Oof, y’all, the social media giants have made a giant mess of their carefully curated images as non-partisan purveyors of free speech, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is being called to an emergency meeting on the Hill as early as next week. It all stems from their moves to effectively censor the absolute bombshell of a story from The New York Post about Hunter Biden’s role in an influence peddling operation that made him — and possibly other members of his family — millions of dollars.
I wrote about the social media response and the subsequent federal response to that response yesterday. There are about to be some huge changes coming to social media’s comfortable and protected status, and they only have themselves to blame.
And it comes a few weeks before what is almost certain to be a contentious election that could drag on for weeks after election day should the race be close enough to warrant challenges from either side (or, Lord help us, both sides).
So, that being said — I’m leaving for vacation today to my beloved South to just take a breather from it all before it gets tragically scary about the week of the 26th. But I leave you with with my thoughts on the Section 230 debate in today’s show, as well as a review of the really creepy and perfect-for-Halloween “The Haunting of Bly Manor” (trailer below includes an excellent version of Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home”), and some coverage of the book “Feeding the Dragon: Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, & American Business,” which I have yet to read but will likely revisit when I do.
Y’all stay cool til I get back and comfort yourselves in my absence with Episode 61 in the meantime.