The Comey filter

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN

Sometimes media is like one of those songs that plays too much on the radio. Social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, magnify stories and scandals, to the point where you can’t read anything else. The Comey affair in Washington is becoming like that. I open Twitter and all it is, is all Comey, all the time. Russians, Russians, Trump, Comey, Comey, Comey. “Who will resign in the White House who has conscience.” “In 2018 Trump will be impeached because of this.” “The press was kept out of the oval office.” Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey. Comey.

Make it stop!

It’s not because it’s not an important issue. It is. The FBI Director was fired. Ok. So let the US sort that out. They can have hearings or whatever the Congress wants to do. Press conferences or investigations. Great. Let all the wheels of investigations grind on.

But how do we filter it out if we don’t want to hear about it. Maybe some of us think the fate of thousands of Yazidi women held by ISIS is more important. Maybe we are interested in the other 6.99 billion people in the world.

Why can’t there be a filter, an app, to filter out new stories we don’t care about, or that we have decided we heard enough about?

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