Comment Of The Day: “Still More Twitter Ethics: Musk’s Cynical Poll And Another Twitter Files Summary”

I’m a bit behind in posts covering the Twitter Files; I’m also behind in posting Comments of the Day. Ethics Alarms veteran Glenn Logan authored one more than a week ago, and had it not been for a recent comment that rang my “Glenn Logan” alarm, this one might have been lost.

Here is Glenn’s Comment of the Day on the post, “Still More Twitter Ethics: Musk’s Cynical Poll And Another”Twitter Files” Summary”…

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Jack wrote:

Musk can’t run Twitter by poll, though, if he is truly devoted to promoting free and open public discourse.

No, you’re right about that. It needs to stop. The optics are very poor to anyone not invested in Twitter at the expense of rational thought.

“The past seven years (or more) make the conclusion unavoidable that the FBI is untrustworthy, partisan, corrupt,dangerous, and a threat to undermine the Republic. That is not a news that easy to process or accept, but it can’t be ignored or shrugged off any more…”

The FBI has always been a problematic venture. It was corrupt nearly from birth, and we are surprised that it somehow has changed its spots over the decades? Sure, there have been a few stretches where it was less corrupt than at others, but at its core, it is a functioning federal bureaucracy with a law enforcement component, largely governed by political partisans.

That partisanship has clearly been allowed to filter down to at least middle management and even the rank-and-file. Throw in the “You’re either with me or against me” politics of the social media age, and how can you not have a corrupt catastrophe?

Disbanding the FBI root and branch would be a huge public service.

“In a complete reversal of positions from what was routine in my youth, Republicans are targeting the FBI for criticism and investigation while Democrats appear to be saying by their silence, “What’s the big deal?”

This is true of so many things now, I’ve lost count. Remember when the Republicans (driven by the religious right) were the pro-censorship party? “You become what you hate” has once again proven true. It’s batting 1.000, in fact.

“Again, because it can’t be over-stated, the mainstream media is deliberately trying to keep the public in the dark about all of it.”

Because they have become so invested in their moral preening and certitude, they can hardly do anything else. This has the potential, if covered fairly, to expose the media’s prior and ongoing corruption in ways that are an existential threat. The media literally cannot do a 180 and cover this story closely without damaging both their business and political interests. So they are doing what we all do when facing such a threat — ignoring it. Making that worse, they are actually gaslighting the public to try to tamp down interest. Unethical? Yep, but almost inevitable.

Even though you rightly point out this whole Twitter affair is eroding public trust in the media, they understand they have a built-in floor that will always be just enough to keep them afloat if they downsize enough. I call to your attention the WaPo layoffs of this week as factual support for this comment.

What is described below is, in fact, the U.S. government violating the First Amendment by proxy:

That’s exactly what it is. But let’s be honest: what can be done? The federal judiciary is not going to be able to remedy this. Between protestations of national security and the fact that crafting a remedy that can be broadly applied without violating the separation of powers, I don’t see much that can be done without a public will to correct it. Will that happen? Maybe, but the cynic in me is not holding his/her/xe/xir breath.

I’m glad to see all this come to light. It embarrasses the media, who deserves it manifestly. It also embarrasses the Leftists at Twitter and exposes the incestuous relationship between government and Big Tech, especially social media. Seeing Leftist media types, who cheered roundly when their opponents were kicked off Twitter suffer the same fate for conduct that used to be their exclusive right is blessed schadenfreude.

It would also embarrass the FBI and other involved federal agencies if they were capable of embarrassment, which we know by now they are absolutely not. The will reject this as violative of anything, and studiously ignore or gaslight as necessary to preserve it. They may even threaten Musk with retribution — if nothing else, Merrick Garland has proven he has absolutely no compunction about using law enforcement to enforce or even drive political policy and stretch the law into a pretzel to punish lawful actions that run afoul of ideology.

They say sunlight is the best disinfectant, but that can only be true if someone, Sauron-like, isn’t sending a plume of smoke and gas to blot it out and support the infection.

9 thoughts on “Comment Of The Day: “Still More Twitter Ethics: Musk’s Cynical Poll And Another Twitter Files Summary”

  1. Boy, Glenn, you sure hit the nail on the head with your predictive description of the FBI’s brazen response:

    “It would also embarrass the FBI and other involved federal agencies of they were capable of embarrassment, which we know by now they are absolutely not. They will reject this as violative of anything, and studiously ignore or gaslight as necessary to preserve it.”

    Whew.

  2. Great comment. We are now faced with allowing the acts to continue or take to the streets to peacefully protest the authoritarians in power both public and private. Protests should be no less peaceful than the ones following the George Floyd incident.

      • Insidious systemic corruption within our republic will be our demise.
        It is happening now, right in front of our eyes.

        Only when the masses become equally lathered over an oppressive ruling class as they do at the prospect of a toilet paper shortage will things change.
        We the people are being manipulated and it is working perfectly. Evil takes many forms…

        • We the people are being manipulated and it is working perfectly.

          It is my personal belief that no thinking person can be manipulated by a government as inept and corrupt as ours. Only a person willing to be manipulated would fall for such obvious gaslighting and emotional gobbledygook.

          If people are willing to be manipulated, it is already too late to do anything about it.

  3. If these agencies are not under the control of the Presidency (which anyone could see when Trump was president), what is their Constitutional basis for existing.? Does the Constitution allow for a 4rth branch of government?

    • Heh. Well, the media exists as an organ of Democratic political advocacy, does it not? Perhaps that qualifies as a 4th (or maybe 5th, accepting your comment’s question as fact).

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