Buried in all the news about the NFL is a paragraph in this observer piece by Ashe Snow that perfectly encapsulates what the media don’t get about Donald Trump and twitter

Tweets mean nothing. It takes no effort at all to send one. Acting like Trump actually spent all day Monday caring about the NFL because of what he tweeted is absurd. Does the media really think all he does is tweet? It sure seems like it. They would rather write dozens of articles about every single one of the president’s tweets than look into what he’s actually doing.

That’s the real secret about Donald Trump and twitter, he understand the media mind set, he knows that with just a few tweets he can send them down a rabbit hole all day while he gets work done, or to push them in a direction they don’t want to go, or get the heat off of a project that he is dealing with or lobbying for.

A great example of this has been the reactions on WEEI on Trump that I hear when I drive in and go home from work. For some reason the libs on the station think that Trump is obsessed with the NFL, the reality is that his line at the rally last monday was a throw away applause line and once he saw the reaction it only took a few tweets to get them and the left where he wanted. I doubt he spent more than 3-4 minutes a day on it, but the media was fully committed and while they were congratulating themselves over the NFL’s “victory” over Trump and taking knees in congress Trump was getting things done in Puerto Rico without worrying about the media butting in.

Politico reported, “Rossello and other officials praised the federal government for planning its response in detail before the storm hit, a contrast with what Puerto Rico has long seen as the neglect of 3.4 million Americans living in a territory without a vote in Congress or the electoral college.”

There is only one issue I have with the piece, and that’s this line:

I’m not defending Trump’s tweets. I wish he’d stop.

Snow is dead wrong there. Trump’s tweets are a valuable weapon against the left. Via twitter he gets his message out without them forcing them to react to him rather than the other way around and putting them into battles they don’t want to fight and baiting them into positions they can’t defend. Why do you think they keep attacking his tweets every chance they get?

Tweet away Mr. President, Tweet Away.

There is a normal tendency, when faced with an event as vast and overwhelming as Hurricane Harvey, to, while not denying the disaster’s scope, pare it down to incidents and individuals more easily managed. The person helping a person; the rescuer with a beloved pet under each arm, wading through flood waters as he or she carries them to safety. These images we can digest, expanding outward from them to, as best we can, envision such a natural disaster’s immense scope.

Another normal tendency is, when events as momentous as what has besieged Houston and other cities in Texas, Louisiana, and elsewhere take place, kindly but firmly suggesting to others perpetually enveloped in their own personal drama that while (quoting Shakespeare) the quality of mercy is not strained (quoting no one I’m aware of) the amount of available sympathy is most likely severely rationed. It’s not that anyone stops caring about others when something heavy comes down, but you might have to accept a rain check and realize you’re not the universe’s center this week, with next week also in question. Spock noted in the second (and easily the best) Star Trek movie that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the individual or the few. This is a hard saying in today’s society, where self-definition demands the same glorification as self-glorification. Problem is, when everyone believes and acts like they are the star of the movie, the supporting cast is nowhere to be found and John Donne’s statement that no man is an island takes on a whole new meaning. The one-man or woman band quickly becomes a one-note samba providing no motivation for dancing.

This ties into the simultaneous beauty and horror of the Internet in general and social media in particular: fortunately, everyone can participate; unfortunately, so can anyone. Whether trolling others with differing views, hiding behind a screen name’s non-existent anonymity and deliberately provoking people in order to play the victim when they react, or constantly trolling for attention and/or sympathy while playing to the hilt the role of World’s Only Bereaved™, perpetually screaming online “look at MEEEEE” is the modern version of the boy who cried wolf: eventually, even if your complaint is legitimate, everyone else will have grown so tired of it and you that when you really need someone there will be no one around.

