Between the Taylor Swift Ticketmaster debacle and former President Donald J. Trump’s return to Twitter, it’s been a big week for internet mental breakdowns.
If you need proof that we have a perspective problem in our society, look no further than videos of Swifties sobbing into their iPhone cameras or CBS News’ reaction to Orange Man’s return on Twitter.
Let’s go back a bit.
Earlier this week, news broke that Elon Musk had given his Twitter employees an ultimatum: work hard or get out.
According to later reports, hundreds of employees chose to head for the exit signs.
In their defense, Elon’s latest “hardcore” ultimatum was just one of many incidents in which the billionaire left his new hires in shock.
The NY Post reported last week that it was also canceling free lunches at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco. How awful !
“The billionaire said he would cut the free meals served at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters because it was costing the company about $400 per worker,” the Post wrote.
Democratic activist Andrew Wortman expressed outrage at the shocking development. “He laid off 3⁄4 of the employees. Now he plans to starve the others. This is failure personified,” he tweeted.
And who can forget the fact that ever since Musk took over the company, he’s been determined to bring Twitter employees back to the office? His ban on remote work for employees (with certain exceptions) did not go down well with the masses.
Then on Friday, Musk did the unthinkable. He conducted a poll asking users if Donald Trump should be reinstated on the platform. After more than 15 million users voted – and the results were in Trump’s favor – Musk brought back the one who won’t be named.
It didn’t take long for the virtue signal from the left to begin.
On Sunday, Fortune magazine published an article titled, Former Twitter Employees Horrified by Elon Musk Reinstating Donald Trump’s Account: “Incredibly Upsetting.”
Good thing they’re ex-employees, right?
By the way, were any of these former Twitter employees “horrified” when their former company censored the NY Post for accurately reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop?
I feel like their performative outrage is reserved for special occasions.
CBS News was eager to participate in the unfolding drama.
The network’s national correspondent, Jonathan Vigliotti, said Friday night that “in light of the uncertainty surrounding Twitter and out of an abundance of caution, CBS News is suspending activity on the social media site as it continues to monitor the platform. form”.
The irony of CBS’ act of heroism is not lost on anyone with the slightest knowledge of the network’s checkered past.
After all, no one at CBS exercised much caution in 2004 when “reporter” Dan Rather reported on four “false but accurate” documents containing false claims about President George W. Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard.
And who can forget when Leslie Stahl dismissed Donald Trump’s concerns over Hunter Biden’s laptop during an interview in October 2020?
“You know, it’s ’60 minutes,’ and we can’t put things in that we can’t verify,” she told the former president. Trump should have asked Leslie if Dan Rather had been made aware of this company policy.
Sure, they could have checked out the laptop, but that would have required real journalism, something the principled geniuses at CBS don’t know.
In case CBS’s hypocrisy wasn’t obvious enough, less than 48 hours later, the news network returned to Twitter.
I suggest that CBS, out of an abundance of caution, does its part of the deal and stays away from the social media platform. It’s a bad way to make promises you can’t keep. Plus, the possibility that anyone on the highly respected network could be exposed to real news while scrolling Twitter — well, that’s just too risky.
This is just the beginning of companies and celebrities “leaving” Elon’s free speech filled Wild West.
Seriously, everyone would do well to remember that in life there will be things you don’t like and things you don’t agree with.
Last week, Ticketmaster may have melted and you may not have been able to get your tickets for The Eras Tour. Today, Twitter may have reinstated Donald Trump.
But just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean you’ve been the victim of injustice. This does not mean that you, or democracy, or America, are in grave danger.
It just means you failed.
The perspective is important and based on this week’s moans on the World Wide Web – it’s sorely lacking in our society right now.
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