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Trump targets Google as another enemy in his war against First Amendment

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Trump targets Google as another enemy in his war against First Amendment

How do you know Trump is feeling the heat from last week’s news regarding Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, and the growing Mueller investigation? He fires up his base with a round of tweets where he feeds them the same old tired muck he regurgitates every time he needs a distraction for them to focus to keep them from focusing on the truth.

One of Trump’s favorite distractions is his unimaginative cries of “Fake News” whenever the media reports unfavorable and unflattering news about the Emperor with no clothes — my apologies to Hans Christian Anderson. After all, when your entire narcissistic existence is predicated on the unconditional adulation of others, clearly the only reason for anyone to say “mean” things about you is because they are “unfair” or have “rigged” the system against you.

Yesterday, Trump sent out a tweet targeting Google for showing “only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media” whenever searching for “Trump News.” He went on to say, “In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories and news is BAD, Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal.”

In a subsequent tweet, Trump took his rant up a notch. “Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can and cannot see. This is a very serious situation – will be addressed.”

Illegal? Will be addressed? What does that mean? Why doesn’t this bother the orange Kool-Aid drinkers? I know. Stupid question.

This is no idle threat. Trump’s economic advisor Larry Kudlow said in an interview with reporters that the administration is “taking a look” at the possibility of regulating Google searches. Communist China regulates Google, that is, when they aren’t blocking it completely every June 4 on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square student protests. Talk about “hiding information.”

Joseph Goebbels-styled propaganda principles against the media have helped Trump reap enormous support in his war against the First Amendment, especially from the Trumplicans and Trumpservatives. In a recent Ipsos poll, 43 percent of Republicans favored giving Trump authority to “close news outlets engaged in bad behavior,” and 48 percent agreed with Trump’s claim that the media is the “enemy of the American people.”

Since January of this year, Trump has renewed his threat to expand libel laws so he can sue news outlets for writing “bad things” about him; has promoted the creation of state-run media; and has threatened to revoke credentials for media outlets that report negative stories about him. Google is just another step in the ladder.

About three years ago, Barack Obama laid the foundation for restricting First Amendment rights by seizing control of the internet via Net Neutrality. In the Age of Trump, the New York liberal with an “R” after his name wants to finish the work started by Obama simply to silence his critics and feed his massive ego.

Originally posted at The Strident Conservative.

 


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4 Retweets in an hour: Bill de Blasio’s campaign failed to materialize

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4 Retweets in an hour Bill de Blasios campaign failed to launch

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was supposed to make an impact on the Democratic presidential nominating process. At least that’s what a handful of pundits thought. But after a little buzz on his first day and a few jabs by the President, it appears de Blasio was nowhere near ready to run for president despite coming in much later than most in the field.

Last week, we noted how his YouTube channel had failed miserably. But that embarrassment was nothing compared to his attempts to play on Twitter, which happens to be the President’s favorite social media playground.

Bill Tweet

In case he keeps the Tweet up (he shouldn’t) and doesn’t attempt to artificially boost his numbers (he shouldn’t), I’ll put it here to see if it got any traction. Out of sheer embarrassment for him, I shared it and encouraged people to help him out. This is just too cringeworthy to watch unfold on its own.

Is Twitter important? There’s actually as much of a risk to candidates saying the wrong thing on Twitter as there is of them gaining support as a result. But between Trump’s epic use of Twitter in 2016 and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s use of the platform to shoot herself up to fame, candidates need to at least try to do well on the platform. Bill de Blasio is not doing well. That indicates two possibilities: either he and his team were ill-prepared to run for president or they’re not really running for president but rather running for a cabinet spot or something else in exchange for his help delivering the New York delegates to the eventual nominee.

Either option seems viable at this point.

One thing is certain: Bill de Blasio’s campaign for president should not be taken seriously by anyone. Democratic primary voters and Republican operatives need to all ignore him. He’s going nowhere in 2020.

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Twitter suspends Houston Rockets’ account

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Twitter suspends Houston Rockets account

What happened to the Houston Rockets’ Twitter account? Did they Tweet something conservative or Christian? Did they misgender someone? Is this retribution for falling to the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs four out of five of years? Whatever they did, Twitter decided to suspend them, leaving their 2.8 million followers in the dark.

All jesting aside, there are three likely scenarios. They could be the victims of a mass reporting attack in which multiple Twitter accounts report a user in a short period of time, prompting an algorithmic suspension. Or, if they’d been hacked, Twitter may have detected it and shut them down until the real users can regain control and change passwords.

But the most likely culprit is a DMCA takedown complaint that triggers instant temporary suspension. Chances are, they posted a video that included music they didn’t have permission to use. It happens.

The Rockets have not responded to our request for comment.

If you or someone you know gets suspended on social media, take solace in knowing even big organizations like the Houston Rockets can fall victim to the ban-hammer (though I doubt they’ll get the same scorn from Twitter as James Woods).

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President Trump’s official campaign launch to be on Father’s Day

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President Trumps official campaign launch to be on Fathers Day

June 16th is a big day for multiple reasons to the President of the United States. It marks the four-year anniversary of then-candidate Trump riding down the golden escalator behind his wife, thumbs up, ready to become President. It happens to be Father’s Day this year, a nice touch for Americans that will certainly be made by leftist media to represent the oppressive patriarchy or something like that. It will also be the day the President officially launches his reelection campaign.

A report this morning by Axios notes that this date may be more symbolic than anything else. Rallies will start before (some have already been held) and after the day many Americans spend with their dads. “In conversations, Trump makes it clear that he thinks of the official kickoff as June 16 — four years to the day since he rode down the gold escalator in Trump Tower to announce his improbable 2016 run.”

Whatever the official day is doesn’t really matter. Reelection is already at the top of mind. The difference between now and his 2016 run is that instead of worrying about stock prices and real estate deals, he’ll be running this campaign against the backdrop of a trade war with China, aggression with Iran, turmoil at the border, and need to keep the economy humming.

He won’t have to worry much about primary season this time, though. Even though Bill Weld is technically in the race, his name has barely been mentioned since he announced his candidacy.

Letting the Democrats eat each other

A huge part of the equation for Trump’s campaign team will be keeping him attacking the right people for the right reasons. Being an incumbent who likes to attack his competitors puts him in a peculiar situation because his attacks can actually help someone emerge. As he continues to hit former Vice President Joe Biden and has softened on attacks against Senator Bernie Sanders, their numbers are heading in the opposite direction. It’s as if his attacks on Biden are fueling Democrats to want to support him more.

His team will have to be strategic in how he uses his tremendous punching power, particularly on Twitter. The last thing they want is for any one candidate to run away with the nomination early. They need to keep the Democrats attacking each other for as long as possible. As long as two or more candidates are close to the top, they’ll not only be prolonging the nomination process and burning through money going after each other, but they’ll also be giving ammunition for the President to use against the eventual nominee.

In less than a month, the President’s team will be in full-blown campaign mode. It also means now is the time for conservatives to start honing our message against the socialist wave of ignorance that his competitors are already starting.

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