Elizabeth Warren has been fighting for the little guy, going after corporate corruption and malfeasance for decades.
Doing this all the time has made her come across to many like an elementary school hall monitor, so her “likability” has been questioned. Ironically, it’s the thing we’ve actually always liked about her!
But the NEW thing we’re getting to know is how freakin’ funny she can be.
Her quip last week in response to a question about faith-based opposition to same sex marriage was sharper and funnier than anything in the Gilmore Girls revival movies.
Sorry ’bout it…
In case you missed it, she said if a man told her his faith told him marriage was only between a man and a woman, she would respond:
“Then just marry one woman, I’m cool with that… Assuming you can find one.”
And she continued to show her comedy chops over the weekend by satirizing Facebook on their own site!
To make a point about how the company helps propagate false narratives by failing to fact-check political ads, she paid for an ad with a LIE right in the headline, one we’re pretty sure it wouldn’t have been hard to verify:
“Breaking news: Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook just endorsed Donald Trump for re-election.”
You’d think someone who worked for Mark Zuckerberg might have thought to maybe double check, right?
But that’s Warren’s whole point. They don’t check. They just cash checks, as she goes on to say in the full post:
She later explained the story behind the trolling ad on her Twitter (which, let’s be honest, has its own host of problems), writing:
“Facebook changed their ads policy to allow politicians to run ads with known lies — explicitly turning the platform into a disinformation-for-profit machine. This week, we decided to see just how far it goes. We intentionally made a Facebook ad with false claims and submitted it to Facebook’s ad platform to see if it’d be approved. It got approved quickly and the ad is now running on Facebook.”
Damn. That is some next level trolling.
Are we sure her team didn’t hire Nathan For You?? She continued:
“Facebook holds incredible power to affect elections and our national debate. They’ve decided to let political figures lie to you — even about Facebook itself — while their executives and their investors get even richer off the ads containing these lies.
Once again, we’re seeing Facebook throw its hands up to battling misinformation in the political discourse, because when profit comes up against protecting democracy, Facebook chooses profit.
The Trump campaign is currently spending $1 million a *week* on ads including ones containing known lies — ads that TV stations refuse to air because they’re false. Facebook just takes the cash, no questions asked.”
Hilarious. But, you know, mostly horrifying.
Facebook has been a source of controversy not just for the dangerous propaganda they allowed on their site up to and after the 2016 election — you know, the reason your fun uncle suddenly got really into defending Vladimir Putin — but also for apparently providing the leaked data on their users that Russian troll farms used to target voters in swing states.
Per The Washington Post, Trump spent $1.1 million on FB ads last week alone, mostly about impeachment. So if you’re wondering how 40% of people polled can still say the President did nothing wrong after all the evidence…
Facebook responded to the ad, with spokesperson Andy Stone telling CNN:
“If Senator Warren wants to say things she knows to be untrue, we believe Facebook should not be in the position of censoring that speech.”
What a BS defense!
No one is talking about censoring free speech. There’s a reason there are laws against false advertising. This isn’t a private person’s whack job rant or Star Wars theory, it’s a presidential candidate’s paid advertisement.
Whether Warren ends up being the candidate up against Trump or not, we appreciate her calling out more greedy, self-serving behavior which values profit over
MORE of this, less trying to prove you’re one of the popular kids by drinking a beer!
We don’t need a president we can have a beer with, Liz. We need one who can be a boss bitch who puts sketchy folks in their place.
We need a hall monitor right now.
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