Everybody Panic? Well, if you’re a liberal, this could potentially spell doom for the Republic
Wireless Emergency Alerts are a program created by a 2006 act of Congress. The so-called “WEAs” can be targeted messages sent to all mobile phones in a particular area, like Amber alerts, or to all phones nationally, like an alert issued by the president, according to a report by New York Magazine’s Select/All blog.
Trump is known for off-the-cuff messages on social media, especially Twitter. Tweets and other social missives lent Trump a direct mouthpiece to his supporters, bolstering his campaign and circumventing traditional media that he sometimes claimed was treating him unfairly. But tweets have landed Trump in hot water, too. Critics claim his informal tweeting is unpresidential, pointing to such behavior as an early-morning rant lashing out at a former beauty-pangeant winner, retweets withmedia linked to white supremecists and messages that promote unsubstantiated news, among others.
Unshockingly, Team Trump did not respond to a request on this story, because, it’s pretty darned stupid. NY Mag, mentioned above, notes there are 3 conditions to use the emergency text system. For Amber Alerts, for alerts involving imminent danger, and for alerts issued by the President. NY Mag is having a meltdown, of course
Perhaps an even bigger protection: Getting access to the system requires some time and effort — most people with access take at least two courses in how to use the system — something that it’s hard to imagine Trump (who doesn’t use a computer) learning how to do on his own. Which means he would need the help of his support staff to issue a WEA about how news outlets still refuse to stop taking pictures that emphasize his double chin — and the only time Trump’s Twitter wasn’t full of random surges of pure id and spite was when his campaign staff took his Twitter account away from him.
And Raw Story is a little unhinged
In other words, if President Trump wants the entire country to know that Rosie O’Donnell is “a real loser” or that “dishonest CNN” is even worse than the “failing New York Times,” he’ll be able to tell everyone in the country about it — and there will be no way to block him out.
Thankfully, these alerts are typically only used as emergency notifications, so it’s unlikely that Trump will use them to broadcast his feuds with assorted celebrities. Nonetheless, given how unconventional his campaigning and governing style have proven to be so far, it can’t be completely ruled out.
But, like, what if he changes the legal definition of “emergency” to “something I am thinking about” and then he just hooks up this alert system to his phone or something insane and hopefully not possible and then all of a sudden we’re all up in the wee hours of the morning staring bleary-eyed at a 70-year-old former reality TV star’s rant about, I dunno, how he thinks CNN is a steaming pile of cow dung, or how he is definitely going to save all of our jobs, or maybe how White House food is great and all but it just doesn’t live up to Trump Tower taco bowls.
Mashable is one of the only ones who gets that the system is for emergencies. It’s not so the President can just send a text. It’s for emergencies, and, for POTUS, primarily national emergencies. We can pretty much throw this one into the “fake news” category all the Liberals are apoplectic over, because it is concern about future doom without any evidence that it might even be considered.
Why would Trump even bother? When he sends a tweet, the media are ready to discuss within seconds. He’ll get all the media attention he wants.
Crossed at Right Wing News.