DB Daily Update: Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
Tired of all this Winning yet? – Chinese President Xi Jinping announced on Tuesday that he will begin implementing a plan to lower tariffs, enforce respect for the intellectual property of international companies, and take other steps to open up the Chinese economy. Your fake news media will want you to think this will all take place of Xi’s own volition, with no outside influences. Your common sense will tell you that these steps are a direct result of the pressure being placed on the Chinese for the first time by an American President. This is no mere coincidence. Your common sense is right.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, looking for all the world like a 10 year-old wearing his first Easter suit, spent five hours testifying before the combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees on Tuesday. He made sure the testimony was offered without being sworn in under oath, because he knew he was going to lie about pretty much everything. Except, of course, when he was merely dodging or obfuscating, or telling various senators that “my team and I will take a look at that and get back to you.”
Note to senators: He’s not planning to get back to you.
As is typical for any titan of industry offering testimony to congress, Zuckerberg came armed with about a dozen self-serving talking points, and he did his best to respond to any question posed by every senator with one of those talking points, regardless of how irrelevant the response happened to be. No big deal there – everybody does it.
It was when he was forced by one of the senators to actually answer a question that Zuck had no choice but to lie. And lie he did. When he hilariously told the committees that the novel-length Facebook “user agreement” is designed to inform users of their rights, Louisiana Senator John Kennedy just couldn’t take it anymore: more here