Biden claimed Facebook is killing people. Facebook’s response missed the point.

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On Friday, President Biden said social media platforms including Facebook are “killing people” with misinformation about COVID-19. Facebook’s response: “It’s not us, really.” Facebook’s statement is classic deflection; I’ll deconstruct it for you. On July 15, Vivek Murthy, the US Surgeon General, made a public statement about virus misinformation, which he called “an urgent threat … Continued

Why Trump uses the O.J. Simpson “If I did it”-style subjunctive denial

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Donald Trump wrote a statement about the coup on January 6 — saying if he staged a coup, he’d do it differently. His language reminds me of O.J. Simpson — and shows why “If I did it” makes you look guilty to those who hate you, and heroic to those who support you. Simpson’s subjunctive … Continued

Conspiracy theory

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This whiteboard was at an April event for Trump backers in Oklahoma. Trump is at the center of course, but it includes every imaginable association. And Jesus is King at the top, of course. Why does it matter? Because confessed and pardoned felon Gen. Michael Flynn, who was Trump’s first national security advisor, posed in … Continued

Who’s afraid of critical race theory (or anything that sounds like it)?

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For a lot of conservatives, “critical race theory” is a dangerous concept that will pollute the vulnerable minds of children in schools. And because actual sightings of critical race theory in schools are so rare, groups like the Texas Public Policy Foundation are warning us of its other insidious names, like “diversity” and “identity.” What … Continued

Josh Hawley’s radical manifesto “The Tyranny of Big Tech”

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Missouri Senator Josh Hawley’s book The Tyranny of Big Tech is a diatribe against large tech platforms like Facebook and Google. It’s a remarkably radical, even quasi-Marxist critique for a Republican — one that proposes a series of regulations that would endear him to the most liberal of Democrats. I have problem with both Hawley’s … Continued

Why Trump’s blog failed

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Donald Trump started a Twitter-style blog called “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump” 30 days ago. Yesterday his team took it down — apparently there was just too little traffic to make it worthwhile, and Trump was disappointed. What went wrong? The correct reason is not “the blog was filled with bombastic and hateful … Continued

In Florida, unconstitutional social media regulation as performance art

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Florida law now says it is illegal to throw a politician off a social network. This violates the First Amendment. First the facts. From Wired: On Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law the Stop Social Media Censorship Act, which greatly limits large social media platforms’ ability to moderate or restrict user content. The bill is a … Continued