I was hit between the eyes by another example of this hypocrisy this morning, when I read the “Letters to the Editor” section of the Times. A reader named Roger Hirschberg—yes, own it Roger, you shameless propagandist—authored a letter that the Times headlined “Facebook Misinformation.” In the first paragraph, Roger decries Facebook policies that “enable and protect misinformation.” In the very next sentence, he condemns Facebook management for allowing such misinformation “in pursuit of profits,” and cites Facebook’s entries related to “the January 6 insurrection.”
Isn’t that amusing? Roger puffs himself up like a bullfrog in indignation over a communications company pandering to the mob while cashing in, and then gives the Times a chance to do the same, allowing his false characterization of the Capitol riot as an “insurrection,” because that’s the current Big Lie being weaponized by the Left.
Now, I wouldn’t want the Times to censor Roger’s deliberate misinformation—the FBI, if one considers it trustworthy, has definitively debunked that description, as did Merrick Garland in last weeks hearings—because we benefit from revelations with signature significance: if you call the riot an “insurrection,” you’re a lie-spreading jerk or a lazy fool who believes whatever your favorite party tells you. I would expect an ethical publication that respects its readers to acknowledge Roger’s hypocrisy if it chooses to publish his letter, however. If it doesn’t, then the Times is deliberately advancing misinformation….but then it’s the good kind. You know: the kind that can be used to smear Donald Trump and Republicans. Thanks, Roger!
Then we have the perpetually risible Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, who, as you can see above, tweeted out to her 12.7 MILLION followers, dupes and enablers all, that “almost” ten died in the “terrorist attack.” This is hardly a difficult fact to check:four individuals died that day, all members of the mob. One of the rioters was shot dead under suspicious circumstances that had she been a black woman and her killer white, would have undoubtedly sparked a “mostly peaceful protest” in which “almost ten” (or more) might have died.
AOC also engages in similar deceit with the statement that “Any member of Congress who helped plot a terrorist attack on our nation’s capitol must be expelled.” There is no evidence that any member of Congress “helped plot a terrorist attack,” and this is carefully phrased so the shameless demagogue has plausible deniability: “What? I never said any member of Congress did this! I just opined that any member of Congress who did should be expelled! I also believe that any member of Congress that roasts a child on a spit should be expelled.” Clever!
Note that OAC’s message was tweeted. Did Twitter suspend her account for spreading misinformation, as it would have with dispatch if a similarly dishonest tweet had issued from a Republican?
No, because this is good misinformation. It advances Twitter’s agenda, which is the same as AOC’s, the New York Times, and Roger Hirschberg.