Twitter: a Lesson in Failed Leadership

By | January 15, 2021

[January 15, 2021]  Leaders around the world are starting to speak out in condemnation of Twitter’s censorship of U.S. President Trump and others they don’t agree with politically.1  This backlash is about Twitter trampling on fundamental democratic freedoms.  The leadership of Twitter has repeatedly stated that their censorship goals are only about safety and are not biased in any manner.

Democratic leaders are coming forward, saying that Trump’s banning is a decision that should be left up to the citizens and not to a private company.2  For example, French Finance Minister Le Maire said that “the regulation of digital giants cannot be done by the digital oligarchy itself,” adding that big tech was “one of the threats” to democracy.  He has a good point.

We do not see this thinking as a general trend in the U.S., which is terrible news.  Freedom of expression is a long-held value and a fundamental right.  Yet, nearly every major news outlet, teachers’ union, most politicians, and private businesses are okay with the censorship.  If you disagree with the current political progressive ideology, expect to be banned, canceled, de-platformed, doxed, cut off from social media, and worse.  And, you being censored will be cheered.

Yesterday morning, I received an email from Richard Pearson, Executive Director of the Illinois State Rifle Association.  He noted that many firearm groups rely on the Internet and social media platforms to communicate with their members and others. He warns that this access may now be eliminated or at least made much more difficult and expensive.  He went on to give examples where that is already happening.

Some free nations are rising up against this form of soft tyranny.  The country of Uganda, for example, had its presidential election yesterday.  They ordered that Twitter and all other social media be blocked until sometime after their election.  Interestingly, Twitter’s Public Policy tweeted that “We strongly condemn internet shutdowns; they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet.”  At first, I thought this was satire, but not so.  The irony was staggering.

Twitter’s leadership, specifically Jack Dorsey as Twitter’s CEO, is not just cowardly but hypocritical.  How could it be that the leaders of Twitter are so unaware of their own hypocrisy?  When you live in an ideological bubble and are oblivious to social realities, expect to be mocked and humiliated as Twitter has been.

And now, tens of millions of Twitter users are migrating off their platform to other alternatives.  It might be that Jack Dorsey and his followers don’t care.3  Dorsey believes he is immune from any responsibility.  Fine, but by any standard, Twitter’s actions are an abject leadership failure.

All those who love freedom should be appalled.  The first step is to speak up about this despotism and stand firm against those who support it.  Ask yourself this question, “Am I a watchdog of freedom or a licking puppy of tyranny?

A tidbit of information:  On this date, January 15, 1870, was the first recorded use of the donkey to represent the Democrat Party.  Twitter is a donkey, par excellence.

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  1. Frankly, I was surprised by the chorus of national leaders who typically hide from this kind of controversy.
  2. https://nypost.com/2021/01/12/merkel-world-leaders-speak-out-against-trumps-twitter-ban/
  3. As a commercial company, Twitter is a multi-billion dollar company with just under 5,000 employees in about 25 locations worldwide. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter
Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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54 thoughts on “Twitter: a Lesson in Failed Leadership

    1. Sebastian See’ty

      No. The media stands solidly behind censorship and will forever be seen as one of the greatest failures in modern times.

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  1. Xerxes I

    Cowardice? Maybe. Fear? Maybe. But the point, I think in my own opinion, is that Jack Dorsey and his robots are scared of those who think for themselves. They want to crush those who are willing to be free thinkers because they think themselves to be intellectually, morally, and socially superior. And superior people should rule the world. That is their line of thought. This is EXACTLY the same as all the world’s dictators have had since the beginning of mankind.

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    1. Georgie M.

      Hi Xerxes I. Great comment. We should all be thanking Gen. Satterfield for his thoughts on this important topic.

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      1. Jerome Smith

        It is amazing that pres-elect Joe BIden has not said a word about the censorship that is going on today. Why? The answer should be obvious. Thanks Gen. Satterfield for laying out such a sensitive subject. Joe Biden will be a divisive president and very weak unless he speaks up now for freedom.

