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wsj.com/articles/polic…

IF someone seeking publicity for a TV show with a declining audience in danger of not being picked up...
and/or
because of irrational hatred for a political figure...
would that- theoretically- be a crime?
Should it be reported?
@Ailworth @zushaelinson
Why did you fail to ask the obvious questions thousands of us thought of the moment we heard about #JussieSmollett alleged hate crime?

Do you think that questioning a gay black actor is in itself a hate crime?

Perhaps we'd agree if hoaxes weren't more common than hate crimes
You used the widely discredited study by an academic who, like the SPLC, uses self-reporting and hate crime hoaxes uncritically as basis for outcome.

Did you want to reinforce a narrative?
Or do you have so little diversity at WSJ that no one thought about differently?
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1/ So, word is the #CovingtonCatholic kids are lawyering up to sue people 4 accusing them of being racists. A few thoughts. First, anyone who believes in free speech (including conservatives who claim 2b "free speech activists") should be horrified by this move (but won't be)
2/ Fact is, this is simply an attempt to stifle legitimate opinions about the actions of ultra conservatives...an attempt to shut down anti-racist commentary by subjecting those who discuss racism to potential lawsuits. It's a deliberate right wing strategy to stifle dissent..
3/ While one can disagree with the assessment of the students in question as racist, to suggest that believing them to be such is an essentially illegal opinion for which people should be financially punished is legal insanity...
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For this week's CARD I wrote about The #CovingtonCatholic students and how their sudden rise to #MAGA stardom was inevitable. hopenothate.com/2019/01/26/ame…
From my piece:
We also have a preview of the many transatlantic far-right conferences coming up, where the U.S. far right will continue to build extremist alliances across the globe. From @hopenothate's @SimonMurdochHNH. hopenothate.org.uk/2019/01/25/tra…
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I keep hearing "we shouldn't assume the #CovingtonCatholic kids are racist just bc they wore MAGA hats."

As an art historian: MAGA hats signal racism, now. Wearing it signals you're racist or want people to think you are. They chose that imagery.

Semiotics, bitches. Look it up.
Sure, maybe they're not racist. But they wanted people to see the hats and recognize them as part of the group. A racist, xenophobic, white supremacist group. Those kids thought they'd get something - respect, power, the ability to scare others - so they chose to wear the symbol.
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Ah, now we're seeing the real narrative emerge... After the confrontation with the #CovingtonBoys #NathanPhillips tried to disrupt a special Mass at the National Shrine in DC.
He read a f*cking list of demands that included reparations.
amp.dailycaller.com/2019/01/23/nat…
Y'all can't possibly believe that #NathanPhillips JUST came up with that list of demands this weekend. 🤔 This man has longstanding animosity towards the Catholic church...
"Nathan's past was a difficult one. He was forced out of his family at the age of 5 to be integrated at a Catholic school like so many other Native Americans- not being allowed to see is family for 10 years." [1:05]
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How Twitter stole the mantle of being one of the most harmful tech companies in the world today. Thread:
1/ Twitter has been hungrily picking up the scraps of outrage-attention that Facebook left on the table when they changed the news feed algorithm last year.
2/ Internally Twitter decided to increase time-on-site using the same methods Facebook used in the lead-up to 2016. You can see it in your notifications, and in your feed with the amplification of out-of-network viral content.
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Just curious, how would beating a drum and signing chants most do not understand defuse a situation?

I've witnessed people stepping in and defusing tense situations, EVERY TIME IT'S WITH WORDS AND COMMUNICATION.

Think about it...
#CovingtonCatholic #CovingtonBoys
Not one word was spoken by #NathanPhillips, it's was Nathan that approached the kids, it's was Nathan that encroached personal space, doing nothing but beating a drum and signing an Indian chant.

For all we know, that could have been a war song. #justSaying
Walking up to someone face, as they are stationary on public land and getting into their personal space just beating a drum and chanting in an unknown language defuses nothing. In fact, it provokes. I beleive Nathan wanted to provoke a negative reaction. #NathanPhillips
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BREAKING: The Kenton County D.A. in Covington, KY is reviewing SOCIAL MEDIA threats directed at #CovingtonCatholic H.S. & students for crimes.

Some threats may be considered on-line harassment and would be a felony if its involves a school.

Uh-oh are you guilty, better check?
I can see some of those who posted threatening tweets furiously deleting them. Well, uh...to late. Once it’s tweeted there’s someone out there like a Cernovich that can find anything you’ve tweeted. All I can say to you asshol*s that tweeted that garbage...I hope they catch you.
I’m originally from a community close to Covington. It is made up of conservative hard working, blue collar, beer drinking, Patriotic Americans you don’t push around. If your from the media, Hollywood, liberal America and you made a threat, you might want to get a good attorney.
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I would've been HAPPY to take the wheel on #CovingtonCatholic

But @CassandraRules was driving that story WIDE OPEN

@JackPosobiec @ali @thecjpearson @Timcast <--- Them too. All in the front of seat of the car. Great people! Great people.

