Good Grief: White House Holds Briefings With TikTok “Influencers”

Brandon’s people probably enjoy that the “Influencers” will not ask inconvenient question, but, then, how many in the White House press pool ask hard questions, other than Peter Doocy?

White House Briefed TikTok Influencers on Ukraine: ‘A Press Briefing for Kindergartners’

The White House on Thursday held a special briefing for 30 TikTok influencers on Ukraine, in the Biden administration’s apparent continuing attempt to use the platform and its young users to get out its message.

The Washington Post reported on Friday that the White House gathered the TikTok users to “receive key information” about the war in Ukraine.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and National Security Council staffers briefed them about the U.S.’s “strategic goals in the region” and answered questions on distributing aid to Ukrainians, working with NATO, and how the U.S. would react if Russia used nuclear weapons, according to the report.

Cool, using the Chinese owned Tiktok to push their talking points. Here’s one of the “influencers”

It’s amazing to me that people tune in for this stuff. In fairness, more people seem to check in there than places like CNN

Some influencers told the Post after the call that they felt more “empowered to debunk misinformation and communicate effectively about the crisis.” TikTok said Thursday it would be labeling state-controlled media on its platform.

One of the influencers on the call, Ukrainian-born journalist Jules Suzdaltsev, said the overall tone of the briefing was too soft and that officials dodged hard questions.

“The energy of the call felt like a press briefing for kindergartners,” he told the Post.

It was. And Brandon officials typically dodge questions, especially Jen Psaki. From the Washington Post piece

The invitations to the event were distributed Tuesday and Wednesday. Kahlil Greene, 21, a creator with more than 534,000 followers on TikTok, said he wasn’t surprised when an invitation arrived in his email inbox. “People in my generation get all our information from TikTok,” he said. “It’s the first place we’re searching up new topics and learning about things.” So, he figured, it made sense that the Biden administration would engage people like him on the platform.

I mean, he has a point (between lots of his racial videos): the young are getting their “news” there, and, really, is it that much worse than the regular news outlets? There have been some great videos of the things actually happening in Ukraine. If these “content creators” (which means speaking into your phone from your living room, typically about subjects they have no idea about) are going to do this, they need to toughen up and ask hard questions en masse. Don’t let politicians gaslight them.

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7 Responses to “Good Grief: White House Holds Briefings With TikTok “Influencers””

  1. Hairy says:

    Teach whdfe do you get your news? Twitter? I admit to watching tiktok

    They offer a wide variety of political viewpoints. But as I have said many times before we must be most skeptical ofbany data that we WANT to believe is true. Whst data do you WANT to believe is true?

    • Jl says:

      John-you finally said something thats true. Yes, we must be skeptical about data, which would of course include the alleged “settled science” of climate data. Richard Feynman- “science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts”

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        Jill,

        Don’t mislabel denial as skepticism. Scientific theories are not ‘proved’, but accepted as supportive evidence accumulates until a scientific consensus is reached. A theory can be falsified with new evidence.

        Science is not a listing of facts in a book but rather a process. Professor Feynman wasn’t denigrating expertise but was criticizing the overinterpretation of data.

        The full quote from one of his books was:

        “Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts. When someone says ‘science teaches such and such’, he is using the word incorrectly. Science doesn’t teach it; experience teaches it”.

        Feynman calls for a “philosophy of ignorance.” This is more than just healthy scepticism; it requires professional judgement. Scepticism by itself – merely being distrustful of evidence or experience – is useless in science.

        Professor Feynman preached that scientists be agnostic of previous ‘knowledge’.

        So, the anthropogenic theory of global warming is NOT ‘settled science’ anymore than biological evolution is ‘settled science’. But just because we humans don’t know everything doesn’t mean we know nothing.

        Current evidence is consistent with the theory that CO2 added to the atmosphere is causing the Earth to warm. Is the evidence persuasive enough for politicians and governments to change policies? Most experts think so.

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  3. ruralcounsel says:

    And half of Biden’s cabinet are on OnlyFans …. (get the eyebleach ready) Influencers? Seriously?

    Really, where are the adults in government anymore?

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      Commenter: where are the adults in government

      Adults like Paul Manafort, DJT Jr, Mike Flynn, Ryan Zinke, Vlad Putin, Gorka, Giuliani, Tucker, Falwell Jr., Dr Jackson, Sekulow, Gaetz, Gym Jordan, Syd Powell, Cancun Cruz, Gazpacho Greene, Boebert, Nunes, Dr Atlas, Kushners, KellyAnne, Steve Bannon and Steve Miller, Pompeo and Barr etc, etc and so forth?

      Those adults???

      President Biden met with TikTokkers, the trumps met with Russians.

  4. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Did trump ever meet with conservative media influencers, e.g., FOX folks, bloggers etc?

    Did the trump admin give media access to any conservabloggers, e.g., The Gateway Pudendum?

    LOL.

    From White House meeting with conservative influencers July 2019:

    The White House had kept quiet about the guest list. But it seemed to consist of the Trump Twitterverse, conservative social media personalities who orbit around Trump’s Twitter star.

    One guest, a Twitter user who goes by CarpeDonktum, said that when he got the email invitation to the White House, he thought it might be spam.

    The president praised the participants in Thursday’s East Room event. “Some of you are extraordinary. The crap you think of is incredible.”

    The president gave them a unique definition of the Constitution’s First Amendment free speech protections. “To me free speech is not when you see something good and then you purposefully write bad. To me that’s very dangerous speech and you become angry at it. But that’s not free speech.”

    Did Teach mock this White House gathering of social media activists?

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