Apparently, CNN needs two people to cover the media; Brian Stelter watches Fox News every night (like most Americans watching cable TV), and Oliver Darcy goes on seemingly personal quests to do things like get Alex Jones and InfoWars banned from Twitter, going so far as to scrub through his timeline for violations that Twitter must have overlooked.
So it’s the least surprising thing of all to hear that Darcy was invited on camera to warn about President Trump’s “alarming and dangerous” #SocialMediaSummit, at which right-wingers like Benny Johnson might be sharing “dank memes” with the president in an attempt to “tear down” legitimate news organizations like CNN.
Of course, CNN is also the network that tracked down and threatened to doxx the kid who came up with the GIF of Trump wrestling the CNN logo if he didn’t straighten up and fly right — so they’re pretty sensitive about memes.
Trump inviting right-wing extremists/trolls to the White House is maybe the clearest example of him seeking to validate fringe political allies. He's also boosting those people, of course, while working simultaneously to tear down legitimate news orgs. It's alarming & dangerous. pic.twitter.com/ADwvQ5rZh0
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) July 11, 2019
CNN also thought it was alarming and dangerous when Trump put them in the back row at a Rose Garden press conference.
In saying “legitimate news orgs” do you mean the ones who have activists masquerading as journalists? They are merely the opposite side of the same coin.
— IAMCDB (@RealCDB) July 11, 2019
— Ryan 🇺🇸 T (@fishfinder45) July 11, 2019
The whole point of the #FirstAmendment is to protect unpopular or "fringe political" speech. Popular/mainstream political speech doesn't need #1stAmendment #FreeSpeech protections. BTW @oliverdarcy, how many stories can a news org get wrong before they are no longer "legitimate"?
— Libertarian Populism (@SemperArgentum) July 11, 2019
Oliver, you're not part of a legitimate news org.
If you were, you world never have accepted the slanderous information from activist group Media Matters about these "far right" people and reported it as factual.
You're just a sensationalist fake news outlet. Nothing more.
— Russells Teapot (@teapot_backup) July 11, 2019
Says the dolt that makes a living deplatforming others.
— Kirk (🇺🇸 I Voted H. Ross Perot) (@bridgers_kirk) July 11, 2019
Oliver you don’t even know the guest list lol – but keep feeding that hype machine
— Zach Hanover (@zhanover) July 11, 2019
The "alarming and dangerous" part is an absolute lie. This is MSM trying to find something else to get their ratings up.
— Jason Hamden (@HamdenJason) July 11, 2019
No what’s alarming and dangerous is that he understands what the media and social media is up to and its threatening to you because you’re a part of the problem
— David Weaver (@DavidWe48945739) July 11, 2019
"Right wing extremists/trolls" = basically anyone I don't agree with
— Terry Janzen (@lesserclaypool) July 11, 2019
The problem is that the media is labeling anyone to the right of Joe Biden a "right wing extremist." When such a large swath of the population is labeled "extremist," that word loses its meaning.
Besides which, big tech suppression of conservative views warrants a discussion.
— Jason S Dusterwald ✝️ (@DusterwaldJ) July 11, 2019
1. Legitimate news orgs? Y'all lost legitimacy a long time ago
2. Not all of these people are right-wing. Tim Pool for example is not right-wing. He's a moderate left. FFS. At least research your stories
— Slice Of Pi Design ₿⚡ (@SliceOfPiDesign) July 11, 2019
How is @Timcast right-wing
— thebagz (@nvidbyall) July 11, 2019
@Timcast is not right wing or a troll AT ALL.
— Oscar Barroso (@Skarrx24) July 11, 2019
Andy Ngo isn’t a “conservative” journalist either, but because he covers Antifa thuggery the mainstream media just assumes he is.
Except a stunning percentage of legitimate journalists signed off on the Andy Ngo beating.
— Dann Moesta (@DannMoesta) July 11, 2019
Alternative media is VITAL to open honest dialogue and reporting! Otherwise news and information is centralized which leaves it vulnerable to corruption and control. Freedom of the press doesn't just apply to you!
— Ivory Honey ن (@IvoryHoney) July 11, 2019
Sorry, you guys have been pushing an absurd #Russia conspiracy for 3 years that would make Alex Jones blush.
Ink spilt, seriously, over Facebook memes!
