PERHAPS you remember this infamous tweet….
Yes, that’s the REAL one. The image I used for this post up top is actually a FAKE Trump tweet that I made to harass Trump’s enemies back when “covfefe” was more of a thing, and we took “Pepe pride” in “covfefe”, turning an “MSM negative” into a “MAGA positive”.
“covfefe” = “deplorable”
And YES – there are such things as FAKE TRUMP TWEET GENERATORS! What a remarkable world we live in! 😀
As you may recall, Trump’s “covfefe” tweet generated a FIRESTORM of light mockery and faux bewilderment by the MSM. It even generated legislation to preserve Trump’s tweets, called the “COVFEFE Act”.
First, a permanent picture, saved for posterity (old NYT images go away).
Here is the actual link, which is expanded automatically to include a picture and a Times header by the “New York Times plugin” in WordPress:
I was REMINDED of the whole “covfefe” debacle when I saw the first two tweets of THIS AMAZING THREAD by a MAGA Twitter denizen who I call “Burn Notice Guy”:
Burn Notice Guy’s Twitter thread goes on to do two major things:
- To counsel people to STOP thinking that “nothing” is going on in terms of Trump draining the swamp
- To accept the idea that we need to STOP waiting for the MSM media to “confirm” things – that WE confirm things
Now – I was absolutely thrilled to see this, because the author (@BurnedSpy34) had inadvertently proven the second point even more than they realized, because I had information he/she did not:
- Trump had CHALLENGED the MSM to SOLVE the “covfefe” mystery
- The MSM had NEVER offered or confirmed a true “covfefe” solution
- I had actually SOLVED the “covfefe” mystery, to my satisfaction
- This was a PERFECT EXAMPLE of @BurnedSpy34’s proposition
- We don’t NEED the FAKE NEWS MEDIA to knows the TRUTH
Allow me to explain.
Let’s begin with a simple question.
Was “covfefe” Trump’s fault?
In a sane world, that would be one of the very first questions asked. In fact, if somebody who was a NOBODY – who was not DONALD J. TRUMP – sent you such a text, it might look like this:
Weather channel says below freezing tonight. I’m going to covfefe
Based on CONTEXT, we would immediately think that the last word was cover, and that SOMETHING MESSED UP. Because SO MUCH is missing – again by CONTEXT – we would begin to EXONERATE the person.
Something happened to the rest of the tweet. Why the heck is “fefe” there?
In particular, if the person tweeting had NEVER IN OUR MEMORY sent such a garbled text, we would tend to rule out a “butt dial”, “sloppy tweeting”, “sleepy tweeting”, and other “MSM-versus-Trump” reasons, and simply suspect a BUG.
At this point, “covfefe” becomes an I.T. problem. The kind of thing that HELP DESK solves.
YEAH. I may know a bit about that. 😉
Help Desk sometimes figures out that the USER did something to create the bug, but much of the time it’s very innocent, such as copying and pasting, finding some WEIRD SETTING that messes things up, or basically activating some BUG in the software by doing something NOT EXPECTED by the people who wrote the code.
In other words, it’s usually not REALLY the person’s FAULT.
Now HERE is where I begin to analyze the mainstream “Fake News” media’s “user actions”.
“The media” should have figured out that Trump’s tweet was MOST LIKELY the result of a TWITTER BUG, and they should have figured it out almost immediately. But they DIDN’T. Either that, or they PRETENDED NOT TO KNOW.
The latter being the MAMET PRINCIPLE.
If any reporter had taken that Trump tweet DOWN IN THE BASEMENT to their own I.T. people, and asked them what was going on, they would have gotten an answer very similar to mine.
“It’s probably some bug in Twitter.”
So what does THAT mean?
It means that the MEDIA either never honestly asked the question, or never ADMITTED that they did.
So what actually WAS going on with “covfefe”?
Well, I had always figured that Trump’s tweet got “cut off” in the middle of the contextually expected word “coverage”. That seems simple and logical – right?
But the “fefe” stuff – how in the heck does THAT get there? Looks like JUNK that could have been the work of a HUMAN or a MACHINE.
If it’s a human, maybe a “butt dial” – maybe tweeting half asleep – maybe stopping half-way into a tweet, hitting a bunch of wrong keys, and hitting “send”.
Folks, those human reasons are like CATNIP to the Fake News media losers and haters.
That’s it! They’re DONE! TRUMP’S FAULT!
FAKE NEWS is clearly going to gravitate toward the possibilities that are most negative for TRUMP.
But what was it REALLY???
For a LONG TIME I just sat on it, wondering WHAT THE FUCK was “fefe”?
