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A few days ago Fox News finished conducting a poll, of roughly 1,000 registered voters, via phone calls and found that a strong majority of Americans do not find Trump’s tweets to be helping his agenda. In fact 71% thought it hurts his agenda, while only 17% think it helps. The poll also found that only 13% […]
Ian Tuttle of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America celebrate the House passing “Kate’s Law” and agreeing to further crackdowns on sanctuary cities. They also discuss the dismal financial prospects of Illinois, which has racked up massive amounts of debt and that additional tax increases cannot solve despite the insistence of Democrats. And they contemplate the partisan fallout if Twitter releases a “fake news” button for its site. Finally, they extol the genius of America as they prepare to celebrate Independence Day and the Three Martini Lunch pauses until July 5.
David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud new developments in the Middle East as ISIS loses its grip on Mosul and its defeat appears increasingly likely. They condemn the appalling Charlie Gard decision in which a London court decided that a terminally ill child will be removed from life support — against the wishes of his parents — and reflect on the implications of single-payer healthcare. They criticize President Trump’s latest Twitter barrage against Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, claiming Trump’s language debases the culture. Plus, a follow-up revelation in the McEnroe-Williams tennis controversy.
Bret Stephens doesn’t like Twitter, so he decided that you shouldn’t either.
His reasoning is lax, but the New York Times columnist blames the social media platform for “pornifying” politics. “Twitter is the political pornography of our time,” Stephens claims, “revealing but distorting, exciting but dulling, debasing to its users, and, well, ejaculatory. It’s bad for the soul and, as Donald Trump proves daily, bad for the country.”
As someone who spends too much time on Twitter, I couldn’t disagree more. Twitter — as with books, television, podcasts, or any other medium — is what you make of it. You can visit the library to check out Dostoyevsky or Danielle Steele. Go on YouTube for the BBC’s “Civilisation” documentaries or to see skateboarders getting popped in their yam bags. Download podcasts from Ricochet, or from some horrible, lesser audio network.
I need to take issue with something @dennisprager said in his recent appearance on the Ricochet flagship podcast. He was there as part of the larger conversation around his recent National Review piece about why conservatives continue to attack the President. At 44:48, Prager spoke of his puzzlement about why conservatives fixate on what the President says. Specifically, the President’s tweets. Prager said, “I don’t give a hoot what he tweets,” and explained that it matters what he does, not what he Tweets.
Okay, so here’s the problem with that: We can’t just ignore Donald Trump’s tweets. They matter because each tweet is a public statement by the President of the United States. What he tweets cannot be separated from what he does because public statements are part of what a President does. This isn’t something overheard at a cocktail party or caught on a hot mic, these are public statements the President makes under his own name.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud British Prime Minister Theresa May for a much tougher statement following the London Bridge terrorism attack, while acknowledging the difficult free speech debate that is sure to follow. They also contemplate terror suspect profiling after one attacker appeared in the documentary “The Jihadis Next Door” and attempted to radicalize children in a local park, yet police let him go after questioning. And they express frustration over President’s Trump’s latest Twitter tirade over his travel ban.
So everybody tell me in the comments, who are your favorite people/organizations to follow and why? Preview Open
This morning’s trending topics on Facebook and Twitter. Maybe someone needs to unmask who runs social media. Preview Open
Fancying himself a regular Donald Trump, Senator Bernie Sanders (@berniesanders) is taking his message straight to the people through Twitter. However, most of Bernie Sanders’ tweets are so simplistic, uneducated, or hypocritical (or all three at once) that they can be refuted in less than 140 characters. Here are a few examples: Preview Open
In regard to Trump’s accusation about the Obama administration wiretapping Trump Tower, a couple days ago @bryangstephens asked what I thought was a fair question: “If this ends up being true, will Trumps enemies on the Right rally to his cause, or join the left in trying to take him down?” Preview Open
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos break down the political surveillance debate in three different martinis. They wonder why Pres. Trump decided a late night series of tweets was the best way to lodge serious allegations against his predecessor. We also note Pres. Obama’s carefully worded statement denying any involvement in spying on Trump, the conflicting narratives on what actually happened – all leading to the dizzying Washington conjecture that Trump might not be correct but he’s probably right. And we unload on Delaware Sen. Chris Coons for claiming transcripts of Russians interacting with the Trump team would tell us once and for all if there was any collusion during the 2016 campaign – only to later admit he has no idea what’s in the transcripts.
Hi Joss — I’m guessing you don’t hear from a lot of conservatives, with the obvious exception of those times when you tweet something akin to your wish that Speaker Paul Ryan be raped to death by a rhinoceros. I won’t feign outrage, but I was hoping that just one of the many actors with whom you work would have said something — anything […]
Should Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram be considered as Public Utilities and regulated accordingly? This was the question posed yesterday by Scott Adams, of Dilbert (and election 2016 prognostication) fame. Of course the question itself assumes that the existing regulation of utilities, in their operations and services, is already a good (or least a necessary) activity of government, and that regulation in turn requires us to define what a Public Utility is. Merriam Webster’s definition is, to my mind, unsatisfactorily circular:
a business organization (as an electric company) performing a public service and subject to special governmental regulationhttps://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/public%20utility
When do you think Twitter will suspend Trump’s account, based on some asinine “policy violation”? Preview Open
Just came across this while visiting iwastesomuchtime.com. Had to share it. While twitter is sometimes mocked as yet another sign of the shallow constant need for attention and validation, I’ve found there are actually a lot of smart, funny people out there whose twitter feeds are marvelously entertaining. As an example of a hilarious non-politically-minded […]
Omri Ceren (@CerenOmri) is the Managing Director for Press and Strategy at The Israel Project (TIP) and he had this to say on Twitter about how unprecedented UNSCR 2334 is, what a major break it represents from long-term American policy, and how it treats “international law.” (Scare quotes because it’s a made-up term that now means what ever we can use to bash Jews and protect real human rights abusers.)
Can’t believe this has to be done, but here’s why anyone who compares Obama knifing Israel to previous US diplomacy is a hack or an idiot 1/
2016 is the election that keeps on giving, like a Santa Claus that hangs around long after December 25th has come and gone. Trump has so unhinged the Left that they’re not only going insane, they’re doing it in a way that’s highly entertaining. Case in point, Keith Olbermann: Shove the euphemisms + @realDonaldTrump denials. It's […]
Leading up to the Presidential election, social media & web outlets like Twitter, Google and Facebook were flexing their bias. Such as Facebook Trending Topics that ignored Trends, Twitter users banned for being Conservative, or Google tinkering with Autocomplete algorithms. Now that Donald Trump is President-elect, these outlets have taken on the idiom “I’m Going To Take My […]