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Old 07-15-2017, 10:39 AM   #1
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Default Wa! Trump blocked me! Sue!

Who would have thought that Twitter and intellectual would be in the same article?

http://fortune.com/2017/07/14/trump-...-me-my-career/

Trump Blocked Me on Twitter and It’s Costing Me My Career

Most of my writing is about the Trump administration. In fact, my mandate from Pacific Standard is “Trump and the law.” On Twitter, the bulk of my recent follower growth and new relationships with others in the politico-legal sphere have come out of responding quickly when the president tweets and engaging the threads of conversation that flow from those tweets.

So when President Donald Trump blocked me in June, apparently for suggesting that Russia influenced the outcome of the 2016 election, he harmed me professionally. Even though I knew @realDonaldTrump was important to my career, it still took me at least a few days to recognize how being blocked by the president on Twitter would affect me as a public intellectual.

Twitter initially became a haven for me when I recognized it as a great equalizer in the media world. Washington DC, generally, and the world of writing and commentary, specifically, operate on networks and connections that many denizens inherit. Mine are hard won.

Not every tweet is a hit, but when I make a point pithily and it’s liked and retweeted by thousands of people, some of the people who agree with my point or like the way I make it follow me or reach out. And some of those people are editors, experts, and advocates who become employers, contributors, and collaborators.

Gone now is my ability to participate in the timeliest and most robust conversations around law, policy, and politics on Twitter—those around the president’s tweets. Taking part in these exchanges was an ideal way to stay current on not just facts, but new ideas. These threads make up the marketplace of ideas in which my peers and potential employers, colleagues, and audience are present and participating. I’ve been forced out and have no meaningful way to rejoin them.

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Old 07-15-2017, 10:43 AM   #2
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Cuts both ways I would have thought .

Can the plaintiff prove financial loss , if so then Trump could
probably claim damage to his career or additional election
advertising costs.

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Old 07-15-2017, 11:32 AM   #3
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Who cares? Good block. Another snowflake who's single redeeming quality would be as shark shit and nothing else.
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There is an interesting argument to be made that in his capacity as POTUS, even Trump's social media posts have real significance. Every tweet he fires out while taking a shit has the potential (and in some cases literally has) to make significant impacts on stock prices, foreign relations, and all manner of domestic issues. It is a choice on Trump's part to make use of such medias, and I see some merit in positions some are taking that his tweets need to be treated the same as any other presidential communications for archival purposes, and for public access. His lack of filter is causing for new and novel confluences of law when lawyers have to start figuring out how a president's social media posts ought to be handled... I'll be curious to see what new norms eventually come out of this.
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Old 07-15-2017, 06:45 PM   #5
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This is the US. Where freedom of speech is treasured. If Trump doesn't like someone's take on his actions, tuff stuff.

When leaders can block voices speaking against them, then freedom is dead. Like it or not.
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Old 07-15-2017, 07:36 PM   #6
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This is the US. Where freedom of speech is treasured. If Trump doesn't like someone's take on his actions, tuff stuff.

When leaders can block voices speaking against them, then freedom is dead. Like it or not.
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Wrong is wrong.
D'Souza got caught in his own doings. It's totally different from speaking out.
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This is the US. Where freedom of speech is treasured. If Trump doesn't like someone's take on his actions, tuff stuff.

When leaders can block voices speaking against them, then freedom is dead. Like it or not.
Yes we have freedom of speech. It doesn't mean though that I have to provide you or anyone else a platform to exercise your free speech. Buy your own soap box. The same applies to politicians. They don't have to provide your soap box either. You can say what ever you want, on your own dime.
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He did not stop the idiot from spewing his drivel, he just blocked it so he did not have to see it. Good for Trump.

No rights were stomped on, asshole shoulda been curbstomped but blocked instead.

Boo Hoo.
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He did not stop the idiot from spewing his drivel, he just blocked it so he did not have to see it. Good for Trump.

No rights were stomped on, asshole shoulda been curbstomped but blocked instead.

Boo Hoo.
Actually Trump also blocked that person from seeing his posts on that platform. Which, given the nature of the platform, severely hinders a person's ability to write react posts that will be picked up by the platform's algorithm's. Essentially Trump denied the guy the ability to 'quote' him in the way that that platform allows. I can completely see why the author in question is saying that's a big deal. Absolutely it is.
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Of the millions of followers of Trump, and the two or three that follow this guy, your argument does not hold water, he can easily see a tweet on another phone, account, or online and reply to his hearts content. Trump has not put him in a box with air holes and clamped the lid shut.
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Of the millions of followers of Trump, and the two or three that follow this guy, your argument does not hold water, he can easily see a tweet on another phone, account, or online and reply to his hearts content. Trump has not put him in a box with air holes and clamped the lid shut.
You clearly do not use Twitter and don't understand how the platform works and why this is significant for a reporter... You're completely missing how reporters use it.
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The problem is that by being blocked, he cannot retweet Trump posts and comment on them. If this guy really is a reporter, given Trump's propensity to communicating via Twitter, this very well could be a First Amendment violation. It is tantamount to telling a reporter you can't reprint a public statement. Trump is no longer a private citizen. He needs to understand that new rules apply.
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Did the former potus ever block an account?

Do reports get special treatment when it comes to access to anything the potus says?

Is anyone who wants it given press credentials to the White House? Or do ones without access have to wait down the trough to do their stories after the initial briefings/statements are reported by someone else?
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