Social media giants poked the wrong rabbit

Zero sympathy and 100% self-inflicted wound. Trump warned the media behemoths and they thumbed their noses at him.

Trump’s executive order on social media giants will now remove the sanctuary status and open up these platforms for lawsuits based on shutting down free speech.

Some snippets from that order:

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube wield immense, if not unprecedented, power to shape the interpretation of public events; to censor, delete, or disappear information; and to control what people see or do not see.

As President, I have made clear my commitment to free and open debate on the internet. Such debate is just as important online as it is in our universities, our town halls, and our homes.  It is essential to sustaining our democracy.”

“It is the policy of the United States to foster clear ground rules promoting free and open debate on the internet.  Prominent among the ground rules governing that debate is the immunity from liability created by section 230(c) of the Communications Decency Act (section 230(c)).  47 U.S.C. 230(c).  It is the policy of the United States that the scope of that immunity should be clarified: the immunity should not extend beyond its text and purpose to provide protection for those who purport to provide users a forum for free and open speech, but in reality use their power over a vital means of communication to engage in deceptive or pretextual actions stifling free and open debate by censoring certain viewpoints

….Section 230(c) was designed to address early court decisions holding that, if an online platform restricted access to some content posted by others, it would thereby become a “publisher” of all the content posted on its site for purposes of torts such as defamation.  As the title of section 230(c) makes clear, the provision provides limited liability “protection” to a provider of an interactive computer service (such as an online platform) that engages in “‘Good Samaritan’ blocking” of harmful content.  In particular, the Congress sought to provide protections for online platforms that attempted to protect minors from harmful content and intended to ensure that such providers would not be discouraged from taking down harmful material.

It is the policy of the United States that such a provider should properly lose the limited liability shield of subparagraph (c)(2)(A) and be exposed to liability like any traditional editor and publisher that is not an online provider.

One can only imagine the lawsuits that will come their way if they continue like this.

The media will no doubt smash Trump over this but isn’t free speech all about strongly disagreeing with others but defending their right to say it?!

In all fairness, if the social media platforms are as honest as they claim they’ll have absolutely nothing to worry about.

Be careful of what you wish for


Be careful of what you wish for. It might come true. What astounds me is that there is still a large contingent of people that will stop at nothing to bury Trump. They almost have lost complete perspective of what they are doing such is their thirst to see him kicked out of office. All the while his popularity continues to rise with 55% of Americans in a Rasmussen Reports approve of his job as POTUS. However perhaps more disturbing is the idea that intelligence agencies are deliberately leaking sensitive information in an attempt to overthrow the government.

Two things here. One is wrong doing. Of course illegal activity whether a homeless man or a president can’t be condoned.

Second is the manner of how such information is handled. Many articles and posts I have read are ecstatic that information has been leaked to a biased mainstream media. There are official ways to conduct proper investigations. Those who condone sliming by technically illegal manners need their heads read.  One would think they could put Julian Assange out of a job at the same time be because why not give everyone access to everything? .

I have written in the past that how one leaves a job is more important than how one starts a job. After the election victory of Trump, Obama went on a rampage laying landmines in the White House lawns. At almost every turn he set out to undermine the incoming man. I think this typifies his legacy. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed such political vandalism before. While he has every right to exercise presidential powers TIL his last day in the interests of the country one would think that consulting the incoming president would be the honorable thing to do. However there he was signing refugee deals with Australia, spitting on Israel, cutting sizable cheques to the Palestinian Authority and the big one!

In its final days, the Obama Administration expanded the power of the National Security Agency (NSA) which enabled it to share globally intercepted personal communication with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying any privacy protections. No longer would communications be screened before sharing opening a whole new can of worms of more people sifting through data which may have no relevance.

The new rules were issued under section 2.3 of Executive Order 12333 after they were approved by two of Obama’s own administration officials: Attorney-General Loretta Lynch and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Second, as the NY Times described on Jan 12,

“Previously, the N.S.A. filtered information before sharing intercepted communications with another agency, like the C.I.A. or the intelligence branches of the F.B.I. and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The N.S.A.’s analysts passed on only information they deemed pertinent, screening out the identities of innocent people and irrelevant personal information…Now, other intelligence agencies will be able to search directly through raw repositories of communications intercepted by the N.S.A. and then apply such rules for “minimizing” privacy intrusions.”

While the argument is made that this EO was to improve coordination between government intelligence agencies in effect we’ve got too many cooks spoiling the broth. Handling sensitive information is a tough business. If there aren’t enough safety nets to prevent people leaking information to the press then we set up a situation where sabotage is masked as whistle blowing. I am quite sure there are so many dark secrets held in the vaults of the US intelligence apparatus over the decades that were people to discover everything about what laid in its vaults there would be marshal law. Freedoms would have to be curtailed because there would be rioting at the revelations.

