Bahrain’s crown prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa declined his invitation to attend Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, citing his country’s unrest and its ability to “tarnish the celebration,” the AP reports today. Al Khalifa is a member of Bahrain’s Sunni ruling family, which has recently waged a wide-ranging crackdown against Shiite protesters calling for more freedoms, so turning down the invitation “helped to avoid a potentially awkward situation during the April 29 wedding.” Fair enough. Imagine running into someone who has rightly accused you of tyrannically suppressing your own people, while you’re just trying to order your fourth vodka-tonic and flirt with the bartender? Awk-ward. [AP via Google]
Facebook didn’t tiptoe to avoid poking the bear on the left. They went right up to the bear and stabbed it repeatedly. And then goaded the right’s bear to join in the stabbing.
The power of leftist outrage mobs has been well-discussed. The power of conservative outrage mobs to affect corporate and political policy, even from left-leaning organizations, is arguably less acknowledged.
In no small part to placate the right, the liberal company Facebook misled the nation again and again about the nature of Russian interference in the election. They repeatedly fed right wing conspiracies while waving away criticism from the left. It’s hard to see how an ardently Trumpist company could do much better.