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  2. Judge Dee Catranis

    Even fascist, totalitarian leaders can be effective but they are not ethical, by definition. “Good” means BOTH effective and ethical according tonGen Satterfield and thus we need to be clear about this. Twitter employees are NOT GOOD leaders because they are not ethical. But, for now anyway, they are effective. They are not good Americans.
    🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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  3. Roger Yellowmule

    I’ve read more about this over the past couple of days and got to thinking what can we all do to help stop the tyranny of giant tech firms. I don’t know the answer and no one seems to be coming up with a practical solution that will go anywhere under a Pres Biden administration. In fact, Joe Biden has not address this clear violation of American values. Why? Simple, he believes in it.

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    1. old warrior

      We need a real butt kicker here. And Joe Biden with K. Harris certainly aren’t the ones. Will they prove my thinking that both of them are just figureheads? Neither are butt kickers! And, that is what we need in a President.

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    2. Wendy Holmes

      Ha Ha…. good comment Roger. Leaders are strong, never victims nor do they encourage victimhood.

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      1. Doug Smith

        You’re going to see MORE playing the victim card over the next four years in the US. Let’s see where it goes.

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    1. Karl J.

      ???FACEBOOK has removed the #WalkAway Campaign and has BANNED ME and EVERY MEMBER of my team!!!
      Over half a million people in #WalkAway with hundreds of thousands of testimonial videos and stories is GONE. Facebook has banned everything related to #WalkAway. pic.twitter.com/WxoKu1HpSb— Brandon Straka (@BrandonStraka) January 8, 2021

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      1. Hans T.

        Shocking. Could this happen in America? Only the clueless could agree with such craziness and evil. I believe in America, the nuclear family, hard work, staying out of trouble with the law, etc.

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    2. Randy Goodman

      Wow, all I have to say is wow. Evil is upon us and many don’t see it.

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    1. Purse 5

      Worked for me!!!! Yes, it was not easy. They want you to simply give up and your account will count toward their totals. Get ride of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You will be okay.

      Reply
    2. Greg Heyman

      Delete your Amazon Prime too. THey support the censorship. I cancelled mine.
      How do you cancel a subscription on Amazon Prime?
      To cancel your Amazon Prime subscription: Head to Amazon.com and log into your account. Locate the Hello [Name] button in the upper right-hand corner and click on it. Using the menu, click on Your Prime Membership in the Your Account section. On the next page, find the End Membership and Benefits link at the bottom of the left-hand panel.

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  4. Ryan2324

    The USA is the greatest place on earth, bar none. It is NOT a racist, homophobic, crazy country. That is the definition of leftist liberals who drank the coolaide. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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  5. Willie Shrumburger

    All good Americans will permanently delete their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts immediately. I did mine yesterday. Please delete them. Otherwise, you are supporting tyranny.

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    1. Honey Flower Betsy

      Yeah!!! I deleted mine several days ago. I only had Facebook which I use alot with my relatives and friends. I told them I was deleting it and some said I was overreacting. I’ll remember their negative comments later if we failed to stop this tyranny!

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      1. T.R. Gemming

        If you are a real American. Too bad that many of our citizens are lemmings running off the cliff. 🇺🇸

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  6. Douglas R. Satterfield Post author

    A couple of days ago on my LeaderMaker Facebook page (which I had failed to unsubscribe to), I posted a comment about “stop the steal.” I wanted to see if it got banned by Facebook. I included a picture of baseball star Reggie Jackson stealing a base in the World Series. When nothing happened, I made a comment about being surprised that “stop the steal” wasn’t removed. Right away, my comment was censored. Huh? I’ll be shutting this Facebook page down today. Thanks to all my readers for their comments and for an open, honest, and sane discussion.

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      1. Scotty Bush

        YES!
        Stop the Steal
        Stop the Steal
        Stop the Steal
        This phrase should be found everywhere. Why? So that the tyrants are forced to censor it. It shows them for the abject evil they are. If you support them, you are a part of the problem.

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        1. Lynn Pitts

          Of course. Now is the time for good people to take a stand. Thanks for supporting my comments.

