Tuesday was a newsletter day for Joe Biden.
For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of 1 candidate for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, but I’ve been on 28 mailing lists! This blog breaks down recent emails with charts and excerpts. If you already know all of this, feel free to skip to the next chart!
I signed up to all mailing lists either on May 21 or the day the candidate announced, whichever was later. Using a different email address, I have donated at least $1 to all candidates who have been on a debate stage (I have given additional donations to my preferred candidates through my personal email, but the campaigns have linked the two accounts together and may ask for more as a result).
When showing breakdowns by campaigns, there will usually be 2 numbers. Emails to my non-donor account will be indicated by a darker color/top bar in horizontal bar charts. Emails to my donor account will be indicated by a lighter color/bottom bar.
Unless otherwise specified, all other charts combine the donor and non-donor numbers, as they are roughly 1-for-1, so the percentages and relative differences don’t change much. You can divide the numbers in half to get the rough estimate for what someone not signed up twice would be receiving. The rules I try to follow for the various categories are laid out in The Framework.
If you want specific data on any particular day, feel free to drop a comment!
On Tuesday, Joe Biden sent a total of 4 emails to each of my accounts.
Newsletters from Biden cover all sorts of things, from current events to what Biden is reading to what campaign events are going on. He even included some policy talk this time!
But this week’s newsletter also highlighted a massive problem with Biden’s emails.
His newsletter covered:
- Black Lives Matter
- Pride Month
- Facebook Policies
- Campaign Events
Five major topics.
Do you know how many emails Biden sent talking about how this month, the month of June 2020, this month that we are 17 days into now, is about Pride?
1 time. In this newsletter.
The Supreme Court literally just passed a monumental ruling finally giving LGBTQ+ people more equal rights under the law on June 15.
Biden’s team waited a full day before they addressed it by cramming it into one paragraph in his newsletter.
The number of emails Biden’s team has sent using the phrase “Black Lives Matter?”
1 time. In this newsletter.
(George Floyd got 5 emails.)
Facebook’s policies being borked up? 3 times this past week, including once in this newsletter.
Biden’s emails are NOT being used to communicate. They are NOT being used to educate. They are solely to raise money for the campaign.
There are so many ways, through email alone, that Biden can give off the appearance of being on top of current events and alert and empathetic about the things that are worrying most Americans.
Cramming every single one into a single newsletter and devoting another 2 emails to asking me to sign up for an Obama/Biden fundraising event (that I already signed up for) and a third email telling me that they’ll spare me the details of Facebook’s response to their open letter (Why? Did Facebook actually do a good job defending themselves and they don’t want me to see that?) and just push the same thing harder is not how you be an ally to the Pride movement. To the Black Lives Matter movement. To the fact that there is a pandemic going on.
But sure. Let’s protest Facebook too. In Joe Biden’s world, after all, it’s the only injustice worth talking about.