Minnesota’s irascible Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar. CNN “State of the Union” co-host Dana Bash. COVID-19. Professional-vax vs. anti-vax. Social media, and suppressing conservative content material and commentary. Is there a extra excellent (hypocritical, elitist, condescending, depressing) storm on the planet?
Dunno — however I do know “all the above” mixed for precisely what you’d anticipate, on Sunday.
Bash started the section by speaking to the Fb “whistle-blower.”
“Buddy or foe? A whistle-blower says Fb is placing their earnings over your security,” Bash stated, based on the CNN transcript of the present, earlier than turning to Frances Haugen, former Fb product supervisor, who replied: “I imagine Fb’s merchandise hurt youngsters, stoke division, and weaken our democracy.”
“What wants to alter?” requested Bash: “I’ll communicate to high Fb government Nick Clegg and Fb critic, Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar, subsequent.”
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“Plus […] proof suggests the Delta surge is starting to gradual. The place is the U.S. now within the struggle towards COVID- 19? I’ll ask Dr. Anthony Fauci in moments.”
A jam-packed present. Haugen kicked off the festivities for actual, thusly:
“The corporate’s management is aware of methods to make Fb and Instagram safer, however gained’t make the required adjustments, as a result of they’ve put their astronomical earnings earlier than folks. Congressional motion is required. They gained’t clear up this disaster with out your assist.”
After discussing the professionals and cons — good things and unhealthy stuff — about Fb with Haugen and Nick Clegg, vice chairman of coverage and world affairs for Fb (see transcript hyperlink, above), Bash lastly bought to Klobuchar, the condescending arbiter of all issues true and false:
“I need to now go to one of many high lawmakers main the push to rein in social media corporations, Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Are you glad with what you heard? And be particular. What’s the one most vital factor Congress may do proper now?
(Keep the hell out of it.)
However Ms. Amy, who has been amongst Democrat lawmakers main the cost, disagreed. With me, that’s.
“Effectively, initially, I admire that he’s prepared to speak about issues, however I imagine the time for dialog is finished, the time for motion is now. Principally, for thus lengthy, the social media corporations have been saying, and the opposite tech platforms, belief us, we bought this. “Effectively, look the place we at the moment are.
“The man down the road tells me his mother-in-law gained’t get a vaccine as a result of she learn on social media that it might implant [a] microchip in her arm. We all know that almost all of the folks that aren’t getting vaccines learn stuff on these platforms. We all know in regards to the violent content material.
“We all know in regards to the youngsters which were studying issues and been uncovered to accounts which might be referred to as ‘Eternally Ravenous or I’m Not Good.’”
The gorgeous irony, after all, being CNN itself, not to mention Klobuchar and the Democrats’ means to make wild, unfounded claims on The Most Trusted Title in Information™, PMSNBC, Twitter, Fb — unchallenged and unabated — to their hypocritical little hearts’ content material.
Bash then introduced up Clegg’s supposed willingness to “welcome Congress” to take a peek at Fb, launching Klobuchar into one other diatribe.
“However I simply suppose he missed that piece of it when he went via his very deliberate dialog with you. So let me provide the solutions to this. And in the event that they’re prepared to signal on, I’m all with it. However, thus far, we haven’t seen that.
One, we’d like privateness laws. We’re one of many few nations that don’t have a federal privateness coverage that matches the sophistication of those tech corporations. Meaning saying, you already know what, if in case you have bought to share your information if you wish to share all of your personal information, you’ve got to choose in and make an precise resolution to do this. Make that the regulation of the land. Proper now, the states are struggling to do it on their very own.
Secondly, we have to be sure that our competitors coverage is up to date. They purchased Instagram. We’ll by no means know, at Instagram, what improvements may have been developed to assist youngsters as a result of they purchased it. Within the phrases of Mark Zuckerberg, he’d slightly purchase than compete. We’ve got to replace our youngsters’s privateness legal guidelines and the work that we’ve already accomplished. And that should be improved.
After which, lastly, sure, the algorithms transparency, doing extra to reform what’s taking place on the market. And so I’m simply uninterested in listening to: Belief us. And it’s time to guard these mothers and dads which were scuffling with their youngsters getting addicted to those platforms and been uncovered to all types of unhealthy stuff.”
Gimme a break. I’m positive Klobuchar isn’t referring to the Fb algorithm change 3-4 years in the past to suppress conservative content material (about which, “you already know who” nonetheless lies) that impacted mega-sites like Impartial Journal Overview — I do know, I used to be a senior author for IJR on the time — Breitbart, Each day Caller, and others, all of which skilled 40-45 p.c drops or worse in viewership, just about in a single day. All of us knew one thing was mistaken when it occurred — we simply didn’t know what occurred. But, that’s.
Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar says “the time for motion is now” on Fb. She says the US wants privateness laws and an up to date competitors coverage to rein in Massive Tech. https://t.co/sD96p1QH4m #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/y55Gqes6NS
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 10, 2021
The dynamic duo droned on and on (once more, consult with the transcript hyperlink). This magnificence from Klobuchar was amongst her “finest.”
“You realize what? I like competitors. I imagine in capitalism. [ROFL emoji]. And breaking apart Fb will likely be as much as, by the best way, the lawyer normal’s workplace or one thing like that.
“We’re not going to do this by regulation. However what I feel has been missing right here is any severe evaluation of those mergers, not simply with Fb, with all of those tech corporations, with pharmaceutical corporations.”
The Backside Line
In case you select, learn the whole transcript, watch the video, no matter. Look, CNN is CNN. Dana Bash is Dana Bash. Amy Klobuchar is in a category of her personal, IMHO. The whiny-ass phony smile, the entire bit. I (we) can’t stand the girl. Klobuchar is a quintessential instance of the left-wing loons we have to take note of — and watch like a hawk.
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