Terrifying Tuesday

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One day last fall, I sat down to create a new Facebook account. I picked a forgettable name, snapped a profile pic with my face obscured, and clicked “Like” on the official pages of Donald Trump and his reelection campaign. Facebook’s algorithm prodded me to follow Ann Coulter, Fox Business, and a variety of fan pages with names like “In Trump We Trust.” I complied. I also gave my cellphone number to the Trump campaign, and joined a handful of private Facebook groups for MAGA diehards, one of which required an application that seemed designed to screen out interlopers.

The president’s reelection campaign was then in the midst of a multimillion-dollar ad blitz aimed at shaping Americans’ understanding of the recently launched impeachment proceedings. Thousands of micro-targeted ads had flooded the internet, portraying Trump as a heroic reformer cracking down on foreign corruption while Democrats plotted a coup. That this narrative bore little resemblance to reality seemed only to accelerate its spread. Right-wing websites amplified every claim. Pro-Trump forums teemed with conspiracy theories. An alternate information ecosystem was taking shape around the biggest news story in the country, and I wanted to see it from the inside.

The story that unfurled in my Facebook feed over the next several weeks was, at times, disorienting. There were days when I would watch, live on TV, an impeachment hearing filled with damning testimony about the president’s conduct, only to look at my phone later and find a slickly edited video—served up by the Trump campaign—that used out-of-context clips to recast the same testimony as an exoneration. Wait, I caught myself wondering more than once, is that what happened today?

McKay Coppins @ THE ATLANTIC

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11 Responses to Terrifying Tuesday

  1. Den says:

    Imagine waking up to a King. The cheeto face monster has assumed the role and is out for vengeance. Concentration camps await any objectors or merely non-whites. The borders are closed, no one can leave without permission. The Gates of Hell have opened and there is no escape.

    Could it happen here?

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  2. Micki says:

    David B. Benson says:
    February 17, 2020 at 7:43 PM
    That is well done.

    It sure is!!!

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    • Carol says:

      I read the Navy pilot article. He said we should do this, we should do that, that’s what everyone always says, like people running for office. I’ve been around a LONG time, no one is EVER going to fix this, or fix that. We will remain in the rotting away stage until it’s over.

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  3. Micki says:

    VA legislature blocks bill on assault weapons’ legislation … with the help of “moderate” Democrats.

    Yep…it’s an election year, so the weasels kiss up to the gun lobby. Where’s Gerald’s barf bucket?!?!

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  4. °¿º arol says:

    Really windy here today, but snow has been melting a bit every day. It snowed last night but this morning all it was on the back deck was water with a tiny bit of slush which is all gone now.

    Time for my dinner, almost 2:00!

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    Another green Subaru outback, parked on Michigan Street. Then yet another one in the parking lot across Linden Lane by the north door of the Hillside Cafe, which I reached in 14 minutes.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      A short walkabout on the way to Kimbrough Hall for the chinese choral music from Hong Kong; western melodies and translations of the words to English.

      Day 3: 58+35=93 minutes.

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