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Talia Lavin 11 Apr 19
i’ve now counseled 4 separate people through their time in the fox news/right wing media barrel. (my own reputation and earning potential took a hit every one of the ~3 times it’s happened to me. every time it’s the same. it’s remarkable to me
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Talia Lavin
anyway, the playbook as i see it: 1. find a lib or leftist making a statement that could conceivably be “offensive” 2. write SHOCKED articles dripping in faux outrage 3. direct streams of harassment so putrid they outstrip the original “offense” by miles 4. snitch to employers
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Talia Lavin 11 Apr 19
Replying to @chick_in_kiev
5. wait for the appeal to politesse to work on spineless, cowardly corporate goons who value peace and profit more than their workers 6. kick your target while they’re twisting in the wind 7. make hay if they’re fired/censored; understand you’ve won by imposing fear
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Talia Lavin 11 Apr 19
Replying to @chick_in_kiev
8. in 24 hours find someone else to feed alive to the insatiable maw of the right-wing smear machine 9. keep tabs on your target in case they attempt to resume life 10. if anyone points out hypocrisy, ignore it completely! 11. continue to capitalize on cowardice & cruelty 12. $$
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Talia Lavin 11 Apr 19
Replying to @chick_in_kiev
oh i forgot 13!!! 13. wait for “polite” journalists to distance themselves from your target, knowing that the dual forces of fear and self-righteousness will conquer solidarity every single time and 14. gloat! forever! and 15. celebrate an opposition forever chastened by fear
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Talia Lavin 11 Apr 19
Replying to @chick_in_kiev
16: appeal to eternal, specious “conservative victimhood,” casting twitter randos as cultural titans 17. really let loose with the abuse. have fun :) make em feel like their life was ripped open by birds of prey! no one— not companies, not colleagues — will stand in your way.
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Talia Lavin 11 Apr 19
Replying to @chick_in_kiev
oh, and if this happens to you, DM me! here’s the short version of my spiel
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hi, I’m gay actor Michael Douglas 11 Apr 19
Replying to @chick_in_kiev
Kat Timpf wouldn’t even have a career if it weren’t for this model of quote unquote journalism lmao
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Talia Lavin 11 Apr 19
Replying to @Bowsnonk
or jon levine, an absolute putrid ratfuck of a human being!
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simian in training 11 Apr 19
Replying to @chick_in_kiev
Indeed. Although, to be fair, that's not just a right-wing tic.
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Talia Lavin 11 Apr 19
Replying to @monkeysan
It’s absolutely unique to the right, sorry; there’s no both sides analogue here, bc left wing “canceling” at least tends to be rooted in things that have systemic consequences, like misogyny and racism and transphobia
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themadtaer 11 Apr 19
Replying to @chick_in_kiev
i usually fall asleep or turn it to the local rock and roll radio station
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