Could Twitter Survive If Trump Left And Took His Millions Of Supporters With Him To Another Platform?

For conservatives and pro-life supporters, social media networks are making it harder to spread your opinion and message with others on these platforms.

This week YouTube demonetized Steven Crowder’s channel, and Twitter won’t allow Lila Rose of Live Action, a pro-life organization to advertise on the social network unless she agrees to remove certain anti-abortion photos and language from her ads and site.

So far, Twitter’s most influential user, President Donald J. Trump has not been demonetized or deplatformed, which is smart on Twitter’s part to not censor the POTUS. That’d be some bad PR for Jack Dorsey.

However, what if Trump decided one day that he has had enough of big tech censorship, and he left Twitter for an alternative website where his supporters could speak freely?

Could Twitter survive if Trump told his 40 million followers to leave with him and go to another platform?

It definitely would hurt their stock price if all of a sudden within a matter of days, millions of users closed their accounts and went somewhere else.

Some Twitter users are already switching to a free speech alternative to Twitter called Parler. The app is becoming a popular destination for deplatformed conservatives and others that are tired of big tech censorship on Twitter and Facebook.

Trump’s team is even discussing opening an account due to fears Twitter will censor his posts.

If the president jumped to Parler from Twitter, it could be the #TwitterAdpocolypse for the social networking website as millions of users would abandon and delete their accounts and join Trump.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of A Whittle Bit of Commentary. Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Desperate: Lower-Tier Democrat Candidates Are Begging For A $1 Donation On Facebook To Make Upcoming Debates

Some lower tier Democrat candidates that have no chance of winning have resorted to begging their followers on Facebook for $1 after the Democratic National Committee (DNCC) announced its plans to limit participants for the third and fourth debates to candidates that reach a 130,000 unique donor threshold.

Senator Cory “Spartacus” Booker, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro are just some of the lower tier candidates that are hoping supporters can find some spare change in the couch to donate. They want to stay in the race longer so they can get a better book deal or cable news gig (see my previous article that explains what I’m talking about).

The problem with the Facebook ads the candidates are purchasing is that they’re having to spend money and lots of it, to get their message out to voters that they need a $1.

If you’re spending $100,000s of dollars on ads to get 130,000 donations, the math doesn’t add up, and you don’t have to be a math whiz or the winner of Jeopardy (he finally lost!) to figure this out. The more money they need, the more money they have to spend. It’s a losing battle.

I think it’s a good idea and about time the DNCC whittled down the candidates. There are too many, and I’m ready to see which candidate (Biden) gets the honor of coming in second place after Trump wins reelection.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of A Whittle Bit of Commentary. Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

2019 America: Pastor Post Defense On Social Media For Praying For Trump After Criticism

In the latest example that our society has lost its mind thanks to social media and the hyper-political culture we live in, Pastor David Platt of McLean Bible Church in Virginia released a public statement explaining why he allowed President Trump to come on stage at his church Sunday for prayer.

Platt stated: "I wanted to share all of this with you in part because I know that some within our church, for a variety of valid reasons, are hurt that I made this decision. This weighs heavy on my heart. I love every member of this church, and I only want to lead us with God's Word in a way that transcends political party and position, heals the hurts of racial division and injustice, and honors every man and woman made in the image of God. So while I am thankful that we had an opportunity to obey 1 Timothy 2 in a unique way today, I don't want to purposely ever do anything that undermines the unity we have in Christ.”

However, unlike Politico's false reporting, he did not apologize for praying for Trump on stage when POTUS showed up at his service:

“At the end of my sermon at the 1:00 worship gathering, I stepped to the side for what I thought would be a couple of moments in quiet reflection as we prepared to take the Lord’s Supper. But I was immediately called backstage and told that the President of the United States was on his way to the church, would be there in a matter of minutes, and would like for us to pray for him… “

He continued: "…That's why, as soon as I heard this request backstage, the passage from God's Word that came to my mind was 1 Timothy 2:1-6.”

In any group of people, you're going to have some people that don't like Trump. That's a given. However, we are living in sad times when a pastor has to post on social media to the Twitter mob an explanation as to why he allowed a president of the United States to come on stage and to pray for him!

