Takedown
November 8, 2019

The whistleblower is going down — from Facebook.

On Friday, Facebook announced it would take down any posts containing the name conservatives are alleging belongs to the Ukraine whistleblower. Spreading the name "violates our coordinating harm policy," Facebook said in a statement, so it is "removing any and all mentions of the potential whistleblower's name."

Under that policy, Facebook prohibits "outing of witness, informant, or activist." That would include the Ukraine whistleblower, who raised concerns about President Trump's call with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump pushed for an investigation into the Bidens. Right-wing sites have started speculating on the identity of the whistleblower, but Facebook said it would only reconsider its decision if their name was "widely published in the media or used by public figures in debate."

Facebook didn't say if lawmakers or government officials had requested the takedown, though it has previously been reluctant to purge the site of deceptive posts. The alleged whistleblower's name still remains all over Twitter, including on the feed of President Trump's own son. Kathryn Krawczyk

January 28, 2016

The Washington Post tore into Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in its Thursday editorial, questioning the authenticity of his message and the plausibility of his promises. While Sanders may be positioned as an "uncorrupted anti-establishment crusader," The Post posits that he "is not a brave truth-teller," but a "politician selling his own brand of fiction to a slice of the country that eagerly wants to buy it."

The Washington Post suggests Sanders needs a "reality check" on his Wall Street proposals, a better explanation of just how he would ration health care like European countries, and an acknowledgment of the "many legitimate checks and balances in the political system that he cannot wish away." All in all, The Post concludes, Sanders just isn't all that different from other politicians:

Strong ideological preferences guide his thinking, except when politics does, as it has on gun control. When reality is ideologically or politically inconvenient, he and his campaign talk around it. Mr. Sanders' success so far does not show that the country is ready for a political revolution. It merely proves that many progressives like being told everything they want to hear. [The Washington Post]

Read the full editorial at The Washington Post. Becca Stanek

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