MSNBC informed me today that these are “scary times” because of the data breach with Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. And Congress is salivating to come up with any regulation of social media to make things less scary, although I don’t think there is a single member of congress who even has a clue as to how this stuff works.
I’ve posted about this hysteria before so here’s a quick review: when a smartphone application asks you if you are willing to give up all of your personal data in exchange for downloading a free app, simply click on the choice that says “Decline”. Easy-peezy.
And if you encounter a story in social media that purports, for example, that Hillary Clinton in running a kiddie porn operation out of a D.C. area pizza joint, and you look at the story and say “Hmmmm. That’s plausible!”, then you’re really too stupid to even matter.
But that seems to be at the heart of the matter before congress, and why these, according to MSNBC, are “scary times”.
And yes, I understand the value of hyperbole in the 24/7 cable news game.
As a matter fact, MSNBC has been multi-tasking today, providing a muted drumbeat for some kind of military punch in Syria. The network is traipsing out the lineup of military types that you might remember as “Oh, those guys that were so wrong about Iraq?” You know, Jack Jacobs, Barry McCaffery. William Kristol, etc.
I wonder if we’ll see Paul Wolfowitz or Mary Cheney on a MSNBC “roundtable” soon.
The “progressive” network is no stranger to war mongering. They were, at best, complicit in the run-up to the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. The cynic in me assumed that was because NBC’s parent company at the time was General Electric, who provided the guts for the Tomahawk Missiles the U.S. loved to rain down on the towel-heads.
Here’s Chris Matthews reacting to W’s moronic USS Abraham Lincoln “mission accomplished” moment:
“He won the war. He was an effective commander. Everybody recognizes that, I believe, except a few critics. … He looks for real. … [H]e didn’t fight in a war, but he looks like he does. … We’re proud of our president. … Women like a guy who’s president. Check it out. The women like this war. I think we like having a hero as our president.”
Trump, Bolton, Mattis, along with the rest of the Republican phony tough guys are all perfectly capable of fucking up this situation on their own. They don’t need the “liberal media” as co-enablers.