I’ve only ever been vaguely aware of PewDiePie.
I’ve known for a while that he’s YouTube’s largest channel which currently sits north of 53 million subscribers.
Like many who have raced to his defense, his channel never caught or held my attention for very long, though that may change.
It seems that PewDiePie is in a bit of trouble over some jokes he made mocking in part the propensity for the mainstream media to take things out of context for the sake of clickbait.
The Wall Street Journal proceeded to do exactly that with their gross mischaracterizations of what he does in their Feb. 14 hit-piece “Disney Severs Ties With YouTube Star PewDiePie After Anti-Semitic Posts”
I was alerted to and floored by Sargon of Akkad’s video and five-hour-long livestream on how what the Wall Street Journal did to PewDiePie involved bolting together a hit-piece by taking him out-of-context as it gets in order to smear him as an anti-Semite:
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PewDiePie’s response video is quite a thing to behold, and has me firmly in his corner:
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With 53 million subscribers, PewDiePie hopefully just red-pilled a younger generation to the dishonesty of the mainstream media and the necessity of its destruction.
That would be a long-term positive outcome to me, but I hope for short-term action as well.
From what I’ve been able to gather, he does this more for the love of it than the money, but I genuinely hope he sues the Wall Street Journal to the extent that the results resemble the fate of Gawker, considering that a gross mischaracterization of his content cost him millions of dollars.
It’s easy for someone with no direct dog in this fight to advocate for taking such action.
But in the era of Rolling Stone/UVA debacles, and fake news about Trump paying Russian hookers to urinate on a bed formerly occupied by the Obamas, dishonesty and malpractice in the mainstream media is out of control.
I’ve come to a place in my years-long retreat from the political left such that I don’t agree with then-Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaking of “opening up the libel laws”.
When both sides of the political aisle freak out about what the other party will do when in power suggests to me that smaller government is probably for the better overall.
That the “MSM”, to borrow a term from strategic allies on the right, shows no sign of correcting their behavior makes it clear enough to me that something needs to be done about them.
I’m in favor of using alternative platforms to smash what’s left of the MSM’s credibility much in the way this new debacle does.
It shouldn’t be difficult, since the MSM creaks and groans under the weight of its hubris after torching its own credibility to act as political operatives in the 2016 election.
If PewDiePie does take legal action against the Wall Street Journal for what is arguably libel however, I hope he makes rubble bounce.
To borrow from Kraut and Tea, if they’re willing to do this to YouTube’s biggest and brightest star, they’re willing to do it to you too:
Chris Ray Gun and Phillip DeFranco also have pretty good takes which can be seen below: