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Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].

On Friday:

Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
A moment of candor from Jen Psaki, in which she refers to the monopoly social media companies as “public platforms,” as in arms of the government
2:07 PM · Jul 16, 2021

As always, there is much hilarity in the responses:

‘Public platforms’ doesn’t mean ‘arms of govt.’ It means platforms that are open to use by members of the public who agree to abide by the platform owner’s terms of use.
But you know that, don’t you ….

A “private” platform is a closed one, in which, say, employees of the same company communicate and share information for work. Or, you know, the secret group some folks might have participated in to plan Jan 6.

We see what you did there.

Public-platform doesn’t mean arm-of-govt. It means platform open to use by members of public who agree to abide by platform owner’s terms of use
Private business voluntarily cooperating w/govt to solve pressing public issue doesn’t mean business is arm of govt
But you know that

Don’t you need to push more people for vaccination in Missouri? Oh, I forgot you don’t live in that state.

Heh. The third Senator from Virginia (January 5, 2021)

“Monopoly” of “companies” – mono is supposed to mean 1, and public means available to anyone… ugh

Hawley says if he had been there he would have raised his fist in hopes of helping incite yet another insurrection!

Doesn’t mean that all. But continue to speak against big tech while using their platforms.

If she said “social media platforms” you would have accused her of being socialist.

Stores are “open to the public” which means you can go in and shop unless you give them a reason to escort you out or call the cops. Does that make them “arms of government”?

Oh give me a break guy. She means “public” in the sense that everything people write on there can be seen by the public. As in the posts they write are not private. But I’m sure you know that. Your spin for the sake of confusing people and holding onto your own power is showing.

Public, as what is published is available to all. Platform, as in platform.

And your point is…?

There is none.

Like open to the public. Like a store.

They ARE public platforms. They are open to the public within the rules established. That doesn’t make them non-private.

Sounds like you want interfere with private companies and do a little “cancel culture” on them.

None of these platforms are owned by the US Government. They broadcast publicly.

Josh, just can it. @PressSec owns everyone on every topic. I wouldn’t go to a debate with her.

Pass the popcorn.

Proof that one should have some appropriate prerequisites to run for federal offices.

Lol public platforms means a platform for the public can speak out, NOT the arm of a government. Where do you get THAT definition?

That’s what you took away? You worked hard on that spin.
Why not do something useful instead?

Lmao you’ll never be president

Imagine being Peter Doocy waking up each morning and thinking he’s so gonna own the libs with the question he plans. Then every day faceplanting himself

Then imagine Josh Hawley thinking that Peter Doocy the Fox nepotism hire is some sort of blazing intellectual tour de force.

This is all you’ve got? A turn of phrase from the Press Secretary is your whole justification for nationalizing a private enterprise? I see why you’ve never actually tried a case, Josh. You’re very bad at crafting compelling, or even logical and consistent, arguments.

Still missing the point Joshy. Misinformation is killing your constituents.

Planning any treason today?

You make me doubt you graduated elementary school, not just Yale.

Did you ever move back to Missouri?

Heh. The third Senator from Virginia (January 5, 2021)

I don’t think she means what you think she means, insurrectionist.

We need healthcare, quality education, good Union jobs and a clean environment. Nobody gives a shit about this.

The information posted is publicly available made so by a private corporation according to their terms of service. It isn’t “spying” if the data is available publicly. And the government does not ban anyone off these platforms. That help?

I wish I had your job, getting paid by taxpayers to bitch about twitter on twitter all day.

Can everyone say “Dunning Kruger”?

Good, because that’s what Hawley suffered from.

And in turn, we ALL suffer for it.

We should rename the country the Divided States of ‘Murika

Nice try Josh. To be a “public platform” a communication vehicle does not have to be an “arm of government.” You know that, yet you put it out to the gullible, low-info Trump/MAGA/GQP base. They’ll believe it although anyone with a double-digit IQ will call it out as BS.

A public platform is not an arm of the government.

What do you gain by displaying such ignorance?

Asking for a country.

I take it you didn’t do well in English classes.

Public platform doesn’t mean arms of government. Stop spreading misinformation

How does someone with such a low IQ pass Harvard? Did Daddy make a big donation to get you through law school? Hey, it worked for Trump. Public Josh means open and available to the public, not owned or managed by the government.

“…Now I know he went to Yale, I think, or Harvard, one of those, one of those fancy ones…” Senator Claire McCaskill (D) – town hall in Warrensburg – Press Q and A – August 17, 2017 (August 17, 2017)

What would you call them “private platforms”? They are very public–you look at them, I look at them. What is your point? Public does not always mean “government” you allegedly are a “constitutional lawyer” you should know that.

