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Twitter Rushes to Debunk Trump-Baldwin Rumor That Its Own Hypocrisy Helped Spread

By deplatforming the former president, social monopoly seeded inauthentic quote

By Ken Kurson, November 2, 2021 9:44 am

The rank hypocrisy displayed by Twitter has reached alarming, and kind of hilarious, new heights. Today’s trending fact check features the debunking of the viral rumor that President Trump criticized Alec Baldwin and supposedly wrote, “Now you’re going to prison, as you should have because of that terrible job you did on SNL.”

That statement is false.

The former president has said nothing publicly about the tragic shooting involving Baldwin, his frequent portrayer and nemesis. However, the reason this obnoxious rumor spread around the world and now has to be subjected to one of these periodic biased factchecks is the fault of Twitter itself.

The whole point of Twitter’s blue check system—a truly evil adult replication of the worst elements of junior high school lunchroom behavior, with dangerous side effects that are being previewed by Communist China’s social ranking policy— is to ensure the authenticity of remarks by high-profile figures. Twitter itself unilaterally deprived Trump and the 88 million users who chose to follow him—including plenty of liberals who did so because they disagree with his policies and valued the opportunity to say so. Then, bad actors falsely attribute quotes to him for their own purposes. And after the horse is out of the barn, Twitter rushes to close the barn doors by fact-checking the statement, eventually determining that it’s inauthentic.

It’s fucking ridiculous.

As I said, the entire blue-check program is some sort of weird Stalinist fever dream. Favored points of view have clearly faced an easier path to that coveted status than did those whose views were out of fashion. When I was the editor in chief of the New York Observer, a representative from Twitter came by the office to hand out blue checks to all the reporters. This included the very talented but also very young reporters on our staff. The Twitter representative was greeted with solemn gratitude as a visiting dignitary. Moreso, in fact, than actual visiting dignitaries. When political figures like Dick Durbin or Eliot Spitzer or Elise Stefanik came by the office, I could barely scrounge up a few people to join in sitting down with him. But the Twitter guy handing out blue checks was sought after like the guy in the high school parking lot with good weed.

To its credit, Twitter itself saw the danger of declaring some people officially important and others not so much. They mostly ended the program in 2017.

But the raising of the blue-check drawbridge had the unintended but easy-to-predict consequence of decreasing the supply of blue checks . As anyone who’s taken a single economics course can explain, a constrained supply increases value.

We’ve also seen that the so-called pause on blue checking is not absolute. When the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer realized that she had somehow failed to be awarded the coveted brand, her fans rallied. She got her blue check in an hour.

As a political publication with a pro-growth, pro-business point of view (some have called the California Globe “right wing,” but I reject that characterization), our little enterprise has thus far failed to merit Twitter’s badge of honor. Our 34,000 followers and enviable growth — we are regularly doing over 1 million page views a month — apparently don’t warrant the Jane Mayer treatment. And that’s OK. Our readers obviously know where to find us.

What’s less OK is the incredible danger of concentrating the power to decide who is entitled to communicate in the hands of so few people. President Trump is not entitled to communicate on Twitter and Facebook despite never having been granted the traditional trappings of a just system, such as, you know, being accused of something, facing that accuser, presenting evidence, and having a non-biased jury present its findings. These old-fashioned values have clearly been improved upon by the geniuses at Twitter and Facebook. And so you get a system where Afghanistan’s Taliban leader Amrullah Saleh is entitled to communicate with Twitter’s billion users, but a duly elected former president of United States cannot.

And it’s not just politics, but science. The California Globe has covered how former New York Times journalist turned vaccine and mandate skeptic Alex Berenson has been barred from the platform for his apostasy. The idea that excommunicating him and others who hold similar views would create confidence that the dominant narrative has been forcefully subjected to critical thinking is absurd on its face. Those who most want to debunk Berenson should be the ones who most want him on the platform so that he cannot claim that his ideas have been suppressed by Big Tech. Instead, his banning has clearly helped his brand and helped spread his ideas.

