Saturday, January 28, 2023

QOTD -- Collapsed Consensus


"...With only one of the nation’s two major political parties willing to forthrightly oppose the attempted coup, insurrection became a partisan issue and the national consensus collapsed. Major companies abandoned their promises not to fund the campaigns of election deniers, who also found themselves invited back to major national TV news programs. And after right-wing billionaire Elon Musk took control of Twitter, he lifted Trump’s ban. 

"And now Trump will be back on Facebook, too. This is a manifestly terrible idea with dire potential consequences – Trump used Facebook to fuel the bigotry and violence of his hardcore supporters and channel support for the insurrection; he has shown no remorse whatsoever for his actions and in fact still claims the election was rigged against him; and he has spent his suspension from mainstream platforms using his own Truth Social to push virulent election denial and violent QAnon conspiracy theories. In allowing him back on their platform, Meta executives are making themselves responsible for any effort Trump makes to generate another January 6..." -- Matthew Gertz, Media Matters, on the collapse of the January 6 consensus on the un- American attempted coup and the need to bring all its perpetrators to justice.  Joining the Republican/ Coup Party, corporate America, and many in the mainstream media in fostering that collapse has been social media -- specifically Twitter, and now Facebook.  This is what happens when greed and the concentration of too much power in the hands of galaxy brain mega billionaires like Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg corrupt our politics perhaps beyond what even the Republican Supreme Court could do.


seafury said...

Who us? Listen, free speech is much more important than public safety. If preznident trump was lying we'd have evidence. Let the people decide. Other than lyin' lib's, If its on the internet it's true. Merrick whatever his name knows he can't lay a glove on the preznident.

W. Hackwhacker said...

seafury -- your snark continues to impress!