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The set of “Morning Joe” Thursday was unimpressed with Twitter chief Jack Dorsey’s interview yesterday with Lester Holt. With Joe and Mika taking a day off, it was show regular John Heilemann who stole the show, saying Dorsey’s performance had been a disaster.
“Jack Dorsey call your media trainer,” Heilemann said. “Just a horrible performance … he just sounds so dopey in responding to this.”
Heilemann then said Dorsey was just the latest tech CEO to look bad on television, citing other Silicon Valley titans like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates before him.
In his interview with Holt, Dorsey defended his company’s actions against the InfoWars boss, saying that a seven-day suspension or “timeout” could be enough to change Jones’s behavior — a claim met with wide skepticism from journalists.
“You think Alex Jones is going to change his behavior based on a timeout?” asked Holt with disbelief.
“I don’t know,” said Dorsey. “We have found that it does have the potential to change– impact and change behavior. So– whether it works within this case to– change some of those behaviors and change some of those actions, I don’t know. But this is consistent with how we enforce.”
Twitter has been under immense pressure to ban Jones and InfoWars outright after similar steps were taken last week by Apple, Facebook, YouTube and others. Dorsey originally declined to take any action explaining to users that Jones had not violated any rules.
Also on the “Morning Joe” set was Commentary magazine’s Noah Rothman who warned that decapitating Jones online may not be the best approach to handling the conspiracist.
“My biggest fear that driving him underground doesn’t make him go away it creates a taboo around what he’s pushing which makes it a little more valuable for people and they go seek it out,” he said.
And people around this table think well the threat has been neutralized, it’s gone from our eyes so we don’t have to spend anymore energy debunking it. And that’s not the appropriate way to deal with something like this.”