Video: CNN hosts in nasty argument over just how stupid “hashtag activism” is

posted at 3:21 pm on May 8, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via the Right Scoop, fireworks between Will Cain and the enjoyably snotty Don Lemon, who’s less concerned with Cain’s actual criticism than with the “dog whistle” he perceives about the First Lady. Watch all the way to the end to see just how hostile things get. In fairness, and contrary to popular belief, hashtag activism isn’t always pointless. Time magazine has a nice write-up of how the #BringBackOurGirls campaign on Twitter began in Nigeria as a way of pressuring the government into going after Boko Haram. Then, as it got picked up internationally, it put pressure on leaders abroad to aid in the search. Obama’s already sent a team of military and law enforcement hostage negotiators to Nigeria to help find the girls. If your hashtag initiative has reached the point where it’s forcing western media to ask the president of the United States about it, I’d say you’re doing okay.

Beyond that point, though, after the White House has already acted and there’s really nothing more to be done, all you’re really doing is moral positioning, the Twitter equivalent of “Message: I care.” And that’s how you end up with this.

As Leon Wolf said, FLOTUS probably could have just … told Obama her opinion rather than tweeting it out, huh? But at least she’s signing onto a movement that’s achieved some results. At its most impotent and moronic, hashtag activism is a substitute for action, not a spur to it. Believe it or not, this person is the honest-to-goodness spokesman for the U.S. State Department, which used to be taken seriously in the world:

That’s Jen Psaki, who’s tweeted effusively before about the “promise of hashtag” and recently scolded Vladimir Putin’s Russia because “They have not been following their hashtag with actions.” That’s going to merit some nifty footnotes in future histories of the decline and fall of American empire.

In lieu of an exit question, here’s a new hashtag for you.


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Michelle Obama hardest hit

Scottie on May 8, 2014 at 3:24 PM

MSLSD has no mind to lose, they never had any morals or ethics, hashtag activism is nothing more than a propaganda mechanism.

oscarwilde on May 8, 2014 at 3:29 PM

All that pancake makeup is getting to Mr. Lemon…

d1carter on May 8, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Speaking of a stupid twit on TV

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2014 at 3:30 PM

#DonLemonLostItLikeMalaysiaLostAnAirliner

mjbrooks3 on May 8, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Jen Psaki is Carney’s perfect scumhag sister.

Goebbels loves both, immensely.

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2014 at 3:32 PM

From a non-twitter user, how did the “pound sign” become “hashtag”?

Sound’s like a Seinfeld question.

WisRich on May 8, 2014 at 3:32 PM

thatsafactjack on May 8, 2014 at 3:31 PM

On point, as always!

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Imagine your reaction if someone mocked your god.

You just saw Don Lemon’s.

aquaviva on May 8, 2014 at 3:33 PM

That video was outstanding. Highly entertaining.

butch on May 8, 2014 at 3:33 PM

#WhyDidItTakeThreePlusWeeksForThisToBecomeImportant

CTSherman on May 8, 2014 at 3:33 PM

#Benghazi

Seven Percent Solution on May 8, 2014 at 3:34 PM

#BreakingNewsAirlinerStillMissing

cat-scratch on May 8, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Time magazine has a nice write-up of how the #BringBackOurGirls campaign on Twitter began in Nigeria as a way of pressuring the government into going after Boko Haram.
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Ya that hashtag is going to scare the IslamicJihady Poop
out of BokoGoons!!
(sarc)

canopfor on May 8, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Boko Haram Watch
Boko Haram Watch
@BokoHaramWatch

For the Boko Haram terrorism research group, follow the LinkedIn URL in my profile.

linkedin.com/groups?home=&g…

https://twitter.com/BOKO_HARAMM

canopfor on May 8, 2014 at 3:36 PM

God, they should have stuffed a lemon into Lemon’s mouth.

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2014 at 3:36 PM

I see Racism!!!!