It may be utterly shocking to some – well, many – that were they to unplug once in a while the sun would rise the following morning. Equally astounding is the notion that there are other people in the world and they matter too. We all have our sorrows and our battles, this explaining why far more often than not pity party invitations are marked returned to sender. Even as it is improper to tell someone who is suffering they should get over it, it is inconsiderate to insist others allow themselves to be dragged with you as you wallow in your inability to get through it.

Loving someone is not manifested by there there-ing their perpetual plea for attention. It is manifested by knowing where sympathy is demonstrated via support. Don’t feed the attention-hungry trollers. Instead, suggest they shut up and go do something to uplift themselves other than be emotional vampires. Watch a Woody Woodpecker cartoon. Listen to some Grateful Dead. Turn off Facebook and Twitter in favor of feeling some sunshine on your face and listening to the birds tweet. Do something for someone.

There is enough rain falling on us all. Refuse to indulge your perpetual individual cloud. Embrace the sunshine daydream. Please.

We keep hearing about how the MSM is so upset when President Trump tweets about them and would much rather he deal with issues.

If this is the case than why does this tweet on job numbers

and this tweet on Saudi Arabia and middle east peace

and tweet on North Korea

and this tweet on little Charlie Card

all of them concerning relevant current issues economic, military, and cultural have not received 1/10 of the coverage and as a result less that 1/10 the number of retweets as this tweet tweaking the MSM with an old wrestling video?

Could it be that the MSM promoted the final tweet on the air relentlessly because they know that it generates more eyeballs and policy while allowing them to discuss something that doesn’t require facts, figures or expertise?

Remember the MSM isn’t about informing you, it’s about selling ad space and if they can promote their agenda a bit while they’re at it, that’s good too.

Now we live in a capitalist system so if the MSM makes decisions based on making profit, that’s fine, but don’t pretend to be holier than thou. That’s one of the great things about Trump, he has shown the media for what they are.

I’ll give the last word to Stephen Green:

Update: I’d say this was amazing, but THIS is CNN today

Well, CNN was apparently unhappy with the meme. They tracked down the guy who made it. Then they determined he’d made other tasteless memes. Then they got an abject apology from him.

Then they published it, saying: “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.” (That’s an archive link, by the way, as I expect the story may change or disappear shortly after CNN Legal’s offices open in the morning.)

And end result, one of the top trends on Twitter #cnnblackmail Seriously have the people at CNN ever heard the words “Streisand Effect?

on the plus side it got Glenn Reynolds Tweeting again:


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There is a whole lot of hullabaloo over the way in which My President chooses to defend himself against the lying media/#NeverTrump coalition of nasties who unceasingly try to dog pile on The Donald. President Trump uses Twitter as his main tool to bypass the hostile press so he can speak directly to America, and he is not necessarily polite when he hits back at people who spew horrible and vicious lies about him constantly. I don’t see the problem with it, personally. Nothing Donald Trump has said about anyone is worse than what whoever he is punching back at has said about him, and since when did the rules of engagement include being gentlemanly in combat against people who are relentlessly trying to do you harm anyway?

People who hate President Trump are never going to approve of anything he says or does – ever, so their taking offense is pretty much a given, but there are people who don’t hate him who have put forth reasonable arguments as to why My Donald’s strategy may not be the smartest of moves he could be making, and then there are people like me who believe otherwise – Donald Trump should keep Tweeting and keep hitting back as hard and as often as he feels the need to against whoever he deems fit, whenever he chooses.

I’m old enough to remember how the press treated former President George W. Bush and what happened when he did not fight back, and so is BigFurHat at iOTW:

Why is George W. Bush Thought of as a Simpleton?

Dubya is thought of as a simpleton for one of two reasons:

  1. He never fought back when the leftist media relentlessly painted him as a sluggish thinker.
  2. He’s a sluggish thinker.

The leftist media have been on a furious campaign to paint Trump as a bigot, a sexist, an Islamophobe, an idiot, a madman, a fascist, a Nazi, and a father with questionable parenting skills who also has an autistic child.

These attacks are also coming from the right.

