The Fox article has an alt-factual feel to it, however, because it’s only true if by “fans” you mean right-wing trolls everywhere and good Christian mothers in red states who voted for our faux religious President who grabs women by their pussies.
A quick Google News search as of this writing, about 1:45 pm Central Time, show that Breitbart and a couple other alt-right news sites are reporting on the controversy — but nobody else. That’s not to say the lapdog entertainment press is not going to run with it eventually, but there doesn’t seem to be a groundswell of organic opposition by Whedon followers on his Twitter feed.
The alt-right sites are whipping their automaton followers into a lather over the daughter and son-in-law angle, as in “How dare this big Hollywood liberal go after Trump’s kids?”
Except Ivanka and Jared Kushner are not just Trump family.
Ivanka is a full-fledged business partner of The Donald and Jared is said to be the Rasputin behind the Trump throne, whispering into Donald’s ear all manner of evil machinations.
So the Voldemort comparison seems fair game to me. As for the Pekingese comment, I’m not sure what that is supposed to mean, but if Ivanka is going to be the doting political daughter repeating her father’s lies, she is also fair game for muckraking that has a storied and honorable history in American politics going back to colonial days.
If you can’t stand the political heat, then don’t help your father (and father-in-law) cook up the evil fascist stew he feeds to his masses.
Facebook wants to have it both ways, both ethically and legally. The company wants to be seen as a source of news. The company offers media outlets a chance to use Facebook Instant, because having native content from the New York Times enhances Facebook’s credibility. And yet it also wants to retreat into the safe harbor of being a mere intermediary that does not distinguish between Uncle Tommy’s rants and a Washington Post investigation. That’s why Zuckerberg has responded to criticisms of fake news by saying Facebook’s job is not to determine what’s true.
Facebook needs to to stop playing both sides, but it keeps trying to walk the line. Vice correspondent Nellie Bowles said on Twitter, “On the phone with Facebook PR and they literally ask me ‘what is truth’.” As Bowles pointed out in an article later, Facebook already has an answer to this question: the company just officially banned fake news sources from buying ads. Clearly, Zuckerberg et al know how to distinguish real from fake, but are choosing to feign ignorance when it suits them.
Facebook, stop it. Stop calling it a “news feed.” Call it a “friend feed.” Call it a “fun feed.” Call it whatever you want—just don’t call it news, because it’s a dangerous misrepresentation for those 44% of Americans who choose to look to Facebook for actual news.