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Yesterday's NPR article, "Outrage As A Business Model: How Ben Shapiro Is Using Facebook To Build An Empire," is among the more unintentionally funny efforts at media criticism in recent times. The piece is about Ben Shapiro, but one doesn't have to have ever followed Shapiro, or even once read the Daily Wire, to get the joke. The essence of NPR's complaint is that a conservative media figure not only "has more followers than The Washington Post" but outperforms mainstream outlets in the digital arena, a fact that, "experts worry," may be "furthering polarization" in America. NPR refers to polarizing media as if they're making an anthropological discovery of a new and alien phenomenon.
As recently as 2018, Fauci celebrated the lifting of the "pause" on such research. With government in "upstream" control of funding, guidance, and publications, he argued, what could go wrong?