Annielou on May 8, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Good afternoon, Paladin. :)

Your Ronan Farrow comment is insightful and timely. I recently read that just before criticizing Lewinski, Farrow was photographed using colored contact lenses to make his blue eyes greyer and lighter in an effort to simulate Sinatra’s. Recently his mother intimated that he may be Sinatra’s son, as did Woody Allen. Seems now even Ronan is interested in joining the group anxious to cast him as a bastard, and he means to prove it in every sense of the word.

thatsafactjack on May 8, 2014 at 3:37 PM

I like how the host said Don and the other fellow sounded like they were in domestic dispute… how cute.

mjbrooks3 on May 8, 2014 at 3:37 PM

In lieu of an exit question, here’s a new hashtag for you.
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Ugh,…otay:

BOKO HARAM
BOKO HARAM
@BOKO_HARAMM

To Hate is Human, To Bomb Is Divine. We hate western inventions including twitter: however, we feel the necessity to use it to reach out to our fans

Boko Haram Republic of Arewa

https://twitter.com/BOKO_HARAMM

canopfor on May 8, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Is this a public access show on local cable? I have seen better from a high school communications class.

cat-scratch on May 8, 2014 at 3:38 PM

#theTerroristsProbablyAren’tCheckingTwitter

I bet they are.

For the laughs.

AZCoyote on May 8, 2014 at 3:40 PM

#DonBetterBeCarefulOrHeWillEndUpHostingLocalNewsInHoboken

mjbrooks3 on May 8, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Don Lemon is such a hysterical drama queen. He makes Shep Smith and Anderson Cooper look positively calm and rational.

BushyGreen on May 8, 2014 at 3:42 PM

That’s going to merit some nifty footnotes in future histories of the decline and fall of American empire.

Which is proceeding right on schedule…

oldleprechaun on May 8, 2014 at 3:42 PM

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/nigeria-schoolgirls-kidnapped/

Nigeria schoolgirls kidnapped
Nigeria
1h
Secretary of State John Kerry says team of US officials on ground in Nigeria to help with search for kidnapped girls – @AP
read more on bigstory.ap.org
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Nigeria
3h
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says there is danger in sending troops to rescue Nigerian girls, but that President Obama is taking the right step – @ChadPergram
see original on twitter.com

canopfor on May 8, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Via satellite radio in a rental car recently I happened to hear some of Greta Van Susteren talking about this missing girls story.
She was very upset and urged everyone listening to start tweeting about it.
I couldn’t help thinking how pointless it seems. Yes, it makes you feel better to express yourself, but…sorry to say it this way…but what difference does it make?

Galtian on May 8, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Whether it’s #hashtags or the Tea Party, activism tends to be strongest when it’s from the ground up. The movement to focus on the plight of the teens in Nigeria didn’t start with inside-the-Beltway types, while in contrast, the #hashtag efforts against Putin coming out of the State Department come across as forced and embarrassing, even if CNN decides it’s so grass roots and important they’ll drop Malaysian place coverage to do a segment about it.

jon1979 on May 8, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Psaki is an idiot. If Tommy Vietor was Barry’s limo driver from Chicago, Jen Psaki was his closet organizer.

slickwillie2001 on May 8, 2014 at 3:45 PM

thatsafactjack on May 8, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Afternoon J. – he is something else too. He fits all PC categories.

Hillary/Ronan

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2014 at 3:46 PM

If 3 idiot libtards argue on a useless network that nobody watches, did they really argue?

dentarthurdent on May 8, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Farrow was photographed using colored contact lenses to make his blue eyes greyer and lighter in an effort to simulate Sinatra’s. Recently his mother intimated that he may be Sinatra’s son, as did Woody Allen. Seems now even Ronan is interested in joining the group anxious to cast him as a bastard, and he means to prove it in every sense of the word.

thatsafactjack on May 8, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Can’t really blame the guy for not wanting to be Woody Allen’s son.

