The Twelve words that forced @twitter to reinstate @instapundit

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The Twelve words that forced @twitter to reinstate @instapundit

I was going to hit the sack as I’ve been up all night but when I saw that Glenn Reynolds had been sus­pended by twit­ter it woke me up prompt­ing a spake of tweets not­ing twit­ters dou­ble stan­dards and the pro­gres­sive increase in sus­pend­ing con­ser­v­a­tives from Stacy McCain to Milo to Him each one more prominent.

How­ever Glenn Reynolds Instapun­dit did just fine before twit­ter and was set to do just fine after it so his ini­tial reac­tion was rather amus­ing:

if Twit­ter doesn’t like me, I’m happy to stop pro­vid­ing them with free con­tent.

It didn’t take long for Glenn’s ban­ning to be picked up by con­ser­v­a­tives all over. After all it isn’t every day that a promi­nent law pro­fes­sor, USA today colum­nist and one of the most pro­lific blog­gers in his­tory who inspired a ton of us. CNN Com­men­ta­tor Hugh Hewitt had him on his radio show where he said:

HH: And what would you say to those peo­ple who are urg­ing that you be silenced and shut down and fired? This is a 1st Amend­ment that we’re talk­ing about here. What would you say to them, Glenn Reynolds?
GR: That’s a lot for three words, espe­cially con­sid­er­ing all the hyper­bole we’ve heard in this elec­tion already. We’ve heard plenty of peo­ple talk­ing about the desir­abil­ity of the assas­si­na­tion of Don­ald Trump and other things. It seems to me that that’s kind of a dou­ble stan­dard, isn’t it?
HH: Have you read Ross Douthat’s col­umn this morn­ing, Hillary Clinton’s Saman­tha Bee Prob­lem, about the cul­tural…
GR: I have read that col­umn.
HH: What did you think of it? And do you fit into that nar­ra­tive now?
GR: Oh, I don’t know. You know, there is a big lefty cul­tural appa­ra­tus that tries to enforce its views on every­thing. And frankly, it is prob­a­bly the thing that is keep­ing Don­ald Trump alive, and it may be the thing that gets him elected, as Ross Douthat says. I think that’s totally right. And I think it’s funny, because you know, I grew up in the Civil Rights era. My dad was a mod­er­ately well-​known civil rights and Viet­nam pro­tes­tor. And to be hon­est, it seems to me that then, the left was really all on for free speech, and now that they feel like they have gath­ered all the reins in their hands, they’re not so big on tol­er­ance anymore.

Shortly after that was posted Instapundit’s sus­pen­sion was revoked.

I have no idea if any expla­na­tion was given, I joked it was because he knows a lot of lawyers but re-​reading his post on the sub­ject I think I have iso­lated the twelve words Glenn wrote that really caused the sus­pen­sion to be lifted

Twit­ter can do with­out me, as I can cer­tainly do with­out Twitter.

Glenn Reynolds is a traf­fic machine, any­one who has ever got­ten an insta­lanche knows this to be true, The only real value that twit­ter has is the abil­ity to pro­vide adver­tis­ers access to the tens to hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple who want to see the tweets of a traf­fic machine like Glenn.

The Day the var­i­ous traf­fic machines decide, like Glenn did, that they can do with­out twit­ter they are fin­ished. Twit­ter not only loses its pur­pose but it’s abil­ity to gen­er­ate profit, in fact it might even lead to celebs demand­ing twit­ter pay THEM a per fol­lower fee annu­ally for using their plat­form and gen­er­at­ing the traf­fic & eye­balls they need to have any chance of being profitable.

Twit­ter could sur­vive anger, out­rage or even venom from a major traf­fic gen­er­a­tor like Glenn, but it can’t sur­vive indifference.

Update: Stacy McCain com­ments thusly from his still con­tin­u­ing twit­ter exile:

What are we per­mit­ted to say about maraud­ing gangs of thieves and thugs? The own­ers of Twit­ter have evi­dently hired Demo­c­rat Party activists to con­trol the nar­ra­tive on their plat­form, effec­tively turn­ing it into a pro­pa­ganda plat­form for a vio­lent anti-​white ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion (to call #Black­Lives­Mat­ter what it actu­ally is). Twitter’s pol­icy can be con­sid­ered an “in-​kind” polit­i­cal con­tri­bu­tion to Hillary Clinton’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, which is count­ing on #Black­Lives­Mat­ter to help her win key swing states like North Car­olina, Florida, Vir­ginia and Ohio.
Do law-​abiding cit­i­zens have no right to defend them­selves against mob attacks? If a fam­ily is in their car on the high­way and find them­selves sur­rounded by a gang of crim­i­nals who have been roam­ing the streets com­mit­ting vio­lence, what are they sup­posed to do?

