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As Journalists Cover for Biden, Facebook Rolls Out New Rules to Protect Them

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There is no question that the establishment media leans considerably to the political left. That’s what makes a new report that Facebook will afford journalists and activists increased protections from criticism so concerning.

According to Reuters, Facebook will increase protections for these two groups because it classifies them as “involuntary public figures.” The protections include prohibiting the public from engaging in “harassment and bullying” toward journalists and “human rights defenders.”

On the surface, this sounds all well and good. Any reasonable person would agree that no one should be harassed or bullied over the internet.

The problem, however, is that Facebook cannot be trusted to define what constitutes bullying given its own left-leaning ideology.

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Facebook has already proven it is willing to suppress information it does not agree with. For example, the company has taken action to protect Hunter Biden from merited criticism on multiple occasions.

The stories Facebook suppressed were not “bullying” or “harassment” but rather factual reporting on multiple scandals involving the son of the United States president. They were restricted anyway.

If those instances are any indication, Facebook has no problem censoring information it doesn’t like, even if it does not constitute a violation of its rules.

While protecting political figures and their families from well-deserved criticism is dangerous enough, protecting journalists is even worse. Journalists need to be held accountable, especially considering the amount of dishonest reporting floating around.

During the last presidential administration, the establishment media worked overtime to blame then-President Donald Trump for the COVID-19 pandemic. Some outlets like Business Insider went so far as to suggest Trump was directly responsible for a large percentage of COVID-19 deaths.

But on Oct. 6, when the death toll of 2021 surpassed that of 2020, major outlets including Forbes, USA Today and The New York Times reported the story without mentioning Biden’s name at all.

That is irresponsible journalism, and it deserves to be called out as such. But if a Facebook user criticizes one of the authors of those articles for their dishonesty, will that user then be flagged for “bullying” the journalist?

COVID-19 coverage is just one of many examples of biased and often dishonest reporting from the establishment media. The misleading coverage spans a wide variety of topics, which is why journalistic accountability is so important.

Furthermore, past experience tells us it is unlikely for Facebook to treat conservative journalists the same way they treat leftist ones.

Should we really expect Facebook to prohibit content attacking Ben Shapiro at the same rate it censors criticism of Chris Cuomo? It seems unlikely.

Facebook’s stated purpose of prohibiting cyberbullying on the platform would be admirable in a vacuum. Facebook’s actions, however, have shown the company to be incapable of determining what constitutes rule violations. And the platform is unlikely to be equal in its treatment of journalists with different political leanings.

Facebook has already come under fire in recent weeks for its treatment of public figures. On Sept. 13, The Wall Street Journal alleged Facebook had “built a system that has exempted high-profile users from some or all of its rules.”

The WSJ said the program is known as “cross check,” and it was originally created to monitor actions taken against “high-profile accounts.” Now, according to the paper, internal documents from the company show the program “shields millions of VIP users from the company’s normal enforcement process.”

In today’s climate, it is more important than ever for both the establishment media and Big Tech to be held accountable by everyday Americans. One of those entities protecting the other is a direct obstacle to that accountability.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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WHO Appears to Give China a Huge Gift with New Variant, Skips ‘Xi’ Letter of Greek Alphabet When Naming It

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The World Health Organization on Friday skipped over two letters of the Greek alphabet when it named the latest COVID variant.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas promptly reminded his Twitter followers that the international health body with close ties to the communist Chinese government should be eyed with suspicion.

The omicron variant was announced this week by the WHO as having been discovered in South Africa.

The variant initially was called B.1.1.529, but the WHO now has given it a name from the Greek alphabet, as has happened throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The WHO says the variant has the potential to evade COVID antibodies.

Two letters were skipped to name the variant, however, and one of them was suspicious for people who view the WHO as being loyal to China’s authoritarian regime.

Sequentially, the next two Greek letters available were passed on.

“Nu” was not chosen as a name for the South African variant, as it sounds too much like “new” in English. No explanation was offered as to why the next available letter was not chosen.

Instead of calling B.1.1.529 the “xi variant,” omicron — the next letter in the Greek alphabet — was picked.

Xi is part of the name of China’s leader, Xi Jinping, who has unilaterally run China and its military since 2013.

Paul Nuki, an editor with The Telegraph, pointed out the odd inconsistency of variant naming on Twitter.

