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?”
NOW – White House is keeping a “close eye” on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/CSpWdFlEdl
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) November 28, 2022
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.
Why are so many in the media against free speech? This is messed up.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022
And it would appear that there is no shortage of people who agree with Musk:
Because one of the core components of gaslighting is isolating people from the truth. Censorship accomplishes this for them.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) November 28, 2022
The same reason Newman worked at the post office… pic.twitter.com/D0srxRCg72
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) November 28, 2022
They hate competition.
— Matt Kibbe (@mkibbe) November 28, 2022
Because they were indoctrinated in marxist Friere Schools to be political activist change agents.
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) November 29, 2022
They are against it because they cannot control it. You can’t control the narrative with free speech.
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) November 28, 2022
This is about raw power, and control over the flow of information. The same principle underlies the battle over “Spanish-language disinformation”.
— Jorge Bonilla (@BonillaJL) November 28, 2022
They support free speech unless it goes against their narrative, then they call it “hate speech”.
— Hodgetwins (@hodgetwins) November 28, 2022
You’re beginning to see the true nature of the machine, @elonmusk It’s a hideous sight.
— Tarah Price (@tarahtalk) November 29, 2022
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