Why you are sup­posed to let your­self be killed of course

Update 2: Via Pat­terico

Run them down” is sound­ing more and more like self defense to me.

Update 4: USA today has decided to sus­pend Glenn for a month, so I’ve decided to block them on twit­ter and in my web browser for (at least) a month


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I was going to hit the sack as I’ve been up all night but when I saw that Glenn Reynolds had been suspended by twitter it woke me up prompting a spake of tweets noting twitters double standards and the progressive increase in suspending conservatives from Stacy McCain to Milo to Him each one more prominent.

However Glenn Reynolds Instapundit did just fine before twitter and was set to do just fine after it so his initial reaction was rather amusing:

if Twitter doesn’t like me, I’m happy to stop providing them with free content.

It didn’t take long for Glenn’s banning to be picked up by conservatives all over. After all it isn’t every day that a prominent law professor, USA today columnist and one of the most prolific bloggers in history who inspired a ton of us. CNN Commentator Hugh Hewitt had him on his radio show where he said:

 

HH: And what would you say to those people who are urging that you be silenced and shut down and fired? This is a 1st Amendment that we’re talking about here. What would you say to them, Glenn Reynolds?
GR: That’s a lot for three words, especially considering all the hyperbole we’ve heard in this election already. We’ve heard plenty of people talking about the desirability of the assassination of Donald Trump and other things. It seems to me that that’s kind of a double standard, isn’t it?
HH: Have you read Ross Douthat’s column this morning, Hillary Clinton’s Samantha Bee Problem, about the cultural…
GR: I have read that column.
HH: What did you think of it? And do you fit into that narrative now?
GR: Oh, I don’t know. You know, there is a big lefty cultural apparatus that tries to enforce its views on everything. And frankly, it is probably the thing that is keeping Donald Trump alive, and it may be the thing that gets him elected, as Ross Douthat says. I think that’s totally right. And I think it’s funny, because you know, I grew up in the Civil Rights era. My dad was a moderately well-known civil rights and Vietnam protestor. And to be honest, it seems to me that then, the left was really all on for free speech, and now that they feel like they have gathered all the reins in their hands, they’re not so big on tolerance anymore.

 

Shortly after that was posted Instapundit’s suspension was revoked.

I have no idea if any explanation was given, I joked it was because he knows a lot of lawyers but re-reading his post on the subject I think I have isolated the twelve words Glenn wrote that really caused the suspension to be lifted

 

Twitter can do without me, as I can certainly do without Twitter.

 

Glenn Reynolds is a traffic machine, anyone who has ever gotten an instalanche knows this to be true, The only real value that twitter has is the ability to provide advertisers access to the tens to hundreds of thousands of people who want to see the tweets of a traffic machine like Glenn.

The Day the various traffic machines decide, like Glenn did, that they can do without twitter they are finished. Twitter not only loses its purpose but it’s ability to generate profit, in fact it might even lead to celebs demanding twitter pay THEM a per follower fee annually for using their platform and generating the traffic & eyeballs they need to have any chance of being profitable.

Twitter could survive anger, outrage or even venom from a major traffic generator like Glenn, but it can’t survive indifference.

Update: Stacy McCain comments thusly from his still continuing twitter exile:

What are we permitted to say about marauding gangs of thieves and thugs? The owners of Twitter have evidently hired Democrat Party activists to control the narrative on their platform, effectively turning it into a propaganda platform for a violent anti-white terrorist organization (to call #BlackLivesMatter what it actually is). Twitter’s policy can be considered an “in-kind” political contribution to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, which is counting on #BlackLivesMatter to help her win key swing states like North Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Ohio.
Do law-abiding citizens have no right to defend themselves against mob attacks? If a family is in their car on the highway and find themselves surrounded by a gang of criminals who have been roaming the streets committing violence, what are they supposed to do?

 

Why you are supposed to let yourself be killed of course

Update 2: Via Patterico

“Run them down” is sounding more and more like self defense to me.

Update 4: USA today has decided to suspend Glenn for a month, so I’ve decided to block them on twitter and in my web browser for (at least) a month


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