Didn’t people you went to school with say you were a fascist?

You’re really not good at this are you?

Do you really not understand what the “public” setting is when you post on a privately owned corporation’s social media site? Or are you lying to the public… again

How dumb is Josh Hawley? Everyone knows it’s a public platform because it is used by people – the public, but it’s run by a PRIVATE COMPANY and they can set their own conditions for users. If users don’t like the rules, then they don’t have to use the service.

You didn’t have many fiends growing up did you?

Wrong. As usual. Did you pay someone to take your exams for you?

You literally have no clue what your talking about

You lost your argument the moment you posted Peter Doocy.

“Faux News channel, fascist groupies” – protest sign, circa 2003- 2004.


Senator Claire McCaskill (D) – town hall in Warrensburg – Press Q and A – August 17, 2017 (August 17, 2017)

What passes for a flatbed truck at “…Yale, I think, or Harvard, one of those, one of those fancy ones…” (August 16, 2018)

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Josh Hawley (r): ladders and rakes (December 30, 2020)

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Burning bridges (December 31, 2020)

Sedition, sedition…sedition (January 2, 2021)

What it is, is sedition… (January 3, 2021)

If you can’t stand the heat, trample people on your way to a live mic (January 3, 2021)

Nothing much going on. Why do you ask? (January 3, 2021)

The third Senator from Virginia (January 5, 2021)

Fascist pig (January 6, 2021)

What hath Josh Hawley (r) wrought? (January 6, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): Dumbass (January 7, 2021)

Sedition is bad for business (January 11, 2021)

HCR 10 and HCR 11 (January 12, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): “I no mye misoori constitutents our reely stoopit.” (January 14, 2021)

Ignite (January 15, 2021)

Campaign Finance: Dayam (January 16, 2021)

Penrose on Politics: Taps Closed to Insurrectionists (January 17, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): Why not add “obstructionist asshole” to the list, it’s just one more thing, right? (January 21, 2021)

Penrose on Politics: Hawley’s Hallmark Moment (January 23, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): looking ahead to 2024 (January 23, 2021)

After 17 days of silence (January 24, 2021)

Yeah, but those seven Senators didn’t pump their fists at insurrectionists immediately before the breach of the Capitol (January 25, 2021)

A shooting star elbow drop from the ropes (January 28, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): you got your wish (January 31, 2021)

If Josh Hawley (r) steps in front of a microphone today we get six more weeks of sedition. (February 2, 2021)

On the wrong side of everything (February 3, 2021)

Penrose On Politics: Hawley’s Crybaby Tour (February 6, 2021)

You got that one right (February 8, 2021)

Senator “Raise My Fist in Sedition” (r) has an opinion (February 10, 2021)

Working on the galley proofs for that right wingnut welfare vanity press book? (February 10, 2021)

Penrose On Politics: Hawley’s Indifference (February 13, 2021)

Eric Greitens (r) is on line one… (February 13, 2021)

Penrose On Politics: Hawley’s Mail (February 20, 2021)

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Again, we already knew that (February 26, 2021)

Offered without comment (March 2, 2021)

The people you pay $174,000.00 a year believe that all billionaires are in desperate need of their help and that you haven’t suffered enough (March 6, 2021)

Home every night (March 7, 2021)

Penrose On Politics: Huckster Hawley (March 13, 2021)

“They could never do more damage than you have already done.” (March 17, 2021)

Anybody see Josh Hawley (r)? (March 17, 2021)

SB 528: Wolverines! (March 24, 2021)

Long term memory loss (March 30, 2021)

A voice in the wilderness (March 31, 2021)

Secretly wants to join the “minutemen of the state” so he can wear a brown shirt (April 8, 2021)

Calling out ALEC? (April 12, 2021)

Slam dunk (April 13, 2021)

He forgot to raise a fist (April 15, 2021)

Offered without comment (April 15, 2021)

Uh… (April 20, 2021)

A low Bar (April 22, 2021)

Just because (April 22, 2021)

One of those fancy prosecutors (April 23, 2021)

The Gallagher of American politics, only without any of the humor, intelligence, or sophistication (April 26, 2021)

A grifter is only interested in taking your money, not at all in making any sense (May 1, 2021)

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Participation trophy (May 7, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): an attempt at performance art (May 9, 2021)

“It read better in the original German.” (May 14, 2021)

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Too stupid to remember to breathe (June 23, 2021)

The government is spying on us through our toasters… (July 15, 2021)