[…]

With Twitter, and his millions of followers, just inches away from the president, how can one sit idly by and by “Dubya-ed” without punching back?

You can’t. Especially when you’re not sluggish.    MORE

President Donald J. Trump is a heckuva slugger, but he is certainly NOT sluggish!

Image gleefully stolen from iOTWReport.com

Remember how Mittens Romney handled the leftist/media attacks against him in 2012? Dianny does:

How long have we been demanding that somebody finally stand up to these bullies disguised as “journalists?” How long?

When Candy Crowley acted as Barack Obama’s human shield at that debate with Mitt Romney, who wasn’t wishing Romney had the stones to tell Candy to shove it?

During his entire second term, George W. Bush was eviscerated by the Enslaved Press.

And how many of us wished just once Bush would give them back some of the crap they were tossing at him?

Mika and Joe are not innocent bystanders who were simply minding their own business when suddenly Big Bully Trump came at them.

For months now, they’ve been calling the President names, attacking his family, attacking him, mocking him, insulting him.

And in two tweets, President Trump sent them scampering like third-grade bullies who finally met their match.

The Enslaved Press lives under the false notion that attacks are a one-way street. They can say anything, make any claim, and attack the President with impunity. But the President must never respond in kind.

George W. Bush was willing to play by their one-sided rules. So was Mitt Romney.

But Donald Trump won’t play their game.   RTWT

No, President Donald J. Trump won’t play their game by their rules; he will hit them over the head with the board, make them choke on the tokens and throw the table across the room after them as they run screaming for a safe space – and I love him for it. The time of the”roll over and expose your belly to the enemy” in American leadership has passed, thank God. MAGA!

*******

MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals. 

Longtime readers know that before I got my overnight job I was a regular viewer of Morning Joe.  I’ve always liked Joe and Mika, not only because they’re been willing to be interviewed and treat their fans well, but because unlike most of the MSM they’ve never pretended to be other than partisan.  Mika in particular has on occasion refused to deny realities unfavorable to the Democrats.

That doesn’t mean I’ve been shy about critiquing and hitting her (do a search of the term “mikaburger” on my site for a great illustration of it) but you won’t’ find anything personal, for example this sentence is the only comment you will ever find on my site concerning her and Joe’s upcoming nuptials.

All that being said Mika and Joe’s attacks on the president have been over the top even for MSNBC, to the degree where I’ve reached the point where I find it highly unlikely that even they believe what they are saying.  It’s my opinion that it’s all about ratings vs reality although the fact that both Mika and Joe qualify as part of the establishment crowd may have something to do about it (An O’Keefe video of the pair on Trump/Russia, if it exists, would be most interesting.) and frankly I’m a tad surprised that it’s taken Trump this long to hit back in this way since it’s his nature.

I don’t like it (the remark about the bleeding facelift).  I don’t like it because it’s indecorous, I don’t like it because I was taught not to treat a woman this way (although the Booster Gold equality rule might apply) and I don’t like it because I don’t like having to pay the price for it, although in fairness if this is the highest price I have to pay for NOT having Hillary as president picking SCOTUS judges is an occasionally a tweet like this, then I’ll take them every day and twice on Sundays.

But the reason I dislike it the most is because it’s not the right thing, and subsequently it’s also not the smart thing for several reasons.

The media at the moment was reeling over the various retractions, public embarrassments that they have been experiencing, this changes the subject away from them.

The James O’Keefe videos had finally broken through to the point where the MSM was not able to spin it away, The President has now given the MSM a chance to go 24/7 on something else.

Nothing will raise the status of Joe and Mika more than this tweet, it raises their prominence in the anti-Trump crowd, gives them a reason to obsess about it on air and moreover will coin viewers for them who will turn on just to see what they will say.  If I was Joe, Mika or their producers even if it caused some personal distress I’d be dancing with joy over this because it’s money and ratings in the bank.

