Further establishing Republican detachment from principle and fact:
1. Documents obtained by The Guardian demonstrate that Facebook has used standard human editorial decision-making in its news feed (by the way, has anyone here ever paid attention to Facebook’s “Trending Topics”?) but, contrary to the hoopla stirred by Senator John Thune, provide no evidence of “liberal bias” and in fact show that Facebook editors included Fox News among their A-list of mainstream news sources and included conservative Redstate, Breitbart, the Drudge Report and the Daily Caller in a larger list of trusted sources, right along with Huffington Post, Men’s Health, and Glamour.
As I noted Tuesday, Thune’s bullying of Facebook over alleged and unsubstantiated bias undermines his own professed commitment to press freedom:
If it is “dangerous for Congress and federal regulators to wade into the public airwaves to determine … what kind of speech is ‘fair,’ ” as Thune rightly wrote, it is equally dangerous for Congress to wade into the presentation of news on social media [editorial, “Senator John Thune Bullies Facebook over Suggested Bias,” Denver Post, 2016.05.11].
As even the conservative Federalist writes, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s proper response to Senator Thune’s unjustified prying is “none of your freaking business.”
2. Attorney General Marty Jackley is just one of many politicians trying to make hay over the federal Department of Education’s Title IX guidance that schools allow transgender students to use the facilities that correspond to their gender identity. But the pretense of protecting little girls from sexual predators that anti-trans pols use to push discrimination is too much for even Fox News’s Megyn Kelly to take. Consider her interview with trans-panicky Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick:
When Patrick reached the point of talking about men dressing up as women to assault little girls in the bathroom, Kelly had clearly had enough.
“A lot of sex offenders are men who molest men, little boys,” She pointed out.”Why do they need to sneak into the girls room?”
Patrick immediately changed the subject, citing his 8-year-old granddaughter and how he doesn’t want a man sharing a bathroom with her, only to have Kelly cut him off again.
“But what if a man looks like a woman and she would never notice him?” she asked.
“Megyn, you’re missing the–,” Patrick parried only to have Kelly shut him down with, “No, I don’t think I’m missing anything” [Tom Boggioni, “Megyn Kelly Shuts Down Texas Lt. Gov. on the Myth of Trans Women Assaulting Little Girls,” Raw Story, 2016.05.14].
Communities that have allowed transgender people to use the facilities of their choice have experienced no incidents of sexual predators exploiting that choice to attack children or adults (read more evidence here, here, here, and here).
3. This willingness to delude is perfect for a Republican Party that is about to nominate for President a man who pretended to be other people to promote himself, then denies it when presented with the evidence. Covering the absurd farce of Donald Trump’s masquerade as his own publicist, Marc Fisher and Will Hobson quote Trump’s fact-free marketing philosophy:
“One thing I’ve learned about the press is that they’re always hungry for a good story, and the more sensational the better,” Trump wrote in “The Art of the Deal,”his bestseller. “The point is that if you are a little different, or a little outrageous, or if you do things that are bold or controversial, the press is going to write about you.”
Trump did not describe using false identities to promote his brand, but he did write about why he strays from the strict truth: “I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration — and a very effective form of promotion” [Marc Fisher and Will Hobson, “Donald Trump Masqueraded as Publicist to Brag About Himself,” Washington Post, 2016.05.13].
See, John Thune, Marty Jackley? You Republicans have been Trumpists all along.