What can we say in regards to the previous seven days? Well, they included Mark Zuckerberg saying “Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” in order that’s one thing. Unemployment within the US is persevering with to surge; in the meantime, the White House is breaking with custom and hiding forecasts that would contradict President Trump’s financial outlook. On the plus facet, a minimum of HBO Max arrived intact. But that is just the start. Let’s take a look at the whole lot else that occurred on-line final week.
President Trump’s Tweets, Part 1
What Happened: President Trump spent some time final week tweeting a few decades-old conspiracy idea.
What Really Happened: Last week, the US loss of life toll from Covid-19 handed a staggering 100,000, a determine that solely turns into extra surprising if you notice that it’s been simply 4 months for the reason that first loss of life in America. Even as former vice chairman, and present presidential hopeful, Joe Biden launched a video wherein he talked in regards to the “shared grief” of the nation, his competitors for the place—the present President of the United States—made no point out of the grim milestone because it approached, however as a substitute spent a portion of the week speaking a few conspiracy idea involving a TV information host.
To be honest, Donald Trump has really been speaking in regards to the baseless idea that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was concerned within the loss of life of Lori Klausutis, a staffer throughout Scarborough’s time in Congress, for a whereas now; in actual fact, he was doing it years in the past. It’s not a brand new thought, and one which’s lengthy been debunked, however that hasn’t stopped Trump from suggesting in any other case. For this newest go-around, the accusations had been made by way of Trump’s Twitter feed throughout the final week or so.
First off, let’s underscore this one vital factor: Despite what the president claims, this isn’t a “cold case,” and it’s additionally not homicide. Lori Klausutis’ 2001 loss of life in is tragic, nevertheless it’s not really a thriller.
Of course, it didn’t escape discover that Twitter wasn’t actually the one accountable celebration right here—or, for that matter, even the primarily accountable celebration.
So, did the president cease?
The Takeaway: And the place are the opposite Republicans throughout this? Largely silent, with simply a few exceptions.
President Trump’s Tweets, Part 2
What Happened: If the thought, “Why not fact-check the president on social media?” has ever crossed your thoughts, final week offered an surprising reply within the type of two phrases: “executive order.”