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Congressman Tells Zuckerberg First Amendment Applies to Facebook – Wants Rights ‘Restored’

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A Republican U.S. Congressman is urging Mark Zuckerberg to “restore” the First Amendment rights of conservatives on Facebook. Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina literally waved a copy of the Constitution and repeatedly recited the First Amendment as he began questioning the Facebook CEO Wednesday afternoon.

“The standard” in the First Amendment “has been applied to private businesses – whether those are newspapers, or other media platform and I would argue that social media has now become a media platform,” the same as “other press media,” Rep. Duncan dubiously claimed.

“I think the First Amendment probably does apply and will apply,” to Facebook, Duncan said.

(It actually does not.)

“What will you do to restore the First Amendment rights of Facebook users and ensure all users are treated equally – regardless of whether they’re conservative, moderate. liberal, or what not?” he asked Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg, seemingly grasping for a way to answer the question, chose not to point out the obvious: the First Amendment does not apply to Facebook, which is a corporation, not a government entity.

Not hearing the answer he wanted, Duncan went for what he really wanted.

“Conservatives are the ones that raised the awareness that their content has been pulled,” the South Carolina Congressman claimed – convinced that Facebook targets conservatives more than liberals, instead of considering that perhaps the content some conservatives choose to post to Facebook might be more offensive that the content some liberals post to Facebook.

“I don’t see the same awareness being raised by liberal organizations, liberal candidates, or policy statements,” Duncan insisted.

Blogger Joe.My.God. posted the video, calling it “Duncan’s transparent attempt at viral fame.” He adds that Duncan “demonstrat[ed] that many right wingers are utterly incapable of comprehending the very document they literally, in this case, are waving in your face.”

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‘Defunded the CDC’ to ‘Build His Wall’: Trump Scorched for Incompetent Handling of Coronavirus – Including Spelling It ‘Caronavirus’

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President Donald Trump and his White House have made clear he is unconcerned about the deadly coronavirus threat, except as it affects the markets, which he sees as his key to re-election. He reportedly was “furious” at the CDC for telling lawmakers and the American public the virus will spread into communities across the U.S.

“We are asking the American public to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad,” the CDC said Tuesday, which angered Trump.

Those remarks helped tank the markets even further on Tuesday, with the DOW dropping 1900 points in just two days.

Trump tried to blame the news media for informing the public about the risks, via Twitter Wednesday morning. It did not go well.

After announcing a news conference for 6 PM Wednesday, Trump went ballistic, attacking the press, and Democrats, as if they were the ones who made the determination the coronavirus will greatly affect Americans’ day-to-day lives.

And he spelled coronavirus wrong.

Trump’s remarks and general “incompetence” are infuriating many across the country, as smoe noted he cut funding to the CDC’s programs to combat disease outbreaks worldwide.

Of course, this mockery is appropriate:

 

 

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Trump Administration Failing to Calm Public Fears of Coronavirus: They’re ‘Losing the Capacity to Be Seen as Serious’

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On Tuesday, the Washington Post profiled the Trump administration’s efforts to assuage public fears about the coronavirus pandemic — and noted they have become mired in serious credibility problems that damage their ability to direct the public.

“The rosy sheen that Trump, [economic adviser Larry] Kudlow, and other White House officials have tried to express about the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak has now collided with reality: The coronavirus is spreading, quickly, to more countries,” wrote Jeff Stein and Josh Dawsey. “The death toll is rising, and the outbreak is wreaking havoc on global supply chains. Efforts to detect and contain it have failed.”

Related: ‘Mars Needn’t Worry’: Top Trump Economic Advisor Slammed for Claiming Coronavirus ‘Contained’ After CDC Warns of Spread

The report continued: “And the White House’s efforts to contain and control government messaging on the disease have come under attack. Trump is highly concerned about the market and has encouraged aides not to give predictions that might cause further tremors. He is expected to talk to officials on Wednesday, said aides, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.”

The president has claimed that the virus is “totally under control,” and Kudlow has described it as “contained” — statements at odds with public health officials, and which would gravely undermine the administration if a worst-case scenario occurs.

“You don’t want to overly feed the darkness, but if you seem like all you do is happy talk then you lose credibility,” former White House economic adviser Gene Sperling told the Post. “You get a three-hour high from your happy talk, but lose the long-term ability to be seen as serious, factual and potentially reassuring at a later point when it might be justified. This White House may already be in danger of losing the capacity to be seen as serious.”

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‘Furious’ Trump ‘Unhappy’ With HHS Secretary After Massive Stock Market Plunge Over Coronavirus Fears: Report

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President Donald Trump is “furious” the DOW plunged nearly 2000 points during the past two days over coronavirus fears, wiping out all of 2020’s gains as the November reelection approaches. The President watched the markets from India, and grew even more “unhappy” with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar after a top CDC official warned the coronavirus would spread across the country.

“White House officials’ efforts to contain the economic fallout from the coronavirus have created new political hazards, as they publicly downplay the threat while other federal officials with a background in health and diseases are warning of more severe consequences for inaction,” the Washington Post reports. “The administration also risks creating new health hazards, should the pressure to assure investors of economic stability undercut its public health message about the mounting threat.”

There appears to be no concern from the President for the health of the 327.2 million people living in the U.S., rather, all eyes inside his White House are focused on public perception, especially over the market drop.

Despite the CDC’s Nancy Messonnier alerting Americans today that it’s “not a question of if this will happen but when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illnesses,” Trump White House spokesman Judd Deere said that “what we are seeing today is a political effort by the Left and some in the media to distract and disturb the American people with fearful rhetoric and palace intrigue.”

“The United States economy is the strongest in the world thanks to the leadership and policies of President Trump. The virus remains low risk domestically because of the containment actions taken by this Administration since the first of the year.”

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‘Mars Needn’t Worry’: Top Trump Economic Advisor Slammed for Claiming Coronavirus ‘Contained’ After CDC Warns of Spread

The Trump administration has spent the past 18 months creating a list of officials it believes should be purged for not parroting Trump’s every lie.

It seems likely that list may have grown today.

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