Ah, to be Twitter. Can control anything it publishes, profit from anything it wants — and not be held responsible for any of it. Such is a unanimous ruling by the Federal Election Commission, which found Twitter violated no law by censoring The Post’s factual report about the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop. Stating that, in its view, “Twitter is likely a press entity,” the FEC said that the social media network’s “activities fall within our press exemption.” That’s going to be news to Twitter and Facebook, which enjoy the benefits of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That law states that “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” In other words: When The New York Post publishes something, we can be sued for libel. We endeavor to fact-check, edit and lawyer claims that appear in our stories, and if we fail to do so and the article is false, we are held responsible. But Twitter, thanks to Section 230, can throw up its collective hands and say: Not our problem! Sue them — if you can figure out their real name.
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Notice his barely concealed rage at facing the kind of questions every other politician gets everyday. The meme about ‘male feminists’ is often quite relevant for Canadian politics. The more a man talks about how much of a feminist they are, the more they are likely playing a fake role for political or cultural gain. Justin Trudeau is the perfect example of that. The guy goes so desperately out of his way to call himself a ‘feminist,’ talk about the ‘she-cession,’ claims the budget is a ‘feminist budget,’ and more. Being a ‘feminist,’ and being someone who ‘supports women’ is a huge part of Justin Trudeau’s political identity and brand. It’s also, as we know very well, completely fake. It’s another costume for Trudeau, and we know he loves costumes. There’s something called ‘micro-expressions,’ and they are quite ‘interesting’ in the case of Justin Trudeau. Not to be confused with ‘micro-aggressions,’ ‘micro-expressions’ are instances where someone’s true feelings show on their face for a very quick moment, and are then rapidly replaced with the mask or veneer that individual wants to present.
Subsidies for local newspapers, which are at least as biased against conservatives and Republicans as the rest of the 90% of the media that is progressive, are on the Dems’ agenda. Chuck Ross reports in the Washington Free Beacon: House Democrats are offering more than $1 billion in subsidies to local newspapers as part of a massive spending proposal released this week, even as polls show record levels of distrust in the media. The $3.5 trillion spending plan includes up to $25,000 in payroll tax credits for each journalist on a local newspaper’s payroll. […] In my experience, local newspapers, which mostly employ younger and cheaper journalists than bigger papers, are even more biased than the New York Times or WaPo. Their heads filled with propaganda in J-schools, the youngsters seek attention and maybe even a job offer from the industry’s bigger fish by supporting what they (correctly) perceive as the norms of the industry: make conservatives look evil and stupid, and make progressives and Democrats look heroic. In point of fact, the public does not trust newspapers, which is reason enough to deny them subsidies.
Teen Vogue is not so much a fashion magazine for teenage girls as a hyper-woke propaganda organ that is devoted to making sure that young women and girls don’t commit wrongthink and stray from Leftist orthodoxy. The increasing anti-Americanism of Leftists has been noted many times, but on Friday, a Teen Vogue contributor named Jenn M. Jackson took it to new heights, claiming that 9/11 “was an attack on the heteropatriarchal capitalistic systems that America relies upon to wrangle other countries into passivity.” Yes, it appears that now cheering for the 9/11 jihadis has begun to be normalized on the left. Jenn M. Jackson is not some addled fashion writer who relaxes by dabbling in leftist agitprop. She is, according to her Teen Vogue bio, “an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University in the Department of Political Science. Her research focus is black politics, with a focus on group threat, gender and sexuality, political behavior, and social movements.” Her website adds that “Jenn M. Jackson (they/them) is a queer genderflux androgynous black woman, an abolitionist, a lover of all black people.”
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau joined the CBC for a town hall with undecided voters on Tuesday night. This provided the perfect contrast to show how differently the CBC and host Rosemary Barton treat Trudeau, versus how they treated Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole one night earlier. The questions Trudeau faced were absurdly soft, some of the “undecided voters” were openly Liberal and Barton didn’t push back nearly as hard as she did against the Conservative Leader. It’s no wonder why. This is the third straight election where Justin Trudeau has pledged more money to the CBC, promising them a bigger budget, higher salaries, more taxpayer money in exchange for this kind of coverage. The CBC is the media arm of the Liberal Party of Canada, their television personalities pretend to be journalists, but they’re not, they Trudeau allies helping their man get re-elected. Watch Candice break it all down on this episode of The Candice Malcolm Show.
New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul told Facebook to “clean up the act” on abortion “disinformation” following the abortion restriction law that went into effect in Texas on Sept. 1. “From January 1st to March 20th, 2019, four out of 10 top stories receiving the most engagement on Facebook were articles about our very own Reproductive Health Act, and they are from anti-choice news sources that absolutely misrepresented and lied about the bill,” Hochul said during remarks on Monday. “That, my friends, is what I fear is going to happen again, that, that disinformation.” “Imagine an 18-year-old girl, trying to make a decision that’s going to affect her life,” she continued. “She believes that she has the courage to do what she wants to do and say ‘I’m going to have an abortion.’ But at the same time, her friends and others are forwarding information and horrible messages and calling her a murderer. What does that do to the psyche of a young woman? It’s tormenting.” […] Hochul also spoke out Wednesday regarding the Texas law, which restricts most abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat. In another tweet on Thursday, Hochul said the Texas law was oppressive.