Washington faces a sad truth: Data moguls skewed election

This week’s events in Washington raise questions relevant to the security of democracy. 

Facebook will concede to Senate hearings that Russia-backed content reached up to 126m Americans during 2016 presidential campaign.

Today, Twitter, Facebook and Google will try to explain how and why they allowed foreign agencies target American voters.

In the plainest terms, commercial interests topped any fleeting sense of national responsibility in a way that makes our bankers look like paragons of virtue.

This raises a fundamental question of our age — are democracies capable of withstanding the machinations of the data plutocrats?

The Trump denials of collusion with Russia are unbelievable.

The president’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and a business associate, Rick Gates, pleaded not guilty on money laundering, tax evasion, failure to register as agents for foreign interests and conspiracy to defraud.

George Papadopoulos, who served as a Trump foreign policy adviser is the first inner-circle figure to agree to cooperate with the Mueller probe. He has admitted to lying to the FBI.

These events may in time help light the fuse on the process to impeach President Trump. In that eventuality, his vice president Mike Pence succeeds him.

Pence was selected as a foil to Trump’s excesses but his deep, reactionary conservatism seems a dangerous encumbrance rather than an advantage in today’s world. Frying pan, fire etc ...


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