It allows the media to play the Todd Akin game on the GOP asking for comments, I usually think this game is unjustified but as you are the president and the defacto head of the GOP in this situation this tactic can be justified as actually newsworthy.

It’s a distraction for folks like me who find themselves writing this post rather than something else

Now it’s very possible that this is Trump playing 3D chess while I’m playing checkers.  He knows the media effects of this kind of thing, knows it will help their ratings short term and may want the media obsessing on this rather than the healthcare bill or something else coming down the pike.  He might even be interested in demonstrating that he can lead the MSM by the nose where ever he wants them to be.

But for me Mr. President, I don’t like it, I didn’t like it, I would have advised against it and Mr. President as a person who both wants you to win and thinks you should continue to tweet in general as it in general helps us much more than it hurts us,  I’d suggest avoiding such personal attacks on Mika or any other media woman appearance’s covering you in the future.

No charge.

Update: left out a critical NOT in a sentence concerning Hillary, fixed.

Of all the topics surrounding President Trump, arguably the least important is how he handles himself on Twitter. On the other hand, a different argument could be made that it’s extremely important. I’m leaning towards the latter.

I’m not one of those who believes a President should be expressing himself from a policy perspective in 140-characters or less. Some will argue that it’s him being transparent, but it has proven to be little more than a place for him to vent and rally support occasionally. I can understand pushing for support; short tidbits are enough space to call for his base to react. However, the venting has been an issue at times.

One might hear all of this and assume that I don’t want him to Tweet more, but it’s the opposite. I don’t want him to Tweet at all, but if he’s not going to stop, he needs to do it more. Little bits of information here and there are worthless out of context or without explanation. That’s the point of using Twitter, of course. It allows him to express himself quickly and without the ability to elaborate. The press and public can interpret things the way they choose.

I’ve accepted that the President of these United States will not stop Tweeting. Therefore, I humbly request that he Tweets more. Tweet longer. Use Tweetstorms if he has to in order to get the message out. Don’t leave us hanging, guessing, and wondering what’s next. Just let it all out. Craft several Tweets in a row on a regular basis. He’s done this from time to time. He might as well do it all the time.

If we’re to accept that this is the President’s preferred method of communication, so be it. Let’s at least get more information from it. It’s not what I would prefer in an ideal world, but it’s the world we’re in so we might as well get the whole story.

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri has a flare for the dramatic. She’s risen on the Democratic power charts by calling out Republicans every chance she gets. It’s no surprise that she would call out Attorney General Jeff Sessions after it was revealed he met with the Russian Ambassador during campaign season last year.

That’s a pretty powerful condemnation of her former peer in light of the recent revelations. The problem is that it’s a complete and total lie. She DID have a call with a Russian Ambassador in the past.

Twitter has a long memory. Granted, it was a group call and mentioning the Russian Ambassador within the group technically means she didn’t speak with him directly, right? We also should take into account that she didn’t actually meet with the Ambassador. Phone calls are easy to forget, especially for a busy Senator.

Uh oh…

No group call this time. No call at all, in fact. She actually met with the Russian Ambassador.

Here’s the problem with leftist hypocrisy (all hypocrisy, for that matter, though it predominantly spews forth from leftists): The rhetoric can only sustain the narrative for as long as the truth remains hidden. Senator McCaskill inserted herself into a situation and thought she was throwing stones. Instead, she was throwing a boomerang that came back to hit her.

The problem here isn’t the dishonesty. It isn’t the hypocrisy. It’s that mainstream media won’t say a thing about McCaskill’s lie. They’ll cover for her just as they tried to cover for Hillary and just as they covered for President Obama for eight years. This is the reason I write about politics. The real hypocrisy comes from the storytellers more so than the subjects of their stories.

My profile on Gab has increased dramatically lately that’s a good thing because stuff like the continuing exile of conservatives and the new censorship tools are leading to results like this:

Twitter shares sank Thursday after the social media company reported quarterly revenue that missed Wall Street’s expectations and issued guidance that fell far short of estimates.

