Facebook's Bribe of The Daily Caller
Neil Patel took the ZuckBucks
One thing about Indians is they tend to kiss up and kick down. In Neil Patel’s case, he kisses up at “China Dick” Cheney and the Israelis, and kicks down at the American people, who suffer under the vengeful foreign yoke of Likud tech tyranny.
And so, in this moment, he won’t do the right thing. I’ve been bugging him to cover FBI whistleblower Johnathan Buma, but he won’t reply. I have no idea why. So my assumption is he’s in on it. A lot of publishers are doing their readers a disservice by not explaining what’s really going on right now.
The whole concept of Facebook’s fact-checking is like a lot of Silicon Valley—they outsource what is fundamentally a thorny political problem, so they don’t have to think about it. They hire outside fact-checkers, and that becomes a means to pay off allies like The Daily Caller. This is functionally a bribe, or at best establishes a feudal relationship. Of all the big tech companies, Facebook is by far the most Israeli, if you look at their executives and companies they’ve acquired in the realm of AI and facial recognition.
This is highly relevant to the actual physical economy of the U.S., because so many small businesses depend on Facebook for marketing. The Christian Zionist mantra, “God will bless those who bless Israel” can be rendered true by directing traffic and attention to favored businesses, and cutting off disfavored ones. It ain’t God doing it, though, except perhaps in an indirect sense. None of this has anything to do with free markets either, it’s a structure to Palestinianize American small business.
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Yesterday we mentioned the allegations of bribery involving Meta and Netanyahu, but the truth is it’s bribery all the way down, Bibi and Meta is just the top of it, Bibi being the capo dei capi crime lord. As with lots of these things, you can look at Facebook a few different ways. In one sense it’s a tech platform. But in a more direct sense it’s a structure to control journalism and gather information on individuals. Since they control traffic flows, they control how much money publishers make, and in the case of the fact-check program you’re even talking about direct payments.
The way all this touches on the Caller’s history of far-right problems—the exposure of which was widely attributed to me by Likud influencers—is interesting. To be clear, I’m proud of the work I did there, and all my colleagues were great. And most of them would tell you there has been a problem. The question is why. Patel knows perfectly well I kept an eye on this stuff.
The woman now heading the DCNF, the nonprofit arm of The Daily Caller, is Adele Malpass, who’s married to the head of the World Bank who stepped down this year. Malpass’s father, Herman Obermayer, played an interesting role in the history of the American postwar far-right. He was on the board of JINSA, an institution with connections to both Costin Alamariu and the Surfside condo collapse. That’s relevant background because of the typical right-wing Israeli view that American Jews should be frightened into sympathy or expatriation, a goal they are perfectly content to cooperate with the ugliest elements to achieve. I happen to disagree.
Obermayer bucked prevailing journalistic consensus about the American Nazi Party by actually giving them oxygen—prior to that the Jewish community’s general view was that they were better ignored. I have a copy of the book of clips he compiled. Most of it is the very same protest-carnival fare that has become so big a part of our public life of the last few years. The group certainly qualified as a local nuisance, but the idea that it was ever a real threat to civil order seems a little silly.
Two facts are relevant to truly understanding George Lincoln Rockwell and his group. The first is Laird told me Rockwell would brag about receiving money from Jews. The second is his parents were carnies. I submit these facts tell you something about the character of the group. Very few groups of this kind are only one thing, but there are reasons to think it was a front. This is very much of a piece with what the Bronze Age Pervert (a JINSA board member’s protege) and his friends are doing.
Here’s a photo I want you to think about:
It does, of course, depict the victory of the good guys. But the question I want you to ask is, why didn’t they take down the Nazi flag? And as an aesthetic question, does its presence make the reality of what’s going on more significant, or even more moving?
There are all sorts of interesting political, cultural, and even artistic issues here, which I won’t bore you with, but the point is the Nazi taboo has certain uses, and it’s in the vested interest of quite a few people to keep it in circulation, even for it to get somewhat out of control. You can’t do that without a few neo-Nazis. That isn’t to say many of them are not sincere in their awful convictions. But if you’re the one LARPing, you’re the mark, and will be disposed of like any other asset, in the manner of Douglass Mackey, who appears to have been working for Richard Schwartz—among other things, on a Democratic campaign.
There’s a question here as to whether an op of this kind was being run in, on, or by The Daily Caller itself. I have no reason to defend Patel at this point. I think it would have been more principled to decline the money from Facebook and say the company’s fact-checking operations were a sham, rather than give a conservative imprimatur to them. Why on earth does Facebook deserve any of this cover?
There’s an open question here as to how much of this touches on the Israeli corruption of the Supreme Court. We have them intervening on Paul Singer’s behalf in a sovereign debt case, after Singer became Justice Alito’s billionaire sponsor. Ruth Bader Ginsburg took a trip to Israel on the dime of Morris Kahn after the court gave his firm a victory. And Brett Kavanaugh is a friend of Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s right-of-center consigliere, who arranged the Caller’s presence on the fact-checker list.