On Thursday, talk show host Rush Limbaugh slammed Facebook for its treatment of conservatives, accusing the social media giant of “practicing” hatred, bigotry and prejudice against those to the right of center and offered to meet with CEO Mark Zuckerberg or any of his executive staff to help them understand conservatism.
“I really don’t think — and, by the way, I realize this offer is going to be rejected. It’s not even gonna be acknowledged, but I’m gonna make it anyway,” he said.
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I’m looking at pictures, I’m looking at Zuckerberg, I’m looking at some of these people, they simply have led lives that have been way too sheltered. They all are socialists, but they’ve never lived under it. They’re all socialists, but they’ve never visited a socialist country. They’re all socialists and they love it but they’ve never actually ever seen it. They’ve never actually had it properly taught to them.
They have a totally skewed definition of what it is. Facebook… Mr. Snerdley, let me ask you. Do you think, for example, the website Infowars and the Fox News website are identical? Facebook does. The people that run Facebook think there’s no difference in an Alt-Right website or Fox News or Infowars because they have a warped, bigoted, and prejudicial opinion of conservatives and conservatism — and where have they gotten that? It has been taught to them. They haven’t lived it.
They clearly haven’t lived among any conservatives or they could not possibly believe what they believe. Now they see the Facebook stock tumbling, and there’s a whole lot of reasons for this. It’s not just due to one thing. But it is due to the fact that they don’t know what they’re doing! They have a customer base that could be the biggest in the world and they’re willing to write off half of it — stupidly and arrogantly — by claiming that conservatism is where fake news is, that conservatism is where hate speech and all that is.
“I know that Zuckerberg has had meetings with several so-called conservatives,” Limbaugh added. “But he hasn’t met with me, and I am offering right here. I will meet with Zuckerberg or anybody on the Facebook executive panel and explain conservatism to them. Now, they will not take me up on it. They will not even acknowledge that the offer has been made. I understand that. But it’s ridiculous. It is literally ridiculous to have an enterprise this big run by people who are so ignorant.”
“They think that they’re screening out hate,” he said. “They think they’re screening out racism and bigotry.”
But, Limbaugh said, “they are practicing it! They are practicing hate, they are practicing prejudice, and they are practicing bigotry, and it’s catching up to ’em. The greatest example, Cambridge Analytica. Everybody involved thinks that Facebook deserves to suffer because they got in bed with Cambridge Analytica. What’s Cambridge Analytica? Cambridge Analytica happens to be one of a gobsmack bunch of sites that tries to use social media to advance its political ideas. They just happen to have a relationship with the Mercers!”
It’s much more than that as we’ve reported here time and again. Traffic to conservative sites have dropped — in some cases — by as much as 93 percent. Meanwhile, studies have shown that liberal outlets like CNN have received a boost in traffic.
Limbaugh later said that he may be giving Facebook too much benefit. “Maybe they know exactly what conservatism is and they just hate it and don’t want any part of it.”
He also suggested that Facebook — along with most of the modern left — live in cocoons and wall themselves off from anyone who might challenge their preconceived ideas.
“So I’m volunteering,” he said. “I’ll have a meeting. I’ll take the meeting for as long as it takes. I’ll answer any question about conservatism.”
But will it do any good? We’re highly doubtful…
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