SALT LAKE CITY — A polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border has hired an outsider as its new police chief, selecting a retired Salt Lake City area police officer with no ties to the fundamentalist Mormon group that controlled the town for a century until federal government crackdowns.
She’s a onetime improv comedian and Screen Actors Guild member who tilted right, tuned into politics and turned on to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to pitch her brand of political satire. Her sharp-edged comedy sketches had started to develop a following, and some of her videos went viral.
It was on Youtube that I first saw my videos being marked as “unsuitable” for advertisers. As a Conservative Mom, doing political Satire, I was unable to monetize my videos. I then saw Facebook not allow me to boost my posts or videos, which had allowed me to drive traffic to my website. Facebook also would not allow some videos to be shared at all. My Twitter following came to a complete stand still.
And she believes it was because of her politics and the funny, and effective, way she comes across in her videos. (Hot Sheet would have put in a pro-forma call to Facebook, Google’s YouTube and/or Twitter for a response — but, well, you know. Like we’d ever hear back. They’re busy ruling the world.)
Fed up with the apparent push-back from the invisible hand of Big Social Media, she announced in a post via all her platforms on Valentine’s Day that she was taking a break to regroup and ponder next steps. She makes clear she’s not gone for good.
“I’m going to come back, I have to come back,” she elaborated Thursday when reached for comment. “I’m just taking a breath and also trying figure out a way to channel more people to my site.”
(Despite her budding prominence, the 36-year-old political activist, consultant, wife and mom of three uses only her stage name on her media platforms — and asked Hot Sheet to do the same. She says it’s a safeguard against some heated and even menacing missives she has gotten from critics on the other side of the political divide.)
While her work is meant to be provocative, she never expected it to provoke a response from the major social media themselves.
Her breakthrough video was what she acknowledges was something of a “rant” on YouTube last fall about standing for the National Anthem. It started growing her fan base but also was a turning point in another way.
“After that, everything got weird,” she said. The aforementioned bells and whistles that make social media really sing — the sharing, the promoting — stopped working. As she wrote in her goodbye-for-now blog post:
My videos that once had Millions and Hundreds of Thousands of views, now seeing only a couple thousand. My voice and the voice of many others silenced. In order to make up for the inability to monetize and drive traffic to my site I started a Patreon and Paypal account to counter. Facebook then started a new algorithm, making it almost impossible for my videos to be seen at all. A little over a month ago,I started a Live show, hoping that perhaps Live video could not be suppressed, it has been. Now only about 4% of my page sees my videos.
It has been a battle. At this point, I am taking a break from it all. I believe in Conservatism. I believe in getting the RIGHT people elected. I believe in changing people’s minds and hearts, and the Social Media Giants, have handicapped my ability to do so here. There has got to be another way, and returning to a grassroots game where I started in creatively consulting candidates might be a good start.
Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and Democratic challenger Jason Crow, both combat veterans, scowled Wednesday at reports President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to plan a grand military parade in the streets of Washington, D.C.
David Pourshoushtari has been named communications director for One Colorado, an organization that advocates for LGBTQ residents and their families. He served a similar role for two years until about two months ago for the Colorado Senate Democrats.
A political action committee devoted to driving big money out of politics on Tuesday launched a six-figure digital ad campaign targeting U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman for the Aurora Republican's vote in favor of the tax reform bill passed by Congress last month.
Gov. John Hickenlooper on Sunday afternoon ordered flags lowered to half-staff immediately on all public buildings statewide until sunset Tuesday in honor of Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish, who died in the line of duty responding to a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex in Highlands Ranch. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset, the governor’s office said.
President Donald Trump offered his condolences Sunday morning to the victims of a shooting in Highlands Ranch that killed one Douglas County sheriff's deputy and wounded six others, including four deputies.
Tom Tancredo, Republican candidate for governor, is known for being forthright. Just last week, he took on political correctness in a Facebook Christmas video, saying the days of playing "cowboys and Indians" in his childhood seem “as distant as the Ward’s catalog.”