Every move Twitter CEO Elon Musk makes, including his jokes, set social media on fire and causes leftists to melt down including his latest jab at CNN after he posted a meme mocking the network’s fretting over free speech.
The mischievous billionaire knows exactly how to push buttons and he expertly did so once again on Monday. This time he posted a picture of CNN’s leftist anchor Don Lemon with a satirical chyron that read, “Elon Musk could threaten free speech on Twitter by allowing people to speak freely.”
Although the headline was obviously in jest, some out there were confused and took it for an actual CNN broadcast, according to Fox News. Not hard to do considering the network’s stance on free speech.
The image came from Geniuses Times, a satirical website that describes itself as “the most reliable source of fake news in the planet.” It was from April. Ironically, after Musk posted the meme, Twitter fact-checked him on it, and context was added.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022
“The screencap in this image is not real and originated from a satirical website. CNN aired no such report about Musk ‘threatening free speech’ and the chyron has been digitally altered to add the text,” the fact-checker warning read.
The swipe hit a nerve at the leftist network. CNN Communications castigated Musk for spreading fake news and responded to his tweet with “This headline never appeared on CNN. Be better.”
To which Musk replied, “Lmaoooo.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022
Predictably, conservatives loved the meme and liberals devolved into a puddle of offense over it.
Leading the outrage parade was Ronald Brownstein, who is a senior editor at The Atlantic and apparently hates Musk and everything he stands for. He ridiculously charged that Musk was simply repackaging hate speech as free speech to empower extremism on the far right.
“Simple equation: Musk repackages hate speech racism anti-semitism homophobia and far-right intimidation as ‘free speech’ & any effort to hold him accountable for injecting it into US society as the ‘woke mob.’ On both ends, same goal: amplifying & empowering far-right extremists,” he humorlessly tweeted.
It would seem he hates conservatives in general.
“And as w/Trump since 2015, mainstream GOP & conservative media/pundits, almost w/out exception, will defend him empowering extremists b/c they think he energizes their base-or b/c they believe ‘owning the libs’ is worth the cost of mainstreaming far-right extremism. Same playbook,” Brownstein asserted.
And as w/Trump since 2015, mainstream GOP & conservative media/pundits, almost w/out exception, will defend him empowering extremists b/c they think he energizes their base-or b/c they believe “owning the libs” is worth the cost of mainstreaming far right extremism. Same playbook https://t.co/ri95WmWw2G
— Ronald Brownstein (@RonBrownstein) November 28, 2022
Morten Øverbye, who is a tech entrepreneur and former managing editor of CNN Norway, blasted Musk for engaging in parody.
“Just 17 days ago, Musk made up a new rule saying accounts engaged in parody must include ‘parody’ in their name,” he whined.
Musk announced the parody rules on Nov. 10 that those accounts must display “parody” in their actual name, not just their bio. He was referring to accounts that are actual parody accounts, not just guilty of a one-off meme placement.
Going forward, accounts engaged in parody must include “parody” in their name, not just in bio
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 11, 2022
Conservatives thought the meme was spot on and sounded off over it:
— Maze (@mazemoore) November 28, 2022
“This is a danger to our democracy.”
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) November 28, 2022
OMG they’re so mad. When you making a Tesla boat so we can navigate the Lib tears be here?
— Ana Braga (@TheAnaBraga) November 28, 2022
— Val (@TrumpsHurricane) November 28, 2022
These people have decided that in order for free speech exist, everyone must feel comfortable, but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s the exact opposite. The only way for free speech to exist is to allow for others to say things that make you uncomfortable.
— T.J. Moe (@TJMoe28) November 28, 2022
1984 Ministry of the truth
— Irek Dobrowolski FREEDOM IS OXYGEN! (@IrekDobro) November 29, 2022
Lemon has previously beclowned himself when it comes to Musk and Twitter. He recently tried to fact-check the Chief Twit by claiming context was needed after Musk posted a tweet calling the “Hands up, don’t shoot” myth “made up.”
The phrase originated from the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed him in an altercation that was deemed justified. His death became a rallying cry for racial justice protesters who claimed he raised his hands and said “Don’t shoot!” before he was killed. The Obama administration’s Department of Justice found the spurious claim to not be true or accurate but the left ran with it anyway and is still doing so to this day.
Lemon admitted that the DOJ “cast doubt” on what occurred that day but also claimed that “some said” Brown attempted to surrender.
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) November 24, 2022
— The Jewish Voice (@JewishVoice) November 28, 2022
Musk is evidently not a fan of CNN. When giving The Babylon Bee an interview, it was pointed out that he could have been on CNN instead. Musk responded, “I’m not perverted enough, I guess.”
(Video Credit: Babylon Bee)
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