If you're a Christian, you have a responsibility to pray for the president. Regardless of your personal feelings on the current occupant of the White House, he is still making decisions that impact the country.

Don't you want him to make good policy decisions? I pray God gives him wisdom and discernment. I want all our leaders in Washington to be guided by God.

I didn't agree with Obama on policy, but I prayed for him that God would change his heart and give him wisdom.

If you are upset, a pastor prayed for a president; then you need prayer too.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of A Whittle Bit of Commentary. Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Silicon Valley Wants You To Vote On Your Smartphone For President And It'll Be A Computer Hacker's American Dream

If you got tired of hearing Democrats complaining the 2016 election was unfair the Russians colluded with Trump by hacking voting machines, you’re really going to want to turn off the TV in future elections.

The wizards of Silicon Valley have a new scheme to “help make our elections fairer,” and it’s an idea that will be a computer hacker’s American dream come true.

According to TheEagle.com, Bradley Tusk, an investor that invested in Uber among other companies, is behind a new push allowing mobile voting in U.S. elections that would allow Americans to vote for president on their nearest smartphone instead of their nearest polling station.

There is a bad idea for so many reasons.

One, the cost of implementing this would cost states you have to assume millions of dollars because what doesn’t cost millions of dollars to implement?

Two, how can they stop from third-party hackers from hacking machines and changing votes and stealing voting data. If the government couldn’t stop Russia from “hacking” our current voting machines, how do they plan to keep our data safe on an app from hackers, both foreign and domestic?

Imagine a future where a computer hacker threatens to expose how you voted online unless you paid him off. It could happen.

Third, it’ll never increase voter turnout like he says it will. Other countries have tried it, and so far, it hasn’t really made a difference in voter turnout.

User data is stolen all the time online, with the latest example Quest Diagnostics and I’d much rather my voting data not be stolen.

Call me old fashion, but I’d rather risk having some hanging Chads in Florida due to paper ballots than risk having my data exposed all over the internet.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of A Whittle Bit of Commentary. Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Joe Biden's Real Opponent Is The Internet And Social Media Montages Of His Political Gaffes

With each new poll released it seems Joe Biden’s lead continues to expand on Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and the other 20 plus Democrats running for second place in the 2020 election.

While Biden continues to expand his lead on second place Sanders, the Vermont Senator isn’t his real opponent. It’s the internet.

If we were still living in the 1980s or even the early to mid-90s, Biden would have a better chance of winning the White House because social media and YouTube didn’t exist.

If you search for Joe Biden on YouTube, you will find countless Biden political gaffe clips and montages of classic Biden slip-ups all mashed up into one video.

Go to Twitter, and you’ll see Biden quotes and memes of Uncle Joe touching women inappropriately with retweets galore.

Before the social media era, he could cover these clips up because the media would just ignore him putting his foot in his mouth. However, they can’t do that anymore, especially in the era of #MeToo.

The media can no longer control the narrative like they did before because if they don’t report on a trending clip, their audience will call them out on social media. Of course, they can just pretend the clip isn’t a big deal when they do report it but once the clipped is out online and on-air they can’t convince every viewer it isn’t offensive what he’s said.

Biden may still win the nominee in the end, but in the general election, the YouTube clip montage could be his political downfall.

Biden’s past does not sit well with the base of the Democrat party. Many of them don’t like him because they believe he isn’t far left enough. Add multiple #MeToo moments and no endorsement from AOC, and it’s a recipe for election disaster for the man from Scranton.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of A Whittle Bit of Commentary. Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

We Need A Well-Funded Pro-Family Conservative Alternative To Netflix

The reaction by Hollywood to recent pro-life legislation that has passed in multiple states once again exposes how the leaders in the entertainment industry really feel about conservatives and Christians.

Some actors and production companies have threatened to pull productions from the state, including Netflix. Not filming in the state is, of course, their right as is sharing their opinion on the issue.

Those that have pro-life positions also have the right to share their opinion verbally and financially.

