Of all the people in the conservative media, Glenn Beck is someone I actually do find somewhat interesting. To be completely honest, I’m still not sure if he’s an elaborate con man/salesman who’s really good at playing his part, or he’s just completely insane – but I fully believe it’s definitely one of the two.
I don’t often give him credit for much of anything, but he’s been one of the few “bigger name” conservatives to come out against Donald Trump, and has been a staunch critic of his for a while. We’ll see how long that lasts over the next few months; we’ve already seen this “never Trump” movement quickly starting to fade away as the GOP cowardly embraces their fascist presumptive presidential nominee.
As many might have heard, there’s been a bit of an uproar of sorts recently between Facebook and the conservative media. Without getting into too many of the boring details, apparently Facebook’s “trending” algorithm wasn’t including very many right-wing news sources.
This prompted CEO Mark Zuckerberg to invite a group of conservative activists to a meeting to discuss the situation.
Well, apparently things didn’t go so smoothly – at least not according to Glenn Beck.
“I sat there, looking around the room at ‘our side’ wondering, ‘Who are we? Who am I?'” Beck said. “I want to be very clear – I am not referring to every person in the room. There were probably 25-30 people and a number of them, I believe, felt like I did. But the overall tenor, to me, felt like the Salem Witch Trial: ‘Facebook, you must admit that you are screwing us, because if not, it proves you are screwing us.’”
“It was like affirmative action for conservatives,” he added. “When did conservatives start demanding quotas AND diversity training AND less people from Ivy League Colleges?”
While Beck’s words don’t seem all that “shocking,” the fact he described an environment where members of the conservative media were basically trying to dictate to Facebook how it should handle their information is actually fairly noteworthy.
What Beck described is essentially what liberals have been saying about conservatives for years: They don’t want news sources or social media sites to promote facts, reality or the truth – they want them to promote right-wing propaganda.
In my opinion, this all ties into a commonly repeated Republican conspiracy: “The liberal media is out to get us!” That’s usually code for “the media is calling out our b.s and we don’t like it.”
Personally, the sources I see promoted on Facebook are typically legitimate news sources like CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, The New York Times – not random blogs or hyper-partisan websites pushing agenda-driven content. But apparently what many conservatives who were a part of this meeting want is for Facebook to start promoting their Republican fan-fiction.
Of course, this is what conservatives do. They sell this lie that the “media is out to get them” (mostly because legitimate sources don’t promote their drivel), then they accuse any media source that refuses to pander to their nonsense as being “part of the liberal conspiracy.”
It’s all a joke.
What these particular individuals did was go into this meeting with the intent of demanding that Facebook do what they want – or else. The behavior of some of these folks must have been fairly ridiculous if someone as comically absurd as Glenn Beck is calling them out.
Then again, this is what we should expect from these people. The conservative media really doesn’t want, as Fox News calls it, a “fair and balanced” approach to the news. What they want is for legitimate news sources that often care about things like facts, reality and science to ignore all of that to promote right-wing propaganda.
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