There’s no telling how long the mean girls drama will keep going at WaPo. You can use this link to stock up on popcorn.
Taylor Lorenz has a “scoop” over at WaPo reporting the Disinformation Governance Board (ДГБ) is being “paused,” and that Disinformation Tsarina Jankowicz in considering resigning from the Department of Homeland Security. When I tried to retweet (with a comment) Lorenz’s tweet, Twitter posted this:However, her tweet is available. I screen capped this after my tweet was posted:Gentle Reader, it would appear that Twitter is engaging in disinformation.
I was “permanently” banned from Twitter as a result of false complaints of “targeted” harassment filed against me by Brett Kimberlin simultaneously with the perjured peace order petition he filed against me in 2015 alleging online harassment of Tetyana Kimberlin’s elder daughter. I wound up losing both my (a)wjjhoge business account and my (a)hogewash personal account at Twitter. (Yeah, I know it seems like that’s backwards, but it’ a long story for another post.)
When the peace order petition failed in District Court and Kimberlin’s appeal failed in Circuit Court, Kimberlin had his wife file a false criminal charge of cyberharassing her daughter. The State’s Attorney’s Office refused to prosecute because there was no evidence to support the charge.
Shortly after the criminal charge was dropped, Twitter contacted me saying I could have one of my accounts back. One, not both. They would not say why I could have an account back, but I was one of the first conservatives purged. They made remarks to third parties stating exactly why my accounts had been suspended—reasons that later turned out to be false. The Gentle Reader should notice that not long after my suspension, Twitter began giving a list of nebulous reasons or failing give any reason at all when suspending an account. I believe they let me back on, hoping that I would not sue for defamation.
I chose to have my business account restored, and when it became active again, the image on the left became my avatar. Yes, that’s the headshot that I use here at Hogewash! with duct tape added across my mouth.
I’m inclined to leave the duct tape in place until I get my personal account back.
As I expected, a substantial chunk of the Main Stream Media is not taking Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter very well. This is particularly true of folks at media companies owned by billionaires such as WaPo.
This headline from the NYT probably sums up the Main Stream Media’s reaction—Twitter Under Elon Musk Will Be a Scary Place.
Indeed, it likely would be scary for them to have to compete with uncensored reporting of Facts that contradict The Narrative.
That’s what Elon Musk is promising, but the deal hasn’t finally closed, and we haven’t seen how much change will come or how quickly.
Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to those changes, and I will wait to see them before I make changes of my own. Come back around midnight to read a bit more.
As my podcasting partner Stacy McCain has noted, Netflix shares are down over 60 % so far this year.
And now, Warner’s is pulling the plug on CNN+.
UPDATE—Disney stock has set a 52-week low.
Hogewash! isn’t an anonymous blog. When I started blogging in 2011, I had a discussion with the late Mrs. Hoge about whether the blog should be anonymous. I wasn’t looking for controversy, but I didn’t want her involuntarily sucked into any unpleasantness that might come along. She thought that I should blog using my real name. She even suggest the blog’s name, one that’s pretty hard for me to use anonymously, and she never expressed any regret for her advice.
If you click on the DMCA Contact tab in the menu, you can find my home address and cell phone number. I’m undoxable.
I do have some noms de cyber—for example, I’m @JohnnyAtsign on Twitter—but the vast bulk of my Internet scribblings are openly tagged with my real name.
OTOH, I understand not everyone can safely be as open as I can, so I allow anonymous comments here so long as they don’t involve the use of someone else’s identity and meet the other requirements laid out in The Fine Print.
The recent doxxing of @libsoftiktok by Taylor Lorenz and WaPo was pure cyberthuggery, and the flat out lying about having posted their victim’s personal information is shameful.
But I doubt they feel any shame. Oh, I’m sure they’re displeased with being ratioed on Twitter when they tried to first defend and then deny the doxxing. Discomfort, yes. Shame, no. Next, they’ll move on to claiming that they’re the victims and go on to more thuggery.
Democracy Dies in Derpness™
A hot project at work kept me away from the Interwebz all day. I missed Elon Musk’s offer to buy Twitter and the ensuing panic that a billionaire might take control of a means of mass communication. I found this oped … um … interesting.
I wonder what Jeff Bezos, the owner of WaPo, thinks about billionaire ownership of mass media. Actually, I don’t wonder at all about how he feels.
Democracy Dies in Derpness™.
… and WaPo has got the message. They’ve joined in reporting more or less truthfully on Hunter’s laptop. So have CNN, Politico, The Hill, and NBC News.
Isikoff says he didn’t see this coming.That implies that he’s no longer on the inside of the Media Deep State Complex.
