The Breaking News……
Since Morning Joe has been bad mouthing Trump it is only fair, in his tiny mind, that he do the same and on Twitter…..
The widower of a former congressional staffer of Joe Scarborough has gone directly to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey with a plea: Delete President Trump’s conspiracy theories suggesting that Scarborough killed his wife. Trump has been pushing the idea hard of late that Scarborough, now at MSNBC, played a role in the 2001 death of Lori Klausutis, and Timothy Klausutis is now pushing back. Coverage:
- The letter: Trump “tweeted to his nearly 80 million followers alluding to the repeatedly debunked falsehood that my wife was murdered by her boss, former U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough,” Klausutis wrote in a letter to Dorsey that was first revealed by Kara Swisher in a New York Timescolumn. “Please delete these tweets. My wife deserves better.” At another point: “I’m asking you to intervene in this instance because the president of the United States has taken something that does not belong to him—the memory of my dead wife—and perverted it for perceived political gain.”
- Another line: “An ordinary user like me would be banished from the platform for such a tweet but I am only asking that these tweets be removed.”
- The death: Lori Klausutis, 28, worked as a constituent services coordinator, and she died in Scarborough’s office in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. An autopsy found that she suffered from an undiagnosed heart condition, and authorities concluded that she fainted and struck her head, reports Newsweek. Scarborough was actually in DC at the time of her death, notes Axios.
- Trump: The president has tweeted multiple times about the death. An example: “A blow to her head? Body found under his desk? Left Congress suddenly? Big topic of discussion in Florida … and, he’s a Nut Job (with bad ratings),” Trump wrote Saturday. “Keep digging, use forensic geniuses!” On Tuesday, Trump revisited the subject: “The opening of a Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough was not a Donald Trump original thought, this has been going on for years, long before I joined the chorus,” he wrote.
- Twitter response: Twitter has not removed the Trump posts, notes Politico. “We are deeply sorry about the pain these statements, and the attention they are drawing, are causing the family,” said a spokesperson. “We’ve been working to expand existing product features and policies so we can more effectively address things like this going forward, and we hope to have those changes in place shortly.” Swisher’s column reports that the company is speeding up plans to label some tweets as false and provide links to credible information refuting them.
- Scarborough response: What Trump is doing is “unspeakably cruel” to the Klausutis family, Scarborough said Tuesday on his show, per Cleveland.com. “I know all too well how much (widower) T.J. has suffered, and how much—he’s told me his family has suffered. … Every time they spread these lies, they’re hurting the family.”
- Fact-checker: The Fact Checker blog of the Washington Post previously dug into the conspiracy theories and concluded they’re bunk. They received the worst possible score of Four Pinocchios, “and we wish we had more to give.”
Of course Donald the Orange could not let a situation good un-lied about and took to Twitter , as usual…..
President Trump is hitting back hard at Twitter after the social media company started flagging his tweets about mail-in voting. The tech giant “is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post,” the POTUS posted on, yes, Twitter Tuesday night. Twitter has yet to flag any more tweets beyond the two that were slapped with a fact-check warning earlier Tuesday, the first time Twitter has ever pulled such a move on Trump, per CNN.
Trump’s campaign manager also responded to the controversy Tuesday night, releasing a statement accusing “Silicon Valley” of pulling “out all the stops to obstruct and interfere” with Trump “getting his message through to voters,” Business Insider reports. “Partnering with the biased fake news media ‘fact checkers’ is only a smoke screen Twitter is using to try to lend their obvious political tactics some false credibility,” Brad Parscale’s statement continues. Yahoo News notes that Twitter has yet to flag or remove any of Trump’s tweets promoting a conspiracy theory about MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and the 2001 death of one of his staffers, a fact that has reportedly angered some Twitter employees.
Now we know why he worships tyrants…..he seems to think that he can do whatever he wants to whoever is handy…..
His latest piece of BS is that he will shut down social media…..
President Trump escalated his new feud with Twitter on Wednesday morning by threatening to shut it and other social media sites down over what he sees as political bias. The threat comes after Twitter added a fact-check function to some of the president’s tweets. “Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices,” Trump tweeted. “We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. … Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!”
- Can he? Despite Trump’s threat, he has “little authority” to shut down the sites, notes Bloomberg. Potential regulations are another thing, though adviser Kellyanne Conway declined to suggest specifics on Wednesday. “The president’s saying please stop suppressing conservative voices,” she said. On Twitter’s new fact-checking move: “I thought using outlets that are decisively and proudly anti-Trump to fact-check the president was maybe the richest piece of the whole thing.”
- Mail-in voting: On Tuesday, Twitter flagged Trump tweets linking absentee voting to fraud as potentially misleading. (The site added a blue exclamation point to the tweets with a “Get the facts” note linking to stories on the issue, per Reuters.) But Trump returned to the topic Wednesday. “We can’t let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our Country,” he wrote. “It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots. Whoever cheated the most would win.”
- Another Trump move: Last week, before the Twitter controversy, the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump might create a White House panel to review online bias at social media sites. “Left-wing bias in the tech world is a concern that definitely needs to be addressed from our vantage point, and at least exposed [so] that Americans have clear eyes about what we’re dealing with,” says a White House official.
- Twitter stock: Shares were sliding Wednesday morning, reports the Street. They were down about 2% even as the tech-centric Nasdaq index was rising.
- A counterpoint: Axios did an analysis last year and found that the most viral online stories about the 2020 election actually came from right-wing sites.
Really? How will Trump get his lies and bullshit out to his mentally slow supporters without social media?
And the saga continues……..
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