I had this feeling, too, as I was checking my Twitter feed while doing election night commentary on Seattle TV.
And how is this different from “content farms” that game automated systems (Facebook, Google) for ad revenue, using cheaply produced (ripped off) content? At its base, it is no different. Systems gaming is systems gaming when you have no ethics, only greed.
System gaming could be “fixed” by algorithms — just like algorithms could ID when people pirate other people’s videos — but the fix is antithetical to Google’s business model. So they don’t/won’t (voluntarily). Google will let its algorithms find pirated content when the “producer” is a global company but they don’t when the producer is “just a user.”
This reflects challenges with Saturday morning “children” shows/channels, except there is some quasi-regulation going on with TV. How do we “regulate” TV-like content when it’s distributed on the web? I think there’s still a role for, at a minimum, disclaimers. For sure, commercial accounts need full disclosure, just like they would in the “analog” world.
Factual errors like this claim — which is easily rebutted — weaken the entire argument.
On Tuesday Aug 22, the day of the rally, Tropical Depression Harvey was not yet forecast to make landfall in Texas or be a Cat4 hurricane. See NOAA and Weather.com links below.
The August 21 op-ed in WaPost: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/phoenix-mayor-greg-stanton-why-i-dont-want-trump-to-come-to-my-city/2017/08/21/e4bb5d46-8679-11e7-961d-2f373b3977ee_story.html
Phoenix Mayor Greg (not Doug, as others have noted) Stanton statement shared on Twitter, asking Trump not to visit: https://twitter.com/MayorStanton/status/897963549514911744