Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Rush Limbaugh Uses Student Gun Control Activist Tweet To Troll Media

Rush Limbaugh Uses Student Gun Control Activist Tweet To Troll Media
ByJames Barrett
March 19, 2018
On his radio show Monday, Rush Limbaugh used one of the "media darling" student gun control activists to troll his allies in the press, whose particular form of "journalism," Limbaugh suggested, took precisely zero years in journalism school to master.

Limbaugh led off one segment on his top-rated show on Monday by noting that David Hogg, one of the particularly prominent Parkland student activists, had tweeted over the weekend that he'd just been "rejected from another college."

Limbaugh used the tweet as an opportunity to reiterate and expound on the trolling advice he'd given Hogg a few weeks ago.

"This student from the Stoneman High School in Parkland, David Hogg, who became the media darling, you remember I advised him just to skip college and go straight to journalism, that he had nothing else to learn?" said Limbaugh.

"Yeah, this kid had already been lovingly embraced by CNN and PMSNBC, and using my own experience as a guide, I advised Mr. Hogg, 'Screw it. Don’t waste your time. You don’t need to go to college. You’re already qualified. You’ve got journalism down pat. You know who the enemies are. You know how to rip 'em to shreds. They're just waiting to hire you. Don't waste time. Go straight to journalism. It doesn’t take any more training than you already have.'"

"Mr. Hogg, forget it," Rush added later. "You don’t need it. If you apply, CNN would hire you, MSNBC would hire you. I don’t know this for certain ’cause I don’t know people there, but I’m saying, my advice to David Hogg, skip college, go straight to journalism. Already has it down pat."

Hogg made headlines again this week after appearing in a political ad in which he declares, "What if our politicians weren't the b**** of the NRA?" as well as participating in an embarrassing Twitter-hosted pro-gun control discussion in which the activist accused the NRA of making America into a "dictatorship."

In his Parkland segment, Limbaugh went on to highlight more of the new developments in the case, including the revelations that officials, including the school's security guard, wanted the shooter to be committed to a mental health program, but the Obama-era PROMISE Program likely thwarted authorities from taking action and potentially saving 17 lives.

Limbaugh eventually tied the new details to attempts by gun control activists and the left-wing media to somehow blame the NRA rather than all of the people in positions of authority who could have prevented the shooting. "What you come to realize as you go through all these is that everybody in law enforcement, everybody that had anything to do with this school, anybody down there, they knew what this guy was for a year. And nobody did anything," said Limbaugh.

"Look at how many places these families could go to sue just for negligence," he said. "But the point is not one of them is the NRA. Not one of these places that acted negligently in a way that made this shooter and his event possible was the NRA. But every one of them, every one of them in some way has ties to government."

[UPDATED] School Shooting At Maryland High School; Shooter Fatally Shot By Armed School Resource Officer

[UPDATED] School Shooting At Maryland High School; Shooter Fatally Shot By Armed School Resource Officer
ByAmanda Prestigiacomo
March 20, 2018
UPDATE 11:40 a.m. EST:
Sheriff Tim Cameron has confirmed that the student shooter was fatally shot by the trained school resource officer, according to The Associated Press.

Original story:

On Tuesday morning, authorities responded to a school shooting at Great Mills High School in Maryland.

The Associated Press has confirmed that three individuals, including the shooter, have been shot.

According to local reporter Peggy Fox, Sheriff Tim Cameron has confirmed that a shooting occurred this morning in a hallway by a Great Mills student, who was eventually engaged by an armed resource officer.

The shooter reportedly fired at a female student and another student was hit, reports Fox. An armed school resource officer then engaged the shooter with a firearm. The female student and the shooter remain in critical condition.

The St. Mary's County Public Schools, via Twitter, announced that the incident has been "contained."

"I'm still a little shaken up," he told CNN via cellphone.

"I didn't really expect for this to happen. I do always feel safe, though, because they always have police at the school," he added.

"Our prayers are with students, school personnel, and first responders," wrote Maryland Governor Larry Hogan via Twitter.

Updates to follow.

Read More: Maryland Shooting

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Cambridge Analytica And The Campaign To Destroy Conservatives On Social Media

Cambridge Analytica And The Campaign To Destroy Conservatives On Social Media
ByBen Shapiro
On Sunday, The Guardian (UK) ran a much-ballyhooed “expose” about the nefarious technological activities of Trump data firm Cambridge Analytica. That firm was owned by the Mercer family, and former Trump campaign strategist Steve Bannon had a stake as well; Cambridge Analytica’s original client in the 2016 election cycle was Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). According to The Guardian and its source, one Christopher Wylie, Cambridge used sophisticated data gathering to amass a huge database of information about potential voters — exactly the same thing the Obama team did in 2012 and was widely praised for doing. But somehow it’s supremely nefarious when Trump’s campaign did it in 2016, even if they did nothing illegal.

What, exactly, did Cambridge do? They supposedly contracted with Global Science Research to issue a personality quiz; in order for you to take the quiz, you had to give them access to your Facebook profile. They then cross-referenced personality tendencies with politics. First, this isn’t particularly shocking or particularly sophisticated. Second, Cambridge Analytica claims they didn’t use data from GSR.

Facebook, upon finding out about this non-illegal, rather common internet activity, promptly suspended Cambridge Analytica. Which makes sense, since this entire scandal is designed to pressure Facebook into cracking down on supposed right-wing activity.

This is part of a broader pattern: Democrats, enraged at Trump’s election, have targeted social media as the supposed nexus in a corrupt scheme to deny Hillary Clinton the presidency. They tacitly threaten legislative crackdowns. Then those social media companies, which lean left anyway, crack down on right-wingers. Voila! Problem solved. It’s no coincidence that Democratic officials have spent an inordinate amount of time jabbering about idiotic pro-Trump memes on Facebook, posted by Russians and seen by virtually no one; it’s no coincidence Democrats keep complaining about “fake news,” by which they mean “news we don’t agree with.” The goal isn’t to stop Russian interference, but to push Facebook to stop allowing non-Democratic-approved content. And Facebook has complied.

This isn’t a secret. Wired ran a cover story about the political pressure campaign against Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in February. Here’s what that article has to say about Facebook’s perspective:

The stories varied, but most people told the same basic tale: of a company, and a CEO, whose techno-optimism has been crushed as they’ve learned the myriad ways their platform can be used for ill. Of an election that shocked Facebook, even as its fallout put the company under siege. Of a series of external threats, defensive internal calculations, and false starts that delayed Facebook’s reckoning with its impact on global affairs and its users’ minds. And—in the tale’s final chapters—of the company’s earnest attempt to redeem itself.

This latest story on Cambridge Analytica is just part of a larger attempt to convince social media companies that the best way to fly under the radar is to shut down conservative opinions — and the Leftists who run Silicon Valley are more than likely to embrace that solution, even as they claim they’re merely attempting political neutrality. It’s not a coincidence that Facebook’s new algorithms have slammed conservative Facebook traffic. It’s not a coincidence that YouTube seems to demonetize conservative videos. It’s not a coincidence that Twitter suspends Steven Crowder but recommends that others follow Louis Farrakhan.

We’re watching the social media crackdown on the Right take place in real time. And if conservatives don’t find other outlets for distributing their message, the supposedly open platforms that they used to debate, argue, and convince will become political apartheid technology used to quash their opinions.