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    1. Edward M. Kennedy, III

      If you are not shocked by what is happening in our country, you should take a real close look at yourself. I imagine you will not be happy with what you are staring at. I’m an American Patriot and proud of it. Just like Gen. Satterfield who stands up for freedom, I want my name, face, and family out there and everyone to see that I don’t back down.

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      1. Cindy Stanley

        Hi EMKIII, I’m another one of your big fans. Please please please write an article again so I can read it. I just love you.

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  7. JT Patterson

    If anyone who does not see this action by Twitter, as well as Facebook and others, as EVIL, then I pity the United States of America. Everything they have done is so obviously against the very values of humanity, that it is both shocking and horrific. Let Americans stand up. Few will see you do it. And that is what is so sad. But, if enough of us say “no more” and drop our accounts, eventually they will draw back into their dens of evil.

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  8. Fred Weber

    I heard yesterday that the stock value of Twitter and Facebook combined took a $51 Billion stock market hit. Good. But note that their profit margin is so high it probably doesn’t matter any way.

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      1. Ronny Fisher

        Twitter plunged 6.4% to start the week and dipped another 2.4% as the sell-off continued into Tuesday’s close. The declines saw Twitter’s market cap drop by $3.5 billion.

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    1. Fred Weber

      Maybe Americans do see them for the tyrants they are. Maybe not. We have been educated in a socialist ideology for too long and now most of our young folk are cattle waiting for the slaughter house.

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  9. Joe the Aussie

    CHEERS! For my good yank friends in America, we are for those who want freedom. Lead the way!

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  10. Wendy Holmes

    Last night Project Veritas gave us a look inside the sausage factory at Twitter with a secretly recorded video of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey talking about his censorship plans beyond President Donald Trump. If I understand Dorsey’s preview of coming attractions correctly — it depends in part on the meaning of “full retro” — we ain’t seen nothing yet. Never go full retro.

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    1. Yusaf from Texas

      Wow, scary. The tyrants are after anyone who doesn’t jackstep to their tune. Now, if only Texas would secede from the Union.

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      1. Joe Omerrod

        Yusaf, I’m sure you are joking when you say that Texas might secede from the Union but anyway, good point about Twitter and others wanting us to think only one way or censorship. The next step is they will start their own little army with the justification their employees are being threatened. Then they will use this army against us.

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      2. Ellie Gordon

        Yusuf, I think the talk of secession is counterproductive. The USA 🇺🇸 Is the best country ever. Politicians like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are a threat to our constitutional republic.

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    2. Bryan Z. Lee

      Excellent comment Wendy. What scares me is that so many Americans cannot see this for what it is… Ask yourself the question, what follows “state approved” censorship?

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    3. Jonnie the Bart

      I shut down my Twitter and Facebook accounts two days ago and am damn proud of it.

      Reply
  11. Tom Bushmaster

    I believe and trust the US Constitution. I don’t pick and chose which ones I like or dislike. And, I don’t read into them what I personally believe. The Constitution is what it is. None of us are smart enough to discard one right for another.

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    1. Eric Coda

      Correct, Tom. And I don’t see anywhere in our Constitution where “safety” overrides any constitutional right.

      Reply
  12. Forrest Gump

    Whack ’em hard Gen. Satterfield. You sure know how to slam failed leadership. I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of it in the army. Thanks for a hard-hitting, spot-on, deep diving article into the gross failures of wanna-be dictator for life Jack Dorsey of Twitter. Ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaa….. 👍 Remember …. stupid is as stupid does.

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    1. Max Foster

      Great comment Forrest. Loving it all the way. I think that most people see this act from Twitter for what it is … simply silencing those they disagree with. But is that something we do in America? Maybe China, Cuba, Venezuela, the old USSR and maybe Russia today, and North Korea, but not America. Well, when you adopt similar ideologies, see what you get.

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    2. Army Captain

      I fight for freedom and now I see America getting ‘woke’ by fascists like Jack Dorsey.

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      1. Roger Yellowmule

        Thanks for what you do, Army Capt. I’m happy we have people like you around.

        Reply

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