Thursday, March 29, 2018 by Jayson Veley
The hatred for Donald Trump that is excreted from leftists within Washington D.C. and the mainstream media on a daily basis is quickly approaching a point where it’s just embarrassing. As they continue to contradict themselves in their attempt to discredit (and ultimately impeach) the president of the United States, millions of Americans across the country are laughing at them.
One example of this blatant hypocrisy has to do with the current controversy surrounding Facebook and the UK data firm Cambridge Analytica, whereby the personal information of roughly 50 million American users of the social network was collected and, according to Mark Zuckerberg, used to help the Trump campaign get inside of people’s heads to ultimately win the presidential election.
It’s worth noting that while there are some legitimate concerns over privacy rights, what Cambridge Analytica did was not illegal; as a matter of fact, this sort of social media data collection has become quite common, and is used to help businesses and politicians alike. This doesn’t make it completely ethical, necessarily, but from a legal perspective, nothing criminal took place here – but that hasn’t stopped those on the left from using it as a tool to damage President Trump’s presidency.
Zero Hedge reported yesterday that Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower behind the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica controversy, told a group of UK lawmakers that Trump’s election is ultimately what compelled him to speak out on the matter. “I wouldn’t say it was just because of Donald Trump, but Donald Trump makes it click in your head that this actually has a much wider impact,” Wylie said. “I don’t think that military-style information operations is conducive for any democratic process.” (Related: A former Facebook executive says that social media is ripping society apart.)
Well thank you, Christopher Wylie, for looking out for the American people and for being so concerned about what you consider to be “military-style information operations.” By the way, were you equally as concerned about this sort of social media information gathering when Barack Obama was doing it during the 2012 presidential campaign?
The Daily Caller put together a fantastic collection of instances when the liberal mainstream media praised Barack Obama for using Facebook data to further his 2012 presidential campaign. “So far in the presidential election of 2012,” CNN said at the time, “there is only one campaign that is doing cutting-edge work with data.” Of course, they were referring to Barack Obama.
“The Romney team used a far less sophisticated version of the technology,” Time wrote. The left-wing publication Politico also threw in their two cents: “The depth and breadth of the Obama campaign’s 2012 digital operation makes the president’s much-heralded 2008 social media juggernaut… look like cavemen with stone tablets.”
There was even an entire book published on this “secret science” written by liberal journalist Sasha Issenberg, who also wrote a number of articles on “how Democrats became the party of effective campaigning – and why the GOP isn’t catching up anytime soon.”
Well, it’s fair to say that the GOP certainly caught up by 2016, when Donald Trump crushed Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. Hillary ran a horrific campaign, and it also didn’t help that she had been surrounded by scandals and political corruption for years leading up to that point.
Why were the liberals okay with this sort of social media data collection and analysis when Barack Obama was doing it in the 2012 presidential campaign, but yet are infuriated that President Trump and his team used many of the same tactics? The reason, as you probably already know, is because the modern day Democrat Party and the mainstream media are as partisan as it gets, and want to bring down Donald Trump more than anything else.