Nancy Pelosi made a spectacle of herself at the SOTU address. And she claimed her actions were liberating.
So then it’s quite the surprise to learn Pelosi wants the video destroyed.
But for once, Facebook and Twitter refused the leftist request. Pelosi wanted videos taken down, and the social media giants both ruled the videos don’t violate any of their policies.
That’s quite the win for conservatives.
As CNBC reports:
A fierce behind the scenes dispute between Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office and Facebook erupted into public view Friday, as the Speaker’s office demanded that Facebook remove a video posted online by President Donald Trump.
The video in question showed Pelosi’s viral State of the Union moment ripping up text of the Trump’s speech Tuesday night, but was edited to make it appear that she ripped the speech even as Trump saluted a Tuskegee airman in the audience. In fact, Pelosi’s speech ripping gesture came at the end of the President’s speech, and her office said it was in response to the totality of the speech and what Pelosi saw as misinformation in it.
The video, labeled “Powerful American stories ripped to shreds by Nancy Pelosi,” was posted on both Facebook and Twitter. Trump tweeted the video from his Twitter account just before 6 p.m. Thursday to his more than 72 million followers.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2020
In case you’re counting, Pelosi has a mere 3.9M followers. No wonder she’s intimidated by Trump’s audience.
According to Pelosi’s camp, the video is unfair because Nancy stood and applauded the airman. But she tore up the words that honored him. Thus, she cancelled out any show of respect she might’ve mustered.
And the powers that be obviously agree. Both Twitter and Facebook explained the policies regarding “altered video” basically say a video can’t make it look like someone said something they didn’t say, nor can it make it look like someone did something they didn’t do. In other words, no complete fabrications allowed.
Although it plays in Trump’s favor today, we know the truth is that Facebook and Twitter both allow altered videos all the time, especially when they target Donald Trump.
Conservatives are constantly censored on social media while liberals are allowed to spread #FakeNews like wild fire.
In fact, a few months ago, Kevin Jackson wrote an article titled “Finnish Scientists Prove Man-Made Global Climate Change is a SCAM.”
Wihin two days, Facebook hit our page with limited distribution. They tagged the article as “fake news” because it wasn’t scientific enough. However, we’re not researchers. We’re commentators. Thus, we printed commentary on scientific news we read. Our article was properly cited with the research so that interested parties could dig deeper into the facts. Nothing in our article was untrue. Still, the Black Sphere sat in Facebook jail for weeks.
But the hypocrisy shined through a few weeks ago. A California gubernatorial candidate, Adriel Hampton, created a deceiving ad. It claimed Mitch McConnell was on board with impeaching the president. Clearly, that didn’t pan out. The ad, titled #ThanksMitch, is only one of many blatantly false political ads he’s run.
Hampton flooded Facebook with lies on other occasions as well. Previously, he ran ads claiming Trump wanted to replace Mike Pence with Sean Hannity on the 2020 ballot.
Clearly, social media will never favor conservatives.
Which brings me back to Pelosi.
Some question whether Trump’s campaign fears Pelosi’s reaction to these videos. I can assure you, Trump isn’t worried.
“If Nancy Pelosi fears images of her ripping up the speech, perhaps she shouldn’t have ripped up the speech,” said Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh. In less than 24 hours, Murtaugh said, the video has received 2.1 million views, has reached almost 5 million people and has been shared over 23,000 times.
But Pelosi’s efforts weren’t a complete failure. In a separate video, Pelosi was apparently eating Tide pods. But since Facebook doesn’t allow such videos due to safety concerns, Madame Tantrum was able to remove that one.