Tim Pool and the CEO of the Daily Wire took out a giant billboard in Times Square today in an attempt to discredit my reporting on Libs of TikTok. https://t.co/p5dNT7Li1B pic.twitter.com/JMNlRqfeH4
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) April 26, 2022
In parochial school, I was taught that the Old Testament quote in the title was akin to Tony Hillerman’s Coyote is always waiting, and He is always hungry. We all have a proclivity towards some variety of community-damaging chaos, and the Lord of Chaos never stops looking for lures. In modern Puritan-based American thinking, it’s come to mean Whatever wrong you do, your community will discover and you will be publicly shamed. The noisy kerfuffle over Chaya Raichik’s #LibsofTikTok lies at the intersection between those ideas (i.e., internal vs. performative ‘morality’).
Libs of TikTok was boosted early at crucial points by online figures like Joe Rogan, Tucker Carlson, Megan McCain. The influencer Glenn Greenwald called himself the Libs of TikTok “Godfather.” https://t.co/p5dNT7Li1B
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) April 19, 2022
account that publishes videos of random teachers in order to get them fired, is backed by a republican lawyer, is a regular guest on America's most watched cable news show…is more like it, no-one doxxed cats with jobs here
— vocational politics stan account (@Convolutedname) April 19, 2022
— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) April 20, 2022
It’s stuff like this that blasts holes in the right-wing defense of the account as “just reposting videos found publicly online.” The truth is that the account takes things much further than that. It’s telling that the account’s defenders feel like they need to obscure that https://t.co/TYrdcZNDN5
— Jared Holt (@jaredlholt) April 20, 2022
1) she's thriving, she was on tucker last night
2) an old tweet calling one of the most important anti-suicide hotlines for at-risk lgbt youth a "groomer" organization is beyond germane to the discourse. https://t.co/002OUuPnAD
— Tyler Dinucci!! (@TylerDinucci) April 20, 2022
The point of the story is that the anonymous operative behind LibsofTikTok is Chaya Raichik and we should care about that because she's calling named individuals child molesters and her content is being amplified by the biggest names in right wing media. https://t.co/xihSIgphK1
— Lindsay Beyerstein (@beyerstein) April 19, 2022
There are already cracks appearing the the facade that she's just a simple realtor with a passion for homophobia.
— Lindsay Beyerstein (@beyerstein) April 19, 2022
my opinion here is predictable: if you want to be anonymous you’d better be good at actually being anonymous (she was horrible at it) and you’d better not build your brand on cruelty to ordinary people with no power (she did), or you’re toast
— kilgore trout, death to putiner (@KT_So_It_Goes) April 19, 2022
LibsOfTikTok is now chronicling the devious new communist-groomer practice of allowing people to take books out of the library free of charge. pic.twitter.com/9DnQxUmorg
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) April 28, 2022
I just saw the Events notice. Break a leg, Mustang Bobby.
And Anne Laurie, I wonder if the best of your former teachers are laughing in the afterlife, seeing how you have applied your education.
No need to believe in any afterlife, just in irony. Your writing is amazing.
Christ, an old colleague of mine works for the Trevor Project. She’d probably strangle this person if she could get her hands on her.
Why is it always the Lord of Chaos and never the Lady of Chaos?
Manafort thought Trump got him off the hook. Well, not so fast, boyo.
DOJ has filed suit to collect the better part of three million bucks in civil failure-to-file-FBAR penalties assessed by the IRS for 2013 and 2014.
The jury in his criminal case deadlocked 11-1 for conviction on the counts involving those years. Those years are pretty clearly outside the scope of the pardon, which only covers offenses for which he was convicted. Really poor drafting.
The assessments were made in 2020, so there is no statute of limitation issue.
Pay up, muthaf***a.
And, since this is an open thread, has anybody else here seen the upcoming celebration referred to as “Cinco de MAGA?” I saw it on Eventbrite but couldn’t find it again.
HAAAAY, so some good news…. the quality human specimen who broke into my house got arrested! It’s been really weighing on us, because ever since the incident, there have been two other instances in which he has gotten fucked up on drugs and caused trouble. This weekend, Mr. Suzanne and I went to dinner and I got a call from my neighbor… dude got high and went out on his fire escape and started screaming that he was having an overdose. She called 911 but he ran by the time they arrived. Anyway… YAY.
I am in Philly and masks are a joke. I was walking down Chestnut Street at 6:30 pm and there was this dude, wearing an untied bathrobe and mismatched shoes talking to himself and yelling at women. Anyway, he turned and looked at me and said, “UGHHHH”. And I am sorry that I don’t meet his evidently high visual standards.
@Cameron: What upcoming celebration?
@Suzanne: Glad that guy got arrested!
Sure that’s not one those those flotillas? Sinko de MAGA?
@Suzanne: Geez, I have a buddy who lives on Rittenhouse Square. I hope that wasn’t him that you ran into…..
@eclare: Me too. He’s had another incident of getting high and naked, plus this almost-OD last Saturday. He’s a mess.
@eclare: I’m assuming it was a takeoff on Cinco de Mayo, celebrating Mexico’s victory over the French occupiers. It could have been a mistake, though, since ignorance appears to be a source of pride for Trumpers.
@Suzanne: So this guy lives in the neighborhood? Shit.
I’m glad he was arrested. On what charge, though? Public intoxication, public indecency, he won’t stay in jail very long.
Never mind. Found an Eventbrite listing for Cinco de Mega in Fresno, though.
Well, there go your dreams of being crowned Ms Ripple.
@Spanky: That actually sounds like fun.
@CaseyL: Oh, he lives directly behind my house!
He was charged with indecent exposure, breaking and entering, criminal mischief, and destruction of property in regards to our incident. I don’t know if he was charged with anything w/r/t the other incidents.
Steve in the ATL
What a difference one letter makes. That may or not be a mega lineup, but it ain’t no maga lineup!
@NotMax: Maybe Suzanne’s real name is Annie Greenspring.
ETA – Why do I even know about Annie?
@NotMax: I thought I actually looked fairly nice today, but apparently I did not.
Steve in the ATL
@Suzanne: no restraining order?
“macron pelted with delicious french tomatoes” would have been a nice headline, but in fact someone tossed a sack of them in his general direction.
Damn. Just saw on Reuters that the Russians fired two missiles into Kyiv while UN Secretary General was there. Those boys sure know how to make friends and influence people.
@Suzanne: Why is he already out of jail? He’s a habitual offender, and the B&E into your house takes issues well beyond intoxicated hijinks.
@Suzanne: Mote in your eye (if that much), log in his.
The reference to Brooklyn Library’s depth of offerings in that last tweet was brilliant.
:-* <chef’s kiss>
Can’t decide whether the new host of The 11th Hour on MSNBC is doggedly simplistic or congenitally insipid.
Luca Doncic calls it like he sees it!
Right-wingers punching down. It’s what they do best.
How about, repeal the Communications Decency Act (1996), which protects ISPs, social media platforms, and website hosts from defamation claims? That law prohibits courts from treating an ISP as the publisher of a statement made by another content provider.
Make Musk, Zuckerberg, etc. liable for damages, like any other publisher. This will also create lots of jobs.
@NotMax: Stephanie Ruhle? Well, she IS replacing Brian Williams, after all….
I learned pretty much nothing from the “recap”.
I guess I will never be able to parse tweets. I can never recognize a narrative. It just seems like a bunch of people trying to make gotcha statements in a very few words and little to no punctuation.