Sept. 18, 2021

325: The Blue Checks War on Truth (feat. Olivia Rondeau)

325: The Blue Checks War on Truth (feat. Olivia Rondeau)

Oliva Rondeau takes on the groupthink of the blue checks.

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Oliva Rondeau takes on the groupthink of the blue checks on today's Solo Short!


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Everybody, it's Olivia rando. And I'm super excited to be back on The Brian Nichols Show, for an exclusive little segment of rando thoughts on blue checks. And I am so excited that Brian, let me know that I can do a whole 10 minute discussion with myself about dunking on blue checks, because, honestly, I'm a little bit biased. I'm not gonna lie at all, I applied for a blue check. And because I think that I fit the requirements of getting a blue check. If you haven't applied before, or haven't looked at the requirements, it's split up into a few different categories, or different requirements to apply if you're say an athlete, rather than a politician. So the category I fit into the most was journalism, because I am a journalist, but Twitter doesn't seem to think so. met all their requirements. Actually, all I had to do was scan my government ID, which made me a little bit uncomfortable to upload a link to an author page from a verified news source, which I have several of and also upload three links from the last six months of me writing for an accredited news source. So I have about a dozen in the last month. Stupid to think they would accept me I think I have a I always say this. Maybe a stupid sense of optimism that Twitter actually likes me sometimes. around January six, when our country saw the worst thing since the American Civil War. I lost 10,000 followers on Twitter. If you couldn't tell from my voice, that comparison was sarcasm. I really wasn't fazed that that even happened. Sure, it was surprising, I guess. But I think everyone kind of expected something like that would happen. I made very few tweets about it because I saw so many people getting banned. Regardless, I lost 10,000 followers that week, I went from 46,000 to 36,000. But since then, I've gained about 30,000 followers, and my engagement is better than it has ever been before. So I really, really genuinely thought that's what I was like, okay, Livia, you know, we're going to give you some followers will give you some engagement, you're not going to be shouted down anymore. But no, we are not going to verify you. Worst part about it was is that I have had people make accounts impersonate me before to scam other people or to harass me. So it's not like I'm Oh, I'm so famous. I want to be Twitter verified. But I have literally reported accounts on Twitter for attempted to be me. So I just thought, hey, maybe I should try to get verified. So nobody gets scammed. Or nobody thinks that some random account harassing people is actually me. I think that's a pretty reasonable request. Another thing which is actually unfortunate, but because every little tiny journalist on Twitter has a blue check, even if they have like 200 followers. It makes it harder for me as journalists to connect with people who see that I'm not verified, who see, hey, I don't think she's actually a journalist or maybe she's just a grifter or maybe she's just a right wing extremist that isn't verified by Twitter. And maybe you know what, maybe that's all well and good and true. But it does make it a lot harder for me when the other grifters are verified, and I'm not. So I just wanted to get that out of the way before anyone accused me of being salty just because I didn't get verified. That is the reason that is a major part of the reason why I'm salty. However, I also just have a natural hit of blue checks just like everybody else. So let's get into some of the worst blue check takes of the week. So if you have been on Twitter for a while, you have probably unfortunately ran into a Pam Keith, who is a failed Democratic Senate candidate and a Navy veteran. We'll see why it's so ironic that she's a veteran once I read this tweet that she made on the 20th anniversary of 911. He said and I quote on January 6 2021 911 2001 ceased being the Worst thing that happened to America in my lifetime, really weird and painful to process and say that, but it's the truth. And quite frankly, it's not even close. But I was not that surprised that she said this because she regularly makes hyper partisan and very inflammatory posts on Twitter. I don't even know if she believes the stuff that she says, but her far left followers really seem to enjoy it. To me, it is simply crazy that a Navy veteran would say this, especially considering the results of 911 creating the bloated and enriched military industrial complex, which killed 1000s of Americans needlessly. Honestly, seeing that tweet get ratioed pretty bad. I've restored some of my faith on Twitter, but the fact that she is a blue check took her right back on to another horrible 911 tweet. This time from somebody named Jen M. Jackson, Ph. D. is self described abolitionists writer professor of gender flux, who