What You Missed on Twitter This Week, Vol. 2

January 21, 2023

Welcome back! It’s been another week of insanity—between Biden’s classified document scandal, the World Economic Forum, and the typical nonsense from liberal media, there’s no shortage of content.

You may not tune in to the White House press briefings. It’s understandable. There are a lot more interesting things to do, like watching the grass grow or staring at a wall. But if you did choose to watch hoping to get some answers on why the president stored classified documents with his Corvette in a garage that his crackhead son probably had access to, you’re out of luck.

The fun continued in Davos, Switzerland, where former CNN anchor Brian Stelter hosted a panel on 'misinformation" at the World Economic Forum. On MSNBC, meanwhile, the network hosted its annual "National Day of Racial Healing."

Here’s what you missed on Twitter this week:

1. World Economic Forum panelist says "hate speech" will soon be illegal in the United States

European Commission VP Věra Jourová, speaking on a World Economic Forum panel hosted by former CNN anchor Brian Stelter, said the United States will "soon" have laws against "illegal hate speech."

"We need the people who understand the language and the case law in the country," Jourová said as Stelter nodded along. "Because what qualifies as hate speech, as illegal hate speech, which you will have soon also in the U.S.—I think that we have a strong reason why we have this in the criminal law."

Artificial Intelligence, she added, would be "too dangerous" to identify hate speech.

Stelter hosted the Tuesday panel on "The Clear and Present Danger of Misinformation," which featured speakers such as Democratic congressman Seth Moulton, Internews CEO Jeanne Bourgault, and New York Times publisher Arthur Gregg Sulzberger.

2. Why shouldn’t Americans be outraged about Biden’s classified document scandal? Karine Jean-Pierre doesn’t have an answer.

A reporter in the White House briefing room on Tuesday pressed White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre over the administration’s claims that Republicans are "faking outrage" over Biden’s classified document scandal.

"The White House says Republicans are faking outrage on this issue," the reporter said. "Why shouldn't Americans be outraged about classified documents being found in a garage?"

Jean-Pierre tip-toed around the issue, claiming that "we have answered questions on this."

Biden "said that he didn't know," she explained. "He said that he was surprised. And he said that he takes classified information and documents very very seriously."

3. Karine Jean-Pierre not sorry for spreading false information

Jean-Pierre repeatedly told reporters last week that the search for classified documents was complete. Since then, more classified documents have been found.

"You told us, Karine, six times [the search for classified documents was complete]. That turned out to be false," a reporter said. "Are you sorry about that?"

Jean-Pierre paused, then told the press she would "see you tomorrow" and they could "come talk to me!"

4. Joy Reid asks 1619 Project founder Nikole Hannah-Jones what it’s like to be a "truth-teller"

MSNBC talking head Joy Reid, hosting the network’s annual "National Day of Racial Healing," complimented 1619 Project founder Nikole Hannah-Jones for "telling the truth about this country."

"There has been a resistance to what you have brought to the table, which is truth," Reid said. "And telling the truth about this country. Which for a lot of people, is more than they can bear."

Reid asked Hannah-Jones to "talk a little bit about what it's been like to experience being a truth teller."

Hannah-Jones is the founder of the1619 Project, a New York Times Magazine initiative which, among other things, teaches that the United States was founded on racism. Historians have widely criticized the 1619 Project for historical inaccuracies, particularly regarding her claim that the American Revolution was fought to preserve slavery (the Times later printed an editor’s note to provide "clarification").

Hannah-Jones admitted in 2020 that the 1619 Project was meant as "journalism" and "not a history," the Washington Free Beacon reported.

5. CNN warns viewers not to kiss or cuddle with their livestock

Some people are taking a hands-on approach to counter the skyrocketing price of eggs. CNN reports that more people are raising chickens in response to "eggflation," and the network had advice for their viewers.

CNN’s Tom Foreman spent an entire three minute segment informing viewers about the risks involved in raising the animals, warning about salmonella and displaying a graphic on the number of hospitalizations and deaths from raising chickens (225 and 2, respectively). The network doesn’t appear to have much faith in their viewers—Foreman warned the audience not to "kiss or snuggle" with their livestock and cautioned them to wear 'coop shoes" when inside the pen.

6. NYC Mayor says Republicans are sabotaging efforts to deal with the border crisis

Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday blamed "right-wing opposition" for the border crisis. Speaking at the United States Conference of Mayors, Adams said that "every attempt to deal with this immigration on a national level through legislation has been sabotaged, mostly by right wing oppositions."

Cities, he claimed, "are bearing the brunt of this failure."

Adams traveled to the border city of El Paso on Sunday and declared that the Biden administration must "do its job" to handle the migrant crisis. The Democrat said "there is no room in New York" for the thousands of illegal immigrants who have been bused to the city from Florida and Texas.

7. Reporter calls out White House for "information blackout"

A reporter in the briefing room questioned White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre over the "information blackout" on Biden’s classified documents scandal.

Jean-Pierre refers questions to the Department of Justice and the White House counsel, the reporter said, and neither of them are willing to answer questions.

"We're in a sort of information blackout where DOJ refers us to the special counsel, they’re not holding any briefings, White House counsel refers us to DOJ." The reporter then asked if Jean-Pierre would invite a DOJ official to the briefing room to take questions. The press secretary refused.

Members of the media have grown increasingly frustrated with Jean-Pierre’s outright refusal to answer questions about the documents. The press secretary maintains that she is unable to speak about the scandal because it’s an "ongoing investigation."