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The most powerful image of solidarity with the gay community I have ever seen

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Self-described “homophobe” Gavin McInnes kissed gay Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos live at a press conference today in Orlando, Florida, as a “f*** you” to Islam in the wake of last weekend’s deadly terrorist attack on a gay dance club in the city.

His act tells us more than words can say about how angry he feels over the Islamic terrorist attack in Orlando.

McInnes has in the past been accused of all manner of thought crimes against the progressive orthodoxy. Salon.com says he has a “sordid history of racist, misogynistic and homophobic comments.” In 2104, Gay Star News wrote that he had been accused of penning “the most transphobic article ever written” for TakiMag. “The ousted founder of Vice, now noted for racist, homophobic, and misogynistic comments” was how AlterNet once described him.

None of that alleged “homophobia” was on display today, when McInnes surprised an audience of Milo fans by grabbing the gay Breitbart Tech editor and kissing him at the latter’s press conference on Gays vs. Islam earlier today.

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Interestingly, this other photo of the kiss is very similar to one of the cartoons drawn by the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists who were massacred by Islamic terrorists. I am sure it was deliberate and makes the image even more powerful.

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Clinton camp wants Trump to stop using Twitter

This is getting beyond absurd, but continues to be the best show in town:

Ms Clinton’s account is a professionally run, deliberately savvy political communication device, while Mr Trump’s appears to be unfiltered and written by himself.

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Professionally run?   Hiils should get her money back.  Read more »

Left-wing Vox editor suspended after calling for riots at Trump events

Truth Revolt reports:

An editor from Vox.com is suspended after calling for violence at Donald Trump rallies. Emmit Rensisn told his thousands of followers on Twitter to riot if Trump held a rally in their town.

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Free speech will be a casualty of the social media war against hate speech

Have you ever heard a person say “This isn’t free speech, it’s hate speech,” or “When does free speech stop and hate speech begin?” In America there is no hate speech exception to the First Amendment. Hateful ideas (whatever they are ) are just as protected under the First Amendment as other ideas.

One is as free to condemn Islam — or Muslims, or Jews, or blacks, or whites, or illegal aliens, or native-born citizens — as one is to condemn capitalism or socialism or democrats or republicans.

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Social Media however have banded together to create an Orwellian world where free speech that is disapproved of is labeled hate speech and is replaced with European Union sanctioned speech ie propaganda ( counter-narrative. )

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have “signed up” to a new European Union (EU) “Code of Conduct”, pledging to help censor and “criminalise” perceived “illegal online hate speech” and “promot[e] independent counter-narratives” that the EU favors.

I fear that these “counter-narratives ” will be about ideas rather than people. As the below graphic illustrates, people have rights not ideas.

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It should not be labelled ” hate speech ” if it is open and free discussion about ideas. The new code appears to support this definition.

The IT Companies and the European Commission also stress the need to defend the right to freedom of expression, which, as the European Court of Human Rights has stated, “is applicable not only to “information” or “ideas” that are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive or as a matter of indifference, but also to those that offend, shock or disturb the State or any sector of the population”.

In reality however the practical application is not as clear cut as you would expect given the above definition. The other day I wrote about a facebook page being shut down for “hate speech. ” The page which was about Islamic genital mutilation for both men and women was clearly a page that discussed Religious/Cultural ideas.

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I bet Labour are doing this, no wonder they chase passing cars so often

The key to good governance and maintaining power is through solid polling. All good political parties poll and they use reputable companies with a track record of success.

National uses David Farrar’s company, Curia. They are New Zealand’s best political pollster in my opinion. If I am ever asked by a potential candidate who to recommend for polling, the answer is always Farrar and if they refuse to entertain polling with him then I refuse to advise or coach them.

Facebook and Twitter though are now being pitched to politicians and so-called strategists to use them for polling. This is folly and will deliver the political equivalent of fool’s gold.

Digital consultants are making a play for down-ballot campaigns’ polling budgets. They’re now pitching Facebook and Twitter as ways to gauge voters’ opinions on issues and candidates. In reality, social media “listening” can only do so much for a candidate running below the federal level.

When it comes to state legislative campaigns specifically, polling remains one of the best tools. There’s just no replacement for accurate, empirical results. As consultants for many down-ballot campaigns, we emphasize putting resources toward research in our clients’ strategic plans. While social media might represent a no-cost or low-cost option, don’t let budget be an excuse not to proceed with polling.   Read more »

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Words of wisdom from Andrew Dickens

Twice in a week Andrew Dickens has stood taller than his compadres in the Media party.

