Tucker Carlson rocked the political world on Monday when he announced on Twitter that he will resume a version of his popular show nixed by Fox News, saying that there “aren’t many platforms left that allow free speech. The last big one remaining in the world, the only one, is Twitter where we are now.”
“Twitter has long served as the place where our national conversation incubates and develops. Twitter is not a partisan site. Everybody is allowed here. And we think that’s a good thing,” Carlson continued. “And yet, for the most part, the news that you see analyzed on Twitter comes from media organizations that are themselves thinly disguised propaganda outlets. You see it on cable news; you talk about it on Twitter… Starting soon, we’ll be bringing a new version of the show we’ve been doing for the last six and a half years to Twitter.”
Well, one of those “thinly disguised propaganda outlets” effectively proved Carlson right, as seen in a clip featuring NBC fill-in host Tom Costello, a journalist, complaining about free speech.
Carlson resurfacing on Twitter is a twofer for liberals, who can attack both him and Elon Musk as right-wing extremists, and Costello didn’t disappoint.
“Twitter was already under fire for misinformation, disinformation, all-out lies, antisemitism, and racism before Elon Musk took over and now it’s got kinda crazy, right? Unmoored, if you will,” he said, in setting up guest Brian Stelter. “Will anybody be able to police what Carlson says or is this the point? It’s just a free for all?”
Stelter, who was fired by CNN, is now a special correspondent for Vanity Fair. His entire career has been based on attacking Fox News talent, and he didn’t miss a beat in picking up what Costello was laying down.
“I think this is the point; it is a free-for-all, it’s what Elon Musk wants to provide. This move by Tucker may cement the idea of Twitter as a right-wing website.”
These are “news people” crying about Tucker having free speech. Not that it should anymore, but still shocks me every time. https://t.co/ou4fybb06l
— TallTanOne (@TallTanOne) May 10, 2023
As CEO of Twitter, Musk’s crime in the eyes of the left is trying to establish a level playing field where they have to compete in the arena of ideas without a distinct advantage.
The billionaire served up a response Tuesday night to those whining about the possibility that Carlson may be free to speak his mind without worrying about corporate overseers.
“On this platform, unlike the one-way street of broadcast, people are able to interact, critique and refute whatever he or anyone may say,” Musk tweeted. “And, of course, anything misleading will get @CommunityNotes.”
“I also want to be clear that we have not signed a deal of any kind whatsoever. Tucker is subject to the same rules & rewards of all content creators,” he added. “Rewards means subscriptions and advertising revenue share (still working on software needed for latter), which is a function of how many people subscribe and the advertising views associated with his content. I hope that many others, particularly from the left, also choose to be content creators on this platform.”
On this platform, unlike the one-way street of broadcast, people are able to interact, critique and refute whatever he or anyone may say.
And, of course, anything misleading will get @CommunityNotes.
I also want to be clear that we have not signed a deal of any kind…
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2023
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story, as seen on Twitter:
They are pissed that Twitter is free of censorship and they can’t control the narrative
— Hodgetwins (@hodgetwins) May 10, 2023
Right, and that coming from “journalists” is doubly appalling.
— Redacted (@Real_Kauai) May 10, 2023
That is so disgusting of @NBCNews !!! POLICE his speech??????
— Sydney Somerville (@cindy_csomer37) May 10, 2023
Poor @brianstelter trying to be relevant
— BH (@bradyjholt) May 10, 2023
The media right now. !!!! pic.twitter.com/axvbwT101y
— BreakingNewsJackMeridan (@JumpJackMeridan) May 10, 2023
I find it mind numbing that the idea of free speech is considered a right wing position these days. I would have never predicted that 20 years ago.
— James Castillo (@Verbalfury) May 10, 2023
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