New movies and TV shows that are released are becoming increasingly not only vulgar but anti-Christian, anti-conservative and anti-family.

Hollywood can produce whatever they want, and we can vote with our wallets about the content we view or do not watch.

The good news is in 2019 there are options for families. You longer have to expose your kids or waste your money on entertainment that does not share your values.

Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime are the big three in streaming, but there are family friendly alternatives, including PureFlix that offers Christian based movies and shows.

However, if we're honest, though, it's hard to find quality and entertaining content. While there are PureFlix and a couple other Christian and conservative based streaming services, there isn't one that can match the quality of a Netflix.

Of course, Netflix is a huge company with massive stacks of cash they can use to invest in programming that smaller streaming companies do not have.

We need a well-organized, well-funded pro-life, pro-family alternative to Netflix that provides quality content for families and Christians to watch. I love watching TV shows, but I'm tired of supporting companies that ridicule my beliefs and my faith.

I know saying cutting the cord or canceling streaming services is easier said than done because each service does offer some good content. However, overall, these companies do not respect our values.

If a company started a streaming service that offered content that came close to matching the quality of Netflix, there are millions of families and Christians/conservatives ready to subscribe.

If the trend continues with Hollywood producing vile content, the need for an alternative streaming service will only grow.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of A Whittle Bit of Commentary. Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Netflix Threatens To Pull Production From Georgia Over Heartbeat Bill And Many Georgians Would Wave Goodbye To Them

Netflix is threatening to pull production out of Georgia if the recently passed Heartbeat bill that bans abortion after the baby has a heartbeat goes into effect.

This follows some other Hollywood producers and actors that have said they won’t work in Georgia if the law goes into effect.

Hotair.com reports there are countless pitches to Hollywood producers being made that portray conservatives like Matt Drudge, Ann Coulter and the late Andrew Breitbart in movies as losers and villains.

It’s obvious Hollywood in general doesn’t like conservatives.

Maybe conservatives should make Netflix a counter offer and cancel their subscriptions.

I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of A Whittle Bit of Commentary. Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Survey Reports Millennials And Gen Z Are Increasingly Pessimistic And I Blame The Media For Reporting The Sky Is Always Falling

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A new survey reports Millennials and Gen Z are increasingly pessimistic about their lives according to Bloomberg. Income inequality, crime, terrorism, personal safety, climate change, natural disasters are just some of the worries young adults and teens have in America in the survey.

And it’s no wonder.

The media scares them to death every day they turn on the news or open Twitter on their phone.

Every day the news tells them the sky is falling, Trump is horrible, and we’re all dead in ten years because of climate change.

The world is going to hell in a hand basket and we have a shortage of baskets because of global warming.

The truth is the world is not as bad as the media says it is.

Things are actually pretty good thanks to a growing economy and we have more innovation than ever before making our lives easier.

The best thing Millennials and Gen Z could do is turn off the news and go enjoy life.

I’m Chad Whittle and that’s a Whittle Bit of Commentary. For more visit ChadWhittle.com.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of A Whittle Bit of Commentary. Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Great Again: ESPN Decides To Avoid Going Broke With Woke Politics

ESPN’s new president Jimmy Pitaro has decided the sports network will no longer be woke so the channel can avoid going broke.

In an interview with the LA Times, Pitaro said their data shows fans of the “Worldwide leader in sports” do not want them to cover sports.

Imagine that. Sports fans don’t want politics on ESPN. Groundbreaking. What took them so long to realize this?

Maybe it was the declining ratings that made the light bulb finally go off?

Moving away from politics on ESPN is the right move, and I’m glad to see the channel is moving in that direction.

Americans watch sports to escape from politics and to relax. No one wants to know what the political viewpoints are of “SportsCenter” anchors or talk show hosts. People just want to know how their favorite team is doing.

With more viewers cutting the cord from cable, I’m glad to see ESPN is on the path to greatness again and maybe even bring some viewers back.

I loved watching the sports channel, but I got tired of hearing politics, and it’s not because they don’t share my politics. I don’t want even to hear my own politics on the channel. I just want to listen to sports talk and get away from the world of politics. It’s good for your mental health.