Today it is about the Media party pile on against Mark Weldon.

So yesterday I watched one of the more remarkable displays of cyber bullying I have ever seen on social media. Mark Weldon quit as CEO of MediaWorks and as he left the building the internet made sure he had a good hard kick up the backside as he walked through the door for good measure.

It’s a funny old story the Weldon MediaWorks saga. A lot of it has been breathlessly reported but it had the feel that it was the media taking pleasure at reporting on the fluff in it’s own belly button. I don’t think most normal people cared about the rumblings out of a telly station. When the news was announced on Leighton Smith’s show he opened the lines for comment and no-one phoned. Enough said.

It was a media and tragics event only. What is the media word for “beltway”? No one cared when Jane Hastings exited quickly and quietly. The general public didn’t, and still don’t, care about the luvvies and their precious little lives.

But there are some interesting observations to be made from it for anyone involved in corporate governance.

Weldon was employed to fix up MediaWorks. It was a basket case and Weldon had expertise in fixing up numbers and the numbers certainly needed fixing. And under that measure Weldon has been a success. The books are healthier and as of today the ratings are rising. The Newshub restructure is genius. I know because we here at NZME have done exactly the same thing.     Read more »

Disgusting defamatory smear on John Key via Twitter from Trevor Mallard

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Yesterday at 2:34pm Trevor Mallard made a tweet that didn’t just accuse John Key of being associated with tax evasion, it actually stated he was involved.

I have a screenshot, but the tweet has since been deleted, and I’m not going to repeat what it said.

Suffice to say it was highly defamatory and you would think that an Assistant Speaker of the House would know better than to use Twitter from inside the house to defame the Prime Minister.

But deleting the text doesn’t make the defamation any less.

Worse still he tweeted that during Question Time.

Recently the Privileges Committee issued recommendations on the use of social media by members during parliament.

We believe that our examination of this question of privilege provides a timely opportunity to remind members and others of some existing and relevant parliamentary rules and practices, as well as some significant issues that should be borne in mind when using social media. We recommend that these various rules and practices be compiled to form standalone guidance to be issued by the Speaker (Appendix C). In particular, we wish to clarify any misconception about comments made by members on social media, including comments made from the Chamber. Such comments are not part of parliamentary proceedings, nor are they published under the authority of the House. Therefore, they may not be protected by parliamentary privilege. Members should be aware that anything said on social media is potentially actionable in court. Members should also be careful not to disclose confidential select committee proceedings or reports through any means, including social media. The House may treat any such breach of confidentiality as a contempt. Another potential contempt that may be committed through social media is an adverse reflection on the character or conduct of a member (including the Speaker).

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Garner on Moroney and Social Media

Duncan Garner joins the fray on Sue Moroney.

Labour MP Sue Moroney’s moronic tweet this week about why a wealthy bach owner shouldn’t decide our flag referendum was a shocker.

She knows it. Labour leader Andrew Little knows it. It was serious face palm stuff wasn’t it? Moroney didn’t engage her brain with her loose fingers and wayward, poorly judged thoughts.

She also forgot the immense and invasive power of social media. It’s the equivalent of sending out a press release to the entire world.

In the old days rookie MPs were told to ‘breathe through their nose’ (a nice way of saying don’t ever open your mouth) as they learned the ropes from the back benches.

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Finally a media person gets the point of Twitter

Tracy Watkins wrote an opinion piece the other day about Sue Moroney’s troubles.

I don’t think we need to relitigate the issues of her stupidity around that, but Watkins did note at the end of her column something that seems to have passed politicians by.

It is also something I have been talking about for years.

It’s a graphic reminder to MPs that while social media might be a potent political weapon in the right hands, used badly it can be a quick route to self-destruction.

British MP Emily Thornberry discovered that when she was forced to resign for perceived snobbery over a tweet picturing a working-class house flying the St George flag.

Moroney’s tweet no doubt reflected back the views of those in her Twitter clique. And that’s the problem with Twitter especially.

It has became an online echo chamber, in which its users follow others who share their own views and political opinions. And that in turn leads to a mob mentality when the group turns on the views or opinions of those who don’t agree with them.    Read more »

Surely she was on the sauce last night?

This woman thinks she can be a senior minister in an alternative government.

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