The hit job article from the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is the first of the many articles published from the left-liberal intelligentsia to set a new narrative. Reading the article, an individual for a nanosecond would believe that he/she has been transported to some alternate reality where the ‘new-media’ is dominated by conservatives/right-wingers.
But alas! This is the same reality where Einstein came up with the theory of relativity and therefore the reader can stop pinching himself–it is indeed a WSJ article, albeit high on rhetoric but low on facts and devised as a last-ditch attempt to stop the Trump juggernaut.
Left ecosystem and its itch to set the narrative
The left ecosystem considers setting narrative as its topmost priority, a narrative that it has been setting since the dawn of time. And when they are not able to control it, due to the democratization of news and views after the Internet boom (in Indian context-the advent of Jio), the cabal is willing to sacrifice one of its pawns viz. Facebook for the greater good.
You see the United States will go to polls in a little less than three months, but an entire galaxy of American journalists, specific media outlets, and pollsters are already out with election results. ‘Trump will lose’, they say. At a microcosm level, this is reminiscent of how the same ecosystem had predicted Trump’s defeat in 2016.
Despite Democrats last throw of the dice of bringing African-American Kamala Harris into the fray, their fortunes haven’t exactly changed astronomically.
Therefore WSJ has painstakingly posited a new approach to kill the competition and that is to dub Facebook as a pro-right platform and essentially arm-twist the platform into suppressing Trump’s campaign.
The liberals have already submitted Mark Zuckerberg into curbing free-speech (free speech: literal translation being curbing of RW voices) on the platform due to the monopoly of the advertisers and this article was a follow-up to further corner Zuckerberg under the righteous horn of culling hate-speech.
A backdoor-pilot for India
Bringing BJP into the fold is testing of the backdoor pilot–meaning–if this hara-kiri experiment works in the US, then the WSJ will have already sown in the seeds of misinformation which the likes of Nidhi Razdan have already fallen prey to by deactivating their Facebook accounts.
India is Facebook’s largest user base at 346 million, according to Statista and the current regime is Pro-Trump. The grand scheme of WSJ is to assert that Facebook has submitted to RW governments across the world. The report on India will be used to back up the narrative in the US.
There is an age-old adage—“A lie repeated a thousand times becomes the truth” and in the case of WSJ, it seems to be the driving force behind its sudden urge to flip the narrative.
After sensing that Trump is riding high on the anti-China sentiment and retaining keys to the White House, the WSJ has not hesitated a second to throw Facebook under the bus for the greater, larger good.
The democrats-biased media understands that on platforms like Facebook, Donald Trump has an unparalleled hold and the engagement that he generates there is enough to pull the undecided or fringe voters to his side (Watch Netflix’s Great Hack).
The sinister six and their inclination to left—an undisputed fact
It is a fact hidden from no one that Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms are inherently left-leaning ecosystems. But suddenly WSJ coming up with an article where one of FB’s employee out of the blue becomes a pro-BJP voice sounds incredibly bogus, to say the least.
The article doesn’t do any favour to its credibility by citing some anonymous Facebook employees which, for all we know, could be a figment of the imagination of the newspaper.
The sinister six of the Silicon Valley are inclined towards left, one way or another. Reported by TFI earlier, Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter had admitted in an interview–saying out loud what everyone already knew–Twitter, like most tech companies in Silicon Valley, has a lot more left-leaning employees than right-leaners and that effectively comes to play in Twitter’s moderation policies.
Twitter is so liberal that conservative employees “don’t feel safe to express their opinions” within the company.
“We have a lot of conservative-leaning folks in the company as well, and to be honest, they don’t feel safe to express their opinions at the company,” Dorsey said.
The examples are aplenty where these platforms have worn their biases towards LW on their sleeves. The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal had Congress connection all around with ample visual proofs and yet WSJ claims that FB is a pro-BJP platform.
The left might be down and out in the world politics at the moment but it sure does know how to pick narratives and spin it in accordance to its feasibility. Dubbing FB as pro-conservative is a long gamble that the ecosystem is now willing to take to ensure its survival.