By going after Google's search algorithm this week, Trump fails to understand how search queries work, and the fact that it is a reflection of his own personal search history. He might as well declare a war on mirrors, because what he sees reflecting back at him is, in his own words, "BAD" and "fake."
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but when the picture is a four-color one on "The New York Times" front page showing the President's personal attorney leaving a courthouse after pleading guilty and testifying that he was directed by the President to pay hush money to two women during the 2016 campaign to keep them from speaking publicly about affairs they said they had with him, it's got to be worth something more than that.
"The President of the United States called a woman a DOG," author Stephen King tweeted this morning, continuing with what may be one of the most horrifying things he's ever written, "Let me repeat that: he called her a DOG. Have we gotten so numb to Trump's ugly, demeaning talk that this means nothing? You might like her, you might not, but to call her a DOG?"
Hate speech is often in the mind of the beholder. To my mind, Alex Jones' qualifies and not just because I hate it, but because it is an insidious form of hate speech that skirts the line of explicit, imminent threats in favor of longer-term and more underlying ones. As the name of his "show" honestly states, he is conducting "InfoWars" on our sensibilities. And the only sensible thing to do in response is to ignore and marginalize what he does.
Tom Rogers, who as head of NBC Cable ushered in the era of vertical news channels that have contributed to the political polarization of news programming and audiences, this morning used one of his progeny -- MSNBC -- to call out the media industry for failing to defend threats to their First Amendment rights from the Trump Administration. "I think the entire media industry has to be called out here," said Rogers, now executive chairman of WinView, on a segment of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that began by discussing a new wave of Russian disinformation attacks on digital media platforms like …