It’s clear the reason a grand jury has been kept in business investigating Hunter Biden is to provide an indictment if The Big Guy becomes too much of a liability. Given the failures over the past 15 months, it’s not surprising that the battle space is being prepared for a change.
The New York Times is reporting that Hunter’s laptop isn’t Russian disinformation after all.
However, Twitter Safety was provided with the Narrative Change Notice in advance, and there is no indication that the NYT will be banned as the NYPost was in 2020.
This has turned up on Teh Twitterz—The Gentle Reader may remember that Ms. Chalupa is a Democrat operative who worked with her contacts in the previous Ukrainian regime in 2016 to oppose the election of Donald Trump. Real Clear Investiagations reports:
Former DNC contractor and opposition researcher Alexandra “Ali” Chalupa not only worked closely with the Ukrainian Embassy and Clinton campaign, trading dirt on Manafort and Trump, but also Congress and the Obama White House, State Department and even the FBI.
Chalupa appears connected to the anti-Trump conspiracy plot Special Counsel John Durham is investigating, according to sources familiar with his probe. She is a material witness at least, but it is not known if she has been interviewed by his investigators.
Ms. Chalupa was part of a propaganda operation that failed. Perhaps she is jealous of Tucker Carlson’s success in presenting views she opposes.
Also I think the difference between a conspiracy theory and an announced fact is down to 2 weeks.
When I clicked on a link to a tweet criticizing the Xiden Administration for restricting access to monoclonal antibody treatments for Covid, I found the tweet had been tagged with this notice—I suppose that’s better than flat out censorship.
I saw this on Gab this morning.
Ms. Attkisson’s post is about being temporarily suspended on Facebook because she posted an accurate quote from an historical figure. She notes that she is being punished while certain Facebook users are routinely allowed post false information without any consequences.
Facebook is indeed an Orwellian operation—it follows the principle that all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
It’s being rumored that Jack Dorsey will step down from the CEO job at Twitter. Twitter stock was up 11 % in the premarket this morning.
Politico reports that early polling gives Donald Trump the edge over Joe Xiden in a 2024 rematch.
Well, duh, Xiden’s approval is almost as low as it deserves to be. Buyer’s remorse has surely set in. Indeed, I’d be surprised by any polling that showed Xiden ahead of any of the potential candidates now on the radar. No, strike that. Xiden might poll better than Kamala Harris. Baring a miracle, he’s toast. No polling is required to see that.
However, there’s almost a year to go before the mid term elections. I concentrate on them for now.
Congressman Devin Nunes has filed a defamation lawsuit against Ryan Lizza and Hearst Magazine Media for publishing an allegedly false story about a farm operated by his family. The district court dismissed the suit, but the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has reinstated two of the claims—one related to Lizza’s republishing the story on Twitter and the other about an alleged conspiracy between Lizza and Hearst.
This one should be worth watching.
UPDATE—”[H]e was acting on behalf of specific clients, namely, Tech Executive-1 and the Clinton Campaign.”
Too many of the wrong people have been caught up in the Afghanistan fiasco for The Media to quietly go along with the Xiden Administration’s attempts to edit the news. During the long war, reporters who spent time in Afghanistan made friends among the Afghan people. Other reporters have college friends or family members working with NGOs in the country. These personal connections to real people in real distress are The Media them to challenge Xiden’s spin.
Here are a couple of examples.
The Guardian has reported in a significant difference between the American and French governments’ version of the minutes of a phone call between Joe Xiden and French President Macron. A British newspaper is reporting on the French lecturing us on moral behavior.
The White House’s readout of a call between Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron on the crisis in Afghanistan leaves out an impassioned plea from the French president that the US and its allies have a “moral responsibility” to evacuate Afghan allies.
ABC has now published the entire transcript of the Xiden interview conducted by George Stephanopoulos, including about 1,000 words that were edited from the broadcast version. The full version simply makes Xiden look even less prepared to handle the crisis.
People who haven’t been to Room 101 yet tend to be supportive of friends and family, even over the demands of the Inner Party.
YouTiube cited the same alleged reason when they banned my account, and they blew off my appeal as well.
It is my firm belief, and I say this as a dictum, that all these tools now at our disposal, these things part of this explosive evolution of means of communication, mean we are now heading for an era of solitude. Along with this rapid growth of forms of communication at our disposal—be it fax, phone, email, internet or whatever—human solitude will increase in direct proportion.
Bye, bye. Rebekah!
When I checked on Rebekah Jones’ media accounts today—Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
UPDATE—Her campaign account is gone too.
Reuters reports that the Government of India has issued an ultimatum to Twitter—the platform has one last chance to comply, or face “unintended consequences.”
Everything isn’t with the program yet, but some things are beginning to proceed as I have foreseen.