The big news in media responsibility circles this week was news about "thinking about things." No, I don't mean the hilarious interview the gaslighter-in-chief had in which he told Fox News' Sean Hannity that he could declassify America's most sensitive secrets "even by thinking about it."
I'm thinking of the one Meta policy chief Nicholas Clegg had Thursday in which he said the twice impeached former president could have his Facebook account reinstated as soon as 2023 -- just in time for the run-up to the 2024 presidential election.
My advice, Sir Clegg, don't even think about it.
My second thought was about other comments he made during the interview at a conference soon-to-be-launched global news service Semafor held in Washington, D.C. The one in which he said it would be his decision and his decision alone whether to continue suspending @RealDonaldTrump's account or to turn it back on again.
I mean, he said he'd made that call after consulting Meta chief Mark Zuckerberg, "experts" and other "third parties," but what was all that noise Meta made about being responsible -- and accountable -- to the Facebook Oversight Board.
Meh, Clegg said he'd personally make the call. While he said it won't be a "capricious" decision, and that he will factor the public harm reinstating the account might do, he will make it by Jan. 7, 2023.
Not sure if Clegg's been following the news, including the account holder's embrace of QAnon, his civil and criminal woes, but based on comments he's made on "Truth Social," I think
he could safely make the call right now.