Twitter posted fourth-quarter earnings of 16 cents per share on revenue of $717 million.

Analysts expected earnings of 12 cents per share on much higher revenue of $740.1 million, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters. In the previous year, the company posted 12 cents on revenue of $479 million.

Bloomberg story on the subject includes a visual that says it all

and a line I found interesting:

“Sales growth recovery for Twitter will be very challenging in 2017,” said Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Jitendra Waral. “Google and Facebook results show robust ad environment in the fourth quarter.” The lackluster sales growth at Twitter “is showing their strategies are not working.”

Now Google & Facebook don’t have a good history with conservatives but at least they’re not stupid enough to ban them.

If twitter keeps treating conservatives this way pretty soon I’ll reach the point where all my tweets on twitter originate from Gab or from blog post with the occasional reply to a tweet I see. Of course at this rate there mignot not be any twitter for me to ignore.

Perhaps other companies should take a lesson, it’s true liberals are a big niche market but do you want your company to be a liberal niche?

Closing FYI Incidentally, both mine and my youngest son’s favorite cereal is Kellogg’s product 19 & my wife loves Kellogg’s pop tarts.

Neither have been bought since Kellogg’s dissed conservatives values, nor will they until I see an apology.

In purely unrelated news:

Kellogg’s is shutting down 39 distribution centers across the country, the embattled cereal giant announced this week.

Good thing conservatives were never cereal eaters or they might have had something to worry about.

Update: I’m sure this is a coincidence too:

Gab was founded by Torba following Twitter’s suspensions of conservative and libertarian accounts and has attracted nearly 150,000 disenfranchised users, including Breitbart Senior Editor MILO.
Since the platform’s conception, Torba has been banned from a Silicon Valley startup group, suspended from Facebook, and had his Gab features copied by Twitter. Apple’s App Store have also banned the app twice . .

and this

And of Course Stacy McCain’s instalanche will just drive more traffic to the platform.

Then some itinerant Jewish exorcists tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those with evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” When the seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish high priest, tried to do this, the evil spirit said to them in reply, “Jesus I recognize, Paul I know, but who are you?”

The person with the evil spirit then sprang at them and subdued them all. He so overpowered them that they fled naked and wounded from that house.

Acts of the Apostles 19:13-16

As you might have heard Simon & Schuster gave a big book deal to Milo Yiannopoulos

Milo Yiannopoulos has parlayed his ban from Twitter  — and some controversial appearances on college campuses and cable TV shows — into a $250,000 book deal with Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, The Hollywood Reporter learned on Thursday.

“They said banning me from Twitter would finish me off. Just as I predicted, the opposite has happened,” Yiannopoulos told THR, confirming the upcoming book without commenting on financial details.

Liberals aren’t happy and the virtuous folks at the Chicago Review of Books aren’t taking it lying down.

If you are a person who only casually follows the news, this might sound like a big deal, but folks who deal in the world of reality like Milo and Simon Schuster realize that this Twitchy post notwithstanding their courageous stand isn’t about shutting down Milo or punishing Simon & Schuster, it’s a desperate attempt to be noticed.

Let’s put it this way. Here is the Twitter page of he Chicago Review of Books at 12:07 AM EST on Dec 30th 2016 10 hours or so after their courageous tweet

Now there are two things that jump out at me here that any experienced twitter user will notice right off the top.

1. They follow more people than they have followers meaning they aren’t very popular.

2. They only have 4200 twitter followers and that’s 10 hours after their most famous tweet drew over 8000 likes.

Now let’s contrast that with Instapundit a site whose twitter feed is almost certainly going to promote Milo’s book

As you can see Glenn has over 74,000 followers and follows less people than the review of books has followers.  Clearly that statement in Professor Reynolds pinned tweet about not needing twitter applies to him but can’t apply to the Chicago Review of books.

