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.