Hopefully, ESPN will continue down this path of becoming just a sports channel again and the era of WokeCenter as Clay Travis calls it, is in the rear view mirror.

MAKE ESPN GREAT AGAIN!

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of A Whittle Bit of Commentary. Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Will 2016 Be The Last Fair Election In History? States Passing National Popular Vote Bills Making Electoral College Irrelevant

It's ironic that 2016 may be our last fair election considering all the screaming and yelling that Trump cheated and colluded. The Washington Times reports the Nevada Senate approved a National Popular Vote bill that will allow the state to cast their electoral votes for the winner of the national popular vote.

Nevada and 14 other states including the District of Columbia, have joined together to form the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, will require electors in participating states to vote for the national vote-winner instead of the candidate that receives the most votes in their home state.

They're making their states and the votes of their residents irrelevant! This is crazy!

Why even campaign in Nevada, Colorado, Delaware or New Mexico when they're just gonna give the state to whichever candidate wins the national popular vote? You'd be wasting time and resources.

If other states adopt this, California, Florida, Texas, Ohio, New York and a couple of other large populated states will be the only ones that matter.

This is why we have the Electoral College. So that even small states have a say in electing the president.

If I'd lived in one of these states, I'd be outraged.

It's an attempt to change the rules to their favor because Trump won which will make it all the more hilarious if he wins the popular vote in 2020 and then Nevada electors have to vote for him.

If America doesn't have a unified voting system that every state follows, our elections could become chaos. What if other states decide to create their own system and rules in the future? We could have multiple states with multiple voting systems, which would be a disaster for our elections.

The Electoral College has served us well every four years. I've never wanted the election process changed so a political party I support had a better chance of winning after a president won I didn't like. I understood how important having fair elections is to the continued success and future of America.

Changing the rules just because you don't like the outcome doesn't serve the country well and will make more question the legitimacy of our elections.

The odds of this backfiring on the participating states is very good and maybe even as soon as 2020 when Trump wins.

Canada Basically Bans Pro-Life Movie "Unplanned" From Movie Screens. Will An Anti-Trump Zombie Movie Be Banned For Content Too?

The pro-life movie "Unplanned" has been basically banned from Canadian theaters according to LifesiteNews.

The largest theater chain in Canada, Cineplex, that controls 80 percent of movie screens in the nation has rejected to screen the film, thus making it almost completely banned from theatergoers. In addition, Mongrel Media, the largest distribution company in Canada, also turned down the film reports The Daily Wire. Canadian law states a film can only be shown in theaters if the movie has a distributor.

The movie contains no adult language, nudity/sexual content but does contain some violence related to an abortion procedure so the movie companies can't say the film was not approved due to content. Most movies have violent content so it's obvious the film wasn't picked up due to its pro-life message.

"When Women Rule the World," a new B zombie movie being presented at the Cannes Film Festival Market does its impersonation of Kathy Griffin on the movie poster with a bikini-clad Melania Trump-type character.

Currently, the zombie movie that I'm sure is terrible, doesn't have a distributor. However, if the film picks up a distributor, it will be interesting to see if Canadian movie chains will be willing to show this violent, politically charged film. My guess is that it'll have a much better chance at appearing on Canadian screens than "Unplanned."

Like the pro-life movie, this zombie movie has a political viewpoint and is violent like "Unplanned," but in the eyes of the movie industry both here nationally and internationally, this will probably be considered "art" since this movie is full of anti-Trump politics.

No president should be depicted in that way regardless of which party he is a member of because it's disrespectful and disturbing, to be honest.

Between the basic banning of "Unplanned" in Canada and the movie poster for the zombie movie, I'm reminded once again that I don’t share the values of Hollywood.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of A Whittle Bit of Commentary. Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Hollywood Twitter Activists Threats Of Boycotting Georgia Is All Talk

Anytime a Republican-led state passes legislation Hollywood celebrities do not like; you can always count on some of the more outspoken actors and actresses to engage in Twitter activism. By posting a Tweet, they feel as though they have made a real difference in society by sharing their opinions and threatening to boycott a state, company, or organization that didn't do what they wanted.

