Is Our Democrats Learning? The Working the Refs Edition

While Sanders has always blasted the media–and there are few, if any, better in a potential unfriendly interview than Sanders–Warren has done a really good job in ‘working the refs’–attacking media outlets when they behave badly and putting them on the defensive. Her latest (boldface mine):

A fresh series of Facebook ads this week by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren seeks to put the social media giant on the defensive — by telling a lie.

The ads, which began running widely on Thursday, start with a bold but obvious falsehood: That Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg have endorsed President Trump’s reelection campaign.

“You’re probably shocked,” reads the ad, which has already reached tens of thousands of viewers nationwide. “And you might be thinking, ‘how could this possibly be true?’ Well, it’s not.”

The ad’s own admission of a lie seeks to draw attention to a controversial Facebook policy Warren has spent days criticizing. Under the policy, Facebook exempts ads by politicians from third-party fact-checking — a loophole, Warren says, that allows Zuckerberg to continue taking “gobs of money” from Trump’s campaign despite Trump’s ads telling untruths about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.

Warren’s escalating criticism of Zuckerberg highlights the backlash Facebook has faced as it has defended its policy on political advertising. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, another Democratic candidate, tweeted on Thursday that online platforms like Facebook need a “truth standard for paid ads.” And Biden’s campaign has compared Trump’s ads to Russian-backed disinformation.

“Whether it originates from the Kremlin or Trump Tower, these lies and conspiracy theories threaten to undermine the integrity of our elections in America,” Biden spokesman TJ Ducklo said on Tuesday.

For a very long time, professional Democrats have been operating under a number of falsehoods that, perhaps, were operative decades ago (e.g., the courts will protect Democratic policies), but are no longer. Professional Democrats are beginning to realize that most of the media is not their friend and is not interested in doing the right thing or avoiding the wrong thing unless it is in media outlets’ financial interest. Glad to see they’re starting to work the refs.

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1 Response to Is Our Democrats Learning? The Working the Refs Edition

  1. coloncancercommunity says:

    Elizabeth Warren is learning. But Warren is smarter than the average bear and waaaaaay smarter than the average Democrat. But you are asking a more general question: “Is our Democrats learning?”

    Try this on for size…Congresswoman Nita Lowey of the 17th Congressional District has just announced her retirement. At 82 she was facing a primary battle and decided to step down – very coincidentally during Hillary and Chelsea’s book tour. Hmmmm.

    This happens to be the same district where Hillary and Bill Clinton have their Chappaqua residence. Double hmmmmm.

    Now a group of Hillary idols in the upper echelons of the Westchester NY Democratic party are pushing hard for CHELSEA CLINTON to run for that seat.

    Have they lost their minds? I think they have. I’m a district leader in this Congressional district and my name is now mud because I have been loudly stating what I think should be obvious. The Clinton name is a lightning rod. Chelsea has never been elected to ANYTHING – not a council seat or even local dog catcher. Further, Chelsea doesn’t even reside in the district. She lives in the city. Putting a CLINTON with no experience in any elected office on a high profile ticket serving a district she doesn’t live in for United States Congress could have major implications for the entire 2020 race. It could even impact the presidential race outcome. Beyond reprising the same carpetbagging trick Hillary used to run for the Senate, it reeks of corruption, nepotism, and big money infesting the Democratic party. Trump would have a field day with this no matter who the Democratic nominee was.

    So “is our Democrats learning”. I don’t think most are capable of learning anything. Hope I’m wrong, but this seems like stupid on steroids.

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