The mother of a 3-year-old disabled boy featured in a video used by JK Rowling to attack President Donald Trump is striking back at the Harry Potter author for spreading lies about her son’s encounter at the White House.
In a series of tweets responding to a video in a now-deleted tweet by another user, Rowling claimed that Trump had snubbed the young boy when he attempted to shake the president’s hand. She used this to launch a full-scale viral attack on the president, painting him as a monster who could star in one of her fictional stories for ignoring the child. Appropriate, since her claims about the encounter were also just that, fictional.
In the tweet storm, Rowling wrote that Trump “imitated a disabled reporter. Now he pretends not to see a child in a wheelchair, as though frightened he might catch his condition. This monster of narcissism values only himself and his pale reflections. The disabled, minorities, transgender people, the poor, women (unless related to him by ties of blood, and therefore his creations) are treated with contempt, because they do not resemble Trump. My mother used a wheelchair. I witnessed people uncomfortable around her disability, but if they had a shred of decency they got over it. So, yes, that clip of Trump looking deliberately over a disabled child’s head, ignoring his outstretched hand, has touched me on the raw. That man occupies the most powerful office in the free world and his daily outrages against civilised norms are having a corrosive effect. How stunning, and how horrible, that Trump cannot bring himself to shake the hand of a small boy who only wanted to touch the President.”
What Rowling left out of her tirade, was the fact that the child was the first person greeted by Trump when he entered the room.
The toddler was also not attempting to shake his hand at the end of the event. He is 3-years-old and was simply showing the president a badge he had been given by the Secret Service.Rowling may write stories for children, but it almost seems as if she has never met one. Handshakes are hardly at the top of any 3-year-old’s to-do list.
The mother of the adorable child, Majorie Kelly Weer, outraged by the use of her son’s image to peddle false claims about the president, took to Facebook to send a message to the fiction writer.
Even the most mainstream Trump-haters at CNN have began calling Rowling out for her refusal to remove the viral, and false, rant.
Rowling also failed to mention the fact that the First Lady gave the toddler special attention, meeting with him and wishing him a happy birthday.
Perhaps Rowling should take a break from writing fiction on Twitter and go back to writing fantasies about wizard children. It would be far less offensive than her use of real-world children to peddle her fantasies about American politics.
BABY: CNN’s Brian Stelter Becomes Early Adapter of New Twitter ‘Disable Replies’ Feature
The mainstream media operative doesn’t want feedback.
CNN presenter Brian Stelter has become a quick adopter of a new Twitter feature that enables users to shut down replies to their tweets, essentially cutting off any potential for negative feedback and allowing unpopular verified journalists to propagate their own echo chambers.
The feature was implemented on Thursday by Twitter, and was roundly criticized by many of the platform’s users as a betrayal of the free-speech and democratic ideals the website originally stood for. The feature essentially allows verified and artificially promoted mainstream media personalities to escape criticism for dishonest reporting, lies, and political bias.
Stelter utilized the feature in a tweet about business challenges to the model of traditional print and local media. It would’ve gone without saying that his narrative would’ve been challenged by many Twitter users keen to point out that the erosion of traditional print media has coincided with rampant left-wing and institutional bias within the industry.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 21, 2020
Replies to the tweet are disabled, but many users found a way to ensure that Stelter’s lightweight media proclivities were responded to in kind by those who are critical of cable mainstream media. Users who Stelter follows are able to reply to the tweet, and some who he deems acceptable within his own echo chamber were keen to call him out.
Is this the kind of "news" that needs to be saved? This looks like state TV to me. (P.S. why do you have the comments restricted? Can't take criticism?)https://t.co/LyzHr811jh
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) May 21, 2020
It’s almost certain that CNN hacks such as Stelter will continue to use the anti-democratic and elitist feature, hoping to shield themselves from accusations of dishonesty.
We’ve entered a new dark age of the internet where the original late 1990’s principles of free expression, intellectual curiosity, and open dialogue are being eroded by political and media elites terrified that their neoliberal vision for society is quickly becoming discredited. The ‘disable replies’ feature on Twitter is merely the latest indicator of such a phenomenon, but self-proclaimed ‘objective journalists’ such as Stelter might not prove as able to shut down criticism of themselves as they might hope.
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