Donald Trump and Taylor Swift break the internet

Between the Taylor Swift Ticketmaster debacle and former President Donald J. Trump’s return to Twitter, it’s been a major week for internet mental breakdowns.

If you need proof that we have a problem with perspective in our society, look no further than videos of Swifties sobbing into their iPhone cameras or CBS News’ reaction to Orange’s return to Twitter.

Let’s rewind a bit.

Earlier this week, news broke that Elon Musk gave his employees on Twitter an ultimatum: work hard or quit.

According to later reports, hundreds of employees chose to head for the exit signs.

In their defense, Elon’s latest “hardcore” ultimatum was just one of many incidents in which the billionaire left his new employees reeling.

The NY Post reported last week that it was also canceling free lunches at the company’s San Francisco headquarters. That horror!

“Billionaire said he will scrap free meals served at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters because it cost the company about $400 per worker,” the Post wrote.

Democrat activist Andrew Wortman has expressed his outrage at this shocking development. “He fired 3⁄4 of the employees. Now he plans to starve the rest of them. It is failure incarnate,” he tweeted.

And who can forget the fact that ever since Musk took over the company, he’s been determined to get Twitter staffers back in the office? His ban on remote work for employees (with some exceptions) has not been well received by the masses.

Then on Friday, Musk did the unthinkable. He conducted a poll asking users if Donald Trump should be reinstated on the platform. After more than 15 million users cast their votes, and the results were in favor of Trump, Musk revived the one who will not be named.

It didn’t take long for leftist signs of virtue to begin.

On Sunday, Fortune magazine ran an article titled, Former Twitter Employees Horrified That Elon Musk Restored Donald Trump’s Account: “Incredibly Shocking.”

Good thing they’re ex-employees then, right?

By the way, were any of these former Twitter workers “horrified” when their former company censured the NY Post for accurately reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop?

I have a feeling their performative outrage is reserved for special occasions.

CBS News couldn’t wait to get into the ongoing drama.

The network’s country correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti said on Friday evening that: “In light of the uncertainty on Twitter and out of an abundance of caution, CBS News is suspending its activity on the social media site as it continues to monitor the platform.” .

The irony of CBS’s act of heroism escapes anyone with even the slightest knowledge of the network’s checkered past.

After all, no one at CBS used much caution in 2004 when “reporter” Dan Rather reported four “false but accurate” documents that contained false allegations about President George W. Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard.

And who can forget when Leslie Stahl dismissed Donald Trump’s concerns about Hunter Biden’s laptop during an interview in October 2020?

“You know, this is ’60 Minutes’ and we can’t put up stuff we can’t verify,” he told the former president. Trump should have asked Leslie if Dan Rather had been made aware of this company policy.

Of course they could have verified the laptop, but that would have required real journalism, something the principled geniuses at CBS aren’t familiar with.

In case CBS’s hypocrisy wasn’t obvious enough, less than 48 hours later, the news network returned to Twitter.

I suggest that CBS, out of an abundance of caution, uphold its side of the deal and stay away from the social media platform. It’s bad manners to make promises you can’t keep. Plus, the possibility that anyone on the highly respected network could be exposed to real news while scrolling through Twitter is, well, just too risky.

This is just the beginning of companies and celebrities “leaving” Elon’s free-speech-filled Wild West.

Seriously speaking, everyone would do well to remember that there are going to be things in life that you don’t like and things that you disagree with.

Last week, it might have been that Ticketmaster disbanded and you couldn’t get your tickets to The Eras Tour. Today, it might have been that Twitter reinstated Donald Trump.

But just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean you’ve been the victim of an injustice. It doesn’t mean that you, or democracy, or America, are in grave danger.

It just means you didn’t get your way.

Perspective is an important one, and based on this week’s grievances on the World Wide Web: It’s sorely lacking in our society right now.

Listen to Grace Curley perform from 12-3 every weekday on WRKO AM 680 and follow her on Twitter @G_Curley.

FILE - Taylor Swift attends the short film's premiere "All too well" in New York on Nov. 12, 2021. Swift posted a story on Instagram on Friday expressing her anger and frustration at the hours fans spent trying to purchase tickets with Ticketmaster for her next year's tour.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Taylor Swift attends the premiere of short film ‘All Too Well’ in New York City on Nov. 12, 2021. (AP, File)