Hypocritical New York Times Mocks Trump Summit of ‘Right-Wing Social Media Trolls’

NewsBusters | 7/13/2019 | Staff
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The New York Times demonstrated its loathing for conservative social media activists, while skipping over some of its own inconvenient blind spots. The headline over New York Times’ technology reporter Kevin Roose's pre-meeting table-setter on the front of Thursday Business section, “Trump Woos Social Media Influencers,” belied the story’s hostility, but the online headline accurately captured the tone: “Trump Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Right-Wing Social Media Trolls.”

The Media Research Center was among the groups invited to the summit, since MRC’s TechWatch project exposes bias and censorship in social media.

Roose - Smear - Personalities - YouTube - Making

Roose is infamous for his recent smear of conservative personalities who post on YouTube: “The Making of a YouTube Radical – How the Site’s Algorithms Played Into the Hands of the Far Right.” How “radical” did YouTube make that previous story’s subject, Caleb Cain? “He spent much of [Election Night] watching clips of Ms. Clinton’s supporters crying after the election was called in Mr. Trump’s favor.... He dated an evangelical Christian woman, and he fought with his liberal friends.” The horror!

He wrote on Thursday:

Internet - Thankless - Pastime - Make - Jokes

Trolling on the internet was once a thankless pastime. Make edgy jokes on the right message board, get your sarcastic memes noticed by the right people, and you might score some retweets and Reddit upvotes, but that was about the extent of it.

For today’s right-wing trolls, though, there is a bigger prize on the table: a red-carpet visit to the White House.

Thursday - President - Trump - Group - Online

On Thursday, President Trump is assembling a group of his most ardent online supporters for a White House “social media summit.” The guest list has not been publicly released, but a motley grab bag of pro-Trump influencers have taken to Twitter to brag about their invitations, including James O’Keefe, the right-wing founder of Project Veritas; Bill Mitchell, a pro-Trump activist who has promoted the QAnon conspiracy...
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