Thursday, July 8, 2021

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

No doubt Facebook and Twitter had to ban Trump, particularly due to the metastasis of misinformation leading to January 6. NowTrump is filing a laughable class action suit against them and Google--which is basically simply a fundraiser. However, this form of suppression is a touchy matter since it's a two-edged sword to the extent that it can be used in all kinds of contexts. Remember the famous Schenck case  for which Oliver Wendall Holmes famously penned the decision? But would it be possible for liberal cable networks like CNN to take another tact? What if Donald Trump were invited to express his disinformation for as long as he wanted, with no panel of fact checkers to parse his statements? One of the things you often hear from those who insist the election was rigged is that they got their information from Tucker Carlson or Newsmax. There are even people who think Trump is still president. By having Trump on CNN, you would bring millions of viewers over to another source of information. Whether they get on before the bully pulpit or after, they would at least be able to experience another news source reporting thatTrump is not likely to be reinstated in August. What would the program be called The Sorcerer’s Apprentice?

Read "The Seven Ages of One Man" by Francis Levy, The East Hampton Star

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