S2E76 of the Countdown podcast is up at iHeart Radio.
S2E76 on Omny.FM (and links to all of his podcasts)
ivoox also carries his podcast.
- It is time for the government of the United States to ban “X” — the social media site still primarily known as Twitter — and to terminate all government contracts with its owner.
- Under Trump the government moved to ban TikTok as a security risk to the United States, so there is precedent for at least the attempt, because a process that has been accelerating for more than a year reached a climax Wednesday when owner Elon Musk answered a blatantly antisemitic tweet with the reply quote “you have said the actual truth.” Combined with surging antisemitism throughout the website, and the use of Nazi hate speech and paraphrases of infamous Hitler quotes by the likely Republican candidate for president, the tinderbox of antisemitism has never been fuller or drier and Trump and Musk seem determined to light it ablaze — and with it, light ablaze the peace and security of this nation.
- Musk’s bizarre running of the Twitter-X platform had already destroyed more than half its value and even more of its advertising. Yesterday afternoon, IBM announced it was pulling its already-scheduled ads for the next three months — the New York Times says that was a million dollars’ worth.
Talk about ironic … IBM helped supply machines (Hollerith machines) and punch cards to the Nazis during WWII. This allowed them to track down Jewish people much more efficiently.
- Rather remarkably, as of the close of business yesterday The New York Times had not yet cancelled Musk’s scheduled appearance twelve days from now at a Times event it calls its “DealBook Summit” which it describes as the gathering of “the most consequential leaders in business, politics, and culture,” … and, I guess, the most consequential leaders in antisemitism.
- As the snowball rolling down the hill toward her reached speeds of about a thousand miles an hour, Musk’s hand-picked CEO Linda Yaccarino posted a comment at 3:45 PM Eastern that seemed crafted by the nation’s finest satirical comedians, or maybe Tim Robinson in the hot dog suit and the “We’re All Trying To Find The Guy Who Did This” meme. Quote: “X’s point of view has always been very clear that discrimination by everyone should STOP across the board — I think that’s something we can and should all agree on. When it comes to this platform, X has also been extremely clear about our efforts to combat antisemitism and discrimination. There’s no place for it anywhere in the world — it’s ugly and wrong. Full stop.” If taken sincerely and literally, Yaccarino’s only possible next action would be … to suspend Elon Musk’s account.
- Musk has gone down a path from which he cannot backtrack. Twitter-X — at least HIS version of it — must be banned, and government contracts and other agreements — local, state, national — with his other firms: Space-X, Tesla, The Boring Company, Neuralink, and xAI must be terminated. Today. There is no other option.
- POSTSCRIPTS TO THE NEWS: The George Santos ethics investigation is in. He doesn’t have any. Remarkable research that suggests the Republicans haven’t ONCE needed his vote. Paul Pelosi’s attacker is found guilty, as is a J6 insurrectionist that MAGA has convinced itself was actually a Black Lives Matter Antifa George Soros plant.
- THE WORST PERSONS IN THE WORLD: It’s an ugly word and Caitlyn Jenner just proved she doesn’t know how to spell it. It’s the word “Congresswoman” and Trump Junior just proved he doesn’t know how to pronounce it. And it may be the last words Charissa Thompson ever says as a sportscaster. The former Fox Sports football sideline reporter volunteers the startling information that several times she DIDN’T interview the coach at halftime and simply lied and made up what she thought he would’ve said. Unless … she made THAT story up too.
***! The “lie about everything that we want” virus at Fox has spread to the sports division. What next, the weather?
And I wouldn’t worry about Charissa. With skills (okay, one skill) like hers, she can always find a job on the Trump Presidential Campaign Team.
- FRIDAYS WITH THURBER: One James Thurber short story, above all others, is in the college textbooks and high school textbooks and middle school textbooks. And there’s a reason for it: “The Night The Bed Fell”
Good morning, good afternoon, good night, and good luck!