And the “dangerous weapon” tag has nothing to do with the caloric or sodium content of Mickey D’s french fries. According to CBS, 26-year-old James Hackett of Lowell, Massachusetts, got into an argument with his wife at a McDonald’s, and when his young stepdaughter attempted to break it up, he allegedly threw hot fries in her face. Hackett pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault with a dangerous weapon following his arrest. Massachusetts law defines a weapon as “an instrument of offensive or defensive combat; … anything used, or designed to be used, in destroying, defeating, or injuring an enemy.” Did you or did you not attempt to destroy your stepdaughter with those fries, Mr. Hackett!?
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.