple of Trump’s tweets about vote-by-mail and voter fraud. The platform has never been shy about its liberal bias, but it is usually a little more coy than this. Pretending that there is no connection between vote-by-mail and fraud is a fairy tale straight from the Democratic National Committee.

I’ve said it before: if President Trump would spend most of his day taking swings at liberals on Twitter I might cancel all of my streaming services. Watching him get out in front of stories or counter-punch false narratives never fails to delight. I have two Tweetdeck columns dealing with various media accounts and it’s so much fun watching them fall apart after one of the president’s deliberate troll tweets.

Thank God Trump isn’t the kind of guy who lets anyone talk him out of anything. I’m sure every constipated establishment adviser he’s had has told him to lay off Twitter, even though it’s one of his greatest weapons in the battle against the ever-biased press.

Tyler Durden: Election Meddling? Rule-Enforcing Twitter Execs Under Fire For Anti-Trump Postings – “Shortly after Twitter announced it would start “fact-checking” President Trump’s tweets, yet more evidence has been exposed of the blatant anti-Trump bias at the most senior levels of the social media giant.” … “It is that lack of a consistent standard that has magnified free speech concerns.”

“As Summit News’ Paul Joseph Watson notes, Roth has been head of site integrity at Twitter since July 2018 and is responsible for “election security” and “misinformation,” meaning he almost certainly played a key role in the decision to ‘fact-check’ Trump’s tweets.

In the meantime, We await Twitter ‘fact-checking’ false claims about ‘Russian collusion’ or any other of the erroneous issues pushed by the blue check mark brigade that have proven to be spectacularly wrong.

Mark Hemingway: Media’s Unpunished Lies Hurt The Nation Far Worse Than Trump’s Indefensible Tweets – “The grim joke of the 20th century was that one death is a tragedy, 1 million is a statistic. Well, in the 21st century age of information warfare, one man’s libel is an outrage. When thousands do it, we call that ‘the news.‘” … “When Trump is singled out for his outrageous comments, while Joe Biden gets portrayed as an avuncular goofball for decades of horrifying behavior, it starts to make sense why Trump voters can’t be bothered to care.” … “The president getting a hall pass isn’t going to outrage anyone on Team Trump when you consider how social media platforms are generally perceived as having policies that are inconsistent, unfair, and cavalier about censorship.”

“With Trump’s election, there was drastic and, yes, problematic unburdening of this strategic disadvantage public virtue presented. The quote that’s been in vogue on the right hails from sci-fi writer Frank Herbert: “When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to my principles.” At the same time, there’s little doubt the left consciously weaponized this insight long before Trump — see Saul Alinsky’s command to “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”
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Even with Trump in the White House, there’s a not unreasonable perception that the media and other institutions ultimately have more power and influence and will outlast him. They continue to seek the safety of the herd, portraying their own inexcusable and vicious attacks on the portion of America that doesn’t share their center-left worldview as the product of reasonable consensus.
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There’s a large complicated dynamic here, the problems are systemic, and we didn’t arrive at a situation where the leader of the free world could or would say these things out of the blue. If your first impulse is that you are not part of this problem, well, you most certainly are — even if it’s a result of what you’ve passively tolerated.
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Trump merely exposed existing contradictions, where the decorum and civility of official Washington had already become fig leaves for wielding power in a way that ran roughshod over the desires of “deplorable” and “irredeemable” citizens. Until we all change our own behavior and treat each other with respect regardless of our disagreements, we’re going to continue to get the nasty discourse we deserve, regardless of who’s president or how much the media feels entitled to complain about their rhetoric.

I & I Editorial Board: From Speech To Consumer Choice, Democrats Believe Everything Must Be Policed – “The political left is driven by an urge to supervise every aspect of our lives. It’s a corrosive impulse that shouldn’t be accepted anywhere in a free nation, let alone practiced. The backlash needs to begin now. If not, our liberty will eventually be overrun.” … “Nothing in recent times illustrates the left’s inclination to control as does its response to the coronavirus pandemic.”

“Naturally, those who would make the rules would be exempt from them. The inconsistencies and hypocrisy don’t matter, though, to those in control. Neither does the loss of liberty. Only if we’re vigilant, and more so than we’ve been, will we be able to limit the damage and have any hope of restoring that which has been lost.

It’s not just in the U.S. France revokes decree authorising use of hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 – An inexpensive drug in common use for fifty years is micromanaged by politicians for ideological reasons using ‘in the weeds’ rationalizations.

Anthony Leonardi: Kathy Griffin: Stabbing Trump with syringe containing ‘nothing but air inside’ would ‘do the trick’ – “The Washington Examiner also asked Twitter if she breached the platform’s violent threats policy. A representative said the company will “look into” the tweets.” Ugly, proud of it, and lauded by the Left.

Bruce Bawer: An Open Letter to the D.C. Right – “You’ve shrugged off Obama’s culpability. And in doing so, you’ve set yourself against liberty and justice. The scales have fallen from my eyes, and the sight before me is a sorry thing indeed.”

“For a long while, I thought you were the good guys. You talked about individual liberty. Some of you identified as conservatives, others as libertarians, still others as classical liberals. None of you are outright leftists.
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Then Donald Trump came along. He spoke of liberty and of putting America First.

Your public rage at him—and his supporters—was instantaneous. It was visceral, full-throated, and constant.

I didn’t remember any of you getting that worked up about Barack Obama. Ever.
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You knew—somehow all of you could tell instinctively—that when Trump talked about liberty, he meant it. … But you? However much you talked about liberty, at bottom you weren’t really about liberty at all—at least not the individual liberty of ordinary Americans.
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In recent days, I’ve reached an apotheosis. It was triggered by a thread on one of your Facebook pages.

Victor Davis Hanson: The Remains of an Administration – “Each day that the Obama administration fades into the past, its wrongdoings manage to wander back into the present. After years of suppression, all sorts of strange events keep popping up to remind us of what little is left of the Obama years” [follow on at nagware National Review]

Mark Kramer: Lessons From Operation “Denver,” the KGB’s Massive AIDS Disinformation Campaign – “Historian Douglas Selvage sheds light on a conspiracy theory that reverberates to this day.” As Stephen Green notes at Instapundit, “This is a fascinating read, and Communist China’s similar propaganda effort on the Wuhan Virus just goes to show that commies never change.” The problem is that Kramer succumbs to the ‘both sides do it’ fallacy and falls prey to distorted perceptions and questionable assertions to do so.

Nicholas Stark: I’m a doctor in a family of COVID deniers – borrowing the climate alarmists narrative for those who don’t see the light … “Most of my colleagues on the frontlines have nominal contact with individuals on this end of the sociopolitical spectrum. When they call home, they are met with affirmations, and their thoughtful cautions are received in earnest.”

“I am the only physician in a family of farmers. As I witness the pandemic’s devastating health consequences from the frontlines, I feel a fundamental responsibility to share my experience and advice with my loved ones to keep them safe. However, I find myself battling COVID-denial propaganda at every turn. Even my years of medical training have not endowed me with the credibility necessary to break down the sociopolitical barriers that separate my family and me on this life-and-death issue.

Perhaps it is time to set aside the hubris and start listening to the farmers? Death and disease in the cold hard world trains them with a knowledge and experience that puts a premium on intellectual integrity. Perhaps they are also telling you that the medical profession is following academia and the flyover media into a hellhole of disrespect and suspicion. Calling people “deniers” is indicative ad hominem. Try to move toward accepting others as equals rather than inferior.

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