Friday, 19 June 2020

third time’s the charm

Via Slashdot, we learn that Trump has again been censured, flagged by at least one hemisphere of social media (notwithstanding a political advertisement removed for what the campaign for his re-election as an emoji)  for amplifying propaganda that his voice could, for some, lend credence to.
After first being called out for promoting the idea that mail-in voting, ballots per post was essentially an invitation for fraud and would imperil the election as opposed to real voter disenfranchisement, then for inciting violence by unleashing police forces on peaceful protesters and channelling the spectre of racism that’s never left us with the charged phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” the latest missive from Trump—an actual racist todler—was labelled as manipulated media, showing video clip of a two babies edited to include a CNN-style chyron suggesting that the news outlet is either exaggerating the problem of systemic racism and social injustice in the US or that racist attitudes are something humans are born having. I’m not sure which message is more repulsive. Bombastically, the segment (which was apparently already in circulation prior to Trump’s re-tweeting) with the statement that “America is not the problem. Fake news is.”