Short is not always sweet — just ask the hundreds of Hillary Clinton fans who lined up at the University of Iowa hours before her campaign event … and only got to hear her speak for five minutes. “It was shorter than I expected,” Nicole Hall, a senior at the university, told The Guardian. “I’m not sure she said enough to convince me to vote for her.” Jennifer Marks, 22, agreed. “There were a lot of statements like, ‘We are we going to make things happen.’ No actual how. I just feel bad for the people who got here at five.” If they thought a performance by Demi Lovato, who Clinton praised for setting an “extraordinary example to so many,” could soften the blow, they were wrong — she only played three songs.
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.