One of Ronan’s sisters claims Allen molested her when she was 7, and Woody is married to another of Ronan’s sisters, who was just a teen when the 50-something Allen began his clandestine affair with her, behind the back of Allen’s then-girlfriend, Ronan’s mother.
Allen’s a sleaze. Who would want to claim him as their father?

AZCoyote on May 8, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Psaki is an idiot. If Tommy Vietor was Barry’s limo driver from Chicago, Jen Psaki was his closet organizer.

slickwillie2001 on May 8, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Perfect

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Psaki is pretty hot though. For Washington DC.

antisense on May 8, 2014 at 3:51 PM

#ImpeachObamaNow

Steve Z on May 8, 2014 at 3:53 PM

What a hypocrite MO is. She postures as having sympathy for the kidnapped girls; meanwhile her husband is doing everything in his power to promote the very ideology responsible for their abduction — Islam.

WhatSlushfund on May 8, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Hillary/Ronan

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2014 at 3:46 PM

LOL!;)

thatsafactjack on May 8, 2014 at 3:57 PM

The hashtag has Obama all atwitter.Now he has to DO SOMETHING.The moose is loose.

docflash on May 8, 2014 at 3:58 PM

#Benghazi

Seven Percent Solution on May 8, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Seven Percent Solution: Exactly,… I have it saved:0
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https://twitter.com/search?q=%23benghazi

canopfor on May 8, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Did they mention Flotus’s bizarre duck face? What’s that about?

Fallon on May 8, 2014 at 4:02 PM

#dudethatwasso2monthsago!!

Deano1952 on May 8, 2014 at 4:03 PM

AZCoyote on May 8, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Good afternoon. :)

First, let me say I’m aware of the allegations regarding Allen’s behavior. For what it’s worth, I believe his daughter.

As to Ronan and his parentage, there is a simple and expedient solution. A DNA test to determine paternity.

I wonder why he hasn’t taken one and made the results public.

In my opinion, Ronan looks like his mother. He’s fortunate in that happy accident. However, his recent behavior, including accepting the Cronkite Award after three days on the job as a ‘journalist’, is more in keeping with Allen’s personal and professional behavior than Sinatra’s.

thatsafactjack on May 8, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Hey Don. Shut up. Now.

chuckh on May 8, 2014 at 4:05 PM

IF CNN had put on 3 Porn girls to argue this, I would’ve watched…

..instead of a few refugees from a Jerry Lewis Labor Day
Telethon….

ToddPA on May 8, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Farrow was photographed using colored contact lenses to make his blue eyes greyer and lighter in an effort to simulate Sinatra’s. Recently his mother intimated that he may be Sinatra’s son, as did Woody Allen. Seems now even Ronan is interested in joining the group anxious to cast him as a bastard, and he means to prove it in every sense of the word.

thatsafactjack on May 8, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Both Bill and Hillary wear blue contacts. In old pictures from Arkansas you can see their brown eyes.

slickwillie2001 on May 8, 2014 at 4:14 PM

It’s weak, looks like pleading.

Imagine Ronnie pleading with, instead of hunting down, these a-holes.

Find ‘em. Hurt ‘em.

Tard on May 8, 2014 at 4:29 PM

…who cares?
…the plane!

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2014 at 4:29 PM

How about State & Moochelle take it to the next level and unfriend Boko Haram, that ought to put the fear of (place deity here)into them.
Twitter ‘Hashtags’ are the 21st centurys version of wearing colored ribbons for a cause.

Slayur on May 8, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Meanwhile

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2014 at 4:31 PM

What color ribbon magnet are we supposed to put on the back of our minivans for this one?

DarthBrooks on May 8, 2014 at 4:43 PM

What color ribbon magnet are we supposed to put on the back of our minivans for this one?

DarthBrooks on May 8, 2014 at 4:43 PM

The same color as the wrist band. duh.

davidk on May 8, 2014 at 4:53 PM

The fact that crap like shtwitter and fecesbook are such important venues for communications is bitter proof of just how low our society has sunken.