I was STUMPED.
It wasn’t until I was looking at a UNICODE table and noticed something that ALMOST looked like “FEFE” that it hit me:
Unicode was a very cool general idea of ENCODING every human character with a system of “bits and bytes”. I can oversimplify things and say that ASCII was the idea of using ONE “byte”, and Unicode was the idea of using TWO “bytes” to expand things, but this will immediately cause I.T. people to argue vehemently with each other about trivia, so I will now say that what I said was wrong, so that the tone of all objections will be more constructive (just wait for the comments, folks – we have GREAT I.T. people on this site).
That said, let’s dig in just a bit more.
What I am showing above is a CORNER of a Unicode table showing characters, up in a high spot where the digits are all very high – up in the letters near “E” and “F”.
E and F are hexadecimal (base-16) digits, which stand for 14 and 15, respectively. The 16 different hexadecimal (or “hex”) digits are 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F. An 8-digit binary (base-2) number runs from 0 (00000000) to 255 (11111111), but if you use base-16, those can be stated as 00 to FF. Thus, a two-byte number can run from 0000 to FFFF.
Are you starting to feel like “FEFE” might be the end result of some kind of COMPUTER BUG?
Well, buckle up. It gets better. There are MANY kinds of Unicode, and trying to transform text BETWEEN them can lead to GARBLING and JUNK. And when Unicode gets dumped as ASCII by a BUG or PROBLEM, one frequently sees a mixture of hex digits, typically in groups of 2 or 4.
Spend enough time around Unicode characters of various kinds, which are expressed as things like A0C1, or uA0C1, or \uA0C1, or U+A0C1, or their lower-case variants like u+a0c1, and any group of 4 hex digits between 0 and F looks like Unicode.
If you look in the lower right corner of the above code page, there IS no “FEFE”, but there IS “FEFF”, and as you can see, it’s SPECIAL. The acronym ZWNBSP, shown instead of a character, stands for “zero-width no-break space”.
In addition to being a special kind of somewhat invisible space, this character is also listed as something called a “byte order mark“, or BOM.
The reason that it’s called a byte order mark, is that FEFF is really TWO bytes, FE+FF. They have an implied order – FE first and FF second. This is useful, because the reverse combination, FF+ FE, or FFFE, is NOT a valid character.
Notice also that FFFF is not a valid character, either. Neither is FEFE. Again, important.
Since FFFE is not a valid character when read from “left to right”, it can be used as a way to tell that you’re supposed to be reading “backwards” – from “right to left”. (Semaj Yemoc!) This means that if one encounters the FFFE character, it’s really just FEFF in what is called a “little endian” version of Unicode – the “other” byte order from “big endian”.
Now – this gets into a huge, deep, and very cool concept called endianness, which is well-described on Wikipedia.
Endianness is the sequential order in which bytes are arranged into larger numerical values when stored in memory or when transmitted over digital links. Endianness is of interest in computer science because two conflicting and incompatible formats are in common use: words may be represented in big-endian or little-endian format, depending on whether bits or bytes or other components are ordered from the big end (most significant bit) or the little end (least significant bit).Wikipedia entry for “Endianness”
More literary readers will get a real treat if they read about the etymology of the word. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endianness#Etymology
That said, unless you are an I.T. geek who is chomping at the bit to ARGUE with Wikipedia (like I said, folks) you will likely not “get it”, so let me provide an analogy using normal decimal digits.
Little endian – meaning “little end first” – is a lot like writing “one thousand” as 0001 instead of 1000, or more analogously, writing 10 as 01, or most analogously of all (“byte order”, if bytes were decimal), writing 9899 as 9998.
In the BOM encoding table below, showing the Byte Order Mark in DIFFERENT versions of Unicode (yes, Unicode is a MESS), BE means “big endian” and LE means “little endian”.
See all those FF and FE bytes? Yeah. Plenty of potential opportunities for a software bug to spit out “fefe” as ASCII if things mess up. Particularly since “FFFF” is not a valid character, either, so a bug that REMOVES “ffff” (remember – it’s “not a character”) and leaves “fefe” behind does not seem far-fetched.
FEFF + FFFE – FFFF = FEFE
See what I’m saying? Just ONE of an infinite number of possible theories of where FEFE came from.
And THEN there is the fact that people make assumptions about WHERE the Byte Order Mark will be encountered – as in NOT in the middle of text – and you know what happens when people write code and make assumptions…..
If you’re not convinced that the BOM offers MANY possibilities for a text bug, just read THESE TWO WEB PAGES. They will convince you.
FEFF and FFFE are a MESS.
