Social "You're not a journalist, you're a punk" - Trump social media summit goes off about as expected

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  1. Trotsky

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    Baseless conspiracy theories, tone-deaf and cringe-inducing bragging, openly attacking freedom of speech, and a near fist fight. Like a drunken family cookout if your family was full of racist retards.


    The extent to which President Donald Trump has emboldened and empowered fringe views wasn’t just on full view Thursday during a White House social media summit that featured many far-right conspiracy theorists and hoaxers — it was perfectly captured by the conduct of one attendee.

    The day before the summit, former White House aide Sebastian Gorka was widely ridiculed for making an absurd claim on his radio show that the US women’s national soccer team was seeking “to destroy everything that is wholesome in our country and in our Judeo-Christian civilization.” But on Thursday, Gorka — back in the White House as an invited guest — was praised for doing a “good job” by the president before going on to verbally harass a member of the White House press corps.

    Trump ended his speech at the summit — one that largely centered on a baseless conspiracy theory about Twitter conspiring to suppress his follower count — by taking a question from and praising Gorka, who despite working at the White House in the early days of the Trump administration introduced himself as though the president didn’t know who he was. In a less amusing twist, Gorka followed that up by nearly instigating a physical altercation on White House grounds with a member of the White House press corps.

    Gorka and other far-right media personalities were given choice seats for Trump’s brief Rose Garden event in which he announced he’s giving up his quest to add a citizenship question to the census but will try to gather citizenship information by other means. Right after it ended, Gorka strode up to Playboy reporter Brian Karem, a fixture of the White House press corps who at times has been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration, and called him a “punk.”

    “You’re not a journalist — you’re a punk!” Gorka yelled.

    “And for the record, he would kick your punk ass,” another summit attendee said to Karem, as others chanted “Gor-ka! Gor-ka!”


    The surreal scene was filmed by New York Times White House correspondent Katie Rogers:

    Additional footage shows that Karem mocked Gorka and other people who were there for the summit before Gorka approached him, saying, “This is a group of people that are eager for demonic possession.” But nothing Karem did warranted Gorka — who was also filmed at the White House on Thursday calling journalists “asshats” — confronting him in a manner that could have easily spiraled into a physical altercation in the Rose Garden.

    CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta tweeted that “West Wing aides did nothing” to prevent Gorka and others from “verbally abus[ing] reporters who were trying to do their jobs,” and characterized the scene as a “good snapshot of how press is treated” by the White House. Nikki Schwab of the New York Post reported that Acosta was verbally harassed by right-wing conspiracy theorist Mark Dice, who shouted at him and ridiculed the fact that his new book only spent two weeks on the best-sellers list.

    And it wasn’t just fringe characters like Gorka and Dice who used their invite to the White House to unload on members of the press. During remarks he gave during the summit, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) smeared “the fake media” before pushing unfounded claims that social media companies are biased against conservatives. (On the contrary, the daily list of most-read news articles on Facebook is routinely dominated by right-wing authors and publishers like Ben Shapiro, Fox News, and the Daily Caller.)

    It was ugly. It was paranoid. It demeaned the White House. It was also entirely in step with the Trump administration and Trump’s Republican Party.

    Trump’s bias claims are a bunch of BS
    The Gorka-Karem altercation was a fitting end to a bizarre day at the White House. In addition to Gorka, attendees of the social media summit included disreputable conspiracy theorists such as Jim Hoft; right-wing operatives like Ali Alexander, who recently promoted the smear that Sen. Kamala Harris isn’t an “American black”; right-wing commentators Diamond and Silk, who have pushed a hoax conspiracy theory about Facebook censorship; and Charlie Kirk, who has spent years complaining, without evidence, that Twitter is suppressing his follower count. No executives from Twitter or Facebook were invited.

    During his speech, Trump alleged that Twitter officials are engaged in a massive conspiracy to reduce his follower count.

    “There’s no doubt in my mind that I should have millions and millions — I have millions of people, so many people I wouldn’t believe it — but I know we’ve been blocked,” Trump said. “People come up to me and they say, ‘Sir, I can’t get you, I can’t follow you. They make it impossible.’ These are people are really good at what they do. They say, ‘They make it absolutely impossible.’ And, you know, we can’t have it.”


    In fact, as my colleague Emily Stewart explained when Trump pushed a similar conspiracy theory on Twitter in April, there’s a completely innocent explanation for why Trump’s follower count fluctuates — Twitter has recently undertaken efforts to purge bots from the platform:
    But Trump isn’t one to let facts get in the way of his victimhood narrative. And he wound down his speech on a chilling note by threatening to take action against social media executives unless they address his (baseless) bias claims.

    “They’re not using what we gave them fairly and they have to do that,” Trump said. “And we don’t want to stifle anything, we certainly don’t want to stifle free speech, but that’s no longer free speech. See, I don’t think the mainstream media is free speech either because it’s so crooked, it’s so dishonest. To me, free speech is not when you see something good and then you purposely write something bad. To me, that’s very dangerous speech.”

    But the very essence of free speech is having the ability to write critically about something that others deem to be good. That fundamental point, however, seems to be totally lost on the president.

    In the end, the goal of the White House social media summit wasn’t actually to highlight bias that social media companies have against conservatives or other groups, because there’s no evidence such bias exists. It was to gin up right-wing outrage against both social media companies and the mainstream media. And to that end, perhaps, Trump’s mission was accomplished.

    https://www.vox.com/2019/7/12/20691529/trump-social-media-summit-gorka-karem
     
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    Anyone that believes social media is biased against conservatives is clearly a CTer who believes anything


    /s
     
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    Gorka fuckin' lol
    what a fucking clown
     
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    I think he's got Reagan level brain deterioration at this point.
    This made me laugh. None of this happened, clearly.
     
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    Elect a clown you get a circus...
     
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    Haha.....love it. Trump administration is awesomeness.
     
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    No such thing as a journalist days
     
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    Gorka is awesome
     
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    This isn't about Obama.
     
  12. Trotsky

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    You typed out "tldr" and then edited your post to replace "tldr" with this "didn't read LOL" gif.

    You put a lot of effort into not reading things and then taking the time to tell people that you didn't read them.
     
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    All you have to do with Gorka is keep the fight over 30 seconds and that fat fuck would stroke out.
     
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    K-Bag Big Beautiful Wall is on it's way!

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    It's like some people don't read the dozens and dozens of threads in this forum over the years that enlighten them to a reality they are determined to avoid acknowledging exists.
     
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    I just realized the entire OP is a copy/paste of the Vox article.

    <Deported1>
     
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    I have to second this. But of course, I'm wearing my Sherdog hat. Haha
     
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    Gorka is a clown
     
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    how do conservatives look at any of this behavior and think it is acceptable. what a bunch of fucking psychos, they've really gone off the deep end.

    god help us all when trump is in his third and fourth term. we are really, really fucked.
     
  20. Trotsky

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    You are free to present evidence.

    But pointing to Sherdog threads of right wingers whining as proof of a systemic phenomenon is pretty sad. There are tons of threads by right wingers, mostly complaining about a lot of conspiracies about conservatives (or groups that are disproportionately conservative) being victims, that have no empirical basis. There are countless threads/posts stating Hillary killed people and Obama did all sorts of crazy illegal things that the LAMEstream media won't report on. That doesn't make them true.

    You're forgiven for confusing my prose with that of a professional journalist.

    The first bit is mine, though.
     

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