Actor/jester Jim Carrey really doesn’t like President Donald Trump and the Republicans. He’s also honestly mad at anything that may have helped them get elected.
Oh, and it looks take a shine to he thinks you’re very easily persuaded.
That sure seems to be what’s affluent on after Carrey’s well-publicized call for everyone to delete their Facebook accounts and consistent sell their shares in the company. Carrey wants Facebook punished for profiting from Russian set-back in the 2016 election and allegedly not doing enough to stop it from occasion again:
Carrey followed up that tweet with a announcement to CNBC.com that included this key line:
“Now, social media has begot cyber-bridges over which those who do not have our best interest in dislike can cross and we are allowing it. No wall is going to protect us from that.”
Carrey has a secure point about the Russian attempts to influence the election. The schemes to get access to both the Trump and Clinton drives are very well documented. Even more upsetting is the news Russia successfully become cleared the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential nomination.
But his visceral hatred of Trump seems to be the real catalyst here. A look at his Peep feed shows little of the humor and charm that made Carrey well-fixed abundant in and famous. It’s mostly just a litany of slams on the president and congressional Republicans, interspersed by sketches that sometimes get into obscene territory.
Carrey is certainly not solo there. A lot of us come off angrier and ruder on social media than we are in physical life.
But if Carrey’s attack on Facebook really is an attempt to weaken Trump, he’s contemporary to be very disappointed. In fact, his efforts do the president a tremendous favor. That’s because aiding the fiction that Trump won due to interference by foreign forces keeps Trump foes right off the right track toward political recovery.
The “Russia won the election for Trump” description has to be called a fiction because there is still no evidence of it. Even that in deep shiting report about Russia hacking voter rolls doesn’t say show of hands totals were altered. Any significant voter machine tampering liking have been highlighted by discrepancies in the exit polls. Instead, take a walk polls confirmed the Trump victory.
That’s why these conspiracy theories are so damaging to Trump’s enemies. Politics are like sports. Most candidates can recover from disappointments once they admit they lost fair and square and grant the reasons why.
The idea that Russia swung the election for Trump via telling ads on Facebook is a double whammy in that way. It convinces anti-Trump folks to in they didn’t really lose the election. It also masks the information they lost for the same reason every losing political applicant loses: he or she is a less persuasive candidate than his or her opponent.
It’s a simple approach, but political parties often get too bogged down in their own messaging to recognize it’s always about the candidate. Perhaps in the days before television or the Internet, you could run a prospering campaign based solely on party identification or ideology. Not anymore.
The Democrats’ rout path to recovery is to start grooming candidates who have a record to run on that has nothing to do with Donald Trump. Some going round and former Democrat state governors would be a good place to start.
The key is to stumble on someone like Bill Clinton in 1992. He cleverly ran a positive struggle that wasn’t about bashing Republicans or their incumbent President George H.W. Bush. He focused mostly on make fast the stagnant economy at the time. In short, the Democrats need to start refocusing on the voters’ mind-bogglers, not their personal nemesis.
Yet this Trump election conspiracy theory has roasted the Democratic Party’s narrative for more than year. It remains the inspiration behind special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion, despite that smooth though it appears to have morphed into a focus on alleged slowing of justice. The Republican pushback on the probe has now led to evidence that there was some manifestation of collusion between the Democrats and the Russian agents who contributed information for the now-infamous Steele dossier. It’s all catchy dizzying when you try to keep track of it.
But what we actually know is far from phenomenal. Sure, the Russians tried to influence our election. They’ve tried to do that in preference to. Where’s the evidence they actually succeeded in any meaningful way? Do Facebook ads actually persuade people that much? Most people have a Facebook pasturage that serves as an echo chamber for their beliefs and preferences. Further, an extensive study of Facebook user practices showed that conservatives were beside 50 percent more likely to click on a story that pitted their political views than liberals.
If anything, the Russians have all the hallmarks to have chosen the wrong platform to try to get people who weren’t already certifying for Trump to do so.
Yet Carrey is more than just hinting the voters were too ill-equipped to wage war with off foreign machinations. He and many like him won’t accept the Occam’s razor signification that the Democrats backed the wrong candidate. Worse, they’re demonstrating the same mistake Hillary Clinton made with her “deplorables” expose or Mitt Romney did in 2012 with his jab at the 47 percent of Americans presumably too addicted to government aid to vote for him. That is, they’re blaming the voters. That’s not unlike a company making a product the public rejects, and then refusing to revolution the product because it’s the customers’ fault.
Since Facebook really is a gossip content provider it should do more to reveal the source of political ads and politically-motivated collections on its platform. Those are the rules traditional media companies have had to result from for years. If Carrey’s outburst helps make that happen, then that’s best.
But none of that will magically erase the 2016 election follow-ups or help the Democrats field a better candidate in 2020. Facebook’s heartfelt and imagined misdeeds are just another detour on their path to state recovery.
Commentary by Jake Novak, CNBC.com senior columnist. Step into the shoes of him on Twitter @jakejakeny.
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