If you live in one of the ten congressional districts that lies within the borders of the Rockford, Illinois suburbs, I highly recommend you sit down before reading this article.
No, that's not something you should be hoping for to happen.
But it's important for you to know that Facebook has not decided to remove an ad from a Donald Trump-supporting group that wrongly claims Senator Mitch McConnell has endorsed a partial congressional impeachment.
While I personally think that the Deep State has a lot to answer for (and certainly aren't getting behind anyone who fails to believe them), the failure of "fake news" -- bogus and often infuriating news that shows up because it's "news" that falls into the desired demand for news -- can't be ascribed to any specific individual or entity.
Though I would be unable to put my finger on a definitive reason, Facebook has acknowledged a dip in ad revenue -- it's up 9 percent year-over-year in the last three months, year-over-year -- in the wake of the controversial "fake news" scandal last month.
Its executives have admitted that the financial consequences of the scandal run the gamut.
So, with that, let's go over that ad from the Mercury Fund, "Impeach Mitch McConnell Now" -- that it does appear to have been paid for by a political campaign, but that does not in fact come from that campaign.
Facebook spotted the ad on December 4 and removed it two days later. But it forgot to remove it on December 6, when it wasn't widely reported. It was only removed Wednesday, when that mattered to a lot of the press.
On December 2, Facebook had, according to The Intercept, "put out an update to any Pages that have been suspended for violating the social media site's hate speech policy. It warned that pages advocating for hate against some of America's most famous people could face a penalty if they continue to post hate speech."
So the Mercury Fund, along with other fake news purveyors, was "hit by a disclosure that effectively calls their content for debate off the table."
...but it did not inform Facebook that the ad was misleading.
Facebook, The Intercept points out, "took one of the most potentially embarrassing pages on its platform, Medium, that had been removed for violating its hate speech policies and used to make a bogus claim that President Obama was sexually abused by Bill Clinton in college. The company used the similarly titled series to falsely claim that Obama was sexually abused by Clinton while they were both in college in 1986. It was a backhanded and carefully crafted comparison."
Facebook says that it "does not work with specific political campaigns."
Oh, so Facebook is not helping to advance Donald Trump's agenda in these 2020 primaries. That has to hurt, it seems.
The "Silverado Revival" personality-based video series about New York City and suburban Rockford, Illinois, will launch in January.