Alcindor raised the issue of the crisis at the border with a enormous increase in unaccompanied minors. But she framed her question as to whether Biden can solve the”tension” of getting folks come to the usa since he’s such a”moral” and”decent” person. One critic however objected that the issue was unjust to Biden and based on disinformation. That of course was Jennifer Rubin, that has been repeatedly criticized for fictitious postings against congressional hearings to courtroom decisions to even Shakespeare. She even once assaulted me for a theory which I didn’t agree with at a column which I didn’t write.
Biden was contested for his statistical claims as well as NBC News found that he was wrong.
Alcindor prefaced her issue by giving Biden’s stated defense and then highlighting the appeal of this moral character as the Reason parents are”trusting” him with their children:
“You have mentioned over and over again which immigrants shouldn’t come to this country right now… That message isn’t being received/ Rather, the understanding of you that got you chosen — just as a moral, decent guy — is the reason a lot of immigrants are still coming to this country and so are trusting with unaccompanied minors. How can you resolve that anxiety and just how are you picking which households can stay and which ones may proceed… and is there a deadline for when we will not be visiting these overcrowded facilities operate by CBP once it has to do with unaccompanied minors?”
For critics, the issue (and gentle treatment of Biden by the media) was a continuation of the cushion of protection offered by the media. Indeed, both Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan and Rubin openly frees reporters from being too tough on Biden in the media conference.
Much Alcindor’s fawning, convoluted query was too much for Rubin who whined that”Yamiche gets the announcement unproven that his words set the spike off. This is factually erroneous.” The difficulty for Rubin is that Alcindor created any link at all between Biden and the surge. Rubin apparently believes that the media should have refused to make any such link — unless it was to announce that such connections are factually erroneous.
That directed Alcindor to fire back that Rubin was dismissing widespread reporting that households are coming due to Biden:”Maybe you have not interviewed migrants & requested them this Q, but coverage bears out what I said, that is that some migrants are coming because of the understanding that Pres[ident] Biden is much more humanist & is enabling unaccompanied minors to stay. So sadly, you’re factually erroneous.” (Additionally, many immigrants are still wearing teeshirt using Biden’s name on it and the Mexican President also said that Biden is the attraction for its surge).
My interest in the squabble is the way it catches the apparently infinite flexibility of the terms”misinformation” and”disinformation.” Rubin believes that Alcindor was dispersing false information, the foundation for calls for greater censorship online. She fired back the Alcindor should read the news:”Maybe you have not interviewed migrants & requested them this Q, but reporting conveys what I said, which is that a few migrants are coming because of the understanding that Pres[ident] Biden is much more humanist & is enabling unaccompanied minors to stay. So sadly, you’re factually erroneous.”
The latest hearing followed exactly the exact identical pattern, as was evident in the previous hearing in which I testified.Prior hearings have shown that censorship is currently a touchstone for Democratic politicians. That was evident in the Senate hearing using the Big Tech CEOs. Instead of addressing the dangers of such censoring of news accounts, Senator Chris Coons pushed Dorsey to enlarge the classes of censored material to stop individuals from sharing any viewpoints that he believes”climate denialism.” Similarly, Senator Richard Blumenthal seemed to take precisely the opposite significance from Twitter, admitting that it was wrong to censor the Biden story. Blumenthal explained that he was”concerned that both your companies are, in fact, backsliding or retrenching, which you’re neglecting to take actions against harmful disinformation.” Accordinglyhe demanded an answer to this query:
“Will you devote to exactly the exact identical sort of content alteration playbook in this coming election, including fact checking, tagging, reducing the spread of corruption, and other measures, even for politicians in the runoff elections beforehand “
The difference is that traffic to statements by figures such as Alcindor are most likely to be restricted to Twitter while some are exposed to cancelling campaigns. These”friendly fire” events however show the subjectivity of such labelings in our cancel civilization.
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