Between the Taylor Swift Ticketmaster debacle and former President Donald J. Trump returning to Twitter— it was a big week for mental breakdowns on the internet.
If you need proof that we have a problem with perspective in our society, look no further than the videos of Swifties sobbing into their iPhone cameras or the reaction from CBS News over Orange man being back on Twitter.
Let’s rewind a bit.
Earlier this week, news broke that Elon Musk gave his employees at Twitter an ultimatum: work hard or get out.
According to subsequent reports, hundreds of employees chose to head for the exit signs.
In their defense, Elon’s latest “hardcore” ultimatum was just one of many incidents in which the billionaire left his new employees reeling.
The NY Post reported last week that he was also canceling free lunches at the company’s San Francisco headquarters. Quelle horreur!
“The billionaire said he will scrap the free meals served at Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco because it was costing the company around $400 per worker,” the Post wrote.
Democrat activist Andrew Wortman expressed his outrage at this shocking development. “He fired 3⁄4 of the employees. Now he’s planning to starve the rest of them. He’s failure incarnate,” he tweeted.
And who can forget the fact that since Musk took over the company, he has been hell bent on getting Twitter staffers back into the office? His banning of remote work for employees (with certain exceptions) was not well received by the masses.
Then on Friday, Musk did the unthinkable. He ran a poll asking users whether Donald Trump should be reinstated on the platform. After over 15 million users cast their votes—and the results were in Trump’s favor— Musk brought back the one who shall not be named.
It didn’t take long for the left’s virtue signaling to begin.
On Sunday, Fortune magazine released an article titled, Ex-Twitter employees are horrified by Elon Musk reinstating Donald Trump’s account: ‘Incredibly upsetting.’
Good thing they are ex-employees then, right?
By the way, were any of these ex-Twitter workers “horrified” when their former company censored the NY Post for accurately reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop?
I have a feeling their performative outrage is reserved for special occasions.
CBS News could not wait to get in on the unfolding drama.
The network’s national correspondent, Jonathan Vigliotti, said on Friday evening that, “In light of the uncertainty around Twitter and out of an abundance of caution, CBS News is pausing its activity on the social media site as it continues to monitor the platform.”
The irony of CBS’ act of heroism is not lost on anyone who has even the slightest knowledge of the network’s checkered past.
After all, no one at CBS used an abundance of caution in 2004 when “journalist” Dan Rather reported on four “fake but accurate” documents that contained bogus allegations about President George W. Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard.
And who can forget when Leslie Stahl dismissed Donald Trump’s concerns over Hunter Biden’s laptop during an interview in October of 2020?
“You know, this is ’60 Minutes,’ and we can’t put on things we can’t verify,” she told the former President. Trump should have asked Leslie if Dan Rather had been made aware of this company policy.
Of course they could have verified the laptop but that would have required actual journalism, something that the principled geniuses at CBS are not familiar with.
In case CBS’ hypocrisy wasn’t obvious enough—less than 48 hours later, the news network returned to Twitter.
I suggest that CBS, out of an abundance of caution, uphold their end of the deal and stay away from the social media platform. It is bad form to make promises you can’t keep. Plus, the possibility that anyone at the highly respected network might be exposed to real news while scrolling through Twitter— well, that is simply too risky.
This is only the beginning of companies and celebrities “leaving” Elon’s free speech-filled Wild West.
On a serious note, everyone would do well to remember that in life there will be things that you don’t like and things that you disagree with.
Last week, it might have been that Ticketmaster melted down and you weren’t able to get your tickets to The Eras Tour. Today it might be that Twitter reinstated Donald Trump.
But just because you don’t like something, that does not mean you have been a victim of injustice. It does not mean that you, or democracy, or America, are in grave danger.
It simply means that you did not get your way.
Perspective is important and based off this week’s whining on the World Wide Web— it is sorely lacking in our society right now.
Listen to Grace Curley’s show from 12-3 every weekday on WRKO AM 680 and follow her on Twitter @G_Curley.
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