I'm glad I tagged along for the ride.
Let this be a SIGN that the Right-wingers have the POTENTIAL to STICK TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY.

ALLLLLL ACROSS the different parts of that political spectrum.
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Somebody translate this to English for me
OH IT REALLY IS STOLEN VALOR
Somebody acquired the DD-214 for Phillips
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1/
(Thread) on Racism, Skin Colour.

Why are members of the "far right" portrayed as racists?

Why is skin colour even still a conversation?

Why do labels of "right" and "left" even exist?

It is a narrative designed for endless division.

[They] want us divided.

#WWG1WGA
2/
The incident with the #CovingtonCatholic boys is a prime example of [them] controlling the narrative to seed division.

#Qanon #WWG1WGA
3/
#WWG1WGA is a powerful call to arms in the Q community.

It shows that skin colour is not even on our radar. Skin colour is not relevant. No division, just love.

I only see patriotic people doing their absolute best. You can only admire their soul, regardless of race.
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A few post-mortems on the #CovingtonCatholic situation. First, this is interesting in that it seems like the first major "social justice" smear campaign to basically get stopped in its tracks. The usual sources have declared guilt, but it's not the dominant media narrative. >
I'd like to think that's the media on its own finally becoming balanced again, but the truth is, Nick Sandmann comes from a rich family, and they were able to buy better publicity. eu.courier-journal.com/story/news/loc… >
Like rich kids that have successfully defended themselves against Title IX lack of due process, that doesn't mean they're in the wrong, but the basic injustice that rich kids are able to defend themselves while everyone else is at the mercy of institutions/media is a problem. >
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Going to continue the #CovingtonCatholic thread here. The first one is so long, Twitter is starting to break it.

Last tweet from that thread is here
I JUST DELETED TWO TWEETS BECAUSE TWITTER BROKE MY THREAD AGAIN
I'm going to take a break from Twitter for a few hours to see if that helps stop breaking threads
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Note: this is an attempt to give a folks a chance to look outside their echo chamber. This is based on last week's controversial confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial between Covington Catholic students, Black Hebrew Israelites, and the Native American elder. 1/
I'm thinking of Matthew McConaughey's character, Jake Brigance, and his closing argument (Brigance is a lawyer) scene in the movie, "A Time to Kill". (great book, btw). The following is written with that scene in mind, and hopefully you can read along in his voice. 2/
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There is intense disappointment and contempt for the scummy behavior at @NRO.

They are supposed to defend Republicans. And innocent Christian kids on a field trip, of all people, should get their support!

Instead we got #Betrayal
The so-called apology from @NRO just throws one of their deputy editors, @NFrankovich, under the bus. But they don't fire him.

And @NRO buries 80% of their coordinated smears on the #CovingtonCatholic boys.

Not honest! No moral highground!
.@NRO desperately waited for days hoping it would blow over. This just shows how out of touch they are.

They only made semi-apology when forced. They are faking it. Not genuine.

Maybe that's acceptable for a Democrat apology, but isn't @NRO supposed to be Conservative leader
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Interesting that @RunSwitchPR, the #Louisville PR firm helping the #CovCath #MAGATeens has its account on private right now. Perhaps, like #CovingtonCatholic school itself, they don’t want to deal with public backlash for protecting racist shitheads?

courier-journal.com/story/news/loc…
Who you work with matters. You are accountable for the effects of your actions & choices, even as a company. I hope folks think twice before hiring them.
This is the cover image on their Twitter account. It’s qwhite telling, no?
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A memorial is a structure, established to remind people of a person or event.

"In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever."

#CovingtonBoys owe an apology to the country.
At the Lincoln Memorial?

Ripping a shirt off like an animal & acting a fool. There are other people there. Have respect for yourself, your school & the Lincoln Memorial. Use common sense

An apology would be cheaper than expensive GOP lawyers & PR mouths

A woman at the scene said it right.

"A mob"

Elderly man. At a memorial.

Move aside, make a path, act like you aren't wild animals in a pack.

I have rules for my kids.

Unfortunately, some children are given lawyers instead of rules

#CovingtonBoys

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I understate my role in things, but it’s true I was among the first to push back on the baited narrative.

