Facebook’s cryptocurrency project has long been one of Silicon Valley’s worst-kept secrets. Even so, Libra’s formal announcement elicited a number of incendiary reactions from chattering heads across the political spectrum.
Few hot takes, however, were more bombastic than that of National Review Online senior writer Michael Brendan Dougherty, who scolded the government for failing to respond appropriately to Facebook’s naked assault on the US dollar.
The appropriate response? A nuclear strike.
Dougherty dropped this blistering bombshell during the latest episode of The Editors, the flagship podcast of conservative media publication National Review.
Host Rich Lowry, Charles C.W. Cooke, Alexandra DeSanctis, and Dougherty (known to listeners of The Editors as “The Notorious MBD”) began, not by discussing Facebook’s cryptocurrency launch, but rather by debating US Senator Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) so-called internet censorship bill.
That legislation, the Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act, would require giant social media companies like Facebook and Google to prove that their algorithms and content-removal policies are “politically neutral” to continue to enjoy the immunity from traditional publisher liabilities that they currently receive under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Hawley’s critics (including critics at National Review) have warned that the Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act – which stands virtually no chance of ever becoming law – is “unconstitutional” and threatens to “break the internet.”