“But DaTechguy”, you ask.  Isn’t that a tad unfair, Glenn is a big name, why don’t you compare it with someone smaller, OK let’s compare them to my own Twitter numbers.

The Chicago Review of books can take comfort in the fact that they have nearly but not quite 200 more followers on twitter than me, and that even if you add my followers on Gab which I joined last month

they still edge me.  However given that I have made absolutely no effort to solicit followers on twitter  other than one button on my web site since I joined (nor have I on Gab in the month or so I’ve been there) that feat seems much less impressive.

But that’s just twitter, and Milo’s banned from that.  Surely both Milo and Simon & Schuster must be worried about the drop in web traffic from the Chicago Review of Books web site if they boycott them in 2017?  That is they would if they didn’t bother to go to Alexa and check their rankings like I did.

Apparently not only has their traffic dropped like a rock over the last few months but they’ve only recently broken into the top 2,000,000 sites worldwide.  Now compare that again to Instapundit which is the biggest part of PJ media which Alexa measures.

You’re talking a top 7500 worldwide and top 2000 US site vs a top 2 mil site worldwide.  And remember multiple PJ media writers are almost certainly going to be reviewing milo’s book.

I’ll wager Simon & Schuster is shaking in their boots, but if you’re griping that it’s not a fair graphic because PJ media has multiple web pages, fine, let’s compare them to this site right here.

While we are no instapundit those figures aren’t bad for a blog based in Fitchburg Massachusetts a city of 45,000 whose only international notoriety is for being the home of the fictional Fitchburg Finches from the Harry Potter books particularly when compared to a site based in Chicago Illinois home of the World Champion Chicago Cubs and one of the most famous cities in the entire world.

In other words if I hired a blogger to review one Simon & Schuster book a month it would likely send them more traffic than a year’s worth of plugs from the Chicago Review of Books.

That’s why Simon & Schuster isn’t going to worry about this “boycott” because, while it’s likely true that the folks at the Chicago Review of Books hate Milo and are both outraged and jealous of his big book deal, they know this “boycott” of them is more about trying to make The Chicago Review of Books relevant than to take a stand against Simon & Schuster.  Or let’s put it another way:

Given our relative traffic ratings The Chicago Review of Books web site is likely to get more traffic from this blog post than from anything they will write themselves next year.

It’s not virtue signaling, it’s just signaling desperately.

Closing thought:  Anyone want to make book at which MSM will pick up this story, see the words “Chicago Review of Books” and  breathlessly reporting this “boycott” without bothering to check the stats?

Update: Bazinga!


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We all know several people whose Twitter accounts were suspended, no explanation given. They were sent to Twitter gulag.

Well, what goes around comes around, and Twitter suspended @Jack.

Jack who?

Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s own CEO,

That provoked angry responses from some people who asked how many regular users’ accounts might also have been accidentally frozen by the company in the past

Some were angry, but reactions varied, from the skeptical,

to the humorous,

As a publicly listed business, Twitter’s share price reflects its problems, namely slow growth and losing money,

Twitter has had a rough time in 2016.

Its share price is down 20% since the start of the year. The stock briefly surged in early fall on feverish speculation that a big company like Disney (DIS), Google (GOOGL, Tech30) or Salesforce(CRM, Tech30) might make a bid for it. But no potential acquirer came forward.Twitter has had a rough time in 2016. Its share price is down 20% since the start of the year. The stock briefly surged in early fall on feverish speculation that a big company like Disney (DIS), Google (GOOGL, Tech30) or Salesforce (CRM, Tech30) might make a bid for it. But no potential acquirer came forward.

As of the writing of this post, the share price is down to $18.21. Aside from laying off 9% of its staff, Twitter has been highly reliant on stock as a form of employee pay, so declining stock value makes it more difficult to retain valuable employees.

The company debuted on the New York Stock Exchange at $26 in 2013. As for Jack, he was forced out in 2008 and became CEO again last year.

Good luck with that.

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