Bottom line – I think it’s extremely plausible if not extremely LIKELY that some kind of user behavior (in combination with a Twitter BUG) – possibly happening between Twitter, Trump, Q and any tweet-releasing software that Q uses – led to Trump’s tweet being garbled and cut off, with FEFE in lower case popping out accidentally as ASCII.
The COMPUTER signed its human-misdirected WORK with “covfefe”.
“covfefe” is therefore Computerese for “learn to code”.
The thing is, I figured this out LAST YEAR, and tried to tell people, but NOBODY knows about it. Frankly, NOBODY CARES.
The Fake News Media’s “shiny object” of “Trump fucked up“, and the MAGA world’s internal delusions of “Trump signals the truth about Chinese steel with CoVFeFe” (or whatever) both have real staying power.
Nobody actually CARES about a software bug! Only the frigging HELP DESK cares! LOL.
Life imitates life!
Here is a Twitter thread, over a YEAR after Trump’s tweet, where I first told fellow Treeper/Tweeter @MyManJimmyJack that I had figured out “covfefe” that very morning:
Here is where I first explained “covfefe” on CTH:
Here is where I later explained “covfefe” on this blog:
I believe that Trump and Q (who very obviously handles Trump’s Twitter account) quickly figured it out, and challenged the world to figure it out, too. And yet, the MSM – which COULD have explained it – never did.
So when I figured out what probably happened, which was indeed NOT HARD, and could have been done by the IT staff at ANY news organization – I suddenly realized just how BAD the MSM, a.k.a. “yellow stream journalism”, has become.
They don’t CARE about the truth.
They don’t CARE about the truth.
Which brings me back to BURN NOTICE GUY.
Burn Notice Guy is a guy (maybe) on Twitter who is automatically linked to Real Burn Notice Guy – some actor I can’t remember – who is automatically linked to some character on “Burn Notice” played by Bruce Campbell, who is AWESOME!
And who was even MOAR AWESOME in a cancelled show called “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.“, back when I watched a special form of propaganda called Fake Entertainment.
ANYWAY, back to that awesome thread by Burn Notice Guy. He starts off with the idea of Trump’s Twitter mastery, as exemplified by how Trump weaponized “covfefe”, but then BNG hits on some brilliant ideas – particularly around Tweets 10-13, and then running to the end.
Please read the whole thing. This really explains some important stuff.
You can pass this on to other people using links to any of the tweets, or by using the link to the threadreader app:
I took the liberty of getting an IMAGE of some key tweets, so they are not lost when Twitter decides to destroy history (which they do all the time).
Burn Notice Guy is REALLY hitting it out of the park with Tweet 11.
11. Everyone is still looking to the media to confirm victory.@BurnedSpy34
Stop and think about what I just said (above).
Who are we granting authority to confirm our reality?
Re-read the above question. This is a life-changing insight.
What Burn Notice Guy is saying is that we REALLY have to stop feeling like the MSM will EVER need to “come around”, because…..
NOT WHO YOU THINK IT IS, IS WHO CONFIRMS YOUR REALITY.
Are you seeing what I’m saying?
I repeat, this time as the tweet itself….
Maybe I’m RIGHT. Maybe I’m WRONG. That’s not important. What is important is that I actually TRIED.
It’s simple. The MSM is BEYOND missing in action. They no longer define reality. WE DEFINE REALITY. We don’t NEED the MSM.
Or as others put it, back when Cernovich knocked Scott Pelley on his heels, during an interview that was supposed to take down Cernovich, and instead elevated him….
Think what you want of Cernovich, but the point is, the MSM will NEVER be put back together again. It’s frigging HUMPTY-DUMPTY.
And there is a good reason for that. In my opinion.
THE MSM WAS ALWAYS “FAKE”. THE MSM WAS NEVER “REAL”.
Are you seeing what I’m saying there? This is actually a bit “scary”.
I am ALLEGING that the modern “objective”, “balanced”, “unbiased” (and primarily televised) media after FDR and then World War II was a CALCULATED LIE.
It was NEVER REAL. The biased journalism of the 1700s, 1800s, and early 1900s is the REALITY of journalism. It was POPULAR media that had VIEWPOINTS. It SOUGHT THE TRUTH through continuous CONFLICT.
The “objective, balanced, unbiased news” was a LIE. The Fake News, at its conception, was no longer a popular medium. It was FAKE ALL ALONG.
It was BAIT and SWITCH.
And what has now happened?
SOCIAL MEDIA has returned media to the PEOPLE.
The MSM was a PLOT and that PLOT is OVER.
Don’t believe me?
“The age of the MSM is over.”
YES. Think about it.