I am not condoning lies, deceit or duplicitous behavior but intelligence agencies live and die by the “competitive intelligence” they hold with respect to their enemies. If the wrong type of data is leaked as an act of revenge we are inviting anarchy and from what I read on social media some do not seem to comprehend this point.

People voted in Trump to drain the swamp of exactly this type of ‘deep state’ (for the conspiracy theorists). However let us not kid ourselves to what Mr Obama has been up to since leaving office. It isn’t all about hanging out with Sir Richard Branson. 10 days after leaving office Obama’s spokesman Kevin Lewis said, “President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country.” 

Paul Sperry wrote,

“Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.

In what’s shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isn’t just staying behind in Washington. He’s working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular “America First” agenda.

He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. Normally you’d expect an organization set up to support a politician and his agenda to close up shop after that candidate leaves office, but not Obama’s OFA. Rather, it’s gearing up for battle, with a growing war chest and more than 250 offices across the country.


Since Donald Trump’s election, this little-known but well-funded protesting arm has beefed up staff and ramped up recruitment of young liberal activists, declaring on its website, “We’re not backing down.” Determined to salvage Obama’s legacy, it’s drawing battle lines on immigration, ObamaCare, race relations and climate change.


Obama is intimately involved in OFA operations and even tweets from the group’s account. In fact, he gave marching orders to OFA foot soldiers following Trump’s upset victory.”


I’m sure my liberal acquaintances will tell me that Obama’s actions are legit and within the realms of free speech and democracy but never have I heard of other leaders going to such lengths to sabotage a sitting president. Tony Blair runs a distant second on his Brexit Remain preaching.

Obama is forgetting the first rule of democracy. The people voted in Trump in because they repudiated Obama’s failure over 8 years to restore their destroyed fortunes. Talk about obstruction in the House till the cows come home, George W Bush wasn’t out there in a Stetson, cowboy boots and a lasso trying to corral Obama from destroying his legacy (albeit not much to defend). A growing number of people are getting fed up the biased narrative and obstruction to let Trump complete a task of doing what he promised. Many of them may be struggling, white and only possess a high school diploma but they want their livelihoods fixed and Obama proved he was as useless as many former presidents in arresting the gap between the haves and the have nots. That is why Clinton was not going to win. She was totally out of touch with the deplorables.

Yes, people will throw sub 5% unemployment and a raft of Occupy Democrats fact sheets (which are actually comical to the extent that the claims are often completely irrelevant) at me but I throw 12mn (+33%) more people on food stamps back at them for starters. Ineffective foreign policy, a doubling of the debt, the most pages of regulation of any president period and the disaster that has become Obamacare. That’s why Trump won. People had enough and the fact that the press still go to default defilade only infuriates them more. As mentioned earlier, Rasmussen notes his popularity is rising.

Switching  back to leaking confidential information. You have to question many people’s love of country to wish for the downfall of a democractically elected leader by ANY means including unethical, illegal practices or sabotage that would have them foaming at the mouth were it Obama or one of their own side. Were Trump to be booted on the basis of a targeted campaign I would wager that his supporters would not take it well and perhaps become unhinged themselves. They desperately want change and to have him taken out of the picture on spiteful trivialities would shatter their hopes and dreams.

The actions of the regressive left speak volumes. They still do not comprehend what led Trump to the White House. It doesn’t matter that many don’t agree with all he is doing and the manner in which he does it. Many may dislike his inability to sound eloquent and his press conference where he dusted the media again actually won him hearts and minds among his followers even if others blast him for blathering.  Trump doesn’t have a troupe of image creation flunkies to polish his presentations to make him sound like a seasoned politician. Yes, as a politician he is deeply flawed which is the attraction. People don’t want politicians who let them down time after time. The press still don’t know how to play him. What people see, for all of the bravado and hyperbole, is the real article. The same man that won the election. I wrote time and time again in the election campaign that he came across as genuine. Hillary Clinton looked old hat. More of the same.

Sadly I view so much of what I read on social media as a reflection of our society today. Full of self entitled people telling others how to live their lives. Mocking them without taking the slightest bit of time to understand why they feel that way. Retweeting or sharing articles that are baseless in content and even shallower in quality. Even left leaning Bill Maher said he was inviting Milo Yiannopoulos on his show because journalists who boycott the show, such as Jeremy Scahill, are the reason “liberals will continue to lose elections.” MILO responded to Scahill with “if you can’t turn up and defend your ideas, you lose. It’s that simple.”

Like the title says – Be careful what you wish for. Pushing for every possible avenue to undermine a man put in a job by citizens who had enough of being forgotten will not take kindly to those actions. While liberals think they are attacking him and him alone they are in reality targeting 64mn others and potentially many more. That is a dangerous fight to be picking. But of course you won’t hear that from the mainstream media. They’re accomplices in the quest to play the man not the ball. Is it any wonder a NY Times subscription is still 50% off? Wait a minute it is now 60% off.