Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will bring Congressman Paul Ryan’s debt-reduction plan which includes unpopular cuts to Medicare and tax breaks for the rich to the floor for a vote. Not because he wants it to pass or because it has any chance of passing, but simply to get Republican senators on record supporting the plan so that Democrats can run ads later claiming that Republican Senator X voted to kill your grandma so that the Koch brothers can buy more yachts. “Republicans seem to be in love with the Ryan budget,” Reid says. “And so they are going to have an opportunity here in the Senate to vote on the Ryan budget and see [how many] Republican senators like the Ryan budget as much as their House colleagues did.” You can tell he’s enjoying this.
[Facebook’s rationale for leaving up the Pelosi video] is ridiculous. The only thing the incident shows is how expert Facebook has become at blurring the lines between simple mistakes and deliberate deception, thereby abrogating its responsibility as the key distributor of news on the planet.
Would a broadcast network air this? Never. Would a newspaper publish it? Not without serious repercussions. Would a marketing campaign like this ever pass muster? False advertising.
No other media could get away with spreading anything like this because they lack the immunity protection that Facebook and other tech companies enjoy under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 was intended to spur innovation and encourage start-ups. Now it’s a shield to protect behemoths from any sensible rules. …
By conflating censorship with the responsible maintenance of its platforms, and by providing “rules” that are really just capricious decisions by a small coterie of the rich and powerful, Facebook and others have created a free-for-all with no consistent philosophy.