While being cruelly betrayed by his staff and/or having his own petty act of political retribution exposed left Chris Christie very sad, he’s managed to soldier on – but this is probably more than he can bear. For years, Christie’s undying love for Bruce Springsteen was unrequited, but after Hurricane Sandy, the Boss finally gave in, hugging the governor and telling him “It’s official. We’re friends.” Apparently that’s all over now, since last night, Springsteen joined Jimmy Fallon for a Bridgegate parody song set to “Born to Run.” (Sample lyric: “You’re killing the working man, who’s stuck in Governor Chris Christie’s Fort Lee, New Jersey traffic jam.) If you have a meeting scheduled with Christie this week, just assume it’s canceled. He’s going to need a few days to gaze longingly at his copy of Born in the U.S.A. while silently weeping.
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.