THE "STREISAND EFFECT"
I know that many of my readers aren’t that hep to Internet slang, so let me explain a term you might be hearing a lot this week: “The Streisand Effect.” It refers to a time early in the Internet era when someone took an aerial photo of Barbra Streisand’s mansion and posted it online. She made a fuss over it being an invasion of her privacy (which it probably was), but she created so much publicity that many people searched for and saw the photo who otherwise never would’ve heard about it.
“The Streisand Effect” is what happens when the attempt to suppress a story only serves to draw even more attention to it. And that’s what’s happened with Twitter and Facebook’s attempts to block anyone from sharing, linking to or discussing the New York Post’s article about Hunter Biden’s laptop containing emails that appear to disprove his father Joe’s adamant denials that he ever discussed Hunter’s foreign business deals with him. The emails include a letter from a top adviser to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, thanking Hunter for setting up the meeting with his dad. The Biden campaign denies that the meeting was on his official calendar. That, I believe.
That story of alleged lies and influence peddling by a top Presidential candidate would be 24/7 news if it were Trump, but Twitter and Facebook are trying to censor any discussion of it, despite it being of importance to voters and from a reputable news source. They even locked out the White House press secretary for sharing the story. Now do you understand why I use so many George Orwell “1984” references?
This has backfired bigly, although possibly in a positive way, by turning a spotlight not only on the story itself, but on the blatantly politicized efforts to censor and control speech by social media giants. They enjoy protection from lawsuits only because they are supposed to act as neutral platforms, not editors who control the content of their sites. But take a look at the two men responsible for overseeing Twitter and Facebook’s posting standards. Their resumes and tweets are about as nonpartisan as Hillary Clinton’s.
Even liberal reporter Michael Tracey called Twitter and Facebook’s behavior “creepy and authoritarian.”
ENFORCE SECTION 230
I think it’s long past time either to enforce that Section 230 protection of the Communications Act or revoke it. The law won’t be rewritten as long as Democrats hold the House (the guy who’s winning the poker game won’t complain about the deck being stacked.) But there are other remedies, including action by the Justice Department, declaring them public utilities, civil lawsuits and of course, a Senate investigation. Sen. Ted Cruz has already fired off a letter to the heads of Facebook and Twitter, demanding that they answer a series of tough questions about the gaping difference between the ways they handle negative stories about the two candidates.
For instance, the feeble excuse for all this censorship is that the evidence in the Post story was “hacked.” First of all, that may not even be the case. It’s data recovered from a computer that the source may have had a legal right to possess…
…and second, have Facebook or Twitter ever blocked an anti-Trump story from trending, just because it was based on leaked (the New York Times Trump tax forms story), hacked, anonymous or just made-up-out-of-thin-air sources?
As the election draws closer, the Silicon Valley limousine leftists are getting more and more blatant in their attempts to control speech online. They’ve gotten away with far too long as they banned conservative individuals, small media outlets and content creators like Prager University. But now they’ve gone too far. By trying to stifle a story this important and censor the New York Post and the White House, they’ve shown the whole world that they’re way too big for their britches and it’s time to cut them down to size.
Speaking of liberal attempts to control what you say and think, please adjust your Newspeak guides to note that the term “sexual preference” became offensive overnight, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, after Judge Amy Coney Barrett said it and Senate embarrassment Mazie Hirono made a big fuss over it being offensive. Also please make a note that only usages of it after October 14, 2020, are offensive, since it apparently wasn’t offensive when Joe Biden said it in May, or when the gay magazine The Advocate used it on September 25, or the last time the M-W dictionary updated its definitions, which was on September 28th.
Tonight, NBC will host a townhall with President Trump at the same time that ABC is airing a townhall with Joe Biden. Liberals in the media and, of course, on social media, are OUTRAGED!!! at NBC for scheduling the Trump townhall opposite Biden. Since this was supposed to be the night of the second debate, they’re railing that Trump should have agreed to debate Biden directly, but he ducked out and now he’s trying to steal his thunder.
Okay, a couple of corrections: Trump did want to debate Biden directly. In fact, he insisted on it and only pulled out because the biased debate commission and the Biden campaign tried to change the agreed-upon rules of the debate and make it a Zoom conference, where they could silence Trump’s microphone. The excuse for this was that he had the coronavirus, but he’s already tested negative so that point is moot.
Second, I understand that they have these gizmos nowadays that actually let you record TV shows and watch them at your convenience. Imagine that! So if you really want to see both townhalls, you can watch Trump live, then fire your DVR or VCR or whatever and watch Biden when you’re ready to fall asleep.
I know it can be disheartening to keep hearing how Joe Biden is ahead in the polls by double digits (which is the point of those polls, by the way: to dishearten you.) How can that be, when his aides call a lid on the day before “Good Morning America” is over; when he does emerge from his basement, he babbles more baffling word salad than Prof. Irvin Corey (Google him, kids); and when his campaign events draw fewer people than a kale salad food truck in Memphis?
I’ve long warned people not to believe the polls-for-public-consumption (the campaigns have far more accurate insider polls), which tend to be structured not so much to reflect the results of the race as to influence them. So to keep your spirits up, read this article by Keven McCullough with the misleading title, “Signs That Trump Isn’t Going to Win on Nov. 3rd.” They’re actually signs that he’s going to do more than win, he’s going to score a crushing landslide. In fact, the notoriously unreliable polls are the only indication that Biden is leading.
This is great to read, but don’t let it make you complacent. Trump needs every vote to overcome all the Democrats’ dark money, in-kind contributions from the media and social media, and seething Trump hatred ginned up by years of daily lies and slander. He’ll need a win lopsided enough to convince the other side that its long-planned fraud, protests and lawsuits will be futile. So tell every Trump backer you know that their vote is vital, and drive them to the polls if they need a ride.
"THE PLATINUM PLAN"
It’s been revealed that rapper/actor Ice Cube has been working with the Trump Administration to develop “the Platinum Plan,” a plan to bring economic opportunities to African-American communities. The goal is to create 3 million jobs, 500,000 black-owned businesses and institute criminal justice reform and universal school choice. Once again, Trump: Worst...racist...ever!
Interestingly, as recently as March, Ice Cube was talking about wanting to see Trump in handcuffs, and now, he’s open to the possibility of voting for him. What changed? Like many Walkaway Democrats, he got a look at the reality of what the Democrats are offering (or failing to.) Cube had created a plan called the Contract With Black America and both parties contacted him. But the Democrats said they’d address it after the election, while Trump’s people made adjustments to their own plan after talking to him.
That sums up one of the biggest differences between Trump and the Democrats, and I hope one of the reasons why he will attract record black support. He takes action to fix problems while his opponents keep promising to fix the same problems election after election, decade after decade, and never do anything, because that’s how they keep getting reelected. I’m not up on rap slang, but I think that’s called “getting played.”