“A WHO source confirmed the letters Nu and Xi of the Greek alphabet had been deliberately avoided. Nu had been skipped to avoid confusion with the word ‘new’ and Xi had been skipped to ‘avoid stigmatising a region,’” Nuki tweeted. “All pandemics inherently political!”

Cruz shared the tweet with a comment of his own.

“If the WHO is this scared of the Chinese Communist Party, how can they be trusted to call them out the next time they’re trying to cover up a catastrophic global pandemic?” he asked his followers.

Omicron becomes the fifth variant to be designated an area of concern by the World Health Organization, according to the New York Post. The other designations are alpha, beta, gamma and delta.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

The World Health Organization on Friday skipped over two letters of the Greek alphabet when it named the latest COVID variant. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas promptly reminded his Twitter followers that the international health body with close ties to the communist Chinese government should be eyed with suspicion. The omicron variant was announced this week by the WHO as having been discovered in South Africa. The variant initially was called B.1.1.529, but the WHO now has given it a name from the Greek alphabet, as has happened throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The WHO says the variant has the potential to evade COVID antibodies. BREAKING: The #B11529 variant has been allocated the Greek name Omicron by the WHO and has been designated a variant of concern. pic.twitter.com/1Zie1tnyXN — Mia Malan (@miamalan) November 26, 2021 Two letters were skipped to name the variant, however, and one of them was suspicious for people who view the WHO as being loyal to China’s authoritarian regime. Sequentially, the next two Greek letters available were passed on. News of new Nu variant, but WHO is jumping the alphabet to call it Omicron, so they can avoid Xi. pic.twitter.com/UJ4xMwg52i — Martin Kulldorff (@MartinKulldorff) November 26, 2021 “Nu” was not chosen as a name for the South African variant, as it sounds too much like “new” in English. No explanation was offered as to why the next available letter was not chosen. Instead of calling B.1.1.529 the “xi variant,” omicron — the next letter in the Greek alphabet — was picked. Xi is part of the name of China’s leader, Xi Jinping, who has unilaterally run China and its military since 2013. Paul Nuki, an editor with The Telegraph, pointed out the odd inconsistency of variant naming on Twitter. “A WHO source confirmed the letters Nu…

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Seth Rogen Laughs Off Someone Else’s Theft in Los Angeles: ‘It’s Called Living in a Big City’

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My uncle was a surgeon in New York City during the bad old pre-Giuliani 1990s days. He would tell me a story of one of his interns who — back in the days when car stereos were a popular item to steal — had his window smashed and his CD player lifted three or four times.

He finally gave up and put a sign in his window: “No stereo.” He came out after an overnight shift to find the window smashed anyway. “Get a stereo,” the note inside read.

Apocryphal? Perhaps, although I know my uncle was looking to move back to Los Angeles at the time, having had enough of New York City life. He eventually made it back there, although not to Los Angeles proper.

That’s probably a good thing because, to hear actor Seth Rogen tell it, getting your car broken into is just part of the fun of living in Los Angeles. Sometimes they’ll even leave a knife behind, he said! That’s even better than a “get a stereo” note!

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In a Thanksgiving Eve Twitter thread that proved Hollywood celebs inhabit a different solar system than we do, Rogen threw shade on a YouTuber angry his car had gotten broken into, saying, “It’s called living in a big city.”

The whole thing started when vlogger and influencer Casey Neistat — who, in all fairness, isn’t the William F. Buckley of Twitter — described getting his car broken into: “so our cars got robbed this morning because Los Angeles is a crime riddled 3rd world s***hole of a city but tremendous appreciation and gratitude to the hardworking officers at the @LAPDWestLA who not only arrested the motherf****r but they got all of our stolen goods back.”

Thanks for the update, I guess.

Rogen — star of “Knocked Up,” “The Interview” and pretty much any movie where they need a stoner type who’ll method-act — felt compelled to defend his fair city: “Dude I’ve lived here for over 20 years. You’re nuts haha. It’s lovely here. Don’t leave anything valuable in it. It’s called living in a big city,” Rogen tweeted.

“i can still be mad tho right? feel so violated,” Neistat responded.

“You can be mad but I guess I don’t personally view my car as an extension of myself and I’ve never really felt violated any of the 15 or so times my car was broken in to,” Rogen tweeted.

“Once a guy accidentally left a cool knife in my car so if it keeps happening you might get a little treat.”

