It was particularly interesting to see deleted posts on Reddit on Sunday.
All about Hillary Clinton, mostly very mainstream news stories, mostly with thousands of upvotes — all swept clean, not in 24 hours, but in an hour.
For about 45 minutes longer, there was one post on the front page about this story — from r/gifs, with a GIF of the incident. And then, zap!, deleted — at about 2500 total upvotes.
I made two comments on a post on r/politicaldiscussion — both extremely moderate. The third time I tried to post, I was told to “You’re doing that too often” and to wait seven minutes. Fifteen minutes or so later when I remembered to try again, I was told to wait ten minutes.
And — let me be honest — Occam’s Razor says that Hillary is most likely not suffering from anything really significant. Occam’s Razor proves nothing, mind you — but most controversies, absent other information, turn out to be nothing.
In my mind, the takeaway here is not that Hillary is certainly suffering from something serious. She might be — we have no way to know — but most likely not. The takeaway is that she immediately resorted to lying or at least “dissembling”, told two different stories before finally settling on a third one — and now we’re supposed to be conspiracy theorists if we wonder if this third story is true or not?