Conspicuous in its absence? Twitter.
Alex Jones has spent years falsely claiming the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that took 26 lives, including 20 young children, was a “false flag” operation and that “no one died” there. He’s made life hell for parents who lost children in the massacre. Just today we learn his attorney is trying to publicize the home addresses of two of the parents who lost their children to a madman shooter at the Connecticut school.
Jones has spent years attacking LGBTQ people.
He promoted the dangerous “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory.
He’s been called a racist and part of the alt-right.
And he’s still on Twitter.
Here’s what Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey says to defend the decision to not oust Jones:
Truth is we’ve been terrible at explaining our decisions in the past. We’re fixing that. We’re going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories.
— jack (@jack) August 8, 2018
Accounts like Jones’ can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors, so it’s critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions. This is what serves the public conversation best.
— jack (@jack) August 8, 2018
A top Maine newspaper blasted the Twitter chief:
— Portland Press Herald (@PressHerald) August 8, 2018
Jack Dorsey’s insistence that journalists should be the firewall to fend off fake news purveyors is just not good enough for many who are furious that Twitter has not banned Alex Jones.
And Dorsey’s claim that it’s up to journalists to police the social media site was so brazen and unfair he was forced just hours ago to try to make amends:
One of the most important constituencies we serve is our journalist population. Has been since day 1. We don’t mean to shift the work here. We must build tools to help (and need to work together to do that). We can’t be a useful service without the integrity journalists bring. https://t.co/sARY4SgsHt
— jack (@jack) August 8, 2018
But many on the social media site are angry, and are taking to Twitter to show why the Twitter CEO’s thinking is just plan wrong.
Using Dorsey’s tweet suggesting it’s up to journalists to refute fake news, some are tweeting wild accusations and finding other ways to mock the Twitter co-founder, hoping to make change – and presumably to get Twitter to boot Alex Jones.
Jack is a Nazi pedophile crisis actor who should be mercilessly and endlessly tormented and if I understand correctly, this is entirely fine to say because I didn’t @ him and it’s the responsibility of journalists to refute my assertions.
— No Diana Only Zuul (@dianagentile) August 8, 2018
— Bill Grueskin (@BGrueskin) August 8, 2018
The best response to someone falsely shouting fire in a movie theater is for other people in the same movie theater to politely mumble ‘perhaps this is not accurate’ while everyone runs out in a panicked stampede.
— Anil Dash (@anildash) August 8, 2018
Others are attacking Dorsey’s decision outright, and finding ways to express their anger and outrage:
It’s even simpler than that, @jack: Alex Jones harassed grieving parents to the point where they could no longer visit their children’s graves. And you’re okay with it. Say it that way, @jack. Keep it simple! https://t.co/9sVAYsmBHr
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 8, 2018
Having slept on it, I find @jack‘s foot-shiuffling rationale for allowing Alex Jones to continue to use Twitter more pathetic than I did yesterday, and I write that with a feeling of some amazement.
— William Gibson (@GreatDismal) August 8, 2018
After @Jack said last night that he’s not kicking Alex Jones off Twitter, Bob’s Burgers writer @WendyMolyneux suggested a day of Twitter silence on Friday December 14th, which will be the 6 yr. anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. I will be participating. pic.twitter.com/6uanEURv10
— Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) August 8, 2018
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) August 8, 2018
— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) August 8, 2018
— ÆMarling (@AEMarling) August 8, 2018
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Sen. Bill Cassidy: ‘Roads and Bridges Are a Woman’s Problem’ Because They Are ‘Doing the Shopping’
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) on Sunday insisted that infrastructure like roads and bridges is a “women’s problem” because they do the “shopping.”
Cassidy made the remarks on NBC’s Meet the Press, where he was arguing on behalf of a bipartisan infrastructure bill.
“If you go home and talk to constituents who are stuck in traffic for an hour and a half getting to work and an hour and a half getting home — three hours a day that they don’t spend with their family — they want a bridge coming to a town near them,” Cassidy explained.
“My wife says that roads and bridges are a woman’s problem if you will,” the senator added. “Because oftentimes it is the woman — aside from commuting to work — who’s also taking children to schools or doing the shopping. And the more time that she spends on that road, the less time she spends doing things of higher value.”
Watch the video below from NBC.
Trump Claims Abandoning US Allies in Syria Is ‘Strategically Brilliant’ Despite Bipartisan Condemnation Amid Ethnic Cleansing
President Donald Trump just praised his decision to withdraw U.S. Armed Forces from Northern Syria, opening the door for Turkey to begin ethnic cleansing of America’s now-former allies in the war against ISIS as “strategically brilliant.” U.S. troops have condemned the move, which has destroyed decades of U.S.-international diplomacy and military action, and resuscitated ISIS as a terrorist organization.
Experts have said Trump’s moves over the past week have strengthened Russia enormously.
(Watch the look on the note-taker’s face as Trump speaks.)
“I view the situation on the Turkish border with Syria to be, for the United States, strategically brilliant,” President Trump says amid bipartisan criticism of his administration’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops https://t.co/oLkZhiTJJK pic.twitter.com/XUtmB9c3XW
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 16, 2019
Presidential Advisor Pierson: Was Lincoln Racist?
Senior advisor for President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign, Katrina Pierson, has pushed back on criticism about the low number of Black peoplein the administration by comparing the Trump administration to that of President Lincoln more than 150 years prior.
The comments came up on “Politics Nation” on MSNBC this Saturday, as host Reverend Al Sharpton attempted to get Pierson and panelist David Brock of Media Matters fo America to name a single black staff member of the President.
“Historically, Republicans and Democrats have had major figures of the black community in the West Wing as part of their senior staff and administration,” said Sharpton. “Who are the blacks in the West Wing under President Trump?”
Pierson countered, “You mean those who took the job or those who were offered? Because those are two entirely different questions.”
“Everything has to be made about race, reverend… I’m not going to participate if you’re going to continue to paint this president as racist.”
Sharpton tried to move away from the discussion to a point, turning to Brock to ask how Trump could really ask for black votes without having black people in the West Wing.
Pierson jumped in, “there’s plenty of black people in the West Wing.”
“Well, I asked you to name them,” replied Sharpton.
“I’m not going to participate in the attempt to make this all about race,” said Pierson. “It is ridiculous. How many black people were in Abraham Lincoln’s West Wing?”
“Is Abraham Lincoln a racist because he didn’t have a black person in his White House? This is insane. This is an insane discussion,” added Pierson.
“You can’t name a black in the West Wing because we can’t find one, Katrina,” responded Sharpton. “I pity you. I’d sympathize with you, but telling me you applied, and other people? Come on. It’s unthinkable in the 21st century that even a spokesperson for President Trump can’t name a black in the West Wing.”
There was not, technically a “west wing” staff under Abraham Lincoln, That did not start in its modern configuration until the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt.
View the exchange below:
Image via screen capture from video source.
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