The media has a great deal to say about the sort of speech that should be allowed on the internet and why its fact checkers should be put in charge of determining what everyone can and can’t say on social media.
Yet aside from all its other toxic habits, that the media decries in others, it has developed a bad habit of doxxing political opponents.
Discovering and posting the name and personal history of someone who posted something on social media that the media doesn’t like, isn’t journalism.
There’s a real argument for making it illegal.
The Daily Beast’s response to a gag video of a Pelosi speech being slowed down to make her sound drunk was the same as CNN’s response to a meme and the Huffington Post’s response to a counterjihadist social media activist, doxxing.
The case of the Pelosi video is particularly outrageous because the gag is almost as online video. Slowing down a clip to slur words has been done to countless politicians on both sides of the aisle.
Google, “Drunk Trump Video” and you’ll find countless results. None of their uploaders have been doxxed by media outlets.
None of those videos have been described as some sort of emergency requiring urgent action.
This isn’t just about a double standard. It’s about the reality that the media is just a messaging operation for the Left. And part of its job is suppressing the political opposition through thuggery that has more in common with Russia or China than with America.