Beck, Domenech, and Erickson were among the 22 pundits who signed on the "Against Trump" edition of the National Review. Now the backbiting begins.
Zuckerberg's Facebook empire faces backlash from conservatives who suspect his moderators are a bunch social justice warriors. Well, who else are you going to hire for such mundane and humiliating jobs? Petroleum engineers draw six-figure salaries upon graduation. Womyn's studies majors draw flies.
Both men gave Zuckerberg a pass on the complaints after meeting with him. Beck, whose communications empire is crumbling, may be seeking investors. Erickson may be seeking publicity, as usual.
Domenech laid into them:
They are stupid and both men should be ashamed at their dull-witted retromingency in making them. Facebook is not being shaken down in any capacity. It is being criticized not as a corporation, but in its chosen role as a media entity. Facebook curates the news; it is a news source for the vast majority of Americans. It put its trending algorithm forward as a source of news, with the false impression given that it accurately represented the trending topics of the Facebook community. Instead, it warped these results according to their ideological framework and their biases to falsely represent the top stories of the day. This is a serious accusation and one Facebook has admitted to as a problem. Yet Beck and Erickson are arguing against Mark Zuckerberg when they say that it doesn’t matter.Retromingency?
I doubt either man urinates backward, which is what the word means. As a putdown, it misses because what a cool ability that would be.
Of course, Ben Bradlee used it in a letter to media watchdog Reed Irvine, writing to him: “You have revealed yourself as a miserable, carping, retromingent vigilante, and I for one am sick of wasting my time communicating with you.”
Odd that Domenech, a guy who blasts people for collaborating with the liberal media, apes a liberal media icon to insult them.
Domenech ended his tirade:
Attending a meeting with Facebook where you were invited to voice your opinions about their media activity and then voicing them is not an act of shakedown. It is the same thing that would happen in a meeting with the New York Times, The Washington Post, or the mainstream television divisions. It would be an act of foolishness or cowardice to fail to tell these media entities that their reporters were not representative of the country because of their religious, cultural, and political perspectives, as it happens to be true. Facebook is the same way. To say otherwise does not turn conservative media representatives into the Rainbow-PUSH Coalition. If they really believe this and aren’t just posturing, then Beck and Erickson can go to their rooms to play their hit song “Alone in My Principles” and leave the media criticism fray to those of us who believe it is important and valuable, and have the spine to do it.Meanwhile, in the world outside Never Never Trump Land, The Donald is slightly ahead of Hillary in the polls.