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“Never Trump” Republican turned unhinged far-left zealot Rick Wilson squealed like an injured pig this week after he got hit with a fact-check from a left-wing fact-checker.
On Monday, he and four other “Never Trumpers” uploaded an anti-Trump ad to Facebook on behalf of their political action committee, The Lincoln Project. Soon after, FB decided to fact-check it. And according to FB’s fact-checkers, the ad was full of schiff.
The ad specifically claimed that President Donald “Trump bailed out Wall Street, but not Main Street” with the CARES Act, which for the record was drafted by the Democrat-led House and GOP-led Senate, meaning it was a bipartisan bill.
FB’s fact-checkers at PolitiFact rightly determined the ad’s claim was bullschiff.
“This is wrong on several levels. First, Trump doesn’t solely get the credit, or the blame, for anything in the CARES Act; it was supported by virtually all congressional Democrats as well,” PolitiFact noted.
“The financial firms criticized for benefiting from the Great Recession bailouts do receive some ancillary benefits from the act, but the loan-accepting companies are the primary target of such largesse, not the banks.”
But the biggest problem with the false claim was “the notion in the ad that ‘Main Street’ is not being aided. About three-quarters of the loans in the Paycheck Protection Program were made in the smallest loan size category, one that would support a business of roughly seven to 10 people. We rate the statement False.”
Those are the facts — and they come from PolitiFact, an organization that’s anything but right-wing, let alone allied with the president. Nevertheless, Wilson responded to the fact-check of his fact-free ad by throwing an equally fact-free and stunningly unhinged Twitter rant.
I’m in a goddamn mood.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) May 7, 2020
Yes, folks, we know.
They’re doing everything they can to stop you from seeing this ad.
Sorry, Don. You can’t stop the signal.https://t.co/5KuJSf49oP
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) May 8, 2020
Speaking with Mediaite, he further complained about “the typical f—ery we’ve come to expect from both the Trump camp and their tame Facebook allies.”
“Facebook is perfectly content to allow content from QAnon lunatics, anti-vaxxers, alt-righters, and every form of Trump/Russian — but I repeat myself — disinformation,” he said.
“This is a sign of just how powerfully ‘Mourning In America’ shook Donald Trump and his allies. Their attempt to censor our ad isn’t a setback for us; it’s a declaration of an information war we will win.”
As noted earlier, PolitiFact isn’t a right-wing entity. Neither is Facebook, which in recent days has recruited a slew of personalities to serve on its Oversight Board, i.e., the “Facebook Supreme Court.”
Included among the personalities is the Stanford Law School law professor, Pamela Karlan, who testified against the president — and his youngest son — during the early portion of the Democrats’ impeachment hearings last year:
Meet your new speech police!
Facebook now has an Oversight Board empowered to take down posts.
Gotta be non-partisan people, right? Nope!
— Brendan Carr (@BrendanCarrFCC) May 6, 2020
She doesn’t appear to be right-wing at all.
That Wilson would talk about “Trump allies” in the face of This fact strongly suggests his Trump Derangement Syndrome has led him to lose all touch with reality.
It also reveals how oblivious he’s become to his own hypocrisy, for it wasn’t conservatives who have pestered social media platforms into acting like publishers (versus platforms) and fact-checking (and censoring) content. It was Wilson’s own disturbingly authoritarian allies on the far-left who did.
And it’s his own disturbingly authoritarian allies on the far-left who’ve slowly been turning their backs on democracy ever since Trump was elected to office in 2016. According to who? According to Matt Taibbi, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone.
In a blog post published late month, he warned that an increasing number of demonstrably left-wing outlets have in recent years been promoting the very sorts of behavior that are innate to actual brownshirts, fascists, Marxists, Stalinists, Nazis, whatever you want to call them.
“Earlier this week, Atlantic magazine – fast becoming the favored media outlet for self-styled intellectual elites of the Aspen Institute type – ran an in-depth article of the problems free speech pose to American society in the coronavirus era,” he wrote.
Though The Atlantic wasn’t the first to attack free speech:
I hope people are paying attention to what’s happening in the American media right now pic.twitter.com/OmQxc5MZmQ
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 29, 2020
“This interesting take on the First Amendment was the latest in a line of ‘Let’s rethink that whole democracy thing’ pieces that began sprouting up in earnest four years ago,” Taibbi continued.
“Articles with headlines like ‘Democracies end when they become too democratic’ and ‘Too much of a good thing: why we need less democracy’ became common after two events in particular: Donald Trump’s victory in the Republican primary race, and the decision by British voters to opt out of the EU, i.e. ‘Brexit.’”
So if Wilson is upset by his inability to spew what was in his case abject lies without being fact-checked, he ought to blame his own political side, not America’s conservative president and his equally liberty-minded allies.
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