For the Twitter uninitiated, a “pinned Tweet” is a message you hope followers read whenever they come to your home page.
For actress-turned-activist Alyssa Milano, that means sharing this vital message with her 3.7 million followers.
I believe in science. And facts. And truth.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 14, 2020
Sounds wonderful on paper, or a digital cyber wall. In practice, though, Milano has some work to do today.
A few hours ago she shared a video clip taken in New York City. The progressive celebrity wondered to her social media flock the following about an image of someone getting arrested in New York City:
“CAN ANYONE CONFIRM WHATS GOING ON HERE?” the Charmed star wrote. “It looks like #TrumpsGestapo kidnapping protestors. I’m sorry for putting out something that hasn’t been verified but this seems like it’s important to get out there.”
Someone did, namely the New York Police Department. The group sent out a Tweet addressing the clip in question in order to clarify matters.
In regard to a video on social media that took place at 2 Ave & 25 St, a woman taken into custody in an unmarked van was wanted for damaging police cameras during 5 separate criminal incidents in & around City Hall Park. The arresting officers were assaulted with rocks & bottles. pic.twitter.com/2jGD3DT3eV
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) July 29, 2020
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio weighed in next on the matter.
NYC Mayor de Blasio says protester thrown in unmarked van by plainclothes officers was arrested for damaging police property: “This is not Portland … what you see on that video is NYPD officers. I think it was the wrong time and the wrong place to effectuate that arrest.” pic.twitter.com/LtKWQ5Tn26
— The Recount (@therecount) July 29, 2020
In other words, Milano’s conjecture was 100 percent wrong. So she updated her followers with the news and apologized for the slander, right?
No. Milano’s Tweet is still up. There’s no apology shared, no sense that smearing innocent, hard-working police officers for doing their job might have been wrong.
Sorry not sorry. That’s both the name of Milano’s podcast and her shoulder shrug to the truth.
And she’s not alone.
Far-left comedian Sarah Silverman shared a video that Milano cheered earlier today featuring Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat, excoriating Attorney General Bill Barr for an alleged double standard.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 29, 2020
Silverman shared the video, too, emphasizing the word “truth” in her message.
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) July 29, 2020
Portland, Oregon has faced 62 straight days of violent protests. One need only follow the account of journalist Andy Ngo to see the full scope of the violence, the destruction, the devastation done to parts of the city.
Here’s a Deputy Marshall, too afraid to share his name, telling an AP reporter what’s happening on the ground in Portland.
“It’s scary. You open those doors out, when the crowd is shaking the fence, and … on the other side of that fence are people that want to kill you because of the job we chose to do and what we represent,” said a Deputy U.S. Marshal who has been protecting the courthouse for weeks. He requested anonymity because protesters have identified him and posted his personal information online.
“I can’t walk outside without being in fear for my life,” he said. “I am worried for my life, every time I walk outside of the building.”
Here’s more from the scene:
Without lights, the agents hoped they would be better protected from people in the crowd who were firing metal ball bearings through the windows with sling shots. Thick ribbons of green light from blinding lasers crisscrossed the courthouse lobby, forcing the agents who were resting in between deployments to the fence to duck and weave to protect their eyes.
Agents on scaffolding fired pepper balls through the window slits at the crowd while others sat quietly on marble benches in the lobby, alone or in small groups, and waited for their turn at the fence.
Now, can anyone show us anything remotely similar that happened in Michigan, as both Milano, Silverman and the Democrat Congresswoman suggest?
We’ll wait .. and wait … because nothing remotely like it happened.
Note: Silverman has 12.4 million followers on Twitter.