“i didn’t get any treats. he just took the decorations for my daughters 7th birthday party and left bloody hand prints. serious question; how did you get your car broken into 15 times?” Neistat said, to which Rogen responded that he’d “lived in West Hollywood for 20 years and parked on the street.”

By this point, however, people weren’t quite as interested in the sub-Socratic dialogue between Neistat and Rogen and more curious about why a mega-millionaire was telling another person (who probably isn’t lacking for money himself, but that’s not the point) to laugh off theft as if it’s a hee-larious part of living in La-La Land.

“When people talk about celebrities being disconnected from the reality of normal people, this is what they are talking about,” user @DBCWriter wrote.

“Defending the quality of life in your city by referencing the 15 times your car was broken into and the possibility that you may get a free weapon left by a criminal, is not the defense you think it is,” tweeted writer and educator Joel Petlin. “Nobody should accept lawlessness. Not celebrities like @Sethrogen or anyone.”

The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire, meanwhile, chimed in a definition that Rogen should become acquainted with:

Attorney Matt Bilinsky called him “an insufferable twit with not the slightest sense of reality nor instinct of good faith.”

“Only a person of low character such as yourself would smugly dismiss people’s (very valid) concerns about the current state of crime & public safety in Los Angeles,” Bilinsky said.

Rogen doesn’t seem to care how self-defeating this all sounds: “A lot of people come at me and talk s*** on Twitter hoping I’ll engage with them publicly and give them attention, but instead I DM them and tell them to go f*** themselves privately. It’s a lot more fun,” he tweeted in the aftermath of the kerfuffle. (He purportedly did this with Bilinsky; the attorney posted screenshots of DMs from Rogen saying “no clue who you are but I came across this and I kindly invite you to go f*** yourself. Haha now I’m reading your IG posts and I see who you are.”)

Is Hollywood out of touch?

There’s a wider lesson here besides an object lesson in the dangers of marijuana use. Since he first appeared on the TV show “Freaks and Geeks” in 1999 at the age of 16, Rogen has been a well-paid cog in the Hollywood machine, no matter how many times he’s left his car out on the street to be robbed in West Hollywood. Most of us wouldn’t be happy to get a knife out of the deal.

Rogen is among the lucky few who get to insulate themselves against the realities of the city going on around them, either because they have the money to afford setbacks or the money to afford ample security. Unlike in Tom Wolfe’s “Bonfire of the Vanities,” these Sherman McCoys aren’t going to make a wrong turn and suddenly be hit with the grim realities that can befall those who don’t have the money to wall themselves off against the world.

For those not making millions in the entertainment industry, Los Angeles is an expensive city in an expensive state. When one of L.A.’s richer residents tells us we should expect property crime as part of the charm of “living in a big city,” it’s little wonder why California residents are leaving the state at a massive clip. For those who haven’t abandoned the Golden State yet, perhaps they should consider Seth Rogen’s tweet their own personal “get a stereo” note.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

My uncle was a surgeon in New York City during the bad old pre-Giuliani 1990s days. He would tell me a story of one of his interns who — back in the days when car stereos were a popular item to steal — had his window smashed and his CD player lifted three or four times. He finally gave up and put a sign in his window: “No stereo.” He came out after an overnight shift to find the window smashed anyway. “Get a stereo,” the note inside read. Apocryphal? Perhaps, although I know my uncle was looking to move back to Los Angeles at the time, having had enough of New York City life. He eventually made it back there, although not to Los Angeles proper. That’s probably a good thing because, to hear actor Seth Rogen tell it, getting your car broken into is just part of the fun of living in Los Angeles. Sometimes they’ll even leave a knife behind, he said! That’s even better than a “get a stereo” note! In a Thanksgiving Eve Twitter thread that proved Hollywood celebs inhabit a different solar system than we do, Rogen threw shade on a YouTuber angry his car had gotten broken into, saying, “It’s called living in a big city.” The whole thing started when vlogger and influencer Casey Neistat — who, in all fairness, isn’t the William F. Buckley of Twitter — described getting his car broken into: “so our cars got robbed this morning because Los Angeles is a crime riddled 3rd world s***hole of a city but tremendous appreciation and gratitude to the hardworking officers at the @LAPDWestLA who not only arrested the motherf****r but they got all of our stolen goods back.” Thanks for the update, I guess. Rogen — star of “Knocked…

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