Monday, July 3, 2017

Quote of the Day (Bret Stephens, on Twitter as ‘Political Pornography’)

“Twitter is the political pornography of our time, revealing but distorting, exciting but dulling, debasing to its users, and, well, ejaculatory. It’s bad for the soul and, as Donald Trump proves daily, bad for the country.”— Bret Stephens, “How Twitter Pornified Politics,” The New York Times, June 24, 2017

Keep in mind that Stephens wrote this before President Trump went off—for two days running!—on MCNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, and before he tweeted a video of him wrestling CNN to the ground. With each tweet, Trump—like a pornography user—feels increasingly bored and must push on to something even more transgressive. Where will it end?

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