Those who can, do. Those who can’t, become talking heads.
NBC hired U.S. figure skater and breakout star of the Olympics Adam Rippon to serve as a correspondent for the rest of the 2018 games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Rippon — one of the first openly gay athletes to compete at the Olympics, who won a bronze medal for figure skating while becoming something of a star off the ice — will work for NBC as a correspondent on TV, digital and social media, USA Today reported.
The 28-year-old Olympian kicked off his time in the media spotlight with something of a controversy, criticizing Vice President Mike Pence — America’s political envoy to the Olympics — for his track record of supporting anti-LGBT legislation. Rippon also said he would not attend a White House celebration hosted by President Donald Trump at the end of the Olympics.
Rippon his since become a media darling, thanks to a series of insanely charming interviews, outspoken comments on gay rights, and a strong showing on ice.
They should change the name to the Whinger Olympics. So far I have watched two clips from the Olympics – the gold medal performance of Shaun White and Mirai Nagusu’s Triple Axel. I doubt I will watch anymore.
Meanwhile, Politico is full of crap:
The indictment released Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller makes plain how prosecutors believe Russia pursued its multiyear scheme to undermine the 2016 presidential election — by wielding the social media-driven internet that the United States itself did so much to create.
They had help, digital experts say, from decades of accepted U.S. policy about how to help the internet thrive: The U.S. government has taken a largely hands-off approach, while the anonymity that protects people’s privacy and liberty online also allowed Russian trolls to deceive overly trusting Americans. And the same freedom to innovate that has made Silicon Valley wealthy and powerful meant that there were few eyes on the ball as Russian actors began figuring out how to manipulate the internet’s few dominant platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and the Google-owned YouTube.
“So many of us thought for so long that the internet was an unbridled force for good, but man, over the last year, the shine has really come off,” said Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a D.C.-based tech advocacy group.
“I’m sort of at a loss right now,” Hall added. “I value anonymity, but it’s really hard to see how this doesn’t lead to some sort of driver’s license for the internet, which makes me feel horrible. There needs to be some sort of accountability, though I really don’t know what that is. We have a lot of work to do.”
Jonathan Albright, an expert on bots and online propaganda, also found the conclusions of Mueller’s investigators stunning and sobering.
“The indictment is unbelievable,” said Albright, who’s also a research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. He pointed in particular to a section detailing how the major social media companies did not share evidence of Russian spending on political or social ads until September 2017, some 10 months after the presidential election.
I don’t know who those 13 Russian trolls are, but we need to either hire them or kill them.
Democrats controlled the White House during the election. Facebook, Twitter, Google and Yahoo are all pro-Democrat. Hillary Clinton spent a billion dollars running for President.
They were all defeated by 13 Commie hackers.