‘This is messed up’: Elon Musk responds to White House and press media machine

For the media, one would think that the First Amendment is non-negotiable. But as billionaire Twitter CEO Elon Musk recently figured out, not all freedoms are equal in their eyes.

Musk took to Twitter on Monday to blast the media over their apparent distaste for free speech, and one reporter in particular who asked what President Joe Biden’s White House is doing to make sure that Twitter doesn’t become “a vector of misinformation.”

During a daily press briefing with White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, Reuters’ Andrea Shalal questioned what was being done by the government to monitor Twitter.

“There’s a researcher at Stanford who says that this is a critical moment, really, in terms of ensuring that Twitter does not become a vector of misinformation,” she said. “Elon Musk says there’s more and more subscribers coming online, are you concerned about that and what tools do you have – who is it at the White House that is really keeping track of this?”

Political commentator Dave Rubin retweeted the exchange, in which Jean-Pierre admits the White House is “keeping an eye on” the social media site. This caught the attention of Twitter’s new CEO, who was none too pleased by what he was hearing.

“Why are so many in the media against free speech? This is messed up,” he responded.

And it would appear that there is no shortage of people who agree with Musk:


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