David Petraeus, a retired army general who commanded U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, was sentenced to two years of probation and a $100,000 fine on Thursday for sharing classified information with his former love interest/biographer. The fine was $60,000 more than originally expected — the federal judge, David Keesler, wanted to provide an imposing deterrent for others who might want to follow in the former CIA director’s footsteps. Because Petraeus agreed to a plea deal, the world will not have the opportunity to see what a trial with these sort of plot details would look like, and Petraeus will avoid jail time. “I want to apologize for the pain my actions caused,” Petraeus said.
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.