Story that has been heavily played – on sites like Drudge – is under the headline “Misinformation dropped dramatically the week after Twitter banned Trump” when it appeared in the Stamford Advocate.
The source of the story, however, is the Washington Post, which, if you haven’t noticed doesn’t blame Trump for everything. It’s just I can’t remember much they haven’t blamed him for.
Stories like this one fail miserably when read by thinking people and especially those of us who seek hard data.
To be sure, there were a few statistics in the story, but not enough for a questioning human to piece together a proper inference.
That would come from stating the problem (of misinformation and the Trump ban) in mathematical terms.
Total twitter traffic divided by conversations about the election before the Trump ban. And then comparing that with conversations about the election after the Trump Ban.
Unfortunately, I read the story a couple of times and couldn’t piece-together a coherent conclusion. Oh, sure, there were some percentages cited, but they weren’t referenced to traffic.
Obviously, when Trump was banned, a lot of people (marginally curious folks like us included) would hit the Trump twitter feed – just to see what kind of outrageous shit he was stirring up at the moment. When Trump left. so did a lot of twitter traffic.
Don’t look now, I couldn’t find that number. And I suspect its so advertisers don’t see the drop in traffic – because let’s face it – Trump drove traffic.
Oh, and in another “We’re a private company and can censor” move, did you notice how “Twitter suspends Congresswoman over election fraud claims?”
The Atlantic: Fanning Civil War
Before launching into the coming “Trump’s Gone Ad Crisis” we should put the Media Bias Fact Check of The Atlantic on the table. It’s a Left-Center publication.
And that matters because today, they’re running a emotional whipping piece “Boogaloo Bois Prepare for Civil War.”
Again, thinking people looking for “dots to connect” and “data to digest” will come away sorely disappointed.
From our perspective, a few weeks short of 72-years worth, there are only a few things that really get revolutions going. These include food, housing, income. economic circumstances, in particular.
So, is there any data on food driving people to despair in this piece? Nope – the word doesn’t appear. Well, how about housing. then? Nope – not that one, either.
Well, surely since wars are policy by other means as von Clausewitz taught, surely incomes and paychecks or economy would show up in a “civil war” fanning story, right? No, no, and no.
In fact – and somehow we’re not surprised at this, given the political leanings of the publication – the story uses the word gun eleven times. “Arm” as in “armor”, “firearms”, and just plain “armed” people another half-dozen.
From the Old Reporters Notebook: In my news directing days, I held staff to a very strict “We don’t report bomb threats” policy. Because, it’s a fact that when bomb threats are reported, there are enough loose cannons, fools, and attention-craving idiots to touch off a whole string of copy-cat threats.
We’re pretty sure that “modern-day, gonzo, lefterly-like media” has placed good journalism in that William Randolph Hearst place: Yellow Journalism.
Historically, people forget that Hearst and Pulitzer were among the worst at using news platforms to drive future events. In fact, so unethical were these early Greedsters of media that they are credited with starting the Spanish-American War.
In our considered opinion, The Atlantic headline is very reminiscent of Heart and “Remember the Maine.”
Bet they report bomb threats, too.
MLK: Dying for Ad Revenue?
U.S. Markets are closed today for the Martin Luther King Day observance.
We’re terribly disappointed that America has monetized racial assassination, too. Almost every (surviving) mall in America features some kind of “MLK Day Sale.” Similarly, we see USA Today (another Center-Left) media, rolling with “30 of the best MLK Day sales and deals to shop this weekend.”
Thanks, we’ll take a pass on monetizing racial assassination. We’re just uncomfortable with that kind of thing.
We can hardly wait for media to discover “Hitler Birthday Sales” and “Kennedy Assassination Sales.” Well, except both were white.
Clicks Marching On
Parler.com is back online. In a “message to lovers and haters” they remind users: “We believe privacy is paramount and free speech essential, especially on social media. Our aim has always been to provide a nonpartisan public square where individuals can enjoy and exercise their rights to both.”
We’re not sure where their actual hosting is, although looks like it’s not AWS anymore since their WHOIS shows Name Servers ns3.epik.com ns4.epik.com.
“Joe, Get the Door”?
We can hardly wait to see what happens along the U.S. Mexico border as the new administration comes in. Because “Migrant caravan: Guatemala blocks thousands bound for US.”
We don’t have enough well-paying jobs for existing Americans, yet the looney left wants to bring in more people. While it is a form of synthetic growth, it also averages everyone’s income down. But, I suppose that’s how globalists and the ultra-rich take down America and remain in power… It’s also fertilizer for the Nanny State.
Speaking of Sick
We noticed that the U.S. death toll from CV-19 is about to pass 400,000 – a level we told you would be here about now back in October. 397,600 as of this morning. A week ahead of schedule.
Here’s a weird side effect from CNN: “Air quality regulator temporarily suspends cremation limits for LA County amid ‘backlog’ from pandemic.”
With Biden taking office, have you noticed how all the “Lockdown-happy” democrats want to start normalizing now to save business?
Late? No. Just the same-old duplicitous double-standards employed by both sides of the political hack class.
Around the Ranch
Got the top rails welded onto the T-posts for our latest solar power addition. Today the plan is to get the spacers in and a good slathering of Rustoleum on before rain shows up tomorrow. I don’t care if someone wants to “rain on my parade” but raining on my welding is another thing.
Lots of aches and pains today…and I’ve dropped five pounds, too. Lifting 100+ pounds of welder and shielding gas around bumps in the field is not what you’re supposed to do in your 70’s.
Many of the welds are not very pretty at all. So I may go back and reflow some with the oxy-acetylene rig and some soft rod. Function? Yeah – they pass the hammer test. Just ugly.
Bitcoin was around $37,000 at click time today. Dow futures were down a tad ahead of the American psycho-drama, and metals were about flat.
My sense is the world’s about to discover that the departure of Trump won’t really fix what ails us. So the thing to be looking for is “Who’s the Next Scapegoat?”
Which will be decided by? Which scapegoat monetizes best?
Another Cup of Coffee Today?
Go over and visit my buddy Gaye Levy’s website. Dandy article on what Real Prepping is about… Fellow she quotes is a real genius, lol…
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