This month's Hollywood Twitter activism focuses on the growing debate on abortion as states across the nation pass new legislation that either restricts or expands the procedure.

Thanks to tax credits, Georgia's film industry has grown significantly over the past few years as many TV and movie production companies have moved from Hollywood to "Hollywood South" due to the cheaper costs of producing in the Peach State.

After Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the heartbeat bill into law, the usual Hollywood Twitter tribe went to posting threats of never working again in the state and encouraged others to boycott Georgia and to maybe even donate to their favorite Hollywood celebrity-approved charity.

You would assume the possibility of losing millions of dollars of revenue for the state would concern the governor and maybe make him reconsider his public opinions on the issue. However, the possible boycotts from Hollywood haven't deterred him from his strong stance on the matter.

Saturday at the Georgia Republican Convention Kemp said: "I understand that some folks don't like this new law. I am fine with that. We're elected to do what's right — and standing up for precious life is always the right thing to do." He went to mock Hollywood celebrities specifically: "We value and protect innocent life. Even though that makes C-list celebrities squawk."

According to TheBlaze, Lauren Groh-Wargo, the governor's top aide, said the governor isn't worried about Hollywood leaving the state: "[He] literally does not care if the film industry leaves Georgia."

I believe Kemp isn't worried about Hollywood taking their productions elsewhere because in the back of his mind, he probably knows that it's all just talk. He knows they're just mad and they're just ranting because at the end of the day it's a money decision.

Hollywood studios have invested too much money in creating an infrastructure in the state of offices and production facilities with some of those businesses Georgia based to pack up and leave. Packing up shop would cost too much money.

Yes, some celebrities may not work in Georgia anymore, but it's not going to be enough to really have a financial impact on the state. Most actors/actresses will continue to work in the state and will justify their continued working in the state by donating money to charities that support their politics or by saying they don't want to make those that work in the industry in Georgia lose their job.

If you recall, Hollywood entertainers promised to leave America if Trump won yet they're still here. This is a similar situation. Bottom line is it's a money move, and Hollywood isn't going anywhere.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of A Whittle Bit of Commentary. Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Radio Free Trump: Radio Stations Going All Trump All The Time 24/7

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Some radio stations are going all in on Trump.

Three stations in the Panama City area announced they will air two-minute clips of speeches by President Trump every hour until Election Day in 2020.

A station in Connecticut, WDRC, has Trumped the Florida stations by rebranding itself as ‘Trump 103.3.’ The station plans to air conservative talk shows from Mike Gallagher, Bill O’Reilly, and Ben Shapiro.  

This is a great way to pump up Trump fans.

However, under FCC rules, stations must allow airtime to any candidate running for office. So they are required to offer Democrats airtime for advertisements.

I hope Democrats are invited on the station regardless of FCC rules because it’ll just be fun to hear “And joining us now on Trump 103.3, it’s Bernie Sanders.”

I’m Chad Whittle with a Whittle Bit of Commentary.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of A Whittle Bit of Commentary. Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Democrat And True Liberal Tulsi Gabbard Speaks Up For Conservative Free Speech On Social Media

It's not every day you hear a Democrat Presidential candidate stand up for free speech for conservatives, but on a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Tulsi Gabbard (D- Hawaii) did precisely that.

During the interview, Rogan and Gabbard's discussion turned to social media and how Facebook and Twitter have removed user accounts from individuals they obviously don't agree with politically.

Recently Facebook removed Paul Joseph Watson and Alex Jones related accounts from their platform.

According to Breitbart, Gabbard said:

"There's just been news recently about Facebook banning certain individuals . . . because of their speech. They disagree with the speech they're using or the ideas they're pushing forward. Unchecked, First Amendment rights going out the window.

Regarding the debate concerning social media networks are private companies and therefore are not required to allow free speech, the Hawaiian representative said:

"They're trying to get the best of both worlds. The fact that they are claiming to say, 'Hey, this is a free space for open communication for everyone' while at the same time saying 'You know, what Joe, I don't like what you're saying about this, so we're going to ban you and whoever your friends are from this conversation' — I think that's a big problem."

