"Cancel culture" has become a pavlovian response to any sort of criticism, no matter how fair.
WI GOP Assembly appoints a committee to review election fraud, led by a politician who said Trump won Wisconsin.
Dems question her credibility, told to "stop practicing cancel culture"
You can read the story here (and h/t @nickfleisher). madison.com/news/local/gov… The person charged with overseeing a "formal investigation" into the 2020 election for WI posted this more than a month after the election under the banner "Constitutional Crisis" legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/22/br…
Want to make bogus claims about election fraud? Go ahead.
Want to then lead the legislative review of elections? Uh, thats not ok, but that's where WI is now.
But you don't get to demand your clear biases be ignored. Not cancel culture if you pissed away your own credibility!

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In the name of free speech, and viewpoint diversity, the government wants to survey the beliefs of individual faculty and students and "fix" the problem if they don't provide the right answers.
This bill appears to be an update of legislation proposed in 2019, which I discussed then. Same arguments apply (thread)
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How is that going?
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