Twitter and Facebook are monopolies. They ought not be allowed the power that they have. But at the very least, their leaders should act as patriotic Americans and place as much value on speech that they find objectionable as they do on speech with which they agree.

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9 thoughts on “Twitter Rushes to Debunk Trump-Baldwin Rumor That Its Own Hypocrisy Helped Spread

  1. Twitter is ORWELLIAN on blast mode.
    the amount of
    Doublespeak (Any languagedeliberately constructed to disguise or distort its actual meaning, often by employing euphemism or ambiguity.) and
    Doublethink (basically the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them) and
    Newsspeak (Banning, changing words to different meanings) is outrageous

    Twitter is vying to become the Ministry of Truth
    The Ministry of Truth controls information: news, entertainment, education, and the arts. Winston Smith works in the Minitrue RecDep (Records Department), “rectifying” historical records to concord with Big Brother’s current pronouncements so that everything the Party says is true.

    1. The ‘Twitter and Fake Book outlets are merely “Another Arm of the Corrupt Democrat Party and always have been.’ This is why Soros and HIS Billionaire buddies are going into the SAME KIND OF MEDIA BUSINESS AS THE ‘TRUTH POLICE’ WITH THEIR BUSINESS GOING INTO THE INTERNET TO “DECIDE WHO/WHAT GETS POSTED….WHICH IS LAUGHABLE, SINCE SOROS HAS BEEN THE ONE ‘PAYING JOURNOS UNDER THE TABLE FOR ‘HIS IDEAS/AGENDA TO BE PUSHED ONTO AMERICANS.’ SO THINKING THAT HE GETS TO PLAY ‘THE HONORABLE WORD/WORLD POLICE’…..IS TOTALLY DISGUSTING AND
      SEEMS LIKE ‘RUSSIA’S PRAVA THAT ONLY PRINTS WHAT THEY WANT PEOPLE KNOWING
      AS SOROS WANTS TO CONTROL ALL MESSAGES ON THE INTERNET-JUST AS HE’S DONE
      W/HIS SO CALLED ‘PHILANTHROPIC FRONTS AS HE IS BEHIND MANY OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED W/HIM AND HIS ‘PUPPET OBAMA’ PUSHING THEIR GLOBALIST AND ELITIST AGENDA, AS OUR “RULING CLASS” W/AMERICAN CITIZENS NO LONGER UNDER THE PROTECTION OF OUR CONSTITUTION/BILL OF RIGHTS THAT PROTECTS AGAINST
      “Government Oppression” and they ERODE OUR RIGHTS, as we become the Marxist’s agenda’s peons!”

  2. There is a well known outlet where low IQ conservatives can spew out their hateful rhetoric:
    Its called Fox News.

    1. Sorry to burst your bubble that Fox is ‘Where Conservatives go….NOT since they turned “Sharp Left” and they lost Most of the audience shares-with Only a few shows left that do speak the truth….that is why NEWSMAX has most people who believe that American Citizens have choices…..You will Love the New Soros site, to become the “WORD POLICE” and he gets to decide who/what gets on the net(just as he controls over 30 Media Outlets-and is looking to get Fox to CANCEL TUCKER CARLSON…who ‘Does tell the truth,
      something you and your ilk do not, as you cover for the “Marxist Democrat Party”

    2. That is because High IQ conservatives go to Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit where we can call out the Maoists more freely.

    3. And equally well known outlets where low IQ liberals can spew out their hateful rhetoric: it’s called CNN, CBS, ABC and NBC all agree with a mandate that all legal citizens to get COVID shots; applaud illegals entering the country, yet in their ignorance FORGET that UNvaccinated people are DYING of the virus. So is this what Joe wants? Is it what YOU want? If so, be honest.

  3. W16521 YOUR DAMN RIGHT! Thank God there are websites like this that allow smart people like you the freedom to share opinions. Everyone should be forced to read and believe all your brilliant thoughts. So wise and filled with love and good will. Your as smart as they come and we are so lucky to have you.

  4. The author needs to clean up his language and stop spewing like that degenerate Baldwin. Trump does not need to do or say anything as Baldwin is a self actualizing train wreck. Let him burn to the ground all on his own.

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