It is so good and encouraging to hear there is at least one Democrat candidate that is willing to publicly speak up for the free speech rights of those she probably doesn't agree with on the right. I am not sure if all the Democrat candidates are willing to take a public stand for conservative speech on social media. I think for some it would be the opposite and they would not speak up.

"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." We all have heard that famous quote by author Evelyn Beatrice Hall, but unfortunately, I think many on the left do not believe that anymore.

Tulsi Gabbard is a true liberal because she is defending the free speech rights for all and I may not agree with a lot of what she has to say, but I defend her right to say it.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of A Whittle Bit of Commentary. Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Social Media Is The Worst Thing That's Happened To Millennials And Generation Z

At a press conference for her latest film, singer and actress Selena Gomez stated social media has been “terrible for my generation,” and she’s right.

Social media has led to a rise in mental problems for young users that includes anxiety/depression and the bullying of children. The peer pressure online of trying to become famous and gain a large audience has real-world consequences; it is not simply innocent behavior or just something to do for some kicks. The comments aimed toward children can cause serious mental damage or even help play a part in tragedies.

A Malaysian teenager jumped to her death, according to Reuters after asking her followers on Instagram to answer a poll on her page that asked if she should choose death or life. The Sarawak, Malaysia district police chief Aidil Bolhassan told Reuters they were conducting a post-mortem to determine if other factors contributed to her death as she had a history of depression.

While other issues probably influenced her to commit suicide, no doubt the mental toll of the social media culture played a part in her ultimately making a heartbreaking and awful decision.

While not every young person or even a majority may be influenced to go as far as to commit suicide over social media, these websites and apps still can cause harm to the mental health of children.

Gomez is right when she called social media “dangerous” and impossible to make safe for children at this point, according to the UK Guardian. While parents worry about all the dangers outside of their house in the world for their kids, some of the most dangerous might be lurking inside their home just a tap away on an app.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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Starting A Conservative Alternative To Facebook Is Not As Easy As It Sounds. Here's Why.

Recently, people have been all a-Twitter about breaking up social media due to censorship, while others have privacy concerns. Some conservatives have even called for the creation of alternatives to Facebook. While I'm not against the idea of someone starting a conservative, free speech loving, privacy-protecting alternative to Facebook, it's not as simple to do as it sounds. Below, I offer multiple reasons why this would be a difficult task:

1. The concept: Simply just copying Mark Zuckerberg's idea and the look, design, and function of Facebook but with a conservative slant would not work. For a new social media network to work and gain users, it needs to offer something new and not just offer a ripped off version of another platform. If you look at the most popular social networks, each offers something unique to audiences: Instagram (photo sharing with filters), Snapchat (disappearing videos), Twitter (angry Hollywood leftists that are fun to laugh at) YouTube (piano playing cats and Mark Gormley videos).

2. Creative talent: Regardless of your thoughts about Zuckerberg and the rest of the tech wizards, you have to admit that the Facebook founder and the rest are very talented, creative, smart people. You need someone on the right that has the skills and talent to create a new platform. Yes, you can find conservative computer programmers and conservatives that work in the industry, but you need to find conservatives that also have the vision to make their ideas a reality.

3. Funding: You need cash. Lots of cash to make any startup website, conservative or not, to have a chance at success. With Silicon Valley leaning left, you may have to think outside the box for startup funding.

4. Remember number three? You need more cash for marketing, promotion, business expenses, and employees.

5. Patience: It takes any business you could ever start time to succeed. This wouldn't be a quick overnight success that would take off like a U.S. rocket toward North Korea in the Pacific Ocean. You'd have to have years of patience plus a lot of hard work to make it last.

6. Users: You could have the coolest social site on the internet, but if you have no users, then none of it matters. It's hard to change people's habits once they get used to something else whether it be Facebook, watching another nightly newscast when they've watched the same local news for 20 years, etc. Changing people's habits is a hard thing to do, and conservatives may think millions would leave en masse if an alternative to Facebook went online, but I think it'd be hard to change many people's habit of using the website because they've grown accustomed to using the social site. Plus, most users have years of their lives stored on the service including photos and videos.

