Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Revolution Will Be Neither Televised Or Tweeted

The Congressional hearings over the past 2 days – AG Barr on Tuesday and tech CEOs yesterday – clearly demonstrate a major source of the problems in America today: the caliber of people the American people keep electing to represent them.

Nadler Removes Mask To Remind Republican House Members They're Not ...

As a result both hearings were basically a waste of time. The Barr hearing was intended to provide campaign footage for Democrats.  The Big Tech antitrust hearings that theoretically examined the conservative bias of various platforms simply served as an arena for the CEOs to provide plausible deniability.

Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon – oddly nobody from Twitter – all declared their absolute neutrality.

Facebook mounted perhaps the most dubious defense of the lot. Rep. James Sensenbrenner asked Mark Zuckerberg about the video of doctors promoting the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine that had been taken down by Facebook as well as other platforms:

SENSENBRENNER: “It was reported that Donald Trump Jr, got taken down (from Twitter) for a period of time, because he put something up of the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine. There still is a debate on whether it is effective. Wouldn’t that be up to somebody else to say, okay, what somebody posted on this really isn’t true?”

ZUCKERBERG: We do not want to become the arbiters of — of truth. I think that that would be a bad position for us to be in and not — not what we should be doing. But on specific claims, if someone is gonna go out and say that hydroxychloroquine is proven to cure COVID, when in fact it has not been proven to cure COVID and that that statement could lead people to take a drug that in some cases some of the data suggests that it might be harmful to people, we think that we should take that down. That could cause imminent risk of harm.

Sort of a sorry, not sorry explanation: we don’t want to be the arbiter of truth…except when we think we have to be the arbiter of truth.

Just Not Sorry! (the backstory). This is the behind the scenes ...

Such a display of logic certainly lends credence to the Winklevoss twins’ suit alleging theft and fraud against Zuckerberg for stealing their UConnect concept.

Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss holding drinks at the Met GalaMan, these two would make a much better “face” for Facebook than Zucky

If ever there has been a time and circumstance that demanded anti-trust action that time is now and the stranglehold of Big Tech on the information flow in America is the circumstance.

And don’t even get me started on Twitter censorship…

Your Tweet Has Been Muted For the Good of Our Flock

The Revolution is coming, don’t say you haven’t been warned.