Dump, Block, and Disavow

Trump rally in Arizona

An 8-month old baby arrived in the dead of night in Michigan. He was forcibly separated from his parents at the Mexican border because of Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy.

CNN also published a story this morning. It wasn’t about babies arriving in the dead of night after being ripped from their parents. It was about what Trump supporters think of the policy of ripping babies away from the parents.

“I think people need to stop constantly bringing up the poor children, the poor children. The parents are the problems. They’re the ones coming in illegally,” she said. “Quit trying to make us feel teary-eyed for the children. Yes, I love children a great deal, but to me, it’s up to the parents to do things rightfully and legally.”

Frankly, CNN and other publications should stop bringing up what Trump supporters feel. We know what they feel. We’ve always known what they feel.

Trump supporters don’t support laws more than any other citizen. They’re not more broke than the rest of the people in this country. They are bigots. They are racists. They’re so full of hatred of those who are different that they turn a blind eye to babies being ripped from their parents. And they cover their actions with lies about ‘economic anxiety’ and their new favorite, that there’s a ‘border crises’.


All of these facts add up to one truth: there is no border crises. The so-called ‘crises’ was made up by Trump and hand fed by Sessions, Kelly, and Nielsen, aided and abetted by Ryan and McConnell, with more than a little help from talking heads at Fox. Trump created the specter of hordes of ravening criminals at the border solely to feed the racism inherent to the core of Trump support.

Now, we see the consequence of the Trump election fully realized by his administration ripping children from the arms of their parents. Think of it: an 8-month old baby taken from his mother, flown in the dead of night to a strange place, and literally placed in a baby jail.

This is our line in the sand moment. It’s not just Trump we have to disavow, it is those who continue to support Trump’s policies; support him, even in the face of his most heinous acts.

Tonight Trump is stumping in Minnesota. We’ve been told that this is what he’ll be doing with most of his time until the election in November. I guess compared to the horrid acts he commits when he’s in the White House, we should be happy he won’t be working for most of the year.

Of course the media will be present, corralled into their little media ghettoes. The media will be focused on Trump, but we should be focused on the audience. Every member of that audience supports what Trump is doing.

Look into the faces of all that is ugly in our country today. Look into the faces of people who could be our friends, family, Facebook or Twitter buddies. Look into their faces and remember that line drawn into the sand.

From this day forward dump, block, or disavow these people. Don’t argue with them, because there’s nothing to argue. Don’t respond to them, block them. Don’t ignore their beliefs, dump them. Don’t be silent in the face of their hatred, disavow them. Disavow them loudly, and from the mountaintops if you need to in order to make them understand what we mean when we say elections have consequences.

Dump, block, and disavow any politician who is even remotely sympathetic to any of Trump’s actions.  Don’t pay attention to their words, look at their actions. None not willing to stand at the border in defense of that baby and his parents is not worthy of our precious votes.

And when you’re finished dumping, blocking, and disavowing the people who still support Trump, do the same with the media like CNN, who rush out to see what Trump supporters think while the country and the world look at Trump’s actions with abhorrence.

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Roseanne Barr vs. Joy Reid: When the Media Dumpster Dives

I hadn’t planned on writing another piece on the Joy Reid old weblog posts. I made the point that the Wayback Machine doesn’t guarantee authenticity, which too many people mistook to mean that I was undermining the Wayback Machine’s integrity. Then I made others unhappy when I agreed with the Daily Beast’s take that it was *unlikely Joy Reid’s posts were hacked.

Discussing the topic is just a lose/lose, and frankly, I felt it was much ado about nothing. Yes, nothing. Twelve year old weblog posts, published back in a time when we were all much more casual about our weblog writing  pales as a subject compared to, say, discovering that Hurricane Maria killed over 4,600 people in Puerto Rico.

But in the wake of the Roseanne Barr Twitter implosion, publications feel they have to find some form of ‘balanced’ news coverage, so they dumpster dived, yet again, into Reid’s weblog, which is back online at the Wayback Machine.

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The Daily Beast Investigation of Joy Reid’s Claims

The Daily Beast investigated the claims of Joy Reid’s ‘cyber expert’ and found that most could not be substantiated. I, myself, am less than enamored with Jonathan Nichol’s claims. For being an expert, he doesn’t seem to know very much.

And therein lies, I suspect, the seeds of this whole event: lots of writing over the years, memory, and bad tech advice.

At the end of the Daily Beast writeup, Kevin Poulson wrote:

If she wasn’t hacked, it doesn’t necessarily follow that Reid is lying. Her decision to hire a security consultant to investigate the posts, and a lawyer to demand the access logs for her blog account, suggests she genuinely believes at least some of the posts were planted. After 12 years and tens of thousands of written words, Reid simply may not remember.

It’s possible that in the end Reid will discover her adversary isn’t a determined hacker, but a far more dogged foe: The Joy-Ann Reid of years past, writing in a voice she can no longer recognize as her own.

I’ll have more to say in a later piece on what it means to be a writer putting yourself online, especially over the years. For now, I think that the Daily Beast has an accurate read on what’s happened.

I’ve had considerable pushback on Twitter related to my writing about Reid, the Wayback Machine, and authenticity. What I find ironic is that so many who condemn Reid the loudest post anonymously on Twitter. They want to hold Reid accountable for her past writing, while they, themselves, hide behind a bush.

In the meantime, Library of Congress has a backup of some (not all) of Reid’s past posts. BernieBros and the far right gleefully pick and choose snippets they can post in the most damning light, but if you want to know the Reid of long ago, you need to read all of her writing. Then maybe you’ll drop that stone you hold so easily in your hand.


The Joy Reid Saga: The Wayback Machine cannot guarantee authenticity

Recently, Mediaite posted screen shots captured by a Twitter user who goes by the name of Not a Bot that seemingly showed several homophobic comments made on a now defunct weblog by MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid. Reid replied that her weblog had been hacked and several articles modified by unknown parties. The media has responded by digging up an apology Reid made late last year about homophobic comments she had made in the past, which seemingly contradicts her claim of being hacked.

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Trump wants to join a trade agreement that no longer exists

Responding to concerns from the agricultural community, Trump today noted that he had instructed U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer and National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow to explore the US rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, “…on our terms of course”.

The news either portrays the information in a positive manner, or skeptically,  noting the many criticisms Trump has made about the TPP in the past. Very few, though, report that there is no longer a TPP. The eleven other countries involved with the TPP moved on when Trump abruptly pulled the rug out from under the deal. They signed a new deal, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), in March, 2018.

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