Okay, GOP. We’ll pretend to care about Hunter Biden’s laptop after every Trump scandal is vetted

The Washington Post:

A handful of screenshots from 2020, posted over the course of two hours Friday night in a disjointed, roughly 40-tweet thread, present the San Francisco firm debating a choice to restrict sharing of a controversial New York Post story about the son of then Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The Twitter thread, primarily based on inner communications posted by Substack author Matt Taibbi, confirmed the corporate independently determined to restrict the unfold of the article, with out Democratic politicians, the Biden marketing campaign or FBI exerting management over the social media community. In truth, the one enter from a sitting politician that Taibbi famous was from Silicon Valley Rep. Ro Khanna (D), who advised Twitter executives they need to distribute the story, whatever the potential penalties for his celebration.

“I’m not persuaded these are something shut to a bombshell,” mentioned Jameel Jaffer, the director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, in an interview.

But Republicans nonetheless seem to assume this was the most important miscarriage of justice since Sean Spicer got booted off Dancing With the Stars for trying like an incontinent prairie hen attempting to eat its personal face.

For occasion, Patient Zero in our present mudslide into fascism thought the Musk recordsdata have been purpose sufficient to droop the Constitution and set up him as dictator. Here the ocher oaf was on his low-rent Twitter knockoff Goof Social calling for a brave new era of serially nullified elections:

“Do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you’ve gotten a NEW ELECTION? A Massive Fraud of this sort and magnitude permits for the termination of all guidelines, laws, and articles, even these discovered within the Constitution,” wrote the man who as soon as took a sacred oath to uphold the Constitution. “Our nice ‘Founders’ didn’t need, and wouldn’t condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!”

Unfortunately for Trump, there’s actually no story right here—besides {that a} personal entity determined not to amplify a report that, on the time, looked a lot like a Russian disinformation campaign

But if media shops and social media corporations are required to enhance every scurrilous rumor that comes alongside about a candidate or their household, I’ve a few complaints of my very own.

In 2016, simply earlier than the presidential election, a woman claimed Trump had raped her when she was just 13. She was all set to present particulars at a press convention, however it was canceled after she reportedly acquired “a number of loss of life threats.” Why didn’t everybody hear about this? Why did we get a brand new fusillade of screaming headlines about Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server as a substitute of myriad references to this unproven allegation?

Or, once more going again to 2016, why did The Washington Post censor an allegation made by certainly one of its columnists—this time shortly after the election, however earlier than the Electoral College voted—that Trump had admitted to being attracted to his teenage daughter?

Buzzfeed News:

Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen wrote that President-elect Donald Trump as soon as requested, “Is it flawed to be extra sexually attracted to your individual daughter than your spouse?” — however the quote was quietly eliminated earlier than the syndicated column was revealed Tuesday.

Trump was reportedly referring to his daughter, Ivanka, who was 13 years outdated on the time.

The quote was circulated Monday in a draft of Cohen’s piece “Our Next President, The Godfather” that was despatched to shops that syndicate the column, a supply advised BuzzFeed News. The quote didn’t seem within the later, remaining model of the piece carried by the Post and different shops.

Oh, my God! Install Hillary now! When did Cohen know about this, and why wasn’t it revealed earlier? And why didn’t the Beltway media cowl it advert nauseam?

Of course, the actual subject right here is that Republicans thought they’d an October shock to rival the 2016 Comey letter, which very likely threw the election to Trump. In truth, there’s proof that members of the New York City FBI office manipulated the Anthony Weiner email story to damage the Clinton campaign. But in 2020, the media refused to chunk like they’d in 2016. And that’s what Republicans discover so brutally unfair—their makes an attempt to ratfuck the election like they’d in 2016 didn’t work 4 years later.

This Twitter thread from Dave Karpf, an affiliate professor within the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, sums it up fairly nicely. If you don’t do Twitter, click here to see all the thread. 





The Trumpies know that the media love to observe shiny objects—and new shiny objects are their fave. So regardless of having a whole bunch of gargoylish Trump outrages and scandals to choose from, they’ve usually seen match to observe the barest whiff of Democratic scandal like obedient bloodhounds—you realize, within the curiosity of “equity.”

But in 2020, the media have been a bit extra circumspect—and Republicans at the moment are dropping their rattling minds over it.

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