<em>WSJ</em>'s James Freeman warns against regulating Facebook, instead pushes focus on fake claims of conservative censorship

<em>WSJ</em>'s James Freeman warns against regulating Facebook, instead pushes focus on fake claims of conservative censorship

MORGAN ORTAGUS (NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST): I think the question is not when is regulation coming but what kind. I mean, Facebook, Google, everyone knows that it’s on its way. Me, Dagen, many others have called for these social media companies taking more of a self-regulatory approach which might be, you know, too late at this point. But I think what might be in Facebook’s favor like many industries that we’re looking at is the divided Congress, can you get the Democrats in the House and Senate Republicans on the same page as it relates to any sort of regulation. I think that is — that’s a tough call but that would have to come in a broader package as it relates to election security writ large.

MARIA BARTIROMO (HOST): Yeah, it’s a good point, are the Democrats going to go along with this.

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BARTIROMO: In terms of regulation, is it the fact that they are incredibly powerful that they are going to be forced to get smaller? Or is it the fact that they are censoring conservative ideas, which we know they have done? 

JAMES FREEMAN (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL): Yeah, it’s amazing that Times story, apparently there was internal backlash when [Facebook’s Mark] Zuckerberg said, no, we’re not going to censor Donald Trump’s tweets. I mean —

ORTAGUS: Facebook posts, but yeah. 

FREEMAN: — or I’m sorry, his Facebook posts, excuse me, not tweets, his Facebook posts, which, you know, a media company should not be in the business of doing, right, so — 

BARTIMORO: Just the fact that they said that just shows so much. 

FREEMAN: It’s interesting. But I really think, to me, the danger is regulation here, because I worry that you do get a bipartisan deal with Facebook and the other social media giants that basically puts up barriers to new competitors, freezes the market as it is. I don’t think we — as many problems as people may see in Facebook, I don’t think a federal internet regulator is the answer. I think what you want is to keep the pressure on them not to do what they appear to have been doing in terms of diminishing conservative voices.

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NY Times: Delay, deny and deflect: How Facebook’s leaders fought through crisis

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Study: Analysis of top Facebook pages covering American political news

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Facebook once again gives special treatment to conservative media

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<em>WSJ</em>'s James Freeman warns against regulating Facebook, instead pushes focus on fake claims of conservative censorship

Betsy DeVos Sued For Failing To Implement Automatic Student Loan Forgiveness

Betsy DeVos Sued For Failing To Implement Automatic Student Loan Forgiveness

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faces a new lawsuit filed on Tuesday. It alleges the Dept. of Education has failed to comply with the Borrowers Defense rule, a student loan forgiveness program that would automatically cancel debt for borrowers whose schools have closed.A new lawsuit claims tens of thousands of borrowers are still waiting for the Department of Education to erase their debt — about $250 million — as it was ordered to do last month.

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Betsy DeVos Sued For Failing To Implement Automatic Student Loan Forgiveness

Flake Pledges To Block Committee Votes On Judges — Until Mueller Bill On Senate Floor

Flake Pledges To Block Committee Votes On Judges — Until Mueller Bill On Senate Floor

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. (left), and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., speak to members of the media during a news conference Wednesday on the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act.Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., holds the deciding vote on a narrowly divided Senate Judiciary Committee. There are currently 21 judicial nominees awaiting a vote by the committee.

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Flake Pledges To Block Committee Votes On Judges — Until Mueller Bill On Senate Floor

Congress May Be On The Verge Of A Major Overhaul To The Criminal Justice System

Congress May Be On The Verge Of A Major Overhaul To The Criminal Justice System

A bipartisan effort to ease some penalties for drug crimes and provide more services to people leaving prison appears to be in the works in Congress, but the deal hinges on support from the president.


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Congress May Be On The Verge Of A Major Overhaul To The Criminal Justice System

LGBT Splinter Group From Migrant Caravan Is The 1st To Arrive In Tijuana

LGBT Splinter Group From Migrant Caravan Is The 1st To Arrive In Tijuana

A group of mostly LGBT Central American migrants are the first to reach northern Mexico. On Sunday about 80 of them arrived in Tijuana. They plan to apply for asylum as early as Thursday.About 80 mostly LGBT migrants reached the border city south of San Diego on Sunday. They plan to seek political asylum as early as Thursday, arriving weeks ahead of thousands en route to the U.S.

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LGBT Splinter Group From Migrant Caravan Is The 1st To Arrive In Tijuana

Trump's Continued Claims Of Fraud Without Evidence Undermines Legitimacy Of Elections

Trump's Continued Claims Of Fraud Without Evidence Undermines Legitimacy Of Elections

President Trump and GOP leaders in Florida have been raising doubts about the process of counting votes, claiming fraud without evidence. That can have a corrosive effect on democratic institutions.


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Trump's Continued Claims Of Fraud Without Evidence Undermines Legitimacy Of Elections

Trump, Pence miss Veterans Day observance at Arlington Cemetery

Our Captain Ahab hides in his quarters for the duration of the Veteran’s Day observances. While some would say that he is grieving the loss, they would also say many other astounding things about the Commander In Chief.
Time to face the fact that we are dealing with an odd duck. For all the commentary, we don’t think anyone really knows him, probably because he does not know himself.

From MSN

President Trump is spending Monday at the White House and had no plans to visit Arlington National Cemetery in northern Virginia as America observes the Veterans Day holiday.

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