The new presidential administration is starting out on a worse note than I thought possible as the White House realigns the public conduct of l’affaire d’etat with the methods used by countries like North Korea:
— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) January 20, 2017
A retweet of the above captures of history retweeted by the Department of the Interior resulted in swift retribution:
And then the lemonade began to copiously flow:
And then some interesting analysis from Twitter:
The lunatic fringe will react with words like “cuck”, “liberal snowflake” and the like but I think most folks have the sense to believe their ‘lying eyes’ and scratch their head wondering if we have four more years of such jackassery coming. We’ve entered a new age of alternative facts and opinions set in stone as an exercise of faith over fact. A purveyor of fake news explains:
Harris started by crafting the headline: “BREAKING: ‘Tens of thousands’ of fraudulent Clinton votes found in Ohio warehouse,” according to The New York Times, which broke the story on Wednesday about what Harris had done.
It made sense, Harris told The Times, to locate this shocking discovery in the very city and state where Trump had highlighted his “rigged” meme.
“I had a theory when I sat down to write it,” Harris told The Times. “Given the severe distrust of the media among Trump supporters, anything that parroted Trump’s talking points people would click. Trump was saying ‘rigged election, rigged election.’ People were predisposed to believe Hillary Clinton could not win except by cheating.”
Of course those that serve Koolaid for the weak minded are in it for the money rather than any noble purpose. In this case Cam Harris was a 23 year old college grad that was having a hard time making ends meet. His after the fact display of honesty is instructive:
“While the initial motivation behind launching a fake news site was financially-based, the lesson I learned from the experience is far more important – and it’s one that can’t be covered in a tweet or even a NYT article,” Harris wrote.
“There are large-scale changes occurring in America, from where we live and where we work to the people with whom we interact and the lens through which we see the world. America has responded to these changes poorly. Instead of engaging with one another we have withdrawn into the ideological and cultural circles that support the belief systems to which we subscribe.
“Fake news flourished during this election cycle because it served the purpose of reinforcing these biases, and it occurred on both sides,” Harris continued. “It catered to predispositions that Americans already held, and while fake news has been widely discussed, the dynamics behind it have largely been ignored. Whether fake news remains prevalent or not (and I hope that it doesn’t), our nation cannot move forward from such a divisive election cycle if we continue to seek comfort in our own beliefs and refuse to challenge our personal world views.”
Speaking of crowds, it hasn’t taken long for women to organize:
At 2.6 million strong, Women’s Marches crush expectations ~ Heidi M. Przybyla and Fredreka Schouten
The tumultuous times which we now live are certain to continue for the foreseeable future.