— iroots.org🔥🌐 (@irootsorg) July 11, 2019
What's alarming and dangerous is you deeming anyone you disagree with a white supremacist.
— Plague of Legions⌛🇺🇸⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@plagueoflegions) July 11, 2019
— Ben Kew (@ben_kew) July 11, 2019
— EducatëdHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) July 11, 2019
I only see one troll here.
— Niclas R (@Nickegbg) July 11, 2019
With all due respect Mr. Darcy, your representations of those censored and @POTUS is intellectually dishonest. When was the last time you defended free speech? That means everybody even those we disagree with. pic.twitter.com/JW3Jl0QtqW
— Shannon (@Avery1776) July 11, 2019
What does it say about our media when those "right- wing extremist/trolls" do more fact checking than the heavily funded mainstream media?
You are trying to invalidate people who threaten you. #SocialMediaSummit pic.twitter.com/4dATmO4wmn
— Irish Patriot (@Jeepgrl188) July 11, 2019
Absurd nonsense, fake news. @cnn has left wing extremists anchoring and guesting their propaganda shows every day. Your hyperbolic, dishonest characterizations are the nonsense of escaped lunatics.
— Eric C 🇺🇸🇰🇷 (@CpaCarter) July 11, 2019
Journalism is no longer an exclusive country club, Ollie. We'll still allow you to participate (just for laughs), but your front-seat privileges have been revoked. pic.twitter.com/hz1nEE3reg
— Weird Chick (@WyrdChyk) July 11, 2019
You sound ridiculous pic.twitter.com/QcuCk9beAG
— ⚓️Old Submariner🇺🇸 (@BerrinAndro) July 11, 2019
I just checked, and most of these YouTubers have a larger daily audience than CNN. Jealous maybe?
— Chuck Dodgson (@dodgson_chuck) July 11, 2019
Here’s some more hyperbole for you:
— Graham Vyse (@GrahamVyse) July 11, 2019
ALARMING! DANGEROUS! AUTOCRACY!
Calm down. The histrionics are bit much. https://t.co/Q62SnkT7IV
— Heather (@hboulware) July 11, 2019
Yesterday: "Trump wants tanks in his parade! Literally Tianamen Square"
Today: "Trump invites independent figures to the white house! Literally autocracy!"
— Fab (@BafienMorin) July 11, 2019
I'm sorry this is happening to you @jtLOL
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) July 11, 2019
This is alarming and dangerous, I am alarmed and endangered
— [shrug emoji] (@jtLOL) July 11, 2019
Literally shaking, 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂🤣🤣
— Inter arma enim silent leges🇺🇸 (@1RabidDingo) July 11, 2019
That's quite the ratio there. Paranoid much? pic.twitter.com/dDtsofdrxc
— Dan Goldwasser (@dgoldwas) July 11, 2019
This is pure ignorance.
— Shawn Bird 🇺🇸 (@ShawnTheRuiner) July 11, 2019
— [shrug emoji] (@jtLOL) July 11, 2019
Independent YouTube content creators like the center left leaning @Timcast are routinely getting more viewers than prime time CNN. Naturally big business news wants to silence the “You” in YouTube, and rename it a more legitimate “CorporateTube”.
— Butch McFearson (@Butch_McFearson) July 11, 2019
Autocracy happens when megacorps aren't allowed to censor alternative views at their whim…
— Andrew Syrios (@rios9000) July 11, 2019
Yes, I’m sure the Meme Creators will be his top Generals who end up operating death camps in a matter of months!
— That Outdated Meme (@JCitsjasonborne) July 11, 2019
“If fascism comes to America, it will be by the troll.” -Some pansy https://t.co/0fm73dFhMj
— Jordan Woodward (@WildWoodward) July 11, 2019
— Weird Chick (@WyrdChyk) July 11, 2019
Good to see the Russian hoax get bumped. I remember when that was the biggest story of his presidency.
— James Dash (@GOPToddler) July 11, 2019
Imagine being this unhinged 😂
— Karl C. (@SlingBl41502290) July 11, 2019
Are you going to be ok?
— Beto’s Depressed Dog (@losmansports) July 11, 2019
OOF! Twitter lights Brian Stelter UP for sharing ‘truth’ about HOW CNN doxxed Trump gif-maker https://t.co/C5niEwCixH
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 9, 2017