My hate mail from the Fox News viewers of Michigan

A few days ago, a friend of mine in San Francisco, in an attempt to better understand how Facebook’s ad targeting system works in practice, invested a few dollars and boosted a recent article of mine about Trump’s response to the white nationalist terrorist attack in Charlottesville. As I understand it, he specifically targeted Fox News watchers in Michigan, but not in either Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti. Well, I’m sure this won’t come as any surprise to you, but they’re weren’t exactly receptive to my interpretation of events. Here, for those of you who might be interested, are a few examples of what these folks had to say in response…

Now, in somewhat related news…

Do you remember just a few days ago, when Donald Trump, in an attempt to explain why it had taken him more than 48 hour to condemn the deadly Charlottesville attack, said with a straight face, “When I make a statement, I like to be correct… I want the facts“? Well, apparently something’s changed between last week and this week. Almost immediately after news broke concerning this afternoon’s incident in Barcelona, Donald Trump took to Twitter to label the action a “terror attack” and condemn it. And, then, for good measure, he went one step further, suggesting that we might have better luck fighting jihadists, if, like General Pershing, we started executing suspected terrorists with bullets dipped in pigs’ blood. Of course, as you might guess, there’s no evidence that Pershing did any such thing, but I don’t suspect that really matters much to folks like the ones we just heard from above… So much for waiting until you have all of your facts right.

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  1. Eel
    Posted August 17, 2017 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Can we draft one of these men to augment EOS, HW and FF? They’re clearly getting exhausted. #TrollDraftDay

  2. Matt Jones
    Posted August 18, 2017 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    dickhead is one word

  3. Jean Henry
    Posted August 18, 2017 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Oh sweet jesus, no. Please no more.

    (but I don’t think FF qualifies as a troll, nor EOS most days)

  4. Andy LaBarre
    Posted August 18, 2017 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    I know Mark Maynard and he already knows he needs to stop causing trouble and respect the president. As Mark says: America has always been at its best when its citizens don’t question authority or seek to make necessary changes to our society.

  5. b
    Posted August 18, 2017 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    hey Mark, are all the nasty comments made by men? The examples you showed were only men…just wondering.

  6. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted August 18, 2017 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    The worst thing they said was entitled moron and that is not so bad considering the content your posts. You don’t think you are a little bit of one with those “droll” quippy non-responses? Well, dickhead too. Hm. You have to focus on the points made aside from the trash talk which should be expected on the web. A lot of what was said is right on.

  7. EOS
    Posted August 18, 2017 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    @ Jean,

    I’ve noticed a big difference in your recent comments. It’s a refreshing change and is very much appreciated. It facilitates more discourse. Thanks.

  8. Steven Pickard
    Posted August 18, 2017 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    love it. In the business these are called “trophies”.

  9. Sujit Das
    Posted August 18, 2017 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I’m still waiting for my Sorosbucks.

  10. Matt Roush
    Posted August 18, 2017 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    I don’t mean to be a grammar snob, but I’m about to be a grammar snob. When will these people learn spelling and punctuation? I’ve read middle school essay contest entries that were more coherent.

  11. Frosted Flakes
    Posted August 19, 2017 at 9:08 am | Permalink


    Thanks for the defense. You didn’t need to do that but it was pretty good timing because I was seriously questioning the way I was saying some things yesterday. I am probably guilty of too much sarcasm sometimes. I probably dismiss other people’s ideas too quickly. Trying to find the right balance between being a jerk and provoking an honest response. I still don’t understand what happened yesterday: Maybe I owe jcp2 an apology? I don’t know. I just don’t know how we can go from [paraphrase] “tolerance itself will die if we tolerate intolerance” to [paraphrase] “I’m cool with whatever the courts decide”.

    Wasn’t there a dream to put an Iggy Pop monument up in Ypsilanti?

    Now posters are lamenting the fact that resisted putting into place minimum standards for participation in the comments section.

    I guess it makes sense that the only thing good about punk (the music was horrible IMO) would die first in the same place it was born.

  12. Patrick McLean
    Posted August 19, 2017 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Whatever that facebook boost costs, it is well worth it. Now you have a multisyllabic words like “cillateral” and “rageous” at your disposal for future columns.

  13. Lisa Spielman
    Posted August 19, 2017 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    You’re not a dickhead!

  14. jay steichmann
    Posted August 20, 2017 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Proud to be your friend, MM. So many of these idiots have consumed their full quota of Kool-Aid.

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