Hillary Clinton has descended into full-blown anti-Facebook paranoia, claiming this weekend that the popular social media site has “aided and abetted” its takeover by the “right-wing echo chamber.”
It is funny because she had no problem with Facebook in 2016, back when her failed campaign was mining its user data. Clinton certainly had little to say about the site back when its employees donated more than $114,000 to her 2016 campaign.
But that was then, and this is now. Between 2016 and now, Clinton lost a winnable election, so now, Facebook is the bad guy.
The failed two-time presidential candidate’s claim that Facebook has “abetted” the “right-wing echo chamber” came this weekend after she was asked by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria to give her take on a recent Vox article.
The article, “Facebook’s top news stories are like a window into an alternate dimension,” complains that the most-read news story on Super Tuesday was a Fox News report about a federal judge ordering Clinton to give a sworn deposition regarding her private emails.
The report notes, “It’s Super Tuesday and the coronavirus is spreading, but Facebook is talking about Hillary Clinton’s emails.”
Here is the thing, though: The No. 2 most-read news story on Super Tuesday was a CNN report about the wildfires in Australia, according to the same Vox article. The No. 3 most-read news story on Super Tuesday was a CNN report about the coronavirus.
But other than that, yeah, the top-trending Fox News report is definitely proof of an insidious plan by a vast right-wing conspiracy to destroy our core democracy or something.
At least, that is Clinton’s read on the situation.
“Here, it’s Super Tuesday,” the former secretary of state grumbled during her appearance on CNN. “The Democrats are trying to decide who they want to nominate against Donald Trump. The coronavirus is spreading. We now have more and more reports from different places in the country, but, led by Fox News and Breitbart and others, it’s going to be about my emails, a totally, you know, bogus, finished, nonsense attack on me.”