Yep, this piece describes my feelings on the subject of leftist censorship perfectly. Our world is now run by hypocrites.
Once upon a time, political machines undertook opposition research on potential competitors. One effect of this practice is the adamant refusal of so many among the best and brightest to run for office, wanting to shield their families, businesses, and institutions from the ugliness.
Nowadays, keyboard warriors undertake "offense archaeology" to try to take down fellow citizens who don't subscribe to their ideology or oppose their agenda or just seem like they might not be sympathetic. One effect of this practice is to chill outspokenness among regular folks and discourage business owners and executives from participating in the shaping of public policy, even down to the small town level.
In its effect, the practice of "offense archaeology" is kinda tyrannical.
It's a great tool for would-be authoritarians.
BTW, I hadn't seen this thread when I posted the same article to my IDW thread.
Apparently, the NYT now routinely engages in "offense archaeology" in support of the Cause.
NEW YORK TIMES TARGETS KAVANAUGH’S WIFE
"Democracy Dies In Darkness"
They're working as hard as they can in their deep tunnels of "offense archaeology" to find as much darkness as they can. Because "democracy"!
The founders considered pure "democracy" as the "rule of the mob". Which is precisely where NYT is going.
As for the post, and duplication thereof... great minds think alike? ;-)
Perhaps it's time to revise FOIA laws to also apply to those who operate under the freedom of the press guarantee in the 1st amendment.
And we should be able to request all emails to and from Steve Eder in the last five years.
That transparency is long overdue. There should also be a ban on any former government politicos being passed off as "journalists", and definitely a ban on any current party officials pretending to be journalists.
Still wondering how far back your words (or someone else's!!!) can be used to take you down?
The answer is 35 YEARS or more, and it only needs to be someone associated with you.
Censorship more chilling than anything from the past. The hypocrites won't forgive or forget... even if it wasn't even you!
The outrage is selective. Byrd can be a KKK officer and no big deal, but let a conservative's relative utter a slur 35 years ago and it's off with his head.
You can't make this stuff up.
Now, it's ambush denouncement...
1. Locate someone to hate (for any number of non-PC reasons)...
2. Find some old damaging material via "offense archaeology"...
3. Wait until that someone has a great moment in their life...
4. Ambush and destroy that person!
The media and big tech are just a thought police.
Anything you've ever said, tweeted, posted, or thought can, and will, be used against you. And to prove they're intolerant... no forgiveness EVER
The Babylon Bee's take...
"It just goes to show that if you really put yourself out there, you can have the politically correct thought police shatter your reputation in a heartbeat."
"Kids out there, if you're listening, stay in school, play hard, and work hard—slimy journalists' careers depend on it."
"Kids out there, if you're listening . . " An interesting instruction when you think about the social media addicted generations who have never known a day without a smart phone in their hands. Everything they have ever said or done is out there to be found at the moment they give someone a reason to go looking.
Two excerpts from the link in the OP:
" . . After all, it would be a bit odd if people spent hours trawling the internet in the hope of finding opinions or jokes that genuinely upset them—and then broadcast them far and wide in the hope of upsetting lots of other people, too. Rather, they’re looking for stuff they can pretend to be shocked by, Captain Renault style . . "
" . . To paraphrase Mark Twain, a piece of fake news gets all the way round the world and back again and starts trending on social media before the truth has put its boots on. A researcher at MIT recently published a paper in the journal Science showing that the truth takes six times longer, on average, than a lie to be seen by 1,500 people on Twitter . . "
Offense Archaeology, in a nutshell.