In a fun piece of corporate
hypocrisy irony, Salem Communications announced this week that it had acquired Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy.com, a Twitter aggregation site. Twitchy has built a large and loyal audience by reposting tweets that celebrities and politicians would prefer to remain hidden. Its specialty is retrieving deleted tweets, and even has an award [link NSFW] for the best deleted tweets of the year.
So, the week after Salem leaned on Janet Mefferd to delete her Driscoll plagiarism tweets, it purchased a business that takes special delight in preserving embarrassing tweets. As Twitchy itself says,
When politicians, celebrities, and public figures get called out on controversial tweets, their first instinct is often to reach for the social media whitewash. But as we like to remind those who try to hide from sunlight, Twitchy is forevah.
You’d think they were describing the Evangelical Celebrity Machine.
Now the site is part of the machine.
Maybe the Twitchy branch of Salem will persuade the radio/advertising/publishing/celebrity side to restore the Mefferd posts and tweets. Although Salem, Tyndale and Driscoll don’t want us to think the Driscoll story is news, the Internet disagrees. In spats like this, Twitchy has been on our side. Here’s what Malkin wrote for Twitchy’s first birthday:
Sorry, MSM, we don’t follow your rules. We have created a news model that allows people to read information that gatekeepers don’t want them to know. Our motto is “who said what.” Their motto is “which official source said what, and we’ll let you know when we’re good and ready.”