The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Wheel in the Sky Keeps on Turning

Posted on | December 16, 2022 | Comments Off on Wheel in the Sky Keeps on Turning

Aaron Rupar was among several left-wing journalists whose Twitter accounts got suspended Thursday for promoting the “doxxing” of Elon Musk’s private jet. Having been permanently suspended myself — for nothing — all I can say is, “Gosh, it’s terrible what’s happening to you.”

When I say I was suspended “for nothing,” what I mean is that the reason given — “participating in targeted abuse” — provided no explanation specific enough that it could be challenged, and this rule had been concocted just a few months prior to my February 2016 suspension. It seems that the “targeted abuse” rule was intended to shield various SJWs who, by their obnoxious behavior, had attracted swarms of Twitter critics (e.g., “A Tattoo-Covered, Mentally Ill Ex-Stripper Whose Real Name Is Chelsea Van Valkenburg”). Certainly some of these people suffered what could fairly be called “abuse,” but the accusation of “participating” in such abuse is broad enough to implicate lots of people through guilt-by-association. So if someone with tens of thousands of followers (as I had on my @rsmccain account) happens to RT something about such a target, he can be accused of “participating,” even if (a) the message he retweeted wasn’t abusive and (b) he himself had otherwise scarcely paid any attention to the person claiming to be a victim of abuse.

Because the “Trust & Safety” crew at Twitter was apparently 100% left-wing, it was always conservatives who had to fear banishment for Thought Crimes, and now that Elon Musk has started cleaning house, the Left is claiming victimhood because not only have they lost the power to silence their enemies, they themselves are now at risk of being silenced for engaging in abusive behavior that they’ve become accustomed to dishing out, but never taking. Aaron Rupar was among those leftists who celebrated the banning of their opponents, and it is thus impossible for me to stop gloating that the shoe is now on the other foot.

Many others share my sentiments, obviously.



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