uses all pronouns. Alrighty, then. So let's just get into the tweet because I barely know what that means. She said, we have to be more honest about what 911 was and what it wasn't. It was an attack on the hetero patriarchal, capitalistic systems that America relies upon to wrangle other countries into passivity. It was an attack on a simple the system's many white Americans by to protect holy crap. Holy crap. Did she just say that this lady or I don't know this gender, this gender flux person just say that 911 was an attack on straight white men? Is that what she said? Because that's what it sounds like she said. So only a few days later, this sad, sad blue check made the following tweet, which I feel like is pretty ironic. It goes, there's so much hurt and pain on the timeline, people losing their parents, people fighting through cancer diagnostics and chemo people losing children, people not sure how to pay their bills. I just want everyone to feel safe and held. So the 3000 victims and their families of 911 don't really matter because it was just an attack on the hetero patriarchy, which is a new word that I've just learned today, by the way, and the systems that white Americans just cannot bear to lose because that's all I wanted was of course, right? Somebody take this lady's blue check away. I am serious. I am serious. Please, please. Let's do another one. For my favorite blue checks. Journalist Brian Stelter, CNN chief media correspondent had this to say on my 11 I know it's such a crazy thing with the horrible 911 takes coming from the left, but that's just what they do. Pay close network TV anchors were the closest thing that America had to national leaders on 911. They were the moral authority for the country on that first day, especially with political leaders and bunkers or otherwise out of sight. So blue check, Brian here really wants to give himself a pat on the back for being a network TV anchor. It's I mean, it's honestly a much more important job and the first responders than the police than the military and then the EMTs and the nurses and anybody who actually helped and saved people on 911. You know what, Brian Stelter has a blue check because he works for an accredited news source. But all the other accredited news sources that I work for, such as Tim cast, such as the balay color, such as the foundation for economic education, all of these, which have blue checks on Twitter, were not enough for me to get verified because honestly, if they give me a blue check, I might, it might go to my head, I might be tweeting some crazy stuff like hey, I was the real hero on 911. These guys seems to be the common theme. Also of your blue check. You could just say random stuff. That's not even true to make people scared. Stephen King, who was actually one of my favorite authors, but it's probably one of the most annoying blue checks on Twitter had this to say on September 10. Quote, 1200 people dead of COVID yesterday in Florida, not the total for a week or a month, but one single day. I might sound like a hypocrite for saying this, but one of my good friends is a blue check, and he might possibly be the only good blue check. My friend Brad Palumbo, just had to correct the record. And so I will read the correct numbers from his tweet which he provided a source to, unlike Stephen King, false. those tests are not all happen over the past day and span back weeks. The backdating of fatality shows now that more than 7600 people died in Florida in the month of August the entire month. That equates to an average of 245 245 deaths per day in August, not 1200 not 7600 per day is just a ridiculous claim that Stephen King had no source for. But of course, his far left COVID evangelical followers just ate it up like they usually do, because they just believe everything that blue checks, say, oh, after seeing all this and countless other horrible blue check posts, I have come to the conclusion that hey, maybe I don't want to blue check. Yeah, maybe things would be easier for me on Twitter. But is it really a marker of something good? Not necessarily. Think I am okay being unverified? Thank you guys for listening to this segment of rando thoughts where I dunked on blue checks for about 10 minutes on The Brian Nichols Show. And thank you so much, Brian, for allowing me to do that. I hope you guys are motivated to go follow my unverified Twitter account at Rondo Livia, r o n d a au ULIVIA or on Instagram at rondout dot Olivia, where I talk a lot of crap about stupid journalists on like myself, because I'm a good one. So thank you guys for listening again. Thank you, Brian, for having me on the show.

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Olivia Rondeau

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I’m a political science major at the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, where I’m also a member of the wrestling team. In addition, I am an independent political commentator and social media influencer with many conservative and libertarian leanings. I do freelance writing, video, as well as political grassroots work.