Ya’ll remember James Comey, that really nice FBI director who’s letter to Congress about Hillary’s emails 11 days before the election hung over her campaign like a fart in church? (sorry, Momma) Then remember how he said, “NNNNEEEEVVVVEERRRRR MMMIIIINNNDDDD” several days later? Well. Looks like Mr. Letter Writer might just get his. He’s being investigated by the Justice Department for possible political motivation (oh, say it ain’t so, Joe; say it ain’t so); AND, it turns out that his deputy director is also in deep doo-doo because, as he was investigating Hillary, his wife was running for Virginia State Senate. Apparently he should have recused himself. They’re also investigating whether someone leaked the info to Hillary’s campaign. I wonder if they’re going to investigate why Rudy Giuliani knew about the email letter weeks before it hit?
Yesterday, both Google and Facebook announced they were updating their policies and algorithms in an attempt to stem the rising tide of crappola posing as real news on their websites. That would have been a really good idea – LAST YEAR. As we all witnessed, fake news sites that were intentionally mis-informing voters exploded on social media during this election cycle peddling fake stories that likely swayed voters, especially the ones sparking outrage over controversies that didn’t actually occur. The two social media companies are attempting to limit the proliferation of fake news by banning ads for those sites. The new policies will not affect viral growth of falsehoods, so this is only a partial step.
I find it very interesting that these steps are being taken after the damage has already been done, giving a lift to Cheeto Jesus, the worst presidential candidate in US history. This has been a problem obvious to even the most casual observer in recent years, and, in fact, the New York Times reported on how Facebook content pushers were making serious money on sponsored posts last July. So it’s certainly no surprise this has been going on for some time.
I’m certain the delay in implementing this policy after the election had nothing to do with the profits pouring into Google and Facebook from all these ads peddling BS, right?
Yesterday, Cheeto Jesus appointed his two top strategists for the coming January 20th Apocalypse. What was striking about these appointments was not only their similarity – they’re both well known pigs; but also their differences – outside pig versus inside pig. The outside pig is Steve Bannon, CEO of that den of serial liars called Breitbart “News”; the inside pig is RNC chairman and serial loudmouth, Reince Priebus. Cheeto Jesus couldn’t have chosen a worse pair to run the White House except for maybe someone like Hannibal Lector or Freddy Krueger. The choice of these two characters is shocking, but not surprising.