I'm sure I've missed some angles on this topic, but that should at least offer a starting point concerning some of the main problems that would transpire if someone decided to give it a go and start a well-funded conservative alternative to Facebook or another social network.

This article isn't a criticism of the concept or idea, but instead, this essay is trying to be honest about the realities one would face if they did decide to try to build a conservative social media website.

I'm all for a conservative social network, and I hope this article can help a conservative entrepreneur figure out how to make it actually work.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

New Data On Netflix Viewership Reports Nostalgia Beating New Netflix Originals - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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Nielsen has released interesting new data on what subscribers on Netflix are watching and it appears the 50 plus crowd are watching Netflix originals more than younger viewers.

See kids, your mom is hip and cool!

According to Business Insider, those 50 plus spend a greater share of their time on Netflix watching originals than younger viewers with the older crowd spending 33% of their minutes watching originals compared to 27% for younger viewers.

While Netflix originals are very popular, old TV repeats of shows like “The Office” and “Friends” are the most popular titles on the streaming service.

People love nostalgia because times always seemed simpler in the past compared to today. Plus, shows of the past were not anywhere near as dirty as the Netflix originals available to stream today.

I’m Chad Whittle with A Whittle Bit of Commentary.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Microsoft To Release Woke Version of Word That Helps Make Your Grammar More Politically Correct

Microsoft plans to release a woke version of their popular Word program in June that will use artificial intelligence to help make your writing more politically correct. The new "Ideas in Word" feature will underline words or phrases that may be insensitive and suggest corrections according to Fast Company.

The company isn't branding it as a PC checker, but that's basically what it is. The new AI feature will also highlight words and phrases that could be considered showing gender bias.

For example, instead of "Congressman," it might change it to "Congressperson."

President Donald Trump becomes President Hillary Clinton. Ok, I made that one up.

"Disabled person" becomes "person with a disability."

The AI feature might suggest you changing "gentlemen's agreement" to "unspoken agreement."

The updated version of Word will also include checks for clarity in writing, conciseness, punctuation, and "sensitive geopolitical terms."

If you want your writing to be less woke, you can turn off the new grammar checks in your settings. However, if you do turn off the woke grammar checks, AOC receives an alert, and she will Tweet you and tell you that was "not cool."

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Trump Has A Big League Advantage No Other Republican President Has Ever Had If Democrats Try Impeachment: An Influential Conservative Media

The Democrats are once again ramping up the impeachment talk to help fundraise for the 2020 campaign, and because of the #EpicFail that was the Mueller investigation that concluded Trump did not collude with Russia.

While many Democrats may think it’s a slam dunk if they do decide to impeach Trump on Trumped up charges, Trump has a big league advantage that didn’t exist when Nixon resigned.

Today in 2019, Trump has a vast and influential conservative media that no one could have even predicted when Nixon was facing accusations.

During Nixon’s era, you had three broadcast networks, multiple national and regional newspapers/magazines that almost all were mainstream left-leaning outlets.

While it’s true today the majority of the media is still liberal, unlike in the 1970s, you have multiple influential conservative media outlets that would offer a balance to the Trump hating impeachment coverage that would dominate mainstream media outlets.

Watergate possibly could’ve gone different for Nixon if Sean Hannity and Fox News existed then. Plus, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Michael Savage and the rest of talk radio reaches millions of listeners per day.

There are also powerful online sources including The Daily Caller and Breitbart that would spread facts and information the rest of the media would not report.

In addition, there is BlazeTV, YouTubers and conservative bloggers posting on social media.

And of course, there is the biggest pro-Trump media megaphone of them all: Trump’s Twitter page.

Democrats can Tweet and comment all they want that Trump is Nixon 2.0 and they can give impeachment a shot, but it would be nowhere near as easy as it was with Richard Milhouse.

Trump has an advantage no other former Republican president has, and that is a vast right-wing media on-air and online that would be ready to come to his defense. If you’ve seen the ratings recently for CNN and how badly Fox News dominates them, I think I like Trump’s odds.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.