Good Wednesday morning.
Here’s what is on the president’s agenda today:
- The president signs H.R. 1865, the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017”
- President Trump has lunch with Vice President Mike Pence
- The president has dinner with Republican congressional Leadership
Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg (and his booster seat) appeared before the Senate for a rather non-menacing session of Q & A. He was not put under oath. You can read his complete testimony here. An army of Zuckerbergs flooded the Capitol lawn. If you are worried Cambridge Analytica acquired your Facebook data, here’s how you can find out.
The media has been slobbering all over Zuck. Why? Because Zuck has the power to hide their content from Facebook readers. Eighty percent of people use Facebook to curate their news, so the media have to give Zuck the “hero edit.”
I watched some of the hearing and was not impressed. It’s clear that Zuckerberg wants to build a “community” filled with appropriate content. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) asked Zuckerberg to elaborate on how he determines what’s inappropriate:
“I worry about a world where when you go from violent groups to hate speech in a hurry,” Sasse told Zuckerberg. “Facebook may decide it needs to police a whole bunch of speech that I think America may be better off not having policed by one company that has a really big and powerful platform.”
“Can you define hate speech?” he asked.
“I’m worried about the psychological categories around speech,” Sasse interjected. “We see this happening on college campuses all across the country. It’s dangerous.”
“There are some really passionately held views about the abortion issue on this panel today,” the senator went on. “Can you imagine a world where you might decide that pro-lifers are prohibited from speaking about their abortion view on your platform?”
“I certainly would not want that to be the case,” Zuckerberg responded.
“But might really be unsettling to people who’ve have had an abortion to have an open debate about that wouldn’t it?” Sasse said.
Zuckerberg said he did not think pro-life speech would fit any of Facebook’s definitions for hate speech, adding that he “generally agrees” with Sasse’s point.
I call BS on that. Facebook punished Trump supporters Diamond and Silk for being dangerous to the “community.” The company won’t even talk to the ladies and tell them what they do that’s problematic. Facebook absolutely curates their content and that makes them a media outlet and not merely a platform. FUN FLASHBACK: Facebook refused to remove a Palestinian-run page about stabbing Jews.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) also lit into Zuckerberg about bias against conservatives.
The Senate is filled with crusty tech-ignorant old people
“Is Twitter Facebook?” This compilation of the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body asking Zuckerberg questions is absolutely hilarious and horrifying. Sean Davis nails it:
Nunes is not messing around
House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes is not suffering the deep state fools. The deadline to turn over requested documents is today.
“We’re not going to just hold in contempt, we will have a plan to hold in contempt and to impeach,” Nunes said to Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Tuesday evening.
“We’re not messing around here,” Nunes continued.
“We’re at a boiling point where we need this,” Nunes said.
“I can tell you this. We are going to get the document,” Nunes said. “We’re going to get the two pages. So they can either cough them up now, or it will get really complicated starting tomorrow night.”
“And so, it seems like the special counsel is good at leaking, but not so good at finding major felony leakers,” Nunes said.
Rep. Mark Meadows joins in.
I love it. It’s about time Congress starts fighting back against the DOJ’s stall tactics. Let’s go.
It’s that time again…time for the media and the left to gin themselves up with hysteria that President Trump is going to fire Mueller. With the jackboot raid of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, the perfect opportunity presented itself for the media and the #resistance to kick into Mueller Mania gear. Here’s just a tiny fraction of what littered the media landscape yesterday:
Historical picture of the day:
And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!