I am an Android geek through and through, but I refuse to sign up for a twitter or facebook account, or any other social media BS. If social media is the future, we are totally screwed.

Now you kids, stay off of my lawn gdammit!

NOMOBO on May 8, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Form over substance.

LtGenRob on May 8, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Imagine your reaction if someone mocked your god.

You just saw Don Lemon’s.

aquaviva on May 8, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Brilliant.

I wonder if twitter pablum will continue this course. Most of those people have no real concern for their hashtag retweets. Bring back our girls tag, then off to protest an abortion clinic shutting down, but on the way, they make a stop for their free birth control at walmart.

LaughterJones on May 8, 2014 at 5:20 PM

I’m sure governments and the left love hashtag activism since it’s a form of protest that can be easily ignored and cut off when the government needs to.

The left is training people to sit quietly, take a picture with a few words on it and hope that someone does something.

How ridiculous is it that 300 kids are abducted and you have to wait for “hashtag activism” to take effect before something is done?!? There should have been thousands in the streets demanding something be done! The media should have picked up on this story long before it became a trending topic on twitter! where were they? Again, we’re talking about 300 kids being abducted!

the discussion shouldn’t be how hashtag activism helped, but how the government and the media failed!

jetch on May 8, 2014 at 5:30 PM

How about State & Moochelle take it to the next level and unfriend Boko Haram, that ought to put the fear of (place deity here)into them.

Slayur on May 8, 2014 at 4:29 PM

If the prospect of not getting many “likes” for their social media updates doesn’t scare them, nothing will.

Maybe some celebrity can offer to go to the prom with their leader… I’m sure that will teach them not to #WaronWomen.

malclave on May 8, 2014 at 5:56 PM

So are they supporting #drone activism then?

Texas Zombie on May 8, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Just like America itself at some point I’d like to see the talking stop and the fist flying begin.

potvin on May 8, 2014 at 6:10 PM

They just need more COEXIST bumper stickers.

Galtian on May 8, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Holding up a white piece of paper like that is so asking for it.

Chuck Schick on May 8, 2014 at 6:35 PM

#MaybeThePlaneFlewIntoaBlackHole

tetriskid on May 8, 2014 at 7:11 PM

From the second Don Lemon (for the first of 8 or 9 repetitions) first asked who the other guest was talking about, I knew it would end up: Racist, Racist, Racist!.

allstonian on May 8, 2014 at 7:28 PM

mmmmmmm. popcorn.

KCB on May 8, 2014 at 8:29 PM

This is a step up from the plane, right? Right???

Ukiah on May 8, 2014 at 9:14 PM

My obvious tweet from last night.

Because Boko Haram follows @FLOTUS on Twitter? https://twitter.com/FLOTUS/status/464148654354628608

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on May 8, 2014 at 10:08 PM

How come the US Ambassador to Nigeria and the US State Department didn’t make this an issue?

How come the Commander of USAFRICOM didn’t make this an issue?

Why did it take two weeks of tweets to get them off their arses?

Probably too busy destroying Benghazi evidence … forced into action by Twitter … just pathetic

Strike_Eagle on May 8, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. It’s like four of my little sisters at once. That black dude whoever he is, pathetic.

bour3 on May 9, 2014 at 12:40 AM

How about a team to Benghazi to find the rapists and murderers of a US ambassador?

peacenprosperity on May 9, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Oh, for god’s sake, Allah, hashtag activism didn’t bring attention to the issue to the Nigerian government. Nobody was freaking searching randomly for “saveourgirls” and discovered the issue. The reality is the media was always going to cover something as dramatic as 200 girls being kidnapped.

kit9 on May 9, 2014 at 12:11 PM

thatsafactjack on May 8, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Afternoon J. – he is something else too. He fits all PC categories.

Hillary/Ronan

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Oh, Gawd…I’d take even Hollande/SégolèneRoyal over that :)…

jimver on May 9, 2014 at 4:52 PM