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How can we miss you if you won’t go away?

Maggie Haberman wrote a “good-by cruel world” op/ed piece in the NYTimes the other day explaining why she is leaving Twitter.

The evening before, I had complained to a close friend that I hated being on Twitter. It was distorting discourse, I said. I couldn’t turn off the noise. She asked what was the worst that could happen if I stepped away from it.

Twitter has stopped being a place where I could learn things I didn’t know, glean information that was free from errors about a breaking news story or engage in a discussion and be reasonably confident that people’s criticisms were in good faith.

I confess, I might have been one of those people who criticized poor Maggie. I asked her to atone in the last tweet I sent her. I hope it was my tweet that made her take a break. I got very annoyed that she continued to pop up on my feed when I wasn’t following her. I could have blocked her but then I would have missed out on the strange sense of exhilaration I felt when others scolded her for her 2016 election coverage.

But wait! There’s more:

The viciousness, toxic partisan anger, intellectual dishonesty, motive-questioning and sexism are at all-time highs, with no end in sight. It is a place where people who are understandably upset about any number of things go to feed their anger, where the underbelly of free speech is at its most bilious.

Twitter is now an anger video game for many users. It is the only platform on which people feel free to say things they’d never say to someone’s face. For me, it had become an enormous and pointless drain on my time and mental energy.

That sounds bad.

But imagine what it was like running for president and having a paper’s worth of flying monkeys emanating from Maureen Dowd’s butt attacking you day after day.

She shouldn’t have used a private email server.

She should apologize for using the email server.

She apologized but it wasn’t sincere.

She should read our minds about how we want her to address the email server and to grovel so we can humiliate her more.

She’s unlikeable.

Nobody likes her.

Her supporters aren’t enthusiastic.

Why is she running?

She is associated with the Clinton Foundation.

She is associated with Bill Clinton

She’s MARRIED to Bill Clinton.

WHY is she married to Bill Clinton??

She gave a paid speech to Goldman Sachs.

She won’t tell us what’s in the speech.

That means she sold out her voters. Her voters have a right to know what she sold them for.

Why doesn’t she ever talk about what she wants to do as president? She never talks about policy.

Everyone likes Bernie more.

Everyone likes Trump even more than Bernie.

Trump! Trump! Trump! He’s appalling but GOSH, People really like him!

Look! Trump can say anything he wants and we are in awe!

Why can’t Hillary do that?

And why doesn’t she talk about important things? Like her email server? Did you see Matt Lauer go after her on her email server?

She got so mad. She has no right to be mad. She’s running for President. We can beat her up as much as we want.

Maggie can’t understand why people on Twitter are so angry with her. For some strange reason, Maggie does not seem to join cause and effect. Maggie’s writing and the writings of the other members of her clique on The Paper of Record helped to reduce what should have been Hillary’s insurmountable lead to almost nothing.

Hillary and her campaign volunteers faced an uphill battle against gale force winds with chains around their legs all election season. We got NOWHERE with a very high number of undecided voters who told us again and again that they were primed to expect something bad on Hillary’s emails just before the election. Now, how did that email thing get to be such a big deal?

What Maggie has shown us is that a woman running for president can never be too perfect even if the worst thing she has ever done pales in comparison to the least corrupt thing her male opponent has ever done. Maggie shows us how to make a Mt. Everest in a blizzard out of the littlest thing and how she can normalize a man who is the most unfit for president. Maggie is a master of confirmation bias and only saw what she wanted to see, ignoring the 65 million people who voted for Hillary.

But isn’t that the point? The NYTimes has no interest in the great crowd of average Americans who just want stability and competence. Where’s the story in that?? Besides, the real target audience is the finance industry just down the road a spell. They think of themselves as too enlightened for Trump but they needed to send Hillary a message in case she decided to crack down on them. The message was “we will make your administration a living nightmare”. And Maggie was one of theirs.

Maggie doesn’t see the average Americans who are going to suffer under this presidency because she is paid not to see. To her, Clinton supporters are unenthusiastic, if they exist at all.

Except they do exist on Twitter. Lots of them. And they told Maggie exactly what they thought of her. I don’t think the comments were particularly sexist. At least she hasn’t had to put up with them for 10 years. And anyway, we Hillary supports grew a thick skin. Maggie is only getting a teensy taste of what it’s been like for the rest of us for the last decade. She can dish it out but she can’t take it?

A Pulitzer is not the same as a Nobel. And Maggie has done nothing to improve the human condition.

Buh-bye, Maggie.

Don’t write a book and go on a speaking tour talking about what you’ve learned from the 2016 election.

Just go away.

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Oh SNAP! This is going to leave marks (read the whole thread. Devastating.)

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