This week’s issue of New York features an excerpt of Associated Press reporters Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman’s forthcoming book, Enemies Within, chronicling the NYPD’s once-secret post-9/11 effort to prevent terrorism by indiscriminately spying on just about every Muslim in and around New York City. Though the racial and religious profiling, cataloguing, eavesdropping, and infiltration of Muslim communities hasn’t generated any useful leads and is probably illegal, the program persists. Apuzzo and Goldman have provided Gawker with a photo of the surveillance-gear-equipped "real yellow cab, complete with an authentic taxi medallion registered under a fake name," that the NYPD regularly posts outside of local mosques, because mosques tend to be full of Muslims. The taxi’s medallion number is 6Y11. We wouldn’t recommend trying to hail it.
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.