To put this effort in infowar terms: We’ve used decentralized collective intelligence to counter disinfo from unknown actors that was amplified by media. #CovingtonCatholic
Social media influencers & anonymous citizen-journalists will never get due credit for countering #CovingtonCatholic disinformation, but this is what happened. And it’s helped prevent lives from being ruined. 🙏

ht @CassandraRules @Cernovich @ali @JackPosobiec @PrisonPlanet
Also credit to @willchamberlain @Barnes_Law @AJA_Cortes @nickmon1112 @stillgray and many others I’m missing! (add in replies)

And special shoutout to the anons who found & preserved full, uncut video footage of the event. That made all the difference.
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Here's an example apology idea for people who fell for the #CovingtonCatholic media ruse cruise.

"Hello world. You may know me from X or Y, and we've had a lot of laughs together. But today I must bring up a serious mistake in judgement I made this past weekend."
"I was surfing on Twitter and I saw a wave of outlets that I THOUGHT were trustworthy telling me that these #CovingtonCatholic kids were beating up on a poor Indian man in DC. I fell for it. Hook, line, and sinker! I retweeted and condemned the students without a second thought."
"I may have even written a hit piece or two that was pulled out of my ass, and made some remarks of my own. I wanted to be one of the "political cool kids" and fit in with everybody else.

I helped bully the #CovingtonCatholic students. And I'm sorry to tell you that was wrong."
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💣Psyops💣

PSA: H/T: @ericgarland

📌”Why pushing for Trump's immediate impeachment is a Russian political warfare Op...?

📌”Impeachment is appropriate and likely.”

📌”But we only get one shot.”

📌”Our enemies know it and are trying to hit the gas pedal.”
💣Psyops💣

“We win with the methodical application of our laws, so many of which have been broken”

By. doing so “We preserve the Republic and the rule of law.”

#CovingtonCatholic is promoted by two of the main troll subsets #Provokasiya

Gilets jaunes = Russian Active Measures
💣Psyops3💣

📌Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, is also currently representing Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch whose name is often linked to one of the most powerful mobsters in the world. Firtash has acknowledged ties to Semion Mogilevich.

Pompeo considering Kansas Senate bid
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@murphtoday 1) I've been thinking about the last 2 years and the intensity of the media frenzy of the last 2 days of the #MAGA hat kids. The democrat media knows that Mueller's announcement destroying Buzzfeed's hack piece means that hope is over...
@murphtoday 2) Since they came up with nothing, and worse, now fear being revealed for the corrupt self serving criminals that they are, they need a distraction. They had one ready.. @ScottAdamsSays did a video earlier..
via @YouTube
@murphtoday @ScottAdamsSays @YouTube 3) This isn't just my theory, I've noted quite a few people are seeing this for what it is. @kanyewest , @RealCandaceO, @therealroseanne, @ThomasWictor et al have been preparing us in a way they probably saw coming..
Since they can't beat Trump - they have determined to beat US.
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Rollercoaster narrative arc of these social media events is changing too fast. A new issue will exist next week but targeting individuals in the #CovingtonCatholic video is part of a societal problem we see with the Internet & doxing a kid doesn’t educate, it polarizes hate. 1/
Instead, target the root of these conflict problems - why not use balanced guidance & unbiased education to move cultures & ideology closer together, not further apart. These kids are mocking #Indigenous traditional voice - that’s a racist thing to do. 2/
Whatever your view, start with the school sending kids to a ProLife march. You can’t argue that sending 100 young men to attend a rally to dictate how women choose to use their body isn’t inflammatory & structured in a patriarchal view of the world. Things are going to occur. 3/
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Dear @arlenparsa, Thank you for the inspirational and comforting tweet #CovingtonCatholic #Magateen. Basic stuff is falling apart all around us and we are looking depraved on so many fronts. It’s nice to see that we have choices.
You have shown us that there is a high road, a smarter road, and we are free to take it. #Media impose a certain behavioral framework, but we can choose to engage at a higher level like you did. It takes more work and more commitment, but it’s ultimately so much more crucial.
We found the #CNN coverage disgraceful & unprofessional. What these #kids did was unquestionably reprehensible. But they are simply ignorant at this stage of their development. Are they the racist bigots of tomorrow? More than likely, but one may still hold out #hope for them.
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One lesson about #CovingtonCatholic, for all those who get on a bus to a major protest: You are entering a public square of debate.

Neither your red hat nor your majority of like-minded individuals gives you the right to menace violence when offended.
How do you act when the Black Hebrew Israelites insult, demean, and offend you?

The same way we handle the “preachers” shouting at us that we’re going to Hell for our beliefs at the Womens March.

You ignore it, and keep a safe distance. That is on YOU.

YOU entered the space.
What you do NOT do is take off your shirt, and start menacing them and those who attempt to de-escalate.

You chose to come to a place of debate, a public square. YOU have the obligation to control yourself.

YOU have the obligation to de-escalate and move the fuck along.
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