1/ All I keep thinking about in this moment are all the horrible things that Rush Limbaugh did and said. Just flashes of them.

Like how following Trayvon Martin's death, he tried to convince people it was okay to say "n word" now as long as you ended with an "a" (and said it).
2/ Or how, one of his "undeniable truths" was that "Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of pop culture."
3/ Or how if a prominent woman would publicly defend another woman, he would refer to it as "solidarity of the vaginas."
4/ How he absolutely hated Michelle Obama...and used to refer to has as "moo-chelle." He really liked this because it both attacked her for mooching off system as he claimed and because it was his way of calling her a cow (he thought she was fat).
5/ He had this one song called "Barack the Magic Negro." The lyrics were even more racist than the name. And he played it all the time. He was still playing that song during his show a few months ago.
6/ How Limbaugh described watching football: "Look it, let me put it to you this way. The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it."
7/ Or, how enjoyed mocking asians: "Hu Jintao was just going, “Ching cha. Ching chang cho chow. Cha Chow. Ching Cho. Chi ba ba ba. Kwo kwa kwa kee. Cha ga ga. Ching chee chay. Ching zha bo ba. Chang cha. Chang cho chi che. Cha dee. Ooooh chee bada ba. Jee jee cho ba.”
8/ Or, that time he was super pissed that Native Americans believe they experienced a genocide: "Holocaust?” Ninety million Indians? Only four million left? They all have casinos -- what's to complain about?"
9/ Or, that time he used lots of racism and white supremacy to prognostic who would win the season of Survivor:
10/ When he warned listeners that Obama was gonna target white kids: "But in Obama's America, the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering 'Yay! Right on, right on, right on, right on.'"
11/ When he complained that more people weren't attacking women politicians' looks: "There are plenty of lard-ass women in politics, and they get a total pass on it."
12/ Or, how Limbaugh pretty much only referred to transgender people as "Add-A-Dick-To-Me's"

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1/ Many years ago before my current role as president of Media Matters, I was @StopRush organizer. Getting sucked into that campaign was one of the things that kept me at @mmfa at the time. Here's my statement on Limbaugh's death....
2/ “Rush Limbaugh made his career lying to his audience, stoking misogyny, and fueling racism."
3/ "Limbaugh entertained listeners by mercilessly mocking and maligning anyone who didn’t resemble his typical listener — straight, white, conservative, and male — and that cruelty eventually became a central tenet of modern conservatism."
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1/ I'm seeing lots of discussion about/chronicling of implosion of QAnon. And, yea, I get it. Q people are bugging out.

But, much of analysis I'm seeing I think is missing something really significant and the most durable/lasting aspect of the Q conspiracy...
2/ The Q conspiracy had a few aspects: a) Q had secret info; b) that Trump has secret plan; c) that Democrats and media were pedophilic inter-dimensional demons and/or psychic vampires; d) that the global elite was conspiracy to run massive child sex rings for these dark forces.
3/ Yes, aspects of conspiracy that centered around Q or revolved around Trump's secret plan are unraveling for many -- and freak outs reflect that.

But keep in mind: the rest of the conspiracy has so deeply seeped in that it's almost taken as a given among this group, distinct.
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1/ So, I took a little respite tonight. Had some cookies, a couple glasses of prosecco. Gave some thought to this chapter of the Trump saga coming to close.

For me, this all started about 8 1/2 years ago...
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Then I started a petition to get Macy's to fire Trump. It took off.
3/ As we approached nearly a million signatures, Trump started to attack me. He attacked me on Twitter, tried to sue me for $35 million, sent his bodyguard to threaten me in person at a petition delivery (yes. that really happened), he went after my dad's business, etc...
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1/ So here's what I'm struggling with. I think reasonable for Apple/Google to send letter and ultimately remove Parler from App Store due to lax enforcement and also potential risks.

But why didn't Facebook also get a letter demanding they address issues or risk removal?
2/ Facebook had much bigger role in creating conditions that led to as well as organizing for January 6 event.

We tracked people using FB to organize attendees to bring guns to the Jan 6 event. FB did nothing. mediamatters.org/facebook/users…
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1/ If you're not steeped in right-wing media/online fever swamps, it's hard to convey how intense past 2 months have been.

But everyone from Fox News down to smallest conspiracy site has flooded zone with lies about election being stolen and promises Trump can retain power
2/ Trump was right at the center of that feedback loop. Amplifying the lies/assurances/calls to action, which in turns fueled them. Republican politicians picked up on this over recent weeks, giving the efforts further legitimacy and a chance of success.
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I can't emphasize just how significant a role Fox News played in laying the foundation for this moment over the past couple months.
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For the better part of a year, they have been advised about how extremists were exploiting their lax enforcement on closed groups.

They rebuffed and dismissed.
2/ Worse. Back in April, they assured many governors they had removed reopen groups. They lied. They only removed public ones, left private ones and told the governors they complied with request and law.

We had to literally expose the private groups and call them out for it.
3/ What I’m getting to is this: there are a range of very simple things that could have done to prevent extremists not only from exploiting facebook’s lax framework but from benefitting from Facebook recruitment.
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