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#140orFight

1. So Twitter has decided to go ahead and give everyone 280 characters for each tweet instead of the old limitation of 140 characters. — Robert Tracinski (@Tracinski) November 9, 2017 2. To be clear, nobody was asking for this, and it doesn't make the medium better. It makes it noticeably worse. — Robert Tracinski […]

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Donald Trump Is Boring

There is a crisis in American politics. The crisis is that Donald Trump is boring. Normally, I wouldn’t mind a boring president. In fact, I prefer boring presidents. I like less drama, fewer scandals, and more focus on the issues—on actual legislative action and foreign policy decisions. But that’s not the good kind of boring […]

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The Media Is Now Leaking Classified Information Just Because They Feel Like It

This morning, the New York Times brought us another breathtaking expose of classified national security information which is really important for the public to know because…um, well, because they just kind of felt like it. The story is about a contractor for an international shipping company who was captured and held hostage by rebels in […]

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How Fake News Happens

For most of Tuesday, many left-leaning Internet users were convinced that they had just read a leaked version of the official inauguration poem for Donald Trump, and OMG can you believe how awful it is. Let me specify that, technically speaking, the poem in question is actually better than most inauguration poems, in the sense […]

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Fake News Is Really Bad, Unless It’s About Someone We Hate

The furor over “fake news” on Facebook supposedly tipping the election for Donald Trump was only ever going to end one way. I just didn’t expect it to get there so quickly. The recent “fake news” hysteria came, after all, from the same people who previously brought us “fake but accurate.” If you don’t remember […]

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The Facebook Shakedown

After a month of being hammered over the highly dubious claim that “fake news” on social media tipped the election to Donald Trump—as opposed to, say, having a really awful Democratic candidate—Facebook has announced their solution: outsourcing content decisions to legacy media “fact-checking” organizations that are notorious for bias, for holding politicians and activists on […]

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Facebook Can No Longer Avoid Being a News Organization

A few months ago, Facebook came under a lot of criticism—including from me—for revelations about ideological bias in its “trending” news section, where recent Ivy League graduates would routinely suppress conservative news sources they didn’t like. Part of the reason this was a scandal is that Facebook had previously implied there was no human bias […]

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Information-Age Philosopher-Kings

The award for Whiner of the Week goes to Salon’s Joan Walsh, who penned a water-carrying piece denying the disastrous launch of ObamaCare. She then hyperventilates about the response. I wrote a piece asking liberal critics of the ACA’s Web problems to take a larger perspective, and not rush to join the [semi-expurgated obscene word] […]

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Politics Is Boring

Annual Report from The Tracinski Letter This year, I’m starting a new tradition: an end-of year “annual report” discussing what I’ve done in the past year and what’s coming for next year, both in terms of the logistics of the newsletter and in terms of its intellectual content. This has, of course, been a big […]

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