Trump appeared to fall for a satirical post which joked that Twitter shut itself down to stop criticism of Joe Biden

  

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Via:  sister-mary-agnes-ample-bottom  •  2 weeks ago  •  30 comments

By:   tporter@businessinsider.com (Tom Porter) 4 hrs ago (MSN)

Trump appeared to fall for a satirical post which joked that Twitter shut itself down to stop criticism of Joe Biden
The president tweeted an article by The Babylon Bee which joked that Twitter shut down its entire network to defend Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

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Trump appeared to fall for a satirical post which joked that Twitter shut itself down to stop criticism of Joe Biden.

  • President Donald Trump shared a satirical story claiming that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had shut down the social network's servers to protect Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
  • The story, by conservative satirical site The Babylon Bee, was joking about Twitter's attempts earlier this week to limit the spread of a questionable New York Post story about Hunter Biden.
  • Trump shared the story on Friday morning without seeming to realize it was a joke, writing: "Why is Twitter doing this. Bringing more attention to Sleepy Joe & Big T."
  • Trump and his allies have claimed that tech companies are ideologically biased, but Twitter says the Post story violates its policies about sharing hacked material.

President Donald Trump has appeared to fall for a satirical article joking that Twitter closed down its entire network to stop damaging information about Democratic nominee Joe Biden from spreading.

Early Friday morning the president shared an article by "The Babylon Bee" — titled "Twitter Shuts Down Entire Network To Slow Spread Of Negative Biden News" — adding: "Wow, this has never been done in history. This includes his really bad interview last night. Why is Twitter doing this. Bringing more attention to Sleepy Joe & Big T."

The Babylon Bee is a conservative satirical website that pokes fun at Democrats and liberals. In its Twitter bio, the publication describes itself as "fake news you can trust."

The article jokingly linked Twitter's brief outage on Thursday to its Wednesday decision to limit the spread of a questionable New York Post article about Biden's son, Hunter, and unsubstantiated claims about his business activities in Ukraine.

Twitter has said that the article breaks its policies on sharing material that has been hacked.

In the joke article, The Babylon Bee described Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey as panic-ordering his website to close down in response to negative information about Biden and his family spreading.

"Dorsey smashed a glass box in his office reading 'Break In Case Of Bad Publicity For Democrats.' Inside the case was a sledgehammer for smashing Twitter's servers," the article said.

The president's tweet about the article is still live as of 8 a.m. EDT, about one hour after the tweet was sent. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Shortly after Trump's tweet, The Babylon Bee retweeted a 2018 satirical article titled: "President Trump Declares The Babylon Bee His Most-Trusted News Source."

—The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) October 16, 2020

Trump had seized on the satirical article to hammer home his narrative that tech companies are biased against conservatives, and are working with Democrats to suppress damaging information about their party.

GOP senators said they plan to subpoena Dorsey to testify about Twitter's decision to block the link to the Post's story.

Social media companies including Twitter have long denied claims of ideological bias.

Trump has frequently shared right-wing conspiracy theories and disinformation on Twitter, which in recent months has attached warnings that he was spreading misleading or false information.

In respones to Twitter's slowing the spread of the Post story, Trump renewed his calls to repeal Section 230, the bill protecting social media giants from bearing legal responsibility for content posted on their platforms.


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Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    2 weeks ago

The Babylon Bee is a conservative satirical website that pokes fun at Democrats and liberals. In its Twitter bio, the publication describes itself as "fake news you can trust."

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
1.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1    2 weeks ago

So he's not to have a sense of humor............got it. Thanks

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
1.1.1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1    2 weeks ago

The point is that he believed the article.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
1.1.2  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1.1.1    2 weeks ago
The point is that he believed the article.

Like I've said many times, it can be hard to tell the difference between conservative conspiracy theories and satire. Apparently the President has a hard time telling the difference as well. He retweets Qanon bullshit, white supremacist videos of his supporters shouting "white power!", it's no wonder he would retweet a fictional article and act as if it's fact.

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.1.3  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1    2 weeks ago
"So he's not to have a sense of humor............got it. Thanks"

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He's got his fake news all mixed up, he's used to relying on QAnon and Faux 'news'

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
2  Sean Treacy    2 weeks ago

It's hard to satirize progressives.  Twitter undoubtedly would shut down it's entire network to help Biden, if that was required. 

Instead, they just shut down any reference to a news story that hurt Biden.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
2.1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Sean Treacy @2    2 weeks ago
Instead, they just shut down any reference to a news story that hurt Biden.

Apparently it has been too long since I've said this to you, but please start spanking yourself and don't stop until I tell you to.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
2.2  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Sean Treacy @2    2 weeks ago

And Fox/Breitbart/gullible Trump supporters have never found a single bit of Russian propaganda that they won't believe and push as gospel over the last decade or more....

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
2.2.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @2.2    2 weeks ago
Breitbart/gullible Trump supporters have never found a single bit of Russian propaganda that they won't believe and push as gospel over the last decade or

Remember when you spent three years promoting the Steel dossier? Good times!

Talk about pushing Russian propaganda! 

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
2.2.2  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.2.1    2 weeks ago

Can you point to even a single instance over the last three years where I came out in support of the Steel dossier Sean?   Bet you can't!!!!!

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
2.2.3  Sean Treacy  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @2.2.2    2 weeks ago

My bad.  You spent the last three years  denouncing the Steele dossier as fraudulent, upbraiding the liberals on this site for spreading it,  criticizing the FBI for using Russian propaganda to spy on American citizens and attacking  Adam Schiff for lying about the FISA court investigation to the public for starters. 

That's how the Stalinist's do it, right?  History is a blank slate to be rewritten as the present demands. 

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
2.2.4  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @2.2.2    2 weeks ago
Can you point to even a single instance over the last three years where I came out in support of the Steel dossier Sean?

I don't recall you even bringing it up in conversation.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
2.2.5  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @2.2.4    2 weeks ago

Nope, because over that time, nobody had proven or disproven it's validity.  Personally I took a wait and see approach with the dossier.

Facts....... A bipartisan senate committee did find supportable evidence of Russian influence in the 2016 election cycle to help Trump in his election bid.

Care to add in the Maria Butina infiltration into the NRA whom gave $30 million to Trump's election coffers in 2016....?

P rosecutors also told how Butina worked with her American boyfriend Paul Erickson, a longtime Republican operative and insider at the  NRA , to pursue the plot.

The scheme was guided and financed in part by Alexander Torshin, an ally of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
2.3  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Sean Treacy @2    2 weeks ago
It's hard to satirize progressives.

Perhaps because satire often requires taking incongruities to an extreme and progressives are mostly educated rational patriotic Americans. The opposite is true for most religious conservatives which is why it's almost too easy to satirize them.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
3  Sean Treacy    2 weeks ago

Twitter has said that the article breaks its policies on sharing material that has been hacked.

But tax records obtained illegally? That's fine (if they are Trumps)

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
3.1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Sean Treacy @3    2 weeks ago
But tax records obtained illegally? That's fine (if they are Trumps)

You're going to have to help me out here.  What in the fuck does Trump's legally obtained financial statements have to do with the price of beans in China?

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
3.1.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @3.1    2 weeks ago
  What in the fuck does Trump's legally obtained financial statements have to do with the price of beans in China?

They were not legally obtained. Someone  illegally leaked them to the Times. 

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
3.1.2  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @3.1    2 weeks ago

His taxes, that the NYT touted, could not possibly have been obtained legally.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
3.1.3  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Sean Treacy @3.1.1    2 weeks ago
They were not legally obtained. Someone illegally leaked them to the Times. 

I need a drink.  A really big one.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
3.1.4  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.1.2    2 weeks ago
His taxes, that the NYT touted, could not possibly have been obtained legally.

Make that two really big drinks.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
3.1.5  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @3.1.1    2 weeks ago
Tax law scholar Andy Grewal live-tweeted his reading of the Times report on Sunday and offered some speculation into how the newspaper obtained Trump’s tax returns.

“I would guess that a bank employee leaked it rather than an IRS agent,” Grewal said, later adding, “I would guess that it would breach some type of confidentiality agreement. Perhaps that is why the [Times] won’t reveal their source.”

Given that the Times said the returns were given to them by someone with legal access, they could possibly have come from someone within the Trump organization as well.

https://heavy.com/news/who-leaked-donald-trump-tax-returns-new-york-times/
 
 
 
JohnRussell
3.1.6  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @3.1.1    2 weeks ago

You don't know who gave them to the New York Times, do you? 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
3.1.7  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @3.1.6    2 weeks ago

Unless it was Donald Trump, it's illegal to share someone's personal tax returns. 

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
3.1.8  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @3.1.4    2 weeks ago

You and me both.  Trumpsters reflexively hang their hat on the “reality doesn’t matter, all that matters is who spilled the beans” argument.

Trump himself is arguably the least intelligently persuasive man on earth.  Like in the Biden Trump debate when he brought up Faucci’s super early comment on mask wearing.  Of course Faucci said what he said at a particular time under very specific conditions in this country - conditions which obviously and drastically changed over the coming months resulting in evolved guidance from Faucci.  Trump’s defense though?  “Yeah, but he said it.”  As if once you say something there is eternally no justification for evolving your position ... from the guy whose positions are purely a reflection of whatever is most politically expedient at any given moment, and can even flip by the end of a sentence.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
3.1.9  JohnRussell  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @3.1.8    2 weeks ago

Hal, the right wing on this site reflexively disregards anything that demonstrates what a crook and liar, and moron Trump is.   Frankly, it would not be unfair to say they are a lost cause.   But yes, they do get agitated about a "leaked" document. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
4  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

Trump believes anything that he thinks is favorable or helping to him. If he read a tweet that Barack Obama was devoured when he fell into a giant anthill , Trump would believe it.

He believed that Kim Jong Un loves him, didn't he? 

 
 
 
JBB
5  JBB    2 weeks ago

Is everyone in the gop a gullible dumbass anymore?

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
5.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  JBB @5    2 weeks ago

Considering Biden's campaign is lying about why Twitter shut down any mention of the article, you should probably be asking that about Democrats. 

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
5.2  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  JBB @5    2 weeks ago
Is everyone in the gop a gullible dumbass?

I don't think everyone in the GOP is a gullible dumbass, I just think that the vast majority of gullible dumbasses consider themselves part of the GOP. Trump is the hero of gullible dumbasses. Gullible dumbasses probably look at Trump and say to themselves "See! Someone just like me could be President!"...

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
6  Hal A. Lujah    2 weeks ago

People just don’t get Trump’s disjointed sense of humor.  Remember when he was addressing the country at the height of a pandemic and mused about putting disinfectants and harmful UV lights inside of sick people?  Perfect time and